William Lahey will be installed as the 25th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of King’s College in a ceremony on Thursday, October 13 at 3 p.m. in the King’s Gymnasium, 6350 Coburg Road, Halifax. As part of the ceremony the University will confer honorary degrees on two people who, through their work and courage, have made significant contributions to Canadian life and exemplify the values of King’s. They are Tracey Lindberg, author and award winning professor of indigenous law, who is a leading thinker in the theory of indigenous law and an advocate for indigenous women, and Patrick Graham, an award winning freelance journalist who has helped Canadians understand among other events the war and turmoil in Afghanistan and Iraq.
President Bill Lahey comes to King’s from the Schulich School of Law of Dalhousie University. He is an award-winning teacher who has published in legal history and in health, administrative and environmental law. He has also had a distinguished career in public service, including as Deputy Minister of the Department of Environment and Labour, as Chair of the boards of directors of Efficiency Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs and as advisor to governments on a range of complex public policy issues. He holds a BA from Mount Allison University, a BA in jurisprudence from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Exeter College, and a masters of law from the University of Toronto.
“With my family, I am honoured to have been welcomed into the King’s community and tradition”, said Professor Lahey. “With the whole King’s community, I am committed to ensuring we continue to thrive as a special place for a formative education in the humanities and journalism and for a distinctive undergraduate experience rich in diverse opportunities for personal development”.
Dr. Tracey Lindberg has excelled as lawyer, academic, and author. After graduating from the University of Saskatchewan College of Law she is thought to be the first indigenous woman in Canada to earn a masters degree from Harvard Law School. Dr. Lindberg also received a doctorate in law from the University of Ottawa, thought to be another first for an indigenous woman, for which she won the Governor General’s Medal. Her dissertation was recognized as the best in Canada in fine arts, humanities and social sciences, by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies. She currently teaches law at University of Ottawa. She is author of the critically acclaimed novel Birdie. Tracey is a Cree citizen of As’in’i’wa’chi Ni’yaw Nation.
Patrick Graham is a freelance writer who has reported from, and lived in some of the world’s hottest spots. He spent time in Afghanistan before and after 9/11. He lived in and reported from Baghdad during the US invasion of Iraq as a correspondent for the London Observer. He has written for The National Post, Harper’s, and The Guardian. Patrick landed an exclusive interview for the Globe and Mail with former Egyptian President Morsi before the military coup that deposed him. Mr. Graham has won numerous awards, including an Overseas Press Club award for foreign magazine reporting. He has also ventured into film as co-writer of Afghan Luke, a film drawn in part from his experiences reporting in Afghanistan. Patrick went to King’s for the Foundation Year Program before completing his BA at New York’s Columbia University and his MA in Classics at Dalhousie University.