Friday, June 12, 2015 – an Honorary Doctor of Laws will be conferred in recognition of her ongoing commitment to community, and her mentorship of Aboriginal women and youth. Ms. Claire Clarke is the owner of Claire Clark & Associates, and was the founder of the Aboriginal Women’s Professional Association (AWPA), an organization committed to the growth and development of Aboriginal women and their families. She also played a pivotal role in the development of Edmonton’s Aboriginal Business and Professional Association (Aksis) on which she served as a founding Board member and continues to serve as Vice President. Ms. Clarke founded the first Toastmaster’s Club for Aboriginal people in support of her passion for development of future leaders. In 2011, Ms. Clarke was featured on Global Edmonton’s Women of Vision and was nominated for a YWCA Women of Distinction Award for her work in Aboriginal employment and business.
Saturday, June 13, 2015 – an Honorary Doctor of Laws will be conferred on David Hancock, Q.C. in recognition of his outstanding contribution to public service and ongoing commitment to community development. Mr. Hancock is known for his comprehensive knowledge and understanding of public policy, as well as his passion for education and the betterment of our province. Mr. Hancock, a lawyer, left his corporate commercial practice in 1997 to serve as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and spent his entire provincial career in cabinet holding a number of key cabinet posts including Minister of Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs, Minister of Justice, Minister of Advanced Education, Minister of Health and Wellness, Minister of Education, Minister of Human Services, and Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education. He had served as Government House Leader for 16 years when he was sworn in as the 15th Premier of Alberta in March 2014. Mr. Hancock retired from the legislature in September, 2014 and has since joined Dentons Canada LLP as a member of their Corporate group with a practice focused on corporate and commercial law.