Gordon Osbaldeston

Michael Pitfield Doctor of Laws Order of Canada

Gordon Osbaldeston

Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet
In office
December 10, 1982 – August 11, 1985
Prime MinisterPierre Trudeau
John Turner
Brian Mulroney
Preceded byMichael Pitfield
Succeeded byPaul Tellier
Under-Secretary of State for External Affairs
In office
1982
MinisterMark MacGuigan
Allan MacEachen
Preceded byAllan Gotlieb
Succeeded byMarcel Massé
Deputy Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce
In office
1976–1978
MinisterJean Chrétien
Jack Horner
Preceded byGerald Stoner
Succeeded byMarshall A. Cohen
Secretary of the Treasury Board
In office
1973–1976
MinisterCharles Drury
Jean Chrétien
Bob Andras
Preceded byAlbert Wesley Johnson
Succeeded byMaurice LeClair
Deputy Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs
In office
1972–1973
MinisterBob Andras
Herb Gray
Preceded byJames Grandy
Succeeded byMichael Pitfield
Personal details
Born(1930-04-29)April 29, 1930
Hamilton, Ontario
DiedMarch 6, 2019(2019-03-06) (aged 88)
London, Ontario
NationalityCanadian
Alma materSt. Michael's College, Toronto
University of Western Ontario

Gordon Francis Joseph Osbaldeston, PC CC (April 29, 1930 – March 6, 2019) was a former Canadian civil servant.

Early life

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, he received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto in 1952 and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario in 1953. He was the Gold Medalist at St. Michaels College, the University of Toronto and the Gold Medalist at the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. He has received honorary degrees of Doctor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario (1984), York University(1984), Dalhousie University(1985), and Carleton University (1987).

In 1981 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion in 1997.

In 1953, he married Geraldine Margaret Keller of Kitchener, Ontario (deceased). They have four children Stephen, David, Robert and Catherine.

He joined the public service of Canada in 1953. He was posted to São Paulo, Brazil, Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California as a Canadian Government Trade Commissioner. On return to Ottawa in 1964, he served consecutively as Assistant Director, Personnel, Assistant Director, Planning and Executive Director of the Canadian Government Trade Commissioner Service. In 1968, he was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister of the newly formed Department of Consumer and Corporate Affairs. In 1970, he was appointed Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Board in charge of the Program branch. From 1972 to 1973 he was Deputy Minister of the Department of Consumer and Corporate Affairs. From 1973 to 1976 he was Deputy Minister of the Treasury Board. From 1976 to 1978 he was Deputy Minister of the Department of Industry, Trade and Commerce. In 1978 he was appointed Secretary, Minister of State for Economic Development. In 1982 he was Under-Secretary of State for External Affairs. From 1982 to 1985 he was the Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet. As such, he served three Prime Ministers, namely, the Right Honourables Pierre Elliott Trudeau, John Turner, and Brian Mulroney.

In 1986, he joined the faculty of the Ivey School of Business and in 1995 he was appointed as a Professor Emeritus.

In 1981, he received the Outstanding Achievement Award of the Public Service. In 1990, he received the Vanier Medal from the Institute of Public Administration of Canada in recognition of outstanding contribution in the field of public administration. In 1977, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal. In 1992, he was awarded the Commemorative Medal for the 125th anniversary of Canadian Confederation and in 2002, he was awarded The Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and in 2012 he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

He has been a director of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., National Film Board of Canada, Export Development Corporation, Federal Business Development Bank, DeHavilland Aircraft Co., International Development Research Center, The Molson's Co. Ltd., Canada Packers Co. Ltd., DuPont Canada Ltd., Rockwell International Canada, National Bank of Canada, Bell Canada, London Medical Association, Bow Valley Energy Corp., Ellis-Don Ltd., Life Imaging Systems Inc., Great West Lifeco Inc., London Life Insurance Co., Canada Life Insurance Co., and Honorary Director of "Let's Talk Science".

He is the author of Keeping Deputy Ministers Accountable(1988) and Organizing to Govern (1992).

Osbaldeston died on March 6, 2019 in London, Ontario[1]

Honours


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Ribbon Description Notes
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  • Companion 17 April 1997
  • Officer 14 December 1981
  • [2]
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  • 1977
  • Canadian Version of this Medal
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  • 1992
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
  • 2002
  • Canadian Version of this Medal
  • [3]
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  • 2012
  • Canadian Version of this Medal
  • [4]
Honorary Degrees
Country Date School Degree
 Ontario 15 June 1984 University of Western Ontario Doctor of Laws (LL.D) [5]
 Ontario Spring 1984 York University Doctor of Laws (LL.D) [6]
 Nova Scotia 1985 Dalhousie University Doctor of Laws (LL.D) [7]
 Ontario 1987 Carleton University Doctor of Laws (LL.D) [8]

References

  1. ^ "The Honourable Gordon Francis PC, CC Osbaldeston - Obituaries - London, ON - Your Life Moments". yourlifemoments.ca.
  2. ^ General, Office of the Secretary to the Governor (11 June 2018). "Recipients". The Governor General of Canada.
  3. ^ General, Office of the Secretary to the Governor (11 June 2018). "Recipients". The Governor General of Canada.
  4. ^ General, Office of the Secretary to the Governor (11 June 2018). "Recipients". The Governor General of Canada.
  5. ^ https://www.uwo.ca/univsec/pdf/senate/honorary/honorary_degrees_by_year.pdf
  6. ^ http://secretariat.info.yorku.ca/senate/sub-committee-on-honorary-degrees-and-ceremonials/honorary-degree-recipients/#O Archived 2015-03-18 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-05-06. Retrieved 2017-06-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Honorary Degrees Awarded Since 1954 - Senate". carleton.ca.