David Johnston is the 2013 recipient of the Honorary Membership Award. This award recognizes individuals who are not family physicians in Canada, but who have made outstanding contributions to the CFPC, the discipline of family medicine, the health system, or the health and well-being of the population in Canada or abroad.
David Johnston was born in Sudbury, Ontario. After graduating with an arts degree from Harvard University in Massachusetts and law degrees from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and Queen’s University in Kingston, he began teaching law at Queen’s University in 1966, before moving to the University of Toronto in 1968. He became Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario in London in 1974. In 1979, Mr Johnston was named Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University in Montreal, and in 1994, he returned to full-time teaching in the McGill Faculty of Law. In June 1999, Mr Johnston became the fifth president of the University of Waterloo.
Mr Johnston has served on numerous provincial and federal task forces, committees, and public company boards. He was president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and of the Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec. He was the founding chair of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy and chaired the federal government’s Information Highway Advisory Council.
Mr Johnston’s specializations include securities regulation, information technology, and corporate law. The author or co-author of 24 books, he holds honorary doctorates from two dozen universities, and is a Companion of the Order of Canada.
Sworn in on October 1, 2010, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston is the 28th Governor General since Confederation.
Honorary Membership Award
Honorary Membership may be conferred upon individuals who are not family physicians in Canada. This honour recognizes physicians or members of the public who have made an outstanding contribution to the CFPC, the discipline of family medicine, the medical profession, or the health and well-being of the population in Canada and around the world.