- BJ / 54 , L.L.D. / 2009
Grete Hale is one of Ottawa’s leading and most active citizens. As a business woman and humanitarian, her work in the boardroom and the community has been recognized through numerous awards and honours, including the Order of Canada, Senator in the Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, Woman of Distinction-Mayor of Ottawa’s Award for Community Service, YM-YWCA Lifetime Achievement Award, the Ottawa-Carleton Philanthropy Award, Outstanding Volunteer of the Year, Canadian Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award-Lifetime Achievement Category, Ottawa Community Builder of the Year Award, Scouts Canada Foundation National Salute Award, and honourary doctorates from the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. In 2012, she was presented with the inaugural CUAA Alumni Humanitarian Award for her significant contributions to society and outstanding volunteer community service.
Hale is Chairman emeritus of Morrison Lamothe Inc., a national frozen food company started by her father, and past director of the North American Life Assurance Company and Consumers Gas. Hale served on the Agricultural Food and Beverage Sectoral Advisory Group, reporting to the Minister of International Trade on the Free Trade Agreement, was reappointed to serve for the GATT negotiations and NAFTA, and chaired the Task Force to amalgamate the three Ottawa nursing schools under Algonquin College. She has served on numerous national corporate and provincial boards and continues to be an active volunteer in dozens of Ottawa organizations.