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Encyclopedia > Michael Oliver (Carleton president)

Michael Kelway Oliver (b. 1925 - d. 2004) was a Canadian academic, political organizer and the sixth president of Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Carleton University is a co-educational, international university in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. ... Motto: Advance Ottawa/Ottawa en avant Coordinates: Country Canada Province Ontario County Established 1850 as Bytown City Mayor Bob Chiarelli Governing body Ottawa City Council MPs / MPPs See list (includes Senators) Area    - City 2,778. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Official languages English (French has some legal status but is not fully co-official) Flower White Trillium Tree Eastern White Pine Bird Common Loon Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty...


Oliver was born in North Bay, Ont. He finished his BA, MA and PhD studies at McGill University in 1948, 1950 and 1957 respectively. He stayed at McGill to teach economics and political science, eventually founding the school's French Canada Studies program. From 1967 to 1972, he was McGill's vice-principal (academic).[1] North Bay, Ontario is the gateway to Northern Ontario. ... McGill University is a publicly funded, non-denominational, co-educational research university located in the city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ...


While teaching at McGill, Oliver became actively interested in the left-wing Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF). When that party morphed into the New Democratic Party in 1961, Oliver was its first national president, a post he held until 1963. He then began a six-year stint as research director of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism, a body co-chaired by then Carleton University president Davidson Dunton — the man Oliver would eventually replace in 1972. The Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) was a Canadian political party founded in 1932 in Calgary, Alberta, by a number of socialist, farm, co-operative and labour groups, and the League for Social Reconstruction. ... The New Democratic Party (NDP; Nouveau Parti Démocratique in French) is a political party in Canada with a social democratic philosophy that contests elections at both the federal and provincial levels. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... The Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism was a Canadian royal commission established on July 19, 1963, by the government of Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson to inquire into and report upon the existing state of bilingualism and biculturalism in Canada and to recommend what steps should be taken to... Arnold Davidson Dunton (July 4, 1912 - February 7, 1987) was a Canadian educator and public administrator. ...


Oliver's tenure as Carleton's president was a period of serious financial hardship for the university owing to dwindling provincial funding and a post-baby-boom decline in enrolment growth. Oliver's cutbacks did not endear him to the faculty, but the student government would later name its flagship campus bar Oliver's after him.


From 1993 to 1996, Oliver was national president of the United Nations Association in Canada. 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... The United Nations Association is an international charitable trust which styles itself as an independent authority on the United Nations. ...


Oliver married Joan Nelson in 1941 and had five children: David, James, Victoria, Geoffrey and Cynthia. He died two years after being inducted into the Order of Canada.


Further reading

Obituary, Ottawa Citizen, Oct. 1, 2004. (Reprinted on UNA website, last accessed July 24, 2006.)


 
 

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