Douglas R. Stollery appointed to Order of Canada

Alumnus recognized for exemplary contributions to Canadian society

Sarah Kent - 04 January 2021

Former University of Alberta chancellor and Faculty of Law alumnus Douglas R. Stollery, QC, is among the 61 Canadians who have been recognized with one of the nation’s highest honours.

Stollery, ‘76 LLB, was appointed a member of the Order of Canada on December 30 in recognition of “his wide-ranging contributions to Canada’s legal landscape, for his defence of human rights and for his broad community involvement.”

The Order of Canada is one of the most prestigious national distinctions for civilians. Presented by the governor general, the lifelong appointment recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to their communities through service, innovation and compassion.

A highlight of Stollery’s legal career includes pro bono work on the landmark Supreme Court of Canada case Vriend v Alberta, which led to the amendment of Alberta’s human rights legislation to include sexual orientation as a protected class. This monumental human rights case is regarded as one of the Top 10 Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms decisions.

Stollery’s dedication to philanthropy exemplifies his passion for bettering the lives of others. He serves as president of the Stollery Charitable Foundation, which helps communities, families, and individuals flourish and overcome barriers. He also serves as director of CARE Canada, a charitable organization that economically empowers women and girls, and as a director of The Stephen Lewis Foundation, which supports individuals impacted by the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa.

Stollery has received numerous recognitions during his career, including his appointment as Queen’s Counsel in 1994. He has also earned a lifetime achievement award from the Canadian General Counsel Association, a distinguished alumni award from the U of A, and a distinguished citizen award and honorary degree from MacEwan University.

Stollery completed his four-year term as the 21st chancellor of the U of A in June 2020. He has contributed to the Faculty of Law as a lecturer, a member of the Faculty’s Advisory Committee, and as a director of the Alberta Law Reform Institute.