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UNBers to receive the Order of Canada

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on Jan 8, 2019

Category: UNB Saint John , UNB Fredericton

A former UNB Board of Governors chair is among the three UNB honorary degree recipients to receive the Order of Canada, announced Governor General Julie Payette on Dec. 27, 2018.

As one of Canada’s highest civilian accreditations, the Order of Canada honours the outstanding achievement and contribution of individuals from various sectors whose dedication to the community and service to the nation has helped shaped our society. This year’s announcement included 103 appointments.

Dr. Roxanne R. Fairweather C.M., O.N.B. (DLitt’18) has been appointed Member of the Order for her commitment to advancing research and innovation and for creating new and sustainable economic opportunities in Atlantic Canada.

Dr. Fairweather has been inducted to the New Brunswick Business Hall of Fame and was selected as one of the Atlantic Region’s 50 most accomplished business executives three times by Atlantic Business Magazine. She was named Entrepreneur of the Year for the Atlantic region by Ernst & Young in 2013 and was appointed to the Order of New Brunswick in 2014.

Dr. Fairweather has served on the Board of Governors for UNB since 2003. In 2010, she became the second woman in UNB’s history to serve as board chair, a position she held until 2012. She was appointed Governor Emerita in 2016 and received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from UNB in 2018.

She is currently the co-CEO and co-owner of Innovatia Inc.

Dr. Francis Pang C.M. (DLitt’01) has been named a Member of the Order of Canada for his commitment to developing a co-operative education framework between Canadian and Chinese post-secondary institutions.

Dr. Pang is the former chairman of the Beijing Concord College of Sino-Canada and is the current chairman of the Canadian International School of Hefei. In 2016, Dr. Pang was instrumental in assisting UNB to establish its recruitment office in Beijing, China, housed at the Canadian International School of Beijing. It was the first Atlantic university recruitment office to open its doors in China.

In addition to receiving an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from UNB in 2001, Dr. Pang was the recipient of the Queen's Jubilee Medal and the Great Wall Friendship Award. In 2007, the governments of New Brunswick and Canada bestowed Tributes of Honour upon Dr. Pang in recognition of his global initiatives for outstanding achievements and contributions in international education.

Dr. Lyse Doucet C.M., O.B.E (DLitt’06), a world-renowned journalist, was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada for her journalistic integrity and her achievements as an international broadcasting correspondent and presenter.

Originally from Bathurst, N.B., Dr. Doucet now resides in London, England, where she is the chief international correspondent and a contributing editor for BBC.

In 2010, the National Association of Broadcasters awarded Dr. Doucet the coveted Peabody Award. She holds seven honorary degrees, including an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from UNB in 2006. Dr. Doucet was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2014 for her services to British journalism. In 2017, Dr. Doucet was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting Award for her body of work that has led to better understanding and increased prospects for peace.

Recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at an investiture ceremony to be held at a later date.

Media contact: Paisley Sibbald