UWI, Mona graduate and recipient of the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) from The UWI, Professor Renn Holness, has been selected by the Canadian Neurosurgical Society (CNSS) to receive The Charles Drake Medal, its Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his outstanding career and significant contribution to Neurosurgery.
Professor Holness received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Annual Congress
of the Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation Congress in Quebec City, June 21
Professor Holness was President of the Canadian Neurological Society, (1995-
As President, CEO and Co-
Prior to founding Quickplay, Wayne was Chief Technology Officer for Solect Technology
Group. When Solect was acquired by Amdocs, Wayne was appointed to the role of Vice-
Wayne is on the Advisory Board of Virgin Unite, which is developing new approaches to social and environmental issues. He is also active on the boards of GlassBOX, Artscape, Cellwand, and the Toronto International Film Festival. He has been recognized as a Sick Kids' Leader by Sick Children's Hospital and as one of "Canada's Top 40 Under 40” by the Caldwell Partners. Wayne holds a Bachelor of Computer Sciences degree from McMaster University.
Described by She Caribbean magazine as a “dynamo moving the region forward”, Barbadian
born Kay McConney has leveraged her multi-
She was the youngest Consul-
Currently, Kay McConney heads The Executive Minds, a company she founded in 2009.
The Executive Minds specialises in strengthening institutional and individual capacities
for 21st century environments, through training, coaching and consulting. TEM works
with governments, non-
Outside of work, voluntary community service keeps Kay anchored. In Canada, she has
been a Training Facilitator for the Canadian Multicultural LEAD Organisation for
Mentorship and Training for the past eight years. She serves on the Program Advisory
Committee (PAC) of the Ryerson University-
Dr Rambihar is one of the foremost thinkers in the world today, with ideas transforming medicine, health and society. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and a globally renowned cardiologist, involved in teaching, research and practice in Toronto for 35 years. He has looked after many West Indians, including Dame Louise Bennett and Eric Coverly, who helped him with health promotion and in developing his ideas. This year marks 25 years of his pioneering contribution in diversity and health, and in chaos and complexity science, which Stephen Hawking says he thinks will be the science for the 21st century.
Born in Guyana, he studied medicine at McMaster University after receiving the Guyana Scholarship, teaching math in Guyana and a BSc (University of Toronto). Since 1990 he has lectured on ethnicity and health, and chaos/complexity and health across the West Indies, including at many UWI Medical Reunion and Caribbean Cardiovascular Society Conferences.
As a pioneer in chaos and complexity science, he is the first to apply these ideas to medicine, proposing their use in solving complex world problems like peace, health, development, poverty reduction and climate change. He has publications as Letters in prestigious medical journals like Lancet, Heart and British Medical Journal, gave lectures at University College London and Cambridge University, UK, and was part of a global Think Tank at the Newton Institute of Mathematical Sciences at Cambridge University in 2000.
As a pioneer in diversity/ethnicity and health, he developed innovative ideas for reducing obesity, diabetes and heart disease, with a multilevel complexity "Health in All Policies" approach, including grassroots action and social occasions for health, going to schools, temples, churches and community centers to achieve change. He advocated widely for this, gave Keynote Lectures to the Black and South Asian Canadian communities recently, and wrote a landmark 50th Anniversary Editorial for the American Heart Journal on Race, Ethnicity and Health.
He is the founder of Global Heart, co-
Recent awards include 2016 FCCS, Canadian Cardiovascular Society's highest award, 2016 Guyana (Canada) 50th Anniversary of Independence Award for Academic Excellence, 2016 McMaster University GTA Impact Award, 2015 UC, University of Toronto Alumni of Influence Award, 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and 2012 Top 25 Canadian Immigrants.
The Honourable Mr. Justice Michael H. Tulloch is a judge on the Court of Appeal for Ontario, a position he has held since his appointment in June 2012 following nine years on the Superior Court of Justice.
Prior to Mr. Justice Tulloch's appointment to the Court, he was appointed an Assistant Crown Attorney in 1991 where he worked both in Peel and Toronto.In 1995, Justice Tulloch entered private practice, specializing in criminal law. He continued in this practice until his appointment to the Bench in 2003.
While in private practice, Justice Tulloch was also appointed a special prosecuting agent with the Federal Department of Justice. He also participated in a number of commissions including the Ontario Government Review on Civilian Oversight on Policing, the Review of the Ontario Legal Aid Plan, and the Criminal Code Review conducted by the Federal Attorney General and the Minister of Justice.
In 2006 Mr. Justice Tulloch was asked by the Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School to chair a Review Panel of the Law School's Admissions Policy, after which the majority of the panel's recommendations were accepted and implemented by the Law School.
