Victoria residents among those honoured on Order of Canada list
Two Victoria residents were among 17 British Columbians and 144 Canadians appointed to the Order of Canada on Friday.
Max Blouw, a former president and vice-chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University, receives the designation for his leadership as an academic administrator and for his advancement of evidence-based research at Canadian universities. In 2019, Blouw was appointed president of the Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia.
Joseph Connors was honoured for his contributions to the study and treatment of lymphoid cancers, and for his role in the advancement of lymphoma care in Canada. The award-winning lymphoid cancer clinician scientist retired from clinical practice in 2018 after 37 years at B.C. Cancer.
The Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours, recognizes Canadians from all sectors of society for their outstanding achievements, dedication to their communities and service to the nation.
Gov. Gen. Julie Payette announced the new appointments to the Order of Canada on Friday. According to the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, in-person award ceremonies are on hold due to the pandemic. Others honoured include champion ice-dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and Olympic champion swimmer Mark Tewksbury.