Royal Roads University bestows an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree upon Lloyd Robertson, one of Canada’s most recognized broadcast journalists. As leader of CTV News With Lloyd Robertson, he holds the distinction of being the longest-running national television news anchor in North America. With a broadcast career that spans 53 years, Mr. Robertson has been instrumental in shaping Canadian television news journalism since its infancy while bringing into millions of Canadian households the world events that have influenced the country.
Mr. Robertson’s honorary degree from our institution will be added to his illustrious list of awards and honours. Canadians have voted him their favourite or most trusted news anchor numerous times. His peers in the broadcast industry have also bestowed many honours upon him, and he was inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1998 – the same year he was awarded the Order of Canada.
It is appropriate that we pay tribute to Lloyd Robertson’s distinguished career in broadcast journalism as we graduate learners from our Applied Communication programs. However, his commitment to professional excellence and his dedication in supporting multiple charities stands as an example of distinction and achievement to all our graduates.
Lloyd Robertson signs off the end of each news broadcast with his signature phrase, “And that’s the kind of day it’s been.” In a world where the news is often frightening and overwhelming, these comforting words help remind us we can understand the world in which we live and that as Canadians, we are fortunate to live in one of the best countries in the world.
Mr. Chancellor, it is an honour to present Lloyd Robertson for the Degree of Doctorate of Laws, honoris causa.