Carleton presents The Honourable John Manley with its most prestigious award

Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, Carleton graduate, and now award-winning alumnus. The Honourable John Manley (B.A./71), added another item to a long list of accomplishments on October 22 when the Carleton University Alumni Association presented him with the 2003 A.D. Dunton Alumni Award of Distinction, the University’s most prestigious alumni honour.

Manley received the award at a special alumni luncheon at Ottawa’s Rideau Club in front of more than 140 alumni and friends of the University, including Carleton President Richard Van Loon and new Chancellor Dr. Marc Garneau. National alumni president Gerard Buss (B.A./73), told the crowd Minister Manley “was the unanimous winner, because of the outstanding contributions he’s made to Canadian public life.”

In his keynote address, Manley talked about some of those successes, including bringing Canada into the Internet era in the early 1990s, during his tenure as Minister of Industry. “That’s the great thing that public service offers you — a chance to set some goals and sometimes to achieve them,” he says.

He was especially enthusiastic about his time at Carleton, suggesting the University offered the kind of education Canadians need to succeed. “What I believe is that a country that learns is a country that leads,” he says. “Carleton has been part of building that intelligent, innovative, inclusive and international Canada.”

The luncheon, hosted by the association’s Ottawa branch, was the first in a series of speaking engagements featuring noted Carleton alumni and friends of the University. Joe Belfontaine, President of the Ottawa branch, says he thought Manley was the perfect speaker to launch the series. “Personally, I can’t think of a better Carleton success story.”

The next luncheon, to be held on March 4, 2004, will feature Carleton’s new Chancellor, Dr. Marc Garneau, President of the Canadian Space Agency and the first Canadian in space.

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