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UNBers appointed to the Order of Canada

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on Jul 6, 2022

Category: UNB Saint John , UNB Fredericton

The Order of Canada acknowledges the outstanding achievement and contributions of individuals who enrich the lives of others. To date, more than 7,600 people from all sectors of society across the country have been invested into the Order of Canada.

We celebrate those from the UNB family who have been bestowed the nation’s greatest honour.

Companions of the Order of Canada

  • Donald Savoie (MA ’75, DLitt ‘02) receives a promotion to the highest level within the Order for his seminal contributions to the advancement of public policy administration and economic governance principles on the national and international levels.

    Dr. Savoie holds a master’s in political science and received Doctor of Letters from UNB. Splitting his time between academia and government, he was instrumental in the creation of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

Officers of the Order of Canada

  • David Lynch (BSECHE ’77, DSc ’18) for his contributions to the science and technology of environmental engineering in Canada and for his visionary leadership in engineering education.

    Professor emeritus and former dean of engineering at the University of Alberta, Dr. Lynch received an honorary degree of Doctor of Science from UNB in 2018.  Dr. and Mrs. Lynch generously donate an annual cash prize to the best chemical engineering undergraduate student or undergraduate student group final report in the senior design course.

Members of the Order of Canada

  • Sheldon Currie (MA ’60) for his contributions to Canadian literature, notably through his decades as the fiction editor of The Antigonish Review. Since 2005, the magazine runs an annual competition, the Sheldon Currie Short Fiction Contest.
  • Elder Opolahsomuwehs (Imelda Perley) (BA ’94, MEd ’02, DLitt ’19) and Elder David Perley (MA ’80, DLitt ’19) for their work as renowned educators and Wabanaki knowledge keepers who have contributed to the academic and cultural landscapes of their province.

    As lifelong educators and leaders in the area of Indigenous revitalization and Wolastoqey culture and language revival, Drs. Imelda and David Perley have made incredible contributions to the support, dedication and visibility of Indigenous peoples at UNB and across the province.

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, announced 85 new appointments to the Order of Canada and four promotions within the Order. The recipients will be presented with their insignia at future investiture ceremonies.

Photo credit: Sgt. Mathieu St-Amour, Rideau Hall/Governor General of Canada