Honorary degree recipient

John WallaceThe University of New Brunswick will grant an honorary doctorate of laws degree to The Honourable John D. Wallace, lawyer and former New Brunswick member of the Senate of Canada.

John Wallace holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (1971) and Bachelor of Laws (1973) from the University of New Brunswick (UNB). Committed to the university, Wallace was a member of its Board of Governors from 2006-2009, and staunchly defended the integrity of UNB Saint John following the 2007 Post-Secondary Education Report.

In addition to his commitment to community development and advocacy of UNB, Mr. Wallace has also represented his home province on a national level. Appointed to the Senate of Canada in 2009, he served for eight years and worked to make the Senate a properly functioning independent, non-partisan Chamber “of sober second thought,” as was originally intended. His Senate work was marked by his commitment to inclusive economic and social policy, higher education and as an advocate in Ottawa representing the best interests of New Brunswick.

Throughout an engaged and successful career in both private and corporate law, Mr. Wallace has always been an active leader in initiatives for the betterment of his community. He has been involved in the work of more than 20 volunteer organizations relating to arts, recreation, poverty reduction, youth and business development.

In addition to receiving other awards, Mr. Wallace is the recipient of both a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) and a Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2003); a UNB Associated Alumni Award of Distinction (2009), the New Brunswick Day Merit Award, from both the Town of Rothesay (2003) and the City of Saint John (2002).