Dr. Robert Gordon - 2008 Minister's Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
Dr. Robert Gordon has spent more than 40 years in public education, including seven as President of Dawson College in Montreal, and 25 as President of Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Toronto.
His academic background includes an Honours BA in History, and a Master's Degree in Modern British History from Bishop's University, a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Massachusetts, a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Massachusetts.
Dr. Gordon has been active locally, nationally and internationally, with many notable achievements in his career. Some of his accomplishments include having been:
- President of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges
- President of the American-based League for Innovation in the Community College
- A member of the Premier's Council of Ontario
- Chair of the Committee of Presidents of Ontario, where he was re-elected an unprecedented three times
- President and Chair of the Board of Canada Basketball
- A board member of the Learning Partnership
He is currently:
- A member of the Blue Ribbon Panel for "The future of medical Education in Canada" appointed by the Association of faculties of medicine of Canada
- A board member of the Toronto City Summit Alliance
- On the Advisory Committee of the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation
- President of the Corporation of Bishop's University
- A Leader-in-Residence of the Council for Leadership Insights of the Conference Board of Canada
He will be appointed to the Order of Ontario on January 22, 2009.
Dr. Gordon has taught graduate courses and lectured at many universities, including the University of Toronto, McGill, University of British Columbia, Harvard, and the University of Texas. He has been a consultant for the Canadian International Development Agency in Africa and South East Asia, and a policy advisor to the Secretary of State and the Minister for Employment and Immigration on matters related to postsecondary education. In 1994, he evaluated the inspection system for the Further Education Funding Council in the United Kingdom.
Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Gordon has been recognized many times, including receiving:
- The Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II
- The 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation Commemoration Medal
- The Paul Elsner Leadership Award from the Chairs' Academy, Phoenix, Arizona
- The International Leadership Award from the University of Texas
- The Distinguished Educator Award from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
- A Doctor of Laws from the University of Toronto
- A Doctor of Laws from the University of Guelph
- A Doctor of Civil Law from Bishop's University
- A Doctor of Letters from the University of New Brunswick.
In 2006, he was honoured for his contributions to Canadian public education at the Annual Tribute Dinner of the Learning Partnership.