Over the years, Justice Tulloch has been very actively involved in post secondary education as well as numerous community organizations. He is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Osgoode Society on Legal History. Justice Tulloch is a former Lecturer and Don for York University, where he is an alumnus. He still sits on the Board of Directors for the Alumni Association. As well, he is an Academic Fellow of McLaughlin College as well as Vanier College, York University and a member of the Advisory Board to the Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School.
In 2011, he was also appointed a Distinguished Research Fellow for the Centre of
Law and Policy at Ryerson University. Justice Tulloch is the recipient of two Honorary
Doctorate Degrees, one a Doctor of Laws from the University of Guelph and the other
a Doctor of Theology for Tyndale University and Seminary, as well as numerous other
community awards. On the Superior court, Justice Tulloch was a member of Chief's
Education committee and he was Co-
Justice Tulloch was also a treasurer of the Ontario Superior Court Judges Association;
as well, he is the Vice-
Senator Sinclair served the justice system in Manitoba for over 25 years. He was
the first Aboriginal Judge appointed in Manitoba and Canada’s second. He served as
Senator Sinclair has been invited to speak throughout Canada, the United States and internationally, including the Cambridge Lectures for members of the Judiciary of various Commonwealth Courts in England.
He served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Manitoba. He was very active within his profession and his community and has won numerous awards, including the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the Manitoba Bar Association’s Equality Award (2001) and its Distinguished Service Award (2016) and has received Honorary Doctorates from 8 Canadian universities. Senator Sinclair was appointed to the Senate on April 2, 2016.
On February 14, 1922 Dr. John Grace and Mr. Fred William Kennedy established Grace, Kennedy & Company Limited in Kingston, Jamaica to carry on a general mercantile, shipping and insurance business.
Today it is known as GraceKennedy Limited, one of the Caribbean's largest groups of companies with over 2,500 employees. Publicly listed on the Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchanges, it is the parent company for over 40 subsidiaries with operations spanning Jamaica, other Caribbean countries, Belize, the USA, UK, Canada, and Africa operating mainly in the food and financial services industries.
The Food Trading Segment, GK Foods, comprises six factories which produce a number
of products under the flagship Grace brand, other GraceKennedy-
The Financial Services segment, GK Financial Group, comprises commercial banking, general insurance, insurance brokerage, investment banking, remittance, cambio and bills payment services businesses.
The company's insistence on the high quality of its products and services, as well as being true to its founding principles of honesty, integrity and trust, has made it a household name in Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean.
Committed to being an exemplary Corporate citizen and mindful of its responsibility to give back to society, GraceKennedy has contributed generously to Jamaica's development through the years. In addition to providing financial assistance to a host of worthy causes, GraceKennedy has institutionalised its programme of support through its two Foundations. These are the Grace & Staff Community Development Foundation (Grace & Staff) and the GraceKennedy Foundation.
Grace & Staff offers assistance to under-
The GraceKennedy Foundation, established in 1982, focuses on giving assistance in the areas of education and protecting the environment. In addition to the award of annual scholarships and bursaries to students, the GraceKennedy Foundation contributes to long term thought leadership and innovation in workforce development and social and environmental management through the Professorial Chairs in Management and Environmental Management at The University of the West Indies. The professors have supervised over 50 Masters and PhD students in areas critical to national development including migration, environmental management, sustainable tourism, and Caribbean regional integration.
GraceKennedy's subsidiaries based outside of Jamaica are also actively involved in giving back to communities wherever they are located.
Studied at the Pretoria Bantu Normal College before teaching at Johannesburg Bantu High School before studying theology at St Peter's Theological College in Rosettenville, Johannesburg, and King's College London where he received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in theology.
The first Black Archbishop of Cape Town, he became Secretary General of the South African Council of Churches, rising to international fame for leading opposition to apartheid. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984; the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986; the Pacem in Terris Award in 1987; the Sydney Peace Prize in 1999; the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2007; and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. After the fall of apartheid, he headed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Received an honorary degree in 1986 from The University of the West Indies, the University of Toronto in 2000 and the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Continues to use his positional power and high profile to campaign for poverty, HIV/AIDS,
racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and land rights globally. Tirelessly dedicated
his energies to bringing peace for groups across the world who are struggling for
Archbishop Tutu married Nomalizo Leah Shenxane, a teacher whom he had met while at college in 1955. They have four children: Trevor Thamsanqa, Theresa Thandeka, Naomi Nontombi and Mpho Andrea.
Archbishop reads the Bible every day and recommends that people read it as a collection of books, not a single constitutional document: "You have to understand is that the Bible is really a library of books and it has different categories of material; There are certain parts which you have to say no to. The Bible accepted slavery. St Paul said women should not speak in church at all and there are people who have used that to say women should not be ordained. There are many things that you shouldn't accept." His daughter, Mpho Tutu, has also followed in her father's footsteps and in 2004 was ordained an Episcopal priest by her father.