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Carleton University Announces Its Honorary Degree Recipients at Fall Convocation

October 27, 2006

Carleton University will present honorary degrees to two outstanding Canadians at its 129th Convocation ceremony on Saturday November 4, 2006 in Carleton’s Field House. More than 1,150 students will be graduating.

Entrepreneur Wesley Nicol will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 9:30 a.m. Convocation ceremony on Saturday, November 4, 2006, "in recognition of outstanding contributions to the governance of Carleton University, the health and spirit of the Ottawa community, and the nurturing of Canadian entrepreneurship." Esteemed choral director and recipient of the Order of Canada, Barbara Jean Clark will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 2:00 p.m. ceremony "in recognition of outstanding and exemplary achievement and service to the community and to Canada."

Wesley Nicol (BA/54)
Forty years ago, Wes Nicol founded Tartan Homes, builder of thousands of homes in the Ottawa area and the United States. He is also a founder and partner in Nicol & Lazier, an Ottawa-based real estate and commercial law firm. During the past 15 years, Nicol has served at one time as chairman, president, and co-founder of AutoSkill International Inc., a recognized leader in software development committed to helping educators provide students with the fundamental literacy skills they need to succeed.

Nicol established the Wesley and Mary Nicol Charitable Foundation in 1984. It allocates donations to charitable organizations and sponsors the annual business plan competition run out of Carleton's Sprott School of Business. The national competition, now held in 10 universities across the country, is designed to generate interest in entrepreneurship among university students.

Nicol has served on the boards of numerous other companies and non-profit organizations. He was a longtime member of Carleton's Board of Governors (1989-98) and in 2001 he received Carleton’s Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year award in recognition of his outstanding entrepreneurial achievement. He is also an inductee to the University’s Alumni Wall of Fame.

Nicol graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1954. While at Carleton, he was Captain of the Carleton Ravens varsity basketball team and Captain of the tennis team that won the first championship for the University. He earned an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1958.

Barbara Jean Clark (BA/71)
Barbara Jean Clark has dedicated herself to improving music programs for youth in Ottawa and Canada. In 1955, she graduated as both Head Girl and Valedictorian of Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational School. She completed her teaching certificate at the Peterborough Teachers’ College and taught primary grades locally for three years.

In 1959, Clark moved to Ottawa where she continued to teach. She began her BA at Carleton on a part-time basis in 1963 and completed her degree in English in 1971. Clark retired from formal teaching in 1990. After her retirement, she continued to conduct the Central Children’s Chamber Choir and the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir, which she had founded in 1982.

Clark currently serves as artistic director of Unisong, a festival of choirs from across Canada singing music by Canadian composers on Canada Day in the National Capital. She has also served as artistic director of the Niagara International Music Festival and the Canterbury International Music Festival. She has conducted workshops and music camps throughout Canada, in the United States, Japan, New Zealand, and Switzerland.

In 1977, she received the Silver Jubilee Medal. In 1990, she became an Honorary Life Member of the Ontario Music Educators Association. In 1993, Clark received the Canada 125 Medal in recognition for her contributions to the arts in Ottawa and a year later she received the Victor Tolgesy Arts Award. In August 2001, Clark received the Order of Canada for her contributions to choral music. In 2002, she was awarded a Commemorative Medal for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. She is also the recipient of the 2006 A.D. Dunton Alumni Award of Distinction from Carleton University.


For more information:
Lin Moody
Media Relations
Carleton University
613-520-2600 ext. 8705



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