UBC faculty among new appointments to the Order of Canada

On December 29, 2017, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, announced 125 new appointments to the Order of Canada.

These appointments include six current and former UBC faculty members and two members of UBC advisory councils. Congratulations to all new appointees.

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UBC Faculty Members

Michael Anthony Church, O.C.

Professor emeritus, Geography

For his outstanding contributions as a renowned fluvial geomorphologist who has heightened our understanding of rivers and river processes.


Anne Martin-Matthews, O.C. 

Professor, Sociology
For her extensive research contributions to the field of gerontology, notably in implementing the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging.


Janet F. Werker, O.C. 

Professor, Psychology
For her internationally renowned contributions to our understanding of speech perception and language acquisition in infants.


Martin Gleave, C.M.

Professor, Urological Sciences
For his research on the mechanisms involved in the propagation of cancer cells and for his leadership in the development of new treatments for prostate cancer.


Judy Illes, C.M. 

Professor, Neurology
For her contributions to the field of neurology, including pioneering research that has highlighted the ethical, social and legal implications of advances in neuroscience.


Kenneth Lum, O.C.

Former Professor and Head of Graduate Program in Studio Art
For his contributions as contemporary artist whose work has been exhibited around the world, and for his mentorship of emerging artists.


Advisory Council Members

Gregory Smallenberg, C.M. 
Faculty of Applied Science Dean’s Advisory Council Member
For contributing to the urban fabric of Canada as an influential landscape architect.


Richard Henriquez, C.M. 

School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture Advisory Council, former member of UBC Advisory Urban Design Panel
For his contributions to Canadian architecture, notably in shaping Vancouver’s urban landscape.


About the Order of Canada

Created in 1967, the Order of Canada, one of our 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. Their contributions are varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of others and have taken to heart the motto of the Order: DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (“They desire a better country”). Appointments are made by the governor general on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada. For more information or to nominate a deserving Canadian, visit www.oc50.gg.ca/en/oc50#nominate