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Name: The Honorable Edward (Ted) Hughes
Convocation date: June 2, 2011
Discipline / contribution: jusisprudence ; treaty negotiations; health care
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The Honorable Edward (Ted) Hughes was born and raised in Saskatoon. After earning his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, he practiced law for ten years prior to his appointment as a district court judge and subsequent promotion to the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench and appointment as Queen’s Counsel.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Mr. Hughes has worked as conflict of interest commissioner for the Yukon and Northwest Territories, deputy attorney general for British Columbia and as chief federal treaty negotiator, and the chair of innumerable commissions of inquiry throughout the western provinces and in the Yukon and Northwest Territories. His work as Chief Adjudicator of Indian Residential Schools settlement claims ranked at the very top of all of the public service work throughout his long and distinguished career. In this capacity he brought his wisdom and experience to develop, from the ground level, a dispute resolution settlement system to deal with thousands of specific claims of physical and sexual abuse experienced by former students of Indian Residential Schools. It was a formidable task laden with many political pressures from various groups.
Mr. Hughes’ devotion to public service has included extended service in health care governance as co-chair of the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness, past chair of Juan de Fuca Hospitals in Victoria, and former chair of the Vancouver Island CNIB capital fundraising drive. As chair of the Saskatoon City Hospital Board of Governors, he provided leadership for close to a decade, while concurrently serving as president of the Saskatchewan Health Care Association and president of the Canadian Hospital Association. He was the first chair of the Saskatchewan Cancer Foundation, established to support cancer research, diagnostic, prevention and treatment facilities in the province.
Mr. Hughes has been recognized with the Generosity of Spirit Award by the Victoria Foundation, Lifetime Achievement Award from Leadership Victoria, and the Justice Institute of British Columbia for his significant contributions in the field of justice. In 2003 Mr. Hughes was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2009, the College of Arts and Science recognized him as one of the inaugural “100 Alumni of Influence”, and last year he was named as one of Canada’s top 25 most influential lawyers by Canadian Lawyer magazine.
Mr. Hughes’ reputation as a “fair, ethical and no-nonsense adjudicator” is well earned. His review of B.C.’s child welfare system was described as “one of the most balanced, thoughtful, and reflective [reviews] that had such clear touchstones for change.” The U of S is privileged to recognize Mr. Hughes for his leadership in the field of law—as a judge, deputy attorney general, commissioner of conflict of interest and chief federal treaty negotiator—and for his outstanding civic service in the support of health care.
Degree presented by: Peter Stoicheff
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