Honorary Degrees

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Name: Harold Chapman
Convocation date: October 28, 2017
Discipline / contribution: education ; co-operative movement; co-operative organizations
Citation / biographical information:
Harold Chapman has spent a lifetime committed to the co-operative movement as a builder and educator in the province. Born in Saskatoon in 1917, Chapman grew up on a farm and studied agriculture and cooperatives at the University of Saskatchewan. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Agriculture in 1943 . In 1945, he was hired by the province to help develop farming, fishing, trapping and housing co-operatives. Among his early achievements was establishing co-op farms for Canadian veterans returning from the Second World War.
Named the first director of the Co-operative Institute in Saskatoon in 1955, Chapman spent the next two decades as an educator. While in this role, he helped organize the Saskatoon Community Clinic in 1962 and was a founding member of the international organization, Association of Co-operative Educators, in 1965.
In 1973 Mr. Chapman joined Federated Co-operatives Ltd. as member and public relations director. Since retiring in 1982, he has remained involved with community organizations and with the co-operative movement, including the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, located at the U of S. The centre helped sponsor and co-publish his 2012 memoir Sharing my Life: Building the Co-operative Movement, his account of the history and legacy of co-operatives in Saskatchewan.
Mr Chapman celebrated his 100th birthday this year by being inducted into the Order of Canada.
Degree received: Doctor of Laws

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