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Honorary Degree - Wayne MacKay

2 October, 2015

A. Wayne MacKay, C.M., Q.C., B.A., B.Ed., M.A., LL.B.

A. Wayne MacKay

Wayne MacKay has had a distinguished career as a university administrator, legal scholar, respected teacher, and constitutional and human rights expert. He has served as President and Vice-Chancellor of Mount Allison University, and as an advisor to governments, national agencies and tribunals on Canadian diversity issues, constitutional issues, and civil rights and human rights initiatives.

Noted for his teaching, innovative research and writing, Professor MacKay has been honoured for his outstanding contributions to academic excellence. He is Canada’s leading authority on Education Law, and has written several books on this complex subject. He has written hundreds of academic articles in the fields of constitutional and human rights law.

As a Professor at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Law, Professor MacKay earned a reputation for strong commitment to the teaching and learning experience. His concern for accessibility and equity within the Canadian legal system prompted him to be part of envisioning and implementing the Law Program for Indigenous Blacks and Mi’kmaq. He became the Law Program’s first Director. The Nova Scotia government appointed him Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission in 1995.

His broad knowledge, background, and distinguished record of achievement have resulted in a high demand for his wise counsel as a legal consultant. His respected opinions are sought by academics, public policy makers, government, community leaders, and the local and national media.

Professor MacKay has received numerous awards and special recognition for his achievements, including the WPM Kennedy Memorial Award for the most distinguished Law Professor in Canada, and the Walters Taronopolsky Award for achievement in the field of Human Rights. Rotary International appointed him a Paul Harris Fellow in February 2005, and in June 2005 he was appointed a member of the Order of Canada.

MacKay began his education in a one-room school in Upper Mount Thom, Pictou County and currently resides in Waverly Nova Scotia.

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