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The Class of 1842 Award Recipients

The Class of 1842 is a group of individuals who are honoured, recognized, and appreciated by Pickering College for achievement in various fields of endeavour, their contribution to education, and for their service beyond Pickering. This is the highest honour that the school awards to Pickering College alumni and former faculty and staff members.

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We invite you to nominate a deserving candidate to The Class of 1842.


Class of 1842 Recipient Roger Warren '51

Roger Warren '51

Roger Warren ’51 has had an impressive 60-year career in the investment industry. Roger created the Rathlyn Foundation as a small, private family foundation to support medical education and research; advance veterinary science and education.

The Foundation has grown tremendously and counts as its beneficiaries: McGill University Law School (advancing rights of people with disabilities; business management; scholarships, bursaries, and endowments for Indigenous students); Ontario Veterinary College at University of Guelph; The Gow School to support students with disabilities; UPEI to support Atlantic Veterinary College student awards, the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre, and the Chinook Project, which provides essential veterinary care to isolated communities in the Canadian north.

Roger Warren also served on the Pickering College Corporation and Board of Directors. It was during his time as Secretary-Treasurer of the Board that Pickering College faced a challenging year, dealing with the aftermath of a fire. On November 24, 1981, Rogers House caught fire causing extensive damage to the historic building The quick resumption of school was very much the result of the decisive leadership of Roger who was the first of the Board to arrive on campus and who assisted in making the decisions that ensured the school’s continued survival.

Class of 1842 Recipient Ron Veale

Class of 1842 Recipient The Honourable Ronald S. Veale '63

Ron Veale was called to the bar in 1973, and his career has had a great impact on Canada’s north, particularly on environmental law and Indigenous issues.  He was appointed to the Supreme Court of Yukon in 2000, serving as Senior Judge and Chief Justice, and was a member of the Courts of Appeal of the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. His contributions to Canadian law are underscored by two decisions. In 2014, he ruled in the Peel Watershed wilderness case that the Yukon government could not overrule an Indigenous land-use plan to preserve the bulk of the 26,000 square-mile Peel Watershed Region. This is a wildlife habitat of global importance located in the northern Yukon wilderness. This ruling ensures that 80% of the area is to be protected as wilderness and only 20% open to development.

The second ruling of significance involved the interpretation of the Teslin Tlingit Council Final and Self-Government Agreement in 2019.  This case affirmed Canada’s constitutional obligation to meaningfully and appropriately implement the terms of Modern Treaties, including the Teslin Tlingit Council agreement (TTC). This agreement had been signed in 1995 but a variety of financial supports had never been provided. The decision in this case ensured that the Government of Canada had to provide appropriate resources to the TTC for treaty implementation.

Ron Veale retired in 2020 after 20 years of distinguished service as a judge. Ron is also very involved in his community. He was a founder of the Yukon Arts Centre and the first chair of the board of directors. He was awarded the Order of Yukon in December 2020.  It is the highest honour in the territory, awarded for high achievement and outstanding contribution to society in Yukon.

Past Recipients (1981 - Present)