The Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn
P.C., C.C., C.M.M., C.D., Q.C.
(1934 - 2002)
Twenty-fourth Governor General and Commander in Chief of Canada (January 1990 to February 1995), Ramon John Hnatyshyn served in the House of Commons from 1974 to 1988 and was sworn to the Privy Council in 1979. During this time he fulfilled a wide range of roles including: Minister of State for Science and Technology, Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, Government House Leader, President of the Privy Council, Minister responsible for Regulatory Affairs, and Minister of Justice and Attorney General. In 1984 he was Opposition House Leader for a period of six months.
An honourary life member of the Law Society of Saskatchewan and the Law Society of Upper Canada, Mr. Hnatyshyn received his law degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1956 and was called to the Bar in Saskatchewan in 1957. He was appointed Q.C. in Saskatchewan in 1973 and Q.C. in Canada in 1988. In 1986 he was called to the Bar in Ontario. He was a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Law Society of Saskatchewan (President 1973-74) and the Canadian Bar Association.
Mr. Hnatyshyn received honourary degrees (LL.D.) from numerous post-secondary institutions including: the University of Saskatchewan, Royal Military College of Canada, Queen's University, British Columbia Open University, McGill University, State University of Chernivtsi (Ukraine), University of Manitoba, Carleton University, Royal Roads Military College, University of Northern British Columbia, University of Alberta, Memorial University and the Law Society of Upper Canada. He was appointed Doctor of the University at the University of Ottawa, Doctor of Canon Law at the Victoria University's Emmanuel College, Doctor of Civil Law at Bishop's University and Doctor of Philosophy at Yonsei University, Korea.
As Senior Partner with with Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP Ottawa, Mr. Hnatyshyn had a high-profile career in both the public and private sectors.
Mr. Hnatyshyn received numerous awards for his public and private sector endeavours, including the St. Volodymyr Medal Award from the World Congress of Ukrainians. Mr. Hnatyshyn also played a leadership role in a number of charities including: the United Way Campaign, United Community Funds, the Saskatoon Gallery and Conservatory Corporation and the YMCA.
The Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Law is presented annually by the Canadian Bar Association to recognize outstanding contributions to the law and legal scholarship in Canada.