Three esteemed Carleton University community members have been named to the Order of Canada. Recognized for their inspiring contributions to Canada and the world, the newest Carleton community appointees include leaders in public policy, finance and technology.

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

Order of Canada insignia

William Janzen, (MA/70, PhD/81), was named a Member of the Order. Janzen is an alumnus of Carleton’s Faculty of Public Affairs, having completed both a master’s degree of International Affairs and a PhD in Political Science.

Having served as the Director of the Ottawa office of the Mennonite Central Committee Canada for more than 30 years, Janzen has been recognized for his influence on public policy, including his role in the creation of the Government of Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees program, and his contributions to “refugee resettlement, citizenship, development aid and peace building.”

Monique Forget Leroux, (ALHD/21), was promoted to Companion of the Order. In 2021, Carleton awarded Leroux the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, in recognition of her accomplished leadership in the world of business and her service as an inspiring role model and mentor to subsequent generations.

Leroux is the president and CEO of Desjardins Group. Her promotion recognizes her role as a leading figure in Canadian finance, her international representation of Canada on multinational groups and committees, as well as her support of initiatives “dedicated to education, youth and the arts.”

Jozef Straus, (ALHD/10), was named an Officer of the Order. In 2010, Carleton awarded Straus the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, in recognition of his contributions in the fields of nuclear physics and mechanical engineering.

Straus is the co-founder of JDS FITEL, and former CEO and co-chair of JDS Uniphase. He has been recognized for his key role in the development of Canada’s high-tech industry and innovations in data communications and fibre-optic technology, as well as his philanthropy to causes supporting “marginalized communities, the arts, education, science, health and nature.”

Canada's 30th Governor General Mary Simon

Canada’s 30th Governor General Mary Simon

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.

On June 27, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, announced 83 new appointments to the Order of Canada. Recipients will be invested at a ceremony to held at a later date.

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Friday, June 28, 2024 in
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