Professor Geoffrey Fong named Officer of the Order of Canada

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Congratulations to Professor Geoffrey Fong of the Department of Psychology for being appointed Officer of the Order of Canada, one of the nation's highest honours.  Fong is the founder and chief principal investigator of the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (ITC project), leading a team of more than 150 researchers across 31 countries covering more than half of the world’s population.

Geoffrey Fong
He is honoured with the Order of Canada, and numerous other awards and honours, for his work examining the effectiveness of tobacco control policies of the first-ever WHO treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which calls upon Canada and 180 other countries to implement measures such as large graphic warnings, smoke-free laws, higher tobacco taxes, anti-smoking campaigns, and limits on advertising and packaging. The official announcement indicates Fong was recognized for his research into improved risk messaging on tobacco products and for his role in reducing the global tobacco epidemic.

"I am humbled and honoured to receive this recognition, which I think of more as a tribute to our extraordinary research team at the University of Waterloo and our global research team, who have worked tirelessly to use our research to combat the number one preventable cause of death in Canada and the world,” Fong said.

Read the full University of Waterloo announcement.