Professor Jennifer Bond, and alumni Ronald Caza (’87) and Shirley Greenberg (’73) are among the 26 new appointees to the Order of Ontario, the province's highest honour, awarded to Ontarians for excellence and achievement in any field.
Appointees to the Order of Ontario are deemed to have made significant contributions in the areas of education, arts, community and public service, science and medicine, citizenship and multiculturalism, business, or sports. Those invested into the Order are held in the highest esteem as examples of excellence for all Ontarians.
Professor Jennifer Bond is an internationally-recognized expert in refugee law, criminal law and human rights law, contributing to legal and policy reform in support of vulnerable persons through advocacy and litigation. She has led multiple major community initiatives in support of refugees, including the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (SSP), founded in 2015 in response to the escalating global refugee crisis. The SSP is a national initiative bringing together law students, pro-bono lawyers, and sponsorship experts to support private refugee sponsorships. The program was crucial to enabling refugee sponsorship in 2015 and 2016, and makes an important long-term impact on Canadian society by promoting and enabling refugee sponsorship as an activity that is accessible to all Canadians. Professor Bond also leads a large-scale project that aims to study and mitigate access to justice issues in Canada’s refugee claims process, and was recently named Chair of the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative.
Ronald Caza is a graduate of the Common Law French Program, and a long-time friend of the Faculty of Law. Mr. Caza is renowned for his exceptional contributions to the Franco-Ontarian community and to access to justice. A founding partner of CazaSaikaley LLP, Mr. Caza has practiced law in both French and English for the entirety of his career, championing minority language rights for more than 25 years. He has also distinguished himself by leading the legal challenges to save Montfort Hospital, and has been a tireless advocate for numerous community organisations and charities. Mr. Caza has remained a strong supporter of the Common Law Section since his graduation, most recently serving on the Advisory Committee for the law school’s Law Practice Program. Earlier in 2016, Mr. Caza was awarded the Law Society Medal by the Law Society of Upper Canada in recognition of his devotion to the legal profession.
Shirley Greenberg graduated from the Common Law Section in 1973 before embarking on a long and successful career in family law that saw her not only start Ottawa’s first all-female law firm but also help launch the careers of many female lawyers. Now in retirement, Ms. Greenberg remains on the front lines of the Canadian’s women’s movement, tirelessly advocating for the empowerment of women. She has donated almost $3 million to her alma mater for various initiatives, including the Common Law Section’s own Shirley E. Greenberg Chair for Women and the Legal Profession. At the time, her gift represented the largest donation from an individual. She also actively supports the Canadian International Longevity Centre, hosted at the Faculty Health Sciences. The University of Ottawa, and the law school in particular, have benefitted greatly from Shirley Greenberg’s generosity over the years.
Professor Bond, Mr. Caza and Ms. Greenberg will be presented with the Order of Ontario insignia by the Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, at an investiture ceremony at Queen’s Park in 2017.
Congratulations to all of Common Law’s appointees! The law school is thrilled to be associated with such fine examples of excellence and achievement!