Dr. Bernard J. Shapiro
Honouree
2003 Tribute Dinner

Bernard J. Shapiro became the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University on 1 July 1994 and Principal and Vice-chancellor Emeritus in January, 2003

Dr. Shapiro was born and raised in Montreal and earned his undergraduate degree at McGill University, where he was awarded the Alan Oliver Gold Medal. Shortly after graduation, he and his brother took over and managed the family restaurant business for several years.

In 1961, he left Montreal to pursue an academic career at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., where he received his Doctorate in Education. After graduating from Harvard in 1967, he joined the faculty of Boston University where he later became Associate Dean of the university's School of Education.

Dr. Shapiro returned to Canada in 1976 to become Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario in London. Two years later, he was appointed Vice-President (Academic) and Provost of that university.

In 1980, he moved to Toronto to assume the position of Director of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), a post he held until 1986, when he was appointed Deputy Minister of Education for the Province of Ontario and since that time he has also served as Deputy Minister of Skills Development, Deputy Secretary of Cabinet, Deputy Minister and Secretary of Management Board and Deputy Minister of Colleges and Universities. In 1992, following his retirement from the Ontario Public Service, Dr. Shapiro joined the University of Toronto as a Professor of Education and Public Policy. In September 1999 Dr. Shapiro was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada.

He is past president of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education and of the Social Science Federation of Canada. He has also served on the executive committee of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (TEA) and as Chairman of the governing board of the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation in Paris. Currently, he is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Royal Military College, Cochair of the Societe du Havre in Montreal and Vice-President of CJA Federation also in Montreal.

Dr. Shapiro is the author of numerous articles on curriculum, public policy in education, the development of logical thinking in young people, and educational research and methodology. He has addressed provincial, national and international educational organizations in Canada and abroad, and has received honorary degrees from McGill University, University of Toronto, University of Ottawa, Yeshiva University, McMaster University, Universite de Montreal, University of Edinburgh, Bishop's University, University of Melbourne and University of Glasgow.

He and his wife, Phyllis, a Professor of Education, live in Montreal and, among other interests, together collect Japanese porcelain.

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