The Carleton University community was well represented in the latest appointments to the Order of Canada. The recipients were recently announced by Gov. Gen. David Johnston for Canada’s 150th year. A ceremony will be held at a later date.
Recipients include faculty member Norman Hillmer, Chancellor’s Professor of History and International Affairs, and former faculty member Julian Smith. Other members of the Carleton community appointed include honorary degree recipient Michael Sabia, as well as former Ontario Lt.-Gov. David Onley, who also received an honorary degree from Carleton.
A member of the Department of History in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Hillmer receives the Order in recognition of his scholarly work in the areas of Canadian foreign policy and international affairs. His latest book, O.D. Skelton: A Portrait of Canadian Ambition, delves into the legacy of a man widely regarded as the architect of the Canadian foreign service.
“As an historian, it gives me particular pleasure that this honour comes at the beginning of Canada’s 150th year and Carleton University’s 75th,” said Hillmer. “I salute my students and colleagues in the Department of History and the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. I’ve found wonderful inspiration and support in both places.”
Smith receives the Order for his work in the conservation of historical sites, both domestic and international. He founded and directed the Heritage Conservation program at what is now the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton.
“This award was quite a surprise and reflects the contributions of the many colleagues I have been fortunate enough to work with over the years,” said Smith. “This includes the wonderful faculty at Canadian Studies, who welcomed me back in the late 1980s when I was looking for a place to establish Canada’s first English-language graduate program in heritage conservation.”
Sabia, CEO of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, has been appointed for his effective leadership of several high-profile Canadian enterprises. He received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Carleton in 2010 in recognition of his leadership in corporate social responsibility.
Onley is being honoured for his work as an advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities. Carleton awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2011 in recognition of his advancement of disability issues. He has been a tireless supporter of Carleton’s efforts to assist students with disabilities.
The Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours, was established in 1967 to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Since its creation, close to 7,000 people have been invested into the Order.