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In 2006, Carleton University presented the Honorable Frederick Gibson with the Founders Award for his tireless devotion and commitment to the development of the university.
Gibson, a native of Ottawa, received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton College, where he was a member of the Undergraduate Student Government Association, and recipient of the Henry Marshall Tory and Honour Society awards. He attended Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1960. For five years was associated with Honeywell, Baker, Gibson, Wotherspoon, Lawrence and Diplock.
In 1965, Gibson joined the Federal Department of Justice, where he served until 1981 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel. He was the Deputy Solicitor General of Canada from 1982-86 and chair of the National Parole Board from 1988-93. Gibson was appointed judge of the Federal Court of Canada, Trial Division and ex officio member of the Court of Appeal in 1993, then judge of the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada. He is now supernumerary judge of the Federal Court.
During his busy and distinguished career, Gibson continued to be involved with Carleton as the president of the Carleton University Alumni Association (1965-66) and a member of the Board of Governors (1967-76 and 1979-88).