COE alumni Dr. Robert A. Gordon receives Canadian “Minister’s Lifetime Achievement Award”

Dr. Robert A. Gordon (M.Ed 1969, Ed.D 1971) has been awarded the fourth annual Minister's Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to Ontario, Canada’s college system. His academic background includes an Honours BA in History and a Master's Degree in Modern British History from Bishop's University, a Master's Degree and Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Massachusetts’ College of Education, and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.

Retired since summer 2006, Dr. Gordon was President of Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning ( in Toronto for 25 years. During his 40-year career, he contributed to the college sector in Ontario and across North America by serving on numerous boards and committees.

Dr. Gordon has taught graduate courses and lectured at many universities, including the University of Toronto, McGill, University of British Columbia, Harvard University and the University of Texas. He has been a consultant for the Canadian International Development Agency in Africa and South East Asia, and a policy advisor to the Secretary of State and the Minister for Employment and Immigration on matters related to postsecondary education. In 1994, he evaluated the inspection system for the Further Education Funding Council in the United Kingdom.

He has received recognition and numerous awards including being appointed to the Order of Ontario and being awarded the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. He also received the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation Commemoration Medal, the Paul Elsner Leadership Award from the Chairs' Academy, Phoenix, Arizona, the International Leadership Award from the University of Texas, and the Distinguished Educator Award from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. He was recently appointed to the Order of Ontario.

Dr. Gordon has served as President of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, President of the American-based League for Innovation in the Community College and President and Chair of the Board of Canada Basketball. He was a member of the Premier's Council of Ontario, Chair of the Committee of Presidents of Ontario, where he was re-elected an unprecedented three times, and a board member of the Learning Partnership.

Dr. Gordon is currently a member of the Blue Ribbon Panel for "The Future of Medical Education in Canada" appointed by the Association of faculties of medicine of Canada, the Toronto City Summit Alliance, and the Advisory Committee of the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation. He is president of the Corporation of Bishop's University and a Leader-in-Residence of the Council for Leadership Insights of the Conference Board of Canada.