Ten named among Order of Canada honorees

OTTAWA – Nine Western alumni and one faculty member were named among 103 new appointments to the Order of Canada, Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, recently announced. The new member list includes two Companions, 15 Officers and 86 Members.

The Western honourees included:

  • Jean André Élie, MBA’68, named a member for his ongoing contributions to governance in the arts and for his philanthropy in support of numerous causes;
  • Ross Feldman, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry professor emeritus and Robarts Research Institute scientist, named a Member for his leadership in the prevention and control of hypertension in Canada;
  • Serge Gouin, BA’65, MBA’66, named a Member for his contributions to the development of television broadcasting, cable television and telecommunications, and for his involvement with charitable organizations;
  • Linda Hasenfratz, BSc’89, MBA’97, named a Member for her efforts to develop economic opportunities in Canada and elsewhere, and for her ongoing community involvement;
  • Robert Lacroix, LLD’06, named an Officer for his contributions to economics and public policy-making as a professor and rector emeritus. This is a promotion within the Order.
  • Raymond Muzyka, MBA’01, named a Member for his revolutionary contributions to the video game industry as a developer and co-founder of an internationally renowned studio;
  • Henri-Paul Rousseau, PHD’74, named a Member for his many contributions to the economy and for his social and community involvement;
  • Richard J. Schmeelk, LLD’90, named an Honourary Member for his sustained philanthropy and for his commitment to fostering greater understanding between English- and French-speaking Canadians;
  • Peter D. Simons, BA’86, named a Member for his leadership in business, his advocacy of the Canadian retail industry and his philanthropic endeavours; and
  • Heather Stuart, BA’79, MA’84, named a Member for her commitment to advancing the mental health conversation in Canada.

Created in 1967, the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours, recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Close to 7 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.