Dr. Robert (Squee) Gordon, President Emeritus of Humber College and Academic Advisor to Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette, has been appointed as an officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of his dedication and commitment to higher education in Canada.
Dr. Gordon has spent more than 45 years in public postsecondary education. He was president of Dawson College in Montreal before becoming Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning’s longest serving president (1982-2007).
“While it is humbling to be personally honoured, real credit should go to the many committed and professional staff at Humber, Dawson and other colleges across Canada who make excellent educational things happen. Considering its major impact upon the socio-economic well-being of so many Canadians, the college movement has always been underappreciated in Canada, and this award goes some distance in redressing that misconception,” said Gordon.
Among Dr. Gordon’s many awards and achievements are the Commemorative Medal for the Golden and Diamond Jubilees of Queen Elizabeth II and the Order of Ontario.
Over the course of his career, he has taught at many colleges and universities, has consulted and been a policy advisor nationally and internationally on postsecondary education, is widely published, and held a variety of board and other appointments.
“The impact Squee has had on postsecondary education, by way of his example and the direct influence of his leadership, is significant,” stated Anna Stuart, Managing Partner, Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette. “We believe we are extremely fortunate to be able to draw on his knowledge and experience to inform our academic search work across Canada, and congratulate him on this well-deserved acknowledgement of his contribution.”