Israel Asper, Doctor of Laws


[img_inline align=”right” src=”” caption=”Isreal Asper”]Israel Asper was born in Minnedosa, Manitoba. He attended the University of Manitoba where he received his BA, an LLB, and an LLM. Called to the bar in 1957, he practiced and taught law for 20 years. He was also a founding partner of Pitblado Buchwald Asper.

Having served as chair or member of the board of several leading Canadian companies, Asper is most well known as the founder of CanWest Global Communication Corp. Today he serves as executive chair of the board and its subsidiaries.

Asper's interests stretch beyond the corporate world. He served as the leader of the Liberal Party in Manitoba from 1970 to 1975, and was twice elected to the Manitoba Legislature. He is a member of the national board of directors, Canadian Council of Christians and Jews, and a member of the board of governors of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba. In 1983, Asper established The Asper Foundation.

Asper was inducted as a founding member of the Order of Manitoba in 2000, and was awarded the Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year and the Winnipeg Philanthropist of the Year Awards in 2001.

Honorary degrees are awarded to persons who are distinguished scholars or who have made outstanding contributions to the creative or performing arts; to persons who have distinguished reputations in the area of public service or who have had long and distinguished careers; or to persons who have made noteworthy contributions to McMaster and/or the local community.