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2015 Honourees


Roxanne Fairweather, O.N.B.​
President & CEO, Innovatia

Roxanne is Co-CEO and Co-Owner of Innovatia Inc., a global knowledge management company headquartered in Saint John. Roxanne formerly served as COO of Innovatia under the Bell Aliant umbrella from 2001 until the privatization of the company in 2009.  She moved to that position from her role as President of Aliant Wireless.
 
Roxanne has served on the University of New Brunswick’s Board of Governors since 2003 including a 2-year term as Board Chair, and lends her expertise to several board committees. Roxanne’s interest in education lead to a partnership between Innovatia and the Elementary Literacy Friends program, focusing on promoting literacy at an early school age. Roxanne is Co-Chair of Achieve Literacy Greater Saint John, which provides the right resources and strategies to ensure 90% of Grade 2 children are reading at grade level by 2015-16.
 
In 2011, Roxanne took on the role of Chair of Future Great Saint John, providing economic development assistance to the Saint John region. She is Vice Chair of Enterprise for the Saint John Board of Directors, whose mandate is to implement True Growth 2.0 “Charting Our Renaissance” – an economic development plan which provides a growth formula for Saint John and surrounding region.  She also chairs the Opportunities of New Brunswick Board, supporting business growth within the Province.
 
Roxanne previously served as the Board Chair of Facilicorp NB Ltd., an agency which consolidated 8 regional health authorities into one non-clinical shared service; Director of Brunswick Pipeline; LearnSphere Canada; and is a founding member of Propel ICT, a group of business people leading the I.T. and communications sector within Saint John.
 
Roxanne has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and is an honorary alumnus of the University of New Brunswick.
 

Shirley Dysart, O.C.
Former New Brunswick Education Minister and Former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly

Throughout her public service, as a teacher, elected representative, volunteer or appointee, Shirley Dysart has distinguished herself in every endeavour.  Shirley was Born in Boston and educated in the public school system in Saint John. She has played an active role wherever she was involved, from St. Vincents' Girls High School to New Brunswick Teachers' College, to graduation from the University of New Brunswick and on to the University of London as a Beaverbrook Overseas Scholar. Shirley has promoted the value of education for essential human development.
 
Shirley taught school in her home city both at the elementary level and in senior high school.  In 1967 she was appointed a charter member of the local School Board, District 20 in Saint John where she served for ten years – the last three as Chairman of the Board – the first woman to hold this position.  From there she entered political life in 1974 as the first female Liberal Party member in the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly and continued to be a member for the next twenty-one years.
 
In 1985 Shirley Dysart served as the interim leader of the Liberal Party. Following the election of 1987, when Frank McKenna became Premier, she was sworn in as the Minister of Education – the first woman to hold that position.  This portfolio was special to her.  Children again as in her teaching days! She remembers the day in 1991 when the full day Kindergarten program was introduced in New Brunswick and she joined Premier McKenna in Woodstock to welcome the five year olds to school.
 
Those four years in the Department of Education were very special to her as she visited schools, met the teachers across the province, met with School Boards and listened to parents and the children too.
 
On October 8, 1991 Shirley Dysart was elected by the members of the Assembly as the first woman to hold the Office of Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick.  It was a privilege to serve in that capacity and it gave her the opportunity to visit Legislative Assemblies across our country and meet Canadians from coast to coast to coast.  In 1995 Shirley Dysart retired from the political scene after 21 years.
 

The Right Honourable Paul Martin P.C., C.C.​
Former Prime Minister of Canada and Founder, Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative

The Right Honourable Paul Martin was Prime Minister of Canada from 2003 to 2006 and Minister of Finance from 1993 to 2002.
 
During his tenure as Minister of Finance, he erased Canada’s deficit, subsequently recording five consecutive budget surpluses while paying down the national debt and setting Canada’s debt-to-GDP ratio on a steady downward track. He was the inaugural chair of the Finance Ministers’ G-20 in 1999.
 
During his tenure as Prime Minister, Mr. Martin set in place a ten year, forty-one billion dollar plan to improve health care and reduce wait times; signed agreements with the provinces and territories to establish the first national early learning and child care program and created a new financial deal for Canada’s municipalities. Under his leadership the Canadian Government reached an historic deal with Aboriginal people of Canada to eliminate the existing funding gaps in health, education and housing known as the Kelowna Accord.
 
After leaving politics, Mr. Martin founded the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative focusing on elementary and secondary education for Aboriginal students and the Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship (CAPE) Fund, an investment fund investing in Aboriginal business. 
 
Internationally, he is chairman of the Congo Basin Forest Fund, a 200 million dollar British-Norwegian-Canadian poverty alleviation and sustainable development fund for the ten-nation Congo Basin Rainforest. He sits on the Advisory Council of the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa, sponsored by the African Union, the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the African Development Bank.  Mr. Martin is also a commissioner for the Global Ocean Commission.
 
Before entering politics, he had a distinguished career as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The CSL Group Inc., the largest self-unloading shipping company in the world. Its acquisition by Mr. Martin in 1981 represented the most important leveraged buyout in Canada at that time.
 
Mr. Martin studied philosophy and history at St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1966.
 

Dr. Michael Fullan, O.C.
Author, International Authority on Educational Reform and Special Advisor on Education to Governments

Dr. Michael Fullan, O.C. is Professor Emeritus of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. He was awarded the prestigious Order of Canada in December 2012. Professor Fullan was Dean of Education at University of Toronto and OISE from 1988-2003.
 
Recognized as a worldwide authority on educational reform, Mr. Fullan is engaged in advising policymakers and local leaders around the world in helping to achieve the moral purpose of all children learning. His books have been published in many languages.
 
He has five honorary doctorates from countries around the world, including the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, Nipissing University in Canada, the University of Leicester in England, Duquesne University, United States, and Hong Kong Institute from Education.
 
Michael Fullan served as Special Advisor to the Premier and Minister of Education in Ontario from 2003-2013, and is now Adviser to Premier Kathleen Wynne, and Minister Liz Sandals.
 
As an author, he has received numerous awards for his books, including: Leading in a Culture of Change, winner of the 2002 Book of the Year Award by Learning Forward (formerly the National Staff Development Council); Breakthrough (with Peter Hill and Carmel Crévola), winner of the 2006 Book of the Year Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE); Turnaround Leadership in Higher Education (with Geoff Scott), winner of the Bellwether Book Award in 2009; Change Wars (with Andy Hargreaves), winner of the 2009 Book of the Year Award by Learning Forward; and Professional Capital (Hargreaves-Fullan), winner of the 2013 book of the year from AACTE. Professional Capital was also given the distinctive Grawmeyer Prize for 2015 as education book of the year.
 
A list of his latest books, articles and other resources can be found at www.michaelfullan.ca, including: Stratosphere, 2013; The Principal, 2014; Big City Reform: Lessons from New York, Toronto, London, 2014; and Freedom to Change (2015).