Lakehead University, Orillia Campus
Professor Bonnie M Patterson, C.M.O. Ont. B.A. M.L.S. ICD.D, receives an Honorary Doctor of Commerce at Convocation. She also delivers the Convocation Address — a “Get a GRIPP!” [Gratitude, Relationships, Integrity, Passions, and Patience]”
Patterson, The Roberta Bondar Foundation Board Chair, is recognized as a champion of higher education and a role model for women in leadership. She was the first woman Dean of Business in Canada, the first woman President of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), the first woman President & Vice-Chancellor of Trent University, and, while President at Trent, she was the first woman to Chair the Board of Universities Canada (then known as the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada).
Throughout her career, Bonnie has spearheaded several international education initiatives including working with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) as an International Expert to develop a composite model for benchmarking university sustainability.