Noted conservation biologist Dr. Winnie Hallwachs and Allan Cain, head of Angola’s most trusted NGO, will receive honorary degrees from the University of Guelph during fall convocation on Tuesday, Oct. 11.  

Dr. Marion Joppe, a professor in the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics and former director of U of G’s School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management, will also be named University Professor Emerita during the ceremony.   

Nearly 800 grads will cross the stage in the event centre at the Guelph Gryphons Athletic Centre. Ceremonies will be held for 2022 grads as well as 2020 and 2021 graduands who were unable to attend physical ceremonies during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Hallwachs delivers the convocation address at 10 a.m., while Cain will speak at 2 p.m. 

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Dr. Allan Cain

Allan Cain  

Cain is co-founder and head of Development Workshop, the oldest NGO in Angola. He has spent more than 40 years using his training as an architect, urban planner and manager to improve prospects for thousands of people.  

Cain served as Canada’s honorary consul in Angola, as a consultant in many countries in Africa and Asia, as well as an adviser to the Government of Canada.  

An Officer of the Order of Canada, Cain has written on numerous topics from building practices and sanitation systems to the provision of water and financing of housing.  

Dr. Winnie Hallwachs 

Hallwachs has made numerous contributions to science, conservation and education during her more than 40-year career. 

A professor at the University of Pennsylvania, she helped found the National Biodiversity Institute of Costa Rica, the Guanacaste Dry Forest Conservation Fund and the Area de Conservación Guanacaste in Costa Rica.  

Hallwachs has championed bio-literacy and the democratization of biodiversity knowledge in the Central American country. Her use of DNA barcoding technology pioneered at the University of Guelph for identifying organisms worldwide has helped strengthen the international reputation of U of G’s Centre for Biodiversity Genomics.  

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Dr. Marion Joppe

Dr. Marion Joppe  

In her 25-year academic career, Joppe has gained international recognition for her research excellence in impactful tourism studies, notably in sustainable tourism, planning, policy and development. 

She has served as president of the international Travel and Tourism Research Association – the premier organization for tourism scholars globally – and as a valued member of numerous provincial and national associations in tourism education, human resources, and product and experience development.  

Joppe was founding director of the Ontario Tourism Education Council and a board member of the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council.  

Ceremonies will be held as follows:  

10 a.m.  

  • College of Biological Science 
  • College of Engineering and Physical Sciences  
  • College of Social and Applied Human Sciences  

2 p.m.  

  • College of Arts 
  • Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics  
  • Ontario Agricultural College  
  • Ontario Veterinary College  

6 p.m.  

  • Mixed colleges for 2020-21 grads 


Kimberly Moser