Four Carleton University alumni and two community members with strong ties to the university have been named to the Order of Canada for their positive impacts and contributions to Canadian society and humanity at large.

These distinguished individuals are a source of pride as they exemplify the Carleton community’s shared vision for purposeful change. Their work includes the areas of Indigenous rights, fine art, federal public service, cancer research, law and academic leadership.

Insignia for the Order of Canada is displayed on a wooden surface

Order of Canada insignia

Dr. Eva Grunfeld, alumna (Bachelor of Arts, 1974) and internationally recognized, award-winning cancer researcher, was named an officer of the Order of Canada for “her influential research in cancer prevention and survivorship care, particularly within a primary care setting.”

The Hon. Konrad Von Finkenstein (Bachelor of Arts, 1967 and Bachelor of Arts Honours, 1968), current member of Carleton’s Board of Governors, and consultant on communications and competition issues, was named a member of the Order of Canada for “his distinguished and multifaceted career in law and federal public service.”

Bill Namagoose, Executive Director of the Cree Nation Government, Chair of the First National Bank of Canada, and recipient of a Carleton honorary doctorate in 2022, was named a member of the Order of Canada for “outstanding contributions to the Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee over a period spanning nearly 40 years.”

Sheila Block, alumna (Bachelor of Arts Honours, 1969), senior trial and appellate counsel and one of the most recognized litigators in Canada, was named a member of the Order of Canada for “her trailblazing contributions to law in Canada and abroad, and for her wide-ranging advocacy.”

Feridun Hamdullahpur, a former Provost and Vice-President, Research and International at Carleton and former President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Waterloo, was named a member of the Order of Canada for “his groundbreaking research in mechanical and mechatronics engineering and for his visionary leadership in academia.”

Marc Mayer, a Canadian arts manager and advisor and former Carleton student, was named a member of the Order of Canada for “his contributions to fine art as an administrator and curator, both in Canada and worldwide.”

Gov. Gen. Mary Simon announced the 99 new appointments to the Order of Canada on Dec. 29, 2022. Recipients will be invested at a ceremony to be held in early 2023.

About the Order of Canada

Established in 1967 by Queen Elizabeth, the Order of Canada is the pillar of the Canadian honours system. Becoming a member recognizes outstanding contributions at the local or regional level or in a special field of activity. The Order of Canada is one of the country’s highest civilian honours with three levels of appointment: companion, officer and member.

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Monday, January 9, 2023 in
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