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September 22, 2005

Source: University of Western Ontario:

Fall Convocation Celebrates Leaders in Health Care, the Arts and Business

London, ON. - Four distinguished individuals will receive their honorary

degrees when The University of Western Ontario hosts its 285th

Convocation this October. Along with the three regular ceremonies taking

place in Alumni Hall, for the first time, a Western convocation ceremony

will be held in Hong Kong.

Simon L.K. Leung, Ronald Joseph Logan, Richard Monette, and Shanthi

Radcliffe are those who will receive Western's highest honour.

The ceremonies will take place on the following days:

Simon L.K. Leung

Sunday, October 9 (Hong Kong)

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)

Simon L.K. Leung is Regional President of Motorola's Asia-Pacific

operations, and is based in Hong Kong, a city he has called home for

most of his life. He is a proud graduate of Western who has continued

to support his alma mater as a volunteer and donor.

Shanthi Radcliffe

Thursday, October 27, 3:30 p.m.

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)

Shanthi Radcliffe founded the London InterCommunity Health Centre in

London in 1988. Until 2002 she was Executive Director of the

organization, which provides varied social and medical programs to

approximately 3,000 people a year who speak 92 different languages. The

dynamic and visionary centre has contributed immensely to the health and

well being of Londoners.

Richard Monette

Friday, October 28, 10 a.m.

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)

Since 1994, Richard Monette has been Artistic Director of the Stratford

Festival making him the longest serving artistic director in its

history. His long association with the Festival began in 1965. Since

then, he has directed and played more than 40 roles at the Festival and

has performed throughout Canada, Britain and the United States.

Ronald J. Logan

Friday, October 28, 3:30 p.m.

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)

Ronald J. Logan is respected in the London and area community as a

business leader, advisor and mentor. For more than 35 years he has been

a consummate volunteer who has raised millions of dollars for a broad

spectrum of non-profit organizations.

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For more information, photographs or to arrange interviews with the

honorary degree recipients on the day of Convocation, please contact

Christine Roulston, Communications and Public Affairs, at (519)

661-2111, ext. 85165.

Biographies provided below:


A successful businessman and dedicated alumnus, Simon L. K. Leung is a

role model for Western graduates.

Leung is regional president of Motorola's Asia/Pacific operations,

responsible for financial results, sales, marketing and communications,

regional and country business unit strategies, corporate governance and

procurement. He was appointed to this most senior regional post in March

2005, and is based in Hong Kong, a city he has called home for most of

his life.

Leung has remained involved at Western since completing a Bachelor of

Science degree in computer science in 1978. In 2002 he became a member

and then Chair of the Hong Kong Advisory Board for Western's Alumni

Association. Currently he is spearheading a fundraising effort for a

scholarship that would ease financial burdens for Hong Kong's brightest

students attending Western.

Born in Macau, educated in Hong Kong and Canada, Leung has driven

Motorola's Networks business in Asia/Pacific since coming to the company

in 1999. He has also played a significant role in forging new

partnerships across the region. Leung is the head of the Motorola

Asia/Pacific management board. He is also the vice chairman of

Motorola's joint venture with Eastcom in Hangzhou, China, the chairman

of Motorola China Electronics Limited and on the Advisory board of

Richard Ivey Business School in Asia.

Leung has extensive senior management experience in the high-technology

arena, holding senior positions at Brightpoint, Inc. and Tandem/Compaq



Shanthi Radcliffe's contributions to the fields of health policy and

administration, community and public health, and international education

and multiculturalism, have made her an outstanding role model.

In 1988, Radcliffe founded the London InterCommunity Health Centre. The

dynamic and visionary organization has grown to serve approximately

3,000 people a year who speak 92 different languages. Under her

leadership, it has contributed immeasurably to the London community and

to the lives of the many individuals who have benefited from its social

and medical programs. Radcliffe retired from her post as Executive

Director of the Centre in 2002.

Born in Sri Lanka, Radcliffe attended the University of Ceylon and went

on to receive an honours degree in Economics from the University of

Cambridge in 1958 and a Masters degree in 1961. She worked as a teacher

in Northern Nigeria and Malaysia and as a Research Associate at the

Faculty of Economics, University of Wisconsin in Madison. She entered

Canada in 1969 and worked at the Office of International Education at


Radcliffe has served on numerous boards and task forces. On a national

level she has been a member of the National Forum on Health, and Vice

President of the Canadian Council on Multicultural Health.

Provincially, some of the positions she has held include; member of the

Premier's Council on Health Strategy; President of the Multicultural

Health Coalition of Ontario; and member of Council, Ontario College of

Pharmacists. A few of the many positions she has held locally include;

member of the Board of Governors, Fanshawe College; member of the Board,

St Joseph's Health Centre; Board member, Kings College; and member of

Senate, Western.

Radcliffe is past recipient of the Queen's Jubilee Medal from the

Government of Canada, the Woman of Distinction Award by the London

YMCA/YWCA and the Mayor's New Year's Honours List, 2005.


Richard Monette is the longest serving artistic director of the

Stratford Festival. While working in this capacity for more than 10

years he has attracted the best and brightest actors to the Festival,

enhancing its reputation around the world.

Monette's long association with the Stratford Festival began on the

stage in 1965. Since then, he has played more than 40 roles at the

Festival, including Henry V, Romeo, Mercutio, Caliban, Hamlet and

Benedick and leading parts in Judgement and Filumena. Monette's acting

career also took him to Britain and the United States. He made a

permanent return to Stratford in 1972 where he has since directed more

than 40 plays at the Festival including The Tempest, Cat on a Hot Tin

Roof, Edward II, Triumph of Love, Henry VIII, All's Well That Ends Well,

My Fair Lady, Much Ado About Nothing, The Miser, Hamlet, and The Taming

of the Shrew.

He has also directed for Young People's Theatre, Tarragon Theatre,

Theatre Plus, the Grand Theatre, the Citadel Theatre, the Canadian Opera

Company and CBC's Glenn Gould Studio.

A 1967 graduate of Concordia University (formerly Loyola College),

Monette has received an honorary doctorate from his alma matter, as well

as the University of Windsor. He has also received a Dora Mavor Moore

Award for outstanding direction of Saint Joan at Theatre Plus, a Eugene

O'Neill medallion, a Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, a Queen's Silver

Jubilee Medal, a senior artist's grant from The Canada Council and in

January 1998, Monette was named a Member of the Order of Canada.


Ronald J. Logan is known and respected as a London business leader,

mentor and consummate volunteer who for the last 35 years has raised

millions of dollars for a broad spectrum of non-profit organizations.

Logan has contributed to the economy of the city for almost five

decades. Born and educated in Toronto, he started his business career

with the Frigidaire Division of General Motors of Canada. In 1958 he

began a business partnership in London with Gordon C. Patton. They

opened Patton's Place Limited, which became Southwestern Ontario's

largest independent retailer of fine furniture and appliances. Logan and

Patton retired in 1997.

Throughout Logan's career and into retirement he has devoted much time

to the welfare and well-being of many worthwhile organizations in

health, the arts and science. He has held positions that include:

Director, London Chamber of Commerce (1972-1973); Director, Air Ontario

(1988-1996); Director, London Health Association (1975-1991); President,

University Hospital Foundation (1984-1992); and Co-chair, King's College

University & Orchestra London's "Music Reigns" (1998-2003).

In recognition of his success, he has been awarded London Retailer of

the Year, has been inducted into the London Business Hall of Fame, and

was recipient of the Ivey Award of Excellence.

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