A Carleton research professor and six 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 reconciliation, sport, culture, law, government, innovations in cartography, philanthropy and international relations.

Order of Canada insignia

Order of Canada insignia

D.R. Fraser Taylor, Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Professor, was named an officer of the Order of Canada “for his innovative contributions to cartography, and for spearheading the theoretical and practical development of cybercartography.”

Recognized internationally as a leading figure in the field of cartography, Taylor is the Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Professor of International Affairs, Geography and Environmental Studies and the Director of the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre at Carleton. He is a recipient of many awards, notably the Killam Prize for the Social Sciences—Canada’s highest academic honour (2014), the Carl Mannerfelt Gold Award—the International Cartographic Association’s most prestigious acknowledgement and first presentation to a Canadian (2013), and the 3M/Royal Canadian Geographic Society Award for Environmental Innovation (2012).

The Honourable Murray Sinclair, Honorary Doctorate recipient (2015), was named a companion of the Order of Canada “for his commitment to the representation of Indigenous legal issues, and for his dedication to reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians.”

The Honourable Justice Hugh L. Fraser, alumnus and former Ravens football athlete, was named an officer of the Order of Canada “for his transformative contributions to Canadian sport as an internationally recognized expert in sports law and as a former Olympian.”

Tomson Highway, Honorary Doctorate recipient (2013), was named officer of the Order of Canada “for his sustained and distinguished contributions to theatre and Canadian culture as one of our foremost playwrights and novelists.”

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, alumna (Bachelor of Arts ’82) and Honorary Doctorate recipient (2019), was named an officer of the Order of Canada “for her ongoing commitment to improving the child welfare system and supports for Indigenous people in British Columbia.”

Lawson A. W. Hunter, former member of the School of Public Policy and Administration Leadership Council and Kroeger Steering Committee, was named a member of the Order of Canada “for his distinguished career in government, business and private practice as one of the country’s leading competition and antitrust lawyers.”

Pradeep Merchant, Chair of the Canada-India Centre for Governing Council and former Board of Governors member (2013–2019) was named a member of the Order of Canada “for his long-standing contributions to his community, including his philanthropy and his leadership in the promotion of bilateral ties between Canada and India.” Merchant also serves on the Board of the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Council of Ottawa, responsible for establishing Mahatma Gandhi’s statue at the entrance of Richcraft Hall.

Gov. Gen. Mary Simon announced the 135 new appointments to the Order of Canada on Dec. 29, 2021. Recipients will be invested at a ceremony to be held in early 2022.

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.

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