October 24, 2005
Source: Ryerson University:
Hon. James K. Bartleman, G. Raymond Chang to receive honorary degrees at Ryerson University
TORONTO-Oct. 24, 2005--The Hon. James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and G. Raymond Chang, philanthropist and businessman, will receive honorary degrees at Ryerson University on Nov. 3, 2005.
"Ryerson is proud to confer this distinction on two such inspiring leaders," says President Sheldon Levy. "Mr. Chang and Lieutenant Governor Bartleman exemplify the Ryerson spirit. It is about believing in your community, and taking action to make great things happen."
The Hon. James K. Bartleman has been Lieutenant Governor of Ontario since 2002. He has identified three priorities for his mandate: to reduce the stigma of mental illness, to fight racism and discrimination, and to encourage aboriginal young people. In 2004, he launched the Lieutenant Governor's Book Program, which provided 850,000 good used books to First Nations schools and Native Friendship Centres throughout Ontario. In 2005 he introduced a twinning program which links 200 native and non-native schools in Ontario and twins schools in Toronto and Nunavut and in June, Mr. Bartleman was on campus to speak at the Roundtable on Native Education co-sponsored by Ryerson. Afterwards, he hosted a reception for participants at his Suite at the Legislature. This summer he set up the first five Aboriginal Literacy Summer Camps in Northern Ontario.
Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Bartleman had a distinguished career of more than 35 years in the Canadian foreign service. Among his postings, he was Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister, High Commissioner to Australia and to South Africa, an ambassador to the European Community, to NATO, to Israel, and to Cuba. An accomplished author, Mr. Bartleman has published three books since 2002, including "Out of Muskoka," the award-winning memoir of his early - and remarkable - life. Royalties from all his books are donated to good causes.
G. Raymond Chang, a champion of education and, more recently, adult learning in particular, is one of Canada's most highly respected and successful business leaders. Originally from Jamaica, Mr. Chang is Chairman of CI Financial (formerly CI Fund Management). He acquired part ownership of CI Fund.
Management when it was a small investment firm and, with his partners, grew CI to become Canada's third-largest investment fund company and second-largest publicly traded fund company. Mr. Chang is a member of the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation. He has served on the Ryerson University Board of Governors since 2001.
A passionate advocate for lifelong learning, last year Mr. Chang was presented the Award of Recognition from the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education for his outstanding contributions to advancing educational opportunities for adult learners. He established a chair at the University of Toronto in internal medicine and a fellowship for West Indian doctors at the University Health Network. Mr. Chang has been a generous benefactor of early childhood and young adult learning, particularly of St. George's College, his high school alma mater in Jamaica.
Ryerson University is Canada's leader in career-focused education, with more than 80 graduate and undergraduate programs in the Faculties of Arts, Business, Communication & Design, Community Services, and Engineering and Applied Science. Founded in 1948, Ryerson has full-time graduate and undergraduate enrolment of 20,000 students. With more than 61,000 registrations annually, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada's leading provider of university-based adult education.
Media are welcome to attend convocation.
Contact: Bruce Piercey, Public Affairs, Ryerson University, 416-979-5000, ext. 7002; Suelan Toye, Media Relations, Ryerson University, 416-979-5000, ext. 7161.