Honorary Degrees

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Name: Hon. Otto Lang
Convocation date: June 5, 2013
Discipline / contribution: law ; public service
Citation / biographical information:

The Honourable Otto Lang has made significant contributions to the legal, social, political and business development of our country.

Otto Lang was born in Saskatchewan, was a Rhodes Scholar, and at the age of 29, was appointed the Dean of the Law School at the University of Saskatchewan. Otto Lang brought with him a vision of a significant law school located in western Canada. Despite being the then youngest dean in North America, he attracted an outstanding faculty and taught some of Canada's most distinguished lawyers, politicians, and business persons. He has, through his former students, had a great influence on life in Canada.

Otto Lang was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 1968. As the Member of Parliament for Saskatoon- Humboldt, he held various portfolios including: Minister Responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board, Minister of Manpower and Immigration, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Minister of Transport. Otto Lang worked tirelessly and honestly to make many significant structural, policy and legislative changes during his time as a Federal Cabinet Minister.

Following his leaving politics in 1979, he served as Executive Vice-President of Pioneer Grain Co. Ltd., Chairman of the Transport Institute at the University of Manitoba and as President, CEO of Centra Gas Manitoba Inc.

Otto Lang continues to serve as a volunteer in his community, where his vision and drive shapes the lives of Canadians. In 1999, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Degree presented by: Sanjeev Anand

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