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U of G honours Winegard for his leadership

Former University of Guelph president William Winegard will receive the university’s highest leadership honour on May 27.
He will get the Lincoln Alexander Outstanding Leader Award, presented annually by the U of G’s College of Business and Economics, during an invitation-only dinner in his honour on campus. The award was created in 2006 to honour the late Lincoln Alexander, who served as U of G’s chancellor for 15 years.
Winegard has enjoyed a varied and influential career as an educator, administrator, engineer, scientist and federal politician, said a U of G news release Tuesday. He served as U of G’s second president and vice-chancellor from 1967 to 1975. He later served as a Guelph MP and federal Progressive Conservative cabinet minister.
With 2014 marking the U of G’s 50th anniversary, “it’s the ideal time to reflect upon those who have shaped our beloved university,” Julia Christensen Hughes, dean of the business school, said in the release.
“Bill Winegard laid the foundation of this university, which has allowed U of G to flourish into the institution it has become today,” she said. “It’s fitting that at this point in our history we honour a person who not only influenced the direction of this institution, but also instilled values that we continue to emulate today – a community that cares.”
Winegard, who served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1942 to 1945, came to U of G three years after its founding in 1964. He played a pivotal role in converting an agricultural, veterinary sciences and home economics institution into a broadly based university, including expansion of the humanities and social sciences, the release said. He also reorganized the college structure, gave students an official voice on governing policies and opened Senate meetings to the public.
Winegard is also known for his dedication to social and environmental causes and his volunteer work, including reading to children at U of G’s Child Care and Learning Centre.
Past recipients of the Lincoln Alexander Outstanding Leader Award are: Paul Martin, Canada’s 21st prime minister and an advocate for aboriginal issues; Louise Arbour, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada; Rick Hillier, retired Canadian general and former chief of the defence staff of the Canadian Forces; Martin Connell, a prominent Canadian business leader and influential philanthropist; and Frank McKenna, former New Brunswick premier and Canadian ambassador to the United States.

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