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OISE’s Dr. Charles Pascal receives honorary doctorate from Laurentian University

Member of the Order of Canada has made lasting impact in educational advancement in Ontario and around the world

Dr. Charles Pascal
OISE’s Dr. Charles Pascal

OISE professor Dr. Charles Pascal has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from Laurentian University – the third honorary doctorate he has received in his accomplished career, along with three honorary college diplomas.

Dr. Pascal receives the honorary degree on June 2 at a convocation ceremony in Sudbury, Ontario.

“We are pleased to acknowledge and to celebrate Dr. Pascal’s important contributions to education,” said Laurentian University President and Vice-Chancellor, Dominic Giroux. “His lifetime of work in education policy will influence learning and teaching for generations to come.”

Laurentian University Chancellor Steve Paikin also said, “This honorary degree recognizes Dr. Pascal’s achievements as a Canadian educator with expertise in early and higher education, public policy and leadership development. His tireless efforts have had a positive impact for learners from pre-school through post-secondary education in Ontario and beyond.”

OISE Dean Glen Jones also noted Dr. Pascal’s “outstanding contribution” to education in Ontario and around the world “at all levels”.

Dr. Charles Pascal

Above, Dr. Charles Pascal, age 19 at the University of Michigan. After family and education, comes baseball for this professor. Involved in organized baseball from the age of eight, he also coached the University of Toronto baseball team until 2013.

“He is a model educator, always open to learn but energized by the opportunities to mentor and teach. He has always been one of my great role models,” he said.

Among Dr. Pascal’s many accomplishments, he has served as:

  • Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Education and Training
  • Special Advisor to the Premier on Early Learning
  • Former President of Sir Sandford Fleming College
  • Chair of the Ontario Council of Regents for Ontario’s Colleges
  • Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Community and Social Services
  • Deputy Minister of the Premier’s Council on Health, Well-Being and Social Justice
  • Chair of the Education Quality and Accountability Office

Dr. Pascal was the first full-time Executive Director of the Atkinson Foundation that promotes social and economic justice.