Bill Davis was premier of Ontario from 1971 to 1985, serving as a member of the Ontario Legislature from 1959 to his retirement in 1985, representing Peel, Peel North and Brampton. He was instrumental in creating Ontario’s college system, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

As premier, Davis combined a business-like approach to the running of government with a sensitive understanding of the needs and aspirations of the people it serves. On May 6, 1987, Davis was among the first of 20 citizens to be honoured with an investiture in The Order of Ontario.

Davis was born in Brampton on July 30, 1929. After attending the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall, he was called to the bar in 1955.

Davis has been awarded honorary degrees by a dozen Ontario universities. In 2007, the 40th year of the community college system in Ontario, Mr. Davis was honoured to receive honorary diplomas from George Brown College, Fanshawe College and Humber College.