(Honorary Doctor of Letters)
An award-winning journalist and one of Canada’s most respected foreign correspondents, Ormiston has sent dispatches from around the world to Canadians eager to understand what is going on there. In her career spanning 30 years and 30 countries, she served as a CBC war correspondent on the front lines in Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan and recently Ukraine. She’s also captured the madness and majesty of the royal family, reported on multiple Olympics, and covered giants like Nelson Mandela. As an investigative reporter and host at CTV and as a CBC foreign correspondent in London, Washington and Moscow, Ormiston has been on the front lines of history.
While politics and power dominate the news, she has always focused on people living with the consequences, including her recent coverage in Ukraine. In Canada, she has reported from every province and territory, sometimes witnessing our greatest tragedies, such as Humboldt in 2018. A seasoned interviewer, Ormiston has surveyed hundreds of journalists, from Bill Clinton to Vladimir Putin, and from Celine Dion to Sting. Ormiston’s reporting has earned her numerous accolades, including the London Foreign Press Award, an International Gracie for Women’s Reporting, and several Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Reporting (Afghanistan), and for Reporting in live on CBC’s The National during the protests following the murder of George Floyd. Ormiston earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with honors from Carleton University, but she nurtured her ambition growing up in Saskatoon and graduating from Evan Hardy Collegiate, and remains a proud prairie woman.