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Convocation date: May 18, 1973
Discipline / contribution: international service
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Council and Senate, I present to you George Ignatieff, Provost, Trinity College. In the period during and since World War II Canada has been called on to play an increasing important and influential role in international affairs. During the same period, the development of Canada as a nation has been linked to the complexities of international trade, the workings of international organizations and the skill of our representatives. Few Canadians have been as deeply involved or contributed so greatly to the critical period in our history as George Ignatieff. A few examples will illustrate this involvement. Dr. Ignatieff joined the Department of External Affairs in 1940 and spent the war years as 3rd Secretary in Canada House, London. His career carried him through as Diplomatic Advisor to the UN Atomic Energy Commission in 1946 and as an Advisor with the Canadian Delegation to the UN Assembly in 1946-47.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
He continued to fill many assignments to the UN General Assembly until he became the Canadian Ambassador to the UN 1966-68 during which time he was twice appointed President of the UN Security Council. At other times Dr. Ignatieff was Canadian Ambassador to Yugoslavia 1956-58, Deputy High Commissioner to the United Kingdom 1959, Assistant under Secretary of State for External Affairs 1960-62, Permanent Representative of Canada to NATO 1963, Permanent Representative of Canada to the European Office of the UN 1971â€”72. Dr. Ignatieff was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, to Count Paul and Princess Natalie. He graduated in 1935 with a B.A. from Trinity College, University of Toronto, was selected Rhodes Scholar. Dr. Ignatieff married Alison Grant and they have two sons, Michael and Andrew. Dr. Ignatieff has been in Western Canada many times but one stands out in his memory. In 1929, he was employed by the CPR as an axman working in line construction from Proctor to Kooteny landing in B.C. I trust this trip will also be memorable if less arduous.
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you George Ignatieff and ask that you will confer on him the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: C.M. Williams, Professor of Animal Science
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