Biography: Richard M. Alway

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Biography: Richard M. Alway

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Richard Alway has had a long and distinguished career in the educational, cultural and ecumenical public service.

A gold medalist in philosophy at St. Michael's College, Alway also holds two graduate degrees in modern history from the University of Toronto.  Alway is currently president of the university's Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies and serves as chairman of the C.D. Howe Memorial Foundation and chair of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.  Previously, he was president and vice-chancellor of the University of St. Michael's College, at the University of Toronto for three six-year terms.

Alway has served on or chaired a number of national cultural boards and advisory committees, including the board of trustees of the National Museums of Canada, the National Gallery of Canada, the National Museum of Natural Sciences and the National Postal Museum. He was chair and CEO of the Ontario Heritage Foundation and served on the board of the Canadian Opera Company.

He has also served on the boards of several voluntary associations, including the Canadian Educational Standards Institute, St. Michael's Hospital and the Belmont House Foundation.

 In addition to his service as publisher of the Catholic Register at the request of Cardinal Emmett Carter, Alway was the founding chairman of the Cathedral Council of St. Michael's Cathedral.  He has served as a member of the Millennium Planning Committee of the Archdiocese of Toronto and was a member of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities of Canada.  A founder of the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute, he served as vice-chair of its board and chair of its executive committee under His Eminence Aloysius Cardinal Ambrozic.  He served as acting director of the National Gallery during its construction phase in Ottawa.

President Alway is an Officer of the Order of Canada (appointed a Member in 1989, promoted in 1998) and a member of the Order of Ontario (2000) in recognition of his public service contributions.  In 1999, he was appointed Knight Grand Cross with Star, Order of St. Gregory the Great, by His Holiness Pope John Paul II.

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