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Alumni: Giving U of T more reasons to be proud


Spring Convocation: Celebrating our graduates, honouring exceptional individuals

More than 12,500 students graduated as the Class of 2013 this past June. As is customary at convocation ceremonies, honorary degrees were also conferred upon 12 exceptional individuals to recognize their contributions to their fields of study or communities, including three with distinguished records as volunteers in service to the University community.

Watch the honorary degree recipients’ addresses on YouTube.

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Honorary degree recipients Paul Cadario (’73), Susan Scace (’63, ’03) and
Dr. Frederick (Eric) Jackman (’57, ’62). (Photo credit: Lisa Sakulensky)

Paul Cadario (’73):

Paul Cadario’s ties to the University of Toronto have spanned more than four decades, in which he has made an impact on policy and students. Cadario graduated with a BASc in civil engineering in 1973. A Rhodes Scholar, he received a BA and MA in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Oxford. More recently, he earned a master’s degree in organization development from American University.

A self-described “global engineer,” Cadario joined the World Bank in 1975 and played a diverse number of roles worldwide, including nearly two decades with the World Bank’s frontline development programs in Western Africa and China and then with public sector management throughout Asia.

Since 1972, Cadario has served his alma mater with distinction in a wide range of roles, in over 35 different volunteer capacities. His volunteer commitments are all the more remarkable for the fact that he has maintained his connection and commitment while traveling extensively from his home in Washington, and from business obligations around the world.  Despite these professional and personal commitments, Paul has upheld an extraordinary record of attendance on numerous boards and committees, and has attended countless alumni events worldwide. His engagement has ranged from key central roles on Governing Council, to alumni leadership and mentorship involvement, to divisional roles in the Rotman School of Management, the Munk School of Global Affairs, the School of Public Policy and Governance, and within his primary alumni home at the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.

Among his most distinguished roles, Paul was President of the University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA) from 2007-2009.  As President, Paul strengthened the University’s profile internationally, while reinforcing the ties between the University and its alumni both abroad and here in Canada.  As president of the Associates of the University of Toronto—the non-profit organization that facilitates donations from our benefactors in the United States—he was instrumental in securing the funds that established the Bissell-Heyd-Associates Chair in American Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Because of his rich background and institutional knowledge, Cadario’s roles today include positions in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, on their Boundless campaign cabinet, and as Chair of the Dean’s advisory board.

Cadario’s philanthropy adds a remarkable dimension to his record of service. Paul’s generosity represents a lifelong commitment—he has supported the University consistently for the past 30 years.  As well, he has given generous leadership gifts to the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering and the School of Public Policy and Governance. After his retirement from the World Bank in 2012, he was appointed Distinguished Senior Fellow in Global Innovation at the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering and the Munk School for Global Affairs.

Susan Scace (’63, ’03):

A dedicated community leader and builder, Susan Scace has given generously of her time, talent and expertise to the University of Toronto and her alma mater, Trinity College. As a loyal Trinity alumna, Scace has been a member of Corporation of Trinity College since 1970 and served on many college committees, including the Executive Committee as Vice Chairman from 1990 to 1996. As a Government appointee to U of T’s Governing Council in 1994, Scace was on the Business Board, Planning and Budget, and the Campaign Cabinet. Scace was a member of the President’s International Alumni Council for the six years of its duration, providing insight on University outreach and leadership in a global context. She currently serves on the Boundless Campaign executive committee.

In addition to her support for U of T, Scace is an energetic member of the volunteer community in Toronto more broadly. She was a board member of the Junior League of Toronto from 1974 – 1979 and chairman of the Canadian Development of the Association of Junior Leagues of America from 1980 -1982. In addition, Scace has been a board member of many not-for-profit organizations including The National Ballet of Canada, North York General Hospital, Young Peoples Theatre, Canadian Stage Theatre, the Distress Centre and the United Way Campaign Cabinet.

Scace co-transcribed the correspondence of John Graves Simcoe and William Osgoode from the archives of the Law society of Upper Canada-Osgoode Hall which were published as Wolford Letters and Friends of the Chief Justice. She is the author of Take Me with You Please, a many faceted self-help book for university students. It was published when her son and daughter went off to University.

Scace serves on the board of the Sunnybrook Hospital sitting on the Quality Care, Governance, and Research and Education committees. She is also the chair of the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation which oversees the Loran Scholarship; awarded to 30 university students across Canada on the basis of character, service and leadership along with academic excellence. Her honours include an Arbor Award and an Honorary DSL from Trinity College.

Scace is currently President of the Henry White Kinnear Foundation, which has supported institutions across the Toronto region, including hospitals, arts centres and social agencies, and the University of Toronto.

Dr. Frederic (Eric) Jackman (’57, ’62):

Eric Jackman, a psychologist and early childhood education advocate, has played a leading role at
U of T’s Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).

After completing his BA and MA at U of T, Jackman earned a doctoral degree in human development and psychology at the University of Chicago, where he did early field work at the University of Chicago Laboratory School.  Jackman was an award-winning clinical psychologist in the United States before returning to Toronto and becoming an advocate for early childhood education.

Jackman is currently president of the Psychology Foundation of Canada and heads the Jackman Foundation. Jackman has maintained strong ties to the University’s efforts in advancing human development. His early appeal to then U of T President Robert Prichard to initiate a human development department has found fulfillment in the creation of the U of T’s Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development. To further the cause of child development, Jackman provided a leading gift to expand and revitalize U of T’s Institute for Child Study in 2010, reflecting his commitment and lifelong interest in this field.

Jackman is Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Windsor, a director of The Canadian Journalism Foundation, the Conference of Defence Associations Institute, and The Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust as well as several foundations. He is a past President of the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Empire Club of Canada, and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (Toronto Branch). Other volunteer boards he has served on include Canada’s National History Society and The Hearing Foundation of Canada as well as several professional psychological associations.

Rounding out the 2013 honorary degree recipients are:

N. Murray Edwards (’83), Chairman of Canadian Natural Resources, who was honoured for his record of achievement in business and support to educational, cultural and community organizations and institutions; Astronomer and Gruber Cosmology Prize winner Wendy Freedman (’79,’84), who was honoured for her ground-breaking work on the measurement of the Hubble constant; Indian innovator and entrepreneur Sam Pitroda, who was recognized for his visionary and innovative public policy initiatives that have revolutionized the state of telecommunications in India; William T. Reeves (’76, ’80), who was recognized for his pioneering work at Pixar Animation Studios; Past U of T President and Chancellor of University of California Berkeley Robert J. Birgeneau (’63), was honoured for his lifetime achievement as a world renowned physicist; computer scientist William A. Buxton was recognized for his advances in human-computer interaction and device design; world renowned chemist Stuart A. Rice was honoured for his global influence on research and teaching in the field of chemistry; and Donald Sadoway was recognized for his contributions as an entrepreneur, teacher and acclaimed scholar in sustainable energy innovation.