From acclaimed scholars and writers to business leaders and filmmakers, members of the University of Toronto community comprise one quarter of the newest appointees to the Order of Canada.
Governor General David Johnston announced the awards June 30 and the full list of 86 recipients includes 23 U of T alumni, honorary grads and faculty members. (Read the complete list.)
“It is wonderful to see two Department of Psychiatry faculty members being recognized with Canada’s highest honour,” said Dr. L. Trevor Young, professor and chair, Department of Psychiatry, on receiving word that Donna Stewart had been named a member of the Order and David Goldbloom had been made an officer.
“Donna Stewart’s research has transformed care and informed education and policy development. Her work, particularly in the field of women’s mental health, has benefited women around the world,” Young said. “David Goldbloom’s national leadership as a mental health clinician, educator and advocate has far-reaching effects. His tremendous involvement in the Mental Health Commission of Canada and a variety of community endeavours has helped transform the world of mental health.”
Professor Marion Bogo of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work was also named an officer for her teaching and scholarship. A leader in curriculum design for social work programs, Bogo has been a pioneer in developing standardized evaluation methods now used worldwide, said Dean Faye Mishna.
“Marion is a true leader who is conducting and producing groundbreaking research and scholarship, which has palpable effects for social work practice,” said Mishna. “She continues to share her expertise with schools of social work across Canada and beyond our borders.
“Few other social work scholars parallel her commitment to conceptualizing social work education for social work practice, and consistently over decades, maintaining this central focus in their research and scholarship, professional achievement and community service. “
Anthony Doob, professor emeritus of criminology, and Roy Shephard, professor emeritus of kinesiology were both named members of the Order. Doob was honoured for his scholarship and his role in shaping Canadian justice policy and Shephard for his pioneering work in the field of exercise science and for promoting the health benefits of physical activity to Canadians.
"All of Tony Doob’s colleagues at the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies are delighted – although not surprised – that he has been named to the Order of Canada," said colleague Rosemary Gartner who has published extensively with Doob.
"His contributions have helped ensure that our criminal laws and justice system are a closer reflection of the fundamental Canadian values of justice, fairness, and humanity; and his dedication to evidence-based justice policy and practice have helped ensure that criminal justice interventions in people’s lives have an empirical and a principled basis."
Professor Ira Jacobs, dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, called Dr. Shephard’s impact on the exercise sciences "one of the most prodigious in the world" over the last half century.
“He mentored, inspired and led many who have gone on to national and international research and academic leadership positions, including those who are leading our Faculty today," said Jacobs. "He is an amazingly eclectic, creative and productive trailblazer in our field with an ability second-to-none to identify the potential for knowledge from diverse fields to be integrated to advance exercise sciences, and then to effectively communicate that integration. The Order of Canada is an incredible honour and Dr. Shephard is most deserving of this prestigious award.”
World-renowned filmmaker and alumnus David Cronenberg received a promotion within the Order that raised him to companion – the highest honour attainable. And the lengthy list of alumni named members or officers also includes such well-known names as: renowned writer Guy Gavriel Kay, author of bestselling fantasy novels such as the Fionavar Tapestry series which chronicles the adventures of five U of T students; musician Jack Long, co-founder of Long & McQuade; and Raymond Chang, the business leader and philanthropist.
Johnston also recognized two honorary graduates. Terrence Donnelly was celebrated for his philanthropic work in health care and medical research and Shirley Tilghman, the 19th president of Princeton University, for her contributions to education and molecular biology as well as her efforts to champion women in science and engineering.
The list of new Order of Canada honourees includes the following members of the U of T community:
COMPANION OF THE ORDER OF CANADA
David Cronenberg: for his unflagging contributions to Canadian film as a cinematic icon who has cemented his place within the world’s top echelon of filmmakers.
OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF CANADA
Marion Bogo: for her achievements in the field of social work as a scholar and teacher, and for advancing the practice in Canada and abroad.
Philip Branton: for his leadership in the development of a national cancer research framework, and for his contributions to our understanding of tumour viruses and cell division regulation.
G. Raymond Chang: for his achievements as a business leader and for his generosity in support of education, health care and entrepreneurship.
David F. Denison: for his contributions to advancing financial security for Canadians from coast to coast and for his engagement with charitable causes.
David Goldbloom: for his national leadership as a mental health clinician, educator and advocate, and for his involvement in a range of community endeavours.
Norman B. Keevil
: for his leadership in Canada’s mining industry and for his philanthropy in education and community-building initiatives.
Shirley Marie Tilghman: for her contributions to molecular biology, for her leadership in university education and for her influential efforts to champion women in science and engineering.
MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF CANADA
Terrence Donnelly: for his philanthropic contributions to health care and medical research.
Anthony Doob: for his scholarship in the field of criminology and for his role in shaping Canadian justice policy.
Allan B. Etmanksi: for his success in empowering persons with disabilities to participate in and contribute to Canadian society.
Cyril Basil Frank: for his contributions to advancing orthopedic health care services in Alberta, and for his scientific contributions to bone and joint repair research.
Karen Goldenberg: for her role in advancing research and practice in occupational therapy, and for her leadership of social service organizations.
Guy Gavriel Kay: for his contributions to the field of speculative fiction as an internationally celebrated author.
Jack Long: for his engagement as a pioneer in Canada’s music retail industry who is committed to musicians, customers and employees across the country.
James Low: for his contributions as an academic and as the founder of the Museum of Health Care, which preserves the history and artifacts of Canada’s health care pioneers.
Alexander Peter Pauk: for his contributions to the development of contemporary Canadian orchestral music and for his promotion of Canada’s composers.
Kari Polanyi Levitt: for her contributions to the establishment of international development studies as an interdisciplinary academic field, and for her research on political economy in the Caribbean.
Ronald Rosenes: for improving access to health care and social justice resources for people living with HIV and AIDS through his advocacy, fundraising and community leadership.
Roy Shephard: for his pioneering work in the field of exercise science and for promoting the health benefits of physical activity to Canadians.
Donna Eileen Stewart: for her contributions to women’s health as a nationally renowned leader in the field.
Constance Sugiyama: for her achievements as a lawyer and for her extensive civic engagement.
Norman Willis: for his leadership in veterinary science and for his contributions to the development of national research centres that study disease vectors between animals and humans.