Faculty of Law

Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law

David Stratas (Heenan Blaikie)
Distinguished 2005 H.R.S. Ryan Alumni Award Winner

David Stratas

It is with great pleasure that the Dean's Advisory Council has selected David Stratas as the 2005 recipient of the H.R.S. Alumni Award. This award recognizes a law alumnus/alumna of Queen's Law who has made a significant contribution to the Faculty, University or Legal Profession.

David Stratas, Heenan Blaikie, is widely recognized as a leading counsel and litigator in Canada. He has appeared with distinction in all levels of court in Canada. He has also made significant contributions to the legal literature. We know David best for his enormous contribution to the law school in terms of his commitment to students and teaching, stretching back for many years.

The award will be presented at the Queen's Toronto Alumni Event in Toronto on January 20, 2005.

The H.R.S. Ryan Toronto Law Alumni Award

The Queen’s Law Alumni Association ( Toronto) has established the H.R.S. Ryan Toronto Law Alumni Award to recognize a law alumnus of Queen’s who has made a significant contribution to the faculty, university or legal profession. The Award is established in honour of Professor H.R.S. Ryan (Emeritus) whose distinguished career exemplifies the proposed criteria for the Award.

On April 6, 2004, Stuart Ryan died of a heart attack, at home, at the age of 93. His influence on the faculty, staff and thousands of students of the Faculty of Law will long be remembered.

H. R. Stuart Ryan, Q.C.

H.R.Stuart Ryan, Q.C.Stuart Ryan was born in Newburg, Ontario in 1910, graduated with his B.A. from the University of Toronto, was called to the Bar at Osgoode Hall in 1933 (Bronze Medal) and spent his early career as an influential legal practitioner in Port Hope, Ontario, the community of which he eventually served as Mayor. In 1957, a mid-life career change brought him to Kingston as a founding Professor of Queen's Faculty of Law. For over a third of a century, Professor Ryan fashioned the spirit of law at Queen's as a beloved law teacher and inspired researcher. He also served for many years as the Chancellor of the Diocese of Ontario of the Anglican Church of Canada and was granted an honorary LL.D. by Queen's in 1991.


2002 Inaugural Presentation

The H.R.S. Ryan Toronto Law Alumni Award was presented to the Honourable Mr. Justice G. Gordon Sedgwick on Thursday, February 7, 2002 at the Ontario Club, Toronto. Many colleagues and alumni attended the event.

Gordon Sedgwick was born in Kingston, Ontario in 1934, graduated with his B.A. and LL.B. from Queen's University, was called to the Bar in 1963, had a distinguished career practicing law in Toronto and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1974. In 1989, Gordon was the founding Chair of the Queen's Law Alumni Association and during his tenure was the driving force in the creation of the Queen's Law Faculty Advisory Council. Since 1993, Gordon has made a critical contribution to Queen's as an elected member of the Board of Trustees. Also in 1993, Gordon was appointed as a Justice of the Superior Court of Ontario and since then continues to play an invaluable part in the legal profession as a wise, reasoned and dispassionate jurisprudential voice in the Province of Ontario.