Michael Wilson, a former politician, diplomat and longtime mental health advocate, has died at 81.
The University of Toronto, where Wilson served as chancellor from 2012 to 2018, confirmed his death in a post on its website Sunday evening, saying the school's flag will fly at half-mast until Wilson's funeral.
The school's president, Meric Gertler, called Wilson a "great Canadian" who improved many lives through his "comprehensive excellence, his unassuming generosity and his quiet compassion.
"From spearheading public policy of the highest significance to publicly confronting the challenge of mental illness, Michael Wilson was a true champion," Gertler said in a statement.
"He bore the title, 'the Honourable,' by virtue of the public offices he held. But the description came spontaneously to all who had the good fortune to know him."
Wilson served for over a decade as the Progressive Conservative MP for the Toronto-area riding of Etobicoke Centre, including time as finance minister and minister of international trade under then prime minister Brian Mulroney.