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Hamilton Gallery of Distinction inductees

Published: November 3, 2009

Two McMaster University professors and an alumna of the School of Nursing are being honoured for their outstanding contributions to the Hamilton community.

Luke Chan, Basanti Majumdar and Carolyn Milne will join three other distinguished Hamiltonians as the 2009 inductees into the Hamilton Gallery of Distinction.

Majumdar, a professor in the School of Nursing and Department of Family Medicine, and Milne, an alumna and adviser to the School of Nursing, are recognized for their leadership and contributions to health, education and community development.

Luke Chan, a professor of finance and business economics in the DeGroote School of Business, is being honoured for bringing international recognition to Hamilton and McMaster University through his pioneering work in management education and management training in China.

The Hamilton Gallery of Distinction was founded in 1984 to permanently recognize outstanding Hamilton citizens who have made significant contributions towards the betterment of the community.

Inductees will be recognized at an awards dinner on Nov. 4, 2009.


Basanti Majumdar
Basanti Majumdar

Basanti Majumdar

Basanti Majumdar is an international scholar who has worked to empower marginalized populations through her contributions to education and global health research. She has been integral in the development of many of the international partnerships emerging from McMaster’s School of Nursing, including those in South Africa, India, Thailand, Pakistan and, most recently, with the Sultan Qaboos University in Oman.

Since joining McMaster in 1971, she has established courses in international health issues, raising the profile of development work and providing students an opportunity to complete clinical placements in northern Canada and around the world.

Locally, the professor of nursing has served as a board member for the Hamilton and District Multicultural Council and the Hamilton Catholic Family Services. She is also a long-serving member of the Hamilton and District Council of Women. As a community leader, Majumdar is committed to improving health, building capacity and overcoming gender equity issues, both in Hamilton and internationally.


Caroline Milne
Carolyn Milne

Carolyn Milne

Carolyn Milne is a leader in the prevention and reduction of poverty in Hamilton. She is the immediate past president and CEO of the Hamilton Community Foundation and a co-founder of the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction. Under her leadership, the foundation saw its annual grants and investment in the Hamilton community grow from $500,000 to $6 million annually.

Milne holds a master's degree in health science practice and an honorary doctor of laws from McMaster University. Prior to joining the Hamilton Community Foundation, she had a 20-year career in health care as a nurse in mental health and palliative care, an educator at Mohawk College and McMaster University and administrator of the former Halton branch of the Victorian Order of Nurses.

She has participated in the Transatlantic Community Foundation Network and served on numerous boards including for the Community Foundations of Canada. In 2004, Milne was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Hamilton.


Luke Chan

Luke Chan has spent the past 25 years travelling between Canada and China bringing business management knowledge and experience to Chinese business leaders and entrepreneurs. His contributions to China’s development have been recognized with numerous awards, including an honorary advisory professorship and honorary professorship at Fudan University, Nankai University and the University of Science and Technology in Beijing.

A long-serving faculty member at McMaster University, Chan also draws on his vast international experience as the associate vice-president of the Office of International Affairs. Under his leadership, the Office of International Affairs facilitates exchange agreements, establishes institutional linkages and coordinates externally funded international projects and programs focused on collaborative research, education and human resource development. 

Chan has served as director for the Hamilton and District Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Burlington-Hamilton, the Hamilton Lung Association and the Hamilton Region Arts Council.

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