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Manley serves as an exemplary Carleton alumnus in the fields of law and public affairs. Graduating from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts – Mathematics in 1971, he completed a law degree before clerking for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. Attracted to the goal of serving the public, he was elected to Parliament in 1988, holding senior portfolios including Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister.
He is especially enthusiastic about his time at Carleton, suggesting the University offered the kind of education Canadians need to succeed. “Carleton has been part of building that intelligent, innovative, inclusive and international Canada.” Manley believes one of his most noteworthy achievements is how he spearheaded an initiative that ensured Canada was the first country to connect all of its schools and libraries to the Internet.
In recognition of Manley’s outstanding successes, the Carleton University Alumni Association presented Manley with the 2003 A.D. Dunton Alumni Award of Distinction, the University’s most prestigious alumni honour. He was awarded a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, by Carleton in 2006.