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Ryerson honours former Supreme Court Justice Iacobucci

Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 1:30 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

Justice Frank Iacobucci, the Puisne Justice on the Supreme Court of Canada from 1991 to 2004, has a new honorary doctor of laws degree to add to his list of credentials.

Ryerson University's faculty of arts awarded Justice Iacobucci with the degree on Oct. 12 as part of a convocation ceremony.

The university wanted to recognize his contributions to the advancement of education, law and jurisprudence in Canada. It highlighted his career in politics as the deputy minister of Justice and deputy attorney general for Canada, his time spent in academia as a a professor and dean at the University of Toronto’s faculty of law, and vice-president and provost at the university, and of course, his work on the bench.

His post-retirement work was also cited as a reason for the honour, in particular representing the federal government in negotiations leading to the settlement agreement relating to residential schools (the largest financial settlement in Canadian history).