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Past Chair of Dean’s Council wins Ryan Alumni Award

Photo by Neil Trotter, Studio 66

David Allgood, Law ’74, receives the H.R.S. Ryan Alumni Award from Dean Bill Flanagan on May 2 in Toronto.

David Allgood, Law ’74 (Arts ’70), was presented with the 2012 H.R.S. Ryan Alumni Award at the annual “Celebrate Queen’s Law in Toronto” event on May 2. The award recognizes his significant contributions to the Law Faculty, University and legal profession.

A member of the Dean’s Council since 2006 and its Chair for the past four years, Allgood has worked closely with Dean Bill Flanagan, who called him “a very practical fellow with great strategic vision.” The Dean added that when his term ended this spring, “the Dean’s Council loves David Allgood so much that we said ‘You cannot leave,’ and we created a new position of Past Chair.”

The Council plays both advisory and fundraising roles, and the Dean was pleased to announce that 2011-12 was the most successful fundraising year in the history of the law school. “We raised well over $1.2 million, which tops even what we raised during our 50th anniversary celebration,” he told the audience, acknowledging “the leadership of people like David, the Dean’s Council members, and all of you who made that possible.”

Calling it a “tremendous honour” to receive the award named for his former professor, Allgood said, “I have had a great time on the Dean’s Council.”

Allgood, Executive VP and General Counsel for the Royal Bank of Canada, and his legal team have been recognized with several major awards in recent years. For instance, he was the 2010 Canadian General Counsel Awards (CGCA) Lifetime Achievement winner, and his team won the 2011 CGCA for Corporate Social Responsibility. Most recently, he has been active as a steering committee member of Legal Leaders for Diversity (LLD), an organization of in-house counsel promoting diversity in Canada’s legal profession. In LLD’s first year of operation, membership doubled to 60 and it won Lexpert’s 2011 Zenith Award for Diversity Action by a Law Group.