2010 Honourees

John Honderich, C.M., O.Ont.
Chair, Torstar’s Board of Directors
Former Publisher of the Toronto Star

John Honderich, former publisher and editor of the Toronto Star, began his newspaper career with the Ottawa Citizen (1973-76). He joined The Toronto Star in 1976 as a reporter and eventually became chief of The Star’s Ottawa Bureau and later chief of the Washington Bureau. After a stint as Deputy City Editor, he was appointed Business Editor of The Star in May 1984, the position he held until he took a leave of absence (1986) in London, England where he took several post graduate studies in economics and international trade at the London School of Economics. In 1994, Honderich was appointed Publisher of The Star, a position he held for almost 10 years, after a stint as the newspaper’s Editor and Editorial Page Editor.

John Honderich has also served as Chairman of Canadian Press, Canadian Director for the World Association of Newspapers, and a director on the boards of the Canadian Newspaper Association, the Audit Bureau of Circulations and workpolis.com. Mr. Honderich was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2004 and a Member of the Order of Ontario in 2006. Most recently, he has been Special Ambassador to the Mayor of Toronto and then Special Advisor to the Premier of Ontario.
The Hon. David R. Peterson, P.C., O.Ont.
Senior Partner & Chairman, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
Chancellor, University of Toronto
Former Premier of Ontario

David Peterson holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Toronto. In 1975, he was elected as a Member of the Ontario Legislature, and became the leader of the Ontario Liberal party in 1982. He served as Premier of the Province between 1985 and 1990, playing a major role in the country’s constitutional discussions. He is Chancellor of the University of Toronto, a Director of St. Michael’s hospital and the Shaw Festival, and was Chairman of the successful Toronto bid for 2015 Pan Am Games.

Mr. Peterson is a director of a number of public and private companies, including Rogers Communications Inc., Franco-Nevada Corporation and Shoppers Drug Mart, and was the Founding Chairman of the Toronto Raptors Basketball Club Inc. and Chapters Inc. Mr. Peterson is or was director or active with a number of charitable, educational and environmental organizations and advisory boards over the years, including the Ontario March of Dimes, the Ontario Canada Day Committee, Canadian Club, Cercle Canadien, Council for Canadian Unity, World President’s Organization, the Society for Educational Visits & Exchanges in Canada, Frontier College, Peter Lougheed Medical Research Foundation and the Advisory Board of the Coady International Institute.

Mr. Peterson was appointed a Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honour of France in 1994. In 2009, he was awarded the Order of Ontario.
Firoz Rasul
Aga Khan University

President Rasul earned a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Hertfordshire in the UK and an MBA from McGill University. For the past four years, he has been President of the Aga Khan University, an institution of higher education that is committed to bringing international standards of excellence in teaching, research and service to local communities in eight countries on three continents. Prior to his work with AKU, President Rasul served as either Chairman or Chief Executive Officer of Ballard Power Systems, a world leader in fuel cell technology from 1988 to 2004.

Mr. Rasul’s has served as a member of the University of British Columbia’s Board of Governors and as a Director on the Board of Science World, British Columbia. Between 2000 and 2006, he was President of the Aga Khan Council for Canada, where he led the development of several large-scale projects for the Aga Khan Development Network, including The Global Centre of Pluralism in Ottawa and the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, where research and education are a large part of their mandates.

As a business leader, Mr. Rasul has played a key role as a member of the Board of TELUS Corporation and the Royal Bank Capital Corporation. He was named 2001 National Transportation Person of the Year, and Wilfred Laurier University’s School of Business and Economics recognized him with its Outstanding Business Leader award. Simon Fraser University in British Columbia conferred the Degree of Doctors of Laws, honoris causa, on Mr. Rasul in 2001.
Dr. Saida Rasul
Past Chair, Board of Governors
Simon Fraser University

Dr. Rasul holds a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of London in the U.K. and a Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of Toronto. She is also a community volunteer who is focused on improving the lives of the less fortunate and has worked tirelessly to support educational institutions and community service organizations across Canada and internationally. Her educational work includes everything from policy advocacy to grass roots implementation of programs as well as her involvement with Simon Fraser University where she completed two terms on the Board of Governors, the last term as Chair. Her belief that a robust civil society is essential to strong communities has had a deep impact on the organizations and communities with which she has worked. Dr. Rasul has been involved at the board level in several organizations, including many local schools in British Columbia and Outward Bound in Canada. Her impact, though, has gone beyond individual schools. She has received recognition from several organizations, including local, regional and national awards from the United Way. In 2007, she was recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the YWCA and is the recipient of Leadership Vancouver’s Outstanding Graduate Award and the Spirit of Vancouver Award from the Vancouver Board of Trade.

2010 Honouree Award
Community Leadership at
Manulife Financial

Manulife focuses its corporate philanthropy on non-profit organizations that support community service, champion youth initiatives and foster health and wellness. Last year, Manulife donated $25 million to over 600 non-profit organizations around the world, with over 15,600 Manulife employees and agents donating 74,000 hours of their time to charitable organizations in their communities. Some of their projects supporting youth and education include a partnership with The Learning Partnership’s Welcome to Kindergarten™ program in Canada, which provides pre-school children (and their families) with preparatory resources and experiences to begin their formal education with a foundation in early learning nurtured in the home; contributions to Breakfast for Learning, a national organization that provides nourishment programs for school-age children; and the Manulife Send ‘Em Smiling program, which provides backpacks filled with new outfits, shoes and school supplies to children who need them.
In Memoriam - ​Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. J. Fraser Mustard, C.C., O.Ont.
International Leader in
Early Childhood Development

After completing his MD in Toronto in 1953, Dr. Mustard began his distinguished research career during his PhD studies at Cambridge, where he focused on the role of blood platelets in cardiovascular disease. This research continued for ten years at the Blood and Vascular Disease Research Unit in Toronto. He moved to McMaster University in 1966 and recruited many international scientists who helped to establish McMaster as a major centre for thrombosis research.

As a founding member of its medical school, he was deeply involved in developing its innovative problem-based program of medical education that has been adopted as a model around the world. Fraser Mustard headed the Founders’ Network. His primary mission was emphasizing the crucial importance of a child’s experiences in the first six years of life.

In 1999 he co-authored the Early Years Study on Early Learning with specific community recommendations. In 2002, Dr. Mustard set up the Council for Early Child Development and Parenting and became a tireless advocate of the importance of early brain development for health, behaviour, learning, and quality of life. Throughout his career, Fraser Mustard influenced health policy in Canada by serving on many federal and provincial committees, councils and royal commissions. His many awards and honorary degrees include the Gairdner International Award, the Canada Council Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Prize, and the William J. Dawson Medal of the Royal Society of Canada. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada and a Laureate of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.