The Prime Minister has announced that the next Governor-General, who will replace HE Michaelle Jean on Oct. 1, 2010, is David Johnston.
Johnston has two LL.B. degrees, one from Cambridge (1965) and another from Queen’s (1966). He is currently the President of the University of Waterloo. In 1997, he was appointed a companion of the Order of Canada.
But one of the more interesting points of his career is when he served as the Dean of the law school at the University of Western Ontario, my alma mater, between 1974-1979. In an e-mail to our law school community the current Dean of UWO Law, Ian Holloway, shared,
David is an extraordinary person, with an amazing ability to inspire people. Those who were here when he was dean will tell you that it was one of the golden times in our history. I can believe it, for even though I arrived only after he was long gone, he very quickly befriended me, and he’s been a constant source of advice and counsel since. We’ll be lucky indeed to have him as the Queen’s representative.