Gordon Robertson previously held positions in various political offices including External Affairs and gave council to L.B. Pearson and P.E. Trudeau before being elected to Carleton University’s Board of Governors (1962-1971).
Later he was appointed the University’s fifth Chancellor, a position he held from 1980 to 1990. In 1992, Robertson was named the University’s first Chancellor Emeritus, awarded the Vanier Medal, and made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a member of Queen’s Privy Council of Canada as well as a Companion of the Order of Canada. He holds honourary degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, Toronto, McGill, Dalhousie, and Laval.
Robertson Hall, originally known as the Administration Building was officially opened in August 1969. The six level building houses most of the University’s administration facilities. In 1993, the building was re-dedicated in honour of Gordon Robertson’s tireless commitment to Carleton University.
A university degree doesn’t come – and shouldn’t come—without a lot of hard work and years of application…over your entire life, it will be the benefit of the process you have been through.