Prominent defense attorney Clayton Ruby will become a Member of the Order of Canada, announced The Toronto Globe and Mail on February 6th. Although Ruby has been notified in November that he was to receive this honour, the date for investiture has yet to be announced.
Ruby is a graduate of Glendon College, York University (BA 1963). He was an inaugural student of York, a member of the first graduating class, and a member of the York University Founders Society (YUFS). Ruby holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B 1969) from the University of Toronto, and was called to the bar in 1969. In 1973 he earned a Master of Laws (LL.M) from the University of California at Berkeley.
One of the most recognized names in the Canadian law profession, Clayton Ruby has been a partner with the Toronto law firm of Ruby & Edwardh since 1973. Throughout his career, Ruby has maintained an extensive criminal, constitutional and administrative law practice and has served as a defence attorney in numerous high-profile human rights, aboriginal and criminal cases. His clients included Atif Rafay and Glen Sebastian Burns, Abdurahman Khadr, Svend Robinson and Guy Paul Morin.
Ruby has also been very active in environmental and human rights concerns and continues to work to further the recognition of human rights and environmental issues throughout Canada and North America. He is the editor of Canadian Rights Reporter and director of both PEN Canada (an association of writers and supporters whose aim is to defend freedom of expression and raise awareness of that right), and the Greenpeace Canada Charitable Foundation.
Ruby expressed his pleasure at this formal recognition of his career and achievements. "I spent all my professional life fighting injustice, and it's kind of neat to get an award that I never dreamed of getting," he said.
Other distinguished Canadians honoured alongside Clayton Ruby will include retired senior civil servant Bernard Ostry and environmentalist David Suzuki, both of whom will be promoted from “officer” to “companion”. Among the 15 new “officers” are Mike Lazaridis, president of Blackberry-maker Research in Motion, Toronto writer Margaret MacMillan, author of Paris 1919, and Gerald Schwartz, founder of Onex Corp. The 38 new “members” include Toronto publisher Louise Dennys; veteran Montreal sports broadcaster Richard Garneau; Gordon Slade of Mount Pearl, Nfld., who was instrumental in the preservation of a traditional Labrador fishing village; and York University’s president, Lorna Marsden.
Submitted by Glendon communications officer Marika Kemeny