2020 Clarkson Laureateships

The 2020 Clarkson Laureates

The committee met at the College on Thursday, December 4th under the joint chairmanship of Principal Nathalie Des Rosiers and the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson. The Laureateships were  awarded at High Table on Friday January 17th 2019 in the presence of the Laureates’ guests and Massey College peers.

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Gurveer Bains

Junior Fellow

Jury Citation


”Ms. Gurveer Bains, a fourth-year Non-Resident Junior Fellow, “is an effective emerging leader who is invariably kind and considerate in her interactions. She has a passion for community engagement and volunteerism with vulnerable and marginalized populations. Gurveer has been an organizer, a facilitator, an educator and an advocate for a broad range of areas including food insecurity, health literacy, migration, equity, gender relations and Sikh diaspora.”

Philip Berger

Senior Fellow

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Dr. Philip Bergerhas a long record of advocacy and activism for health care for all people, regardless of their circumstances, and sometimes against powerful resistance. His fingerprints are all over many programs and services that exist today across Canada. Refugees, addicts, the homeless, the poor, members of the LGBTQ+ community, people with HIV/AIDS, and victims of torture have all found an advocate in Dr. Berger. His influence on the health system continues through the legions of medical students and young doctors he has mentored over the years.