Several Waterloo people named to Order of Canada

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Three professors from the University of Waterloo are among the list of several individuals with an affiliation with the University who were just named to the Order of Canada.

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced 100 new appointments to the Order of Canada on July 1.

The Order has three levels: Companion, Officer and Member.

Linda Nazar was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for her contributions as a materials chemist who has developed advanced battery systems for clean-energy storage. She is a professor in the Department of Chemistry at Waterloo, is cross appointed to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and is a researcher at the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology.

Order of Canada medal for Officers

The Order of Canada, Officer. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Governor General of Canada


Garry Rempel becomes a Member of the Order of Canada for his contributions to the field of chemical engineering, notably for advancing research in rubber technology. He is a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and affiliated with the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology,

Also a new Member of the Order of Canada is Carolyn Hansson, for her contributions as a materials engineer whose efforts have reduced corrosion and improved the performance of reinforced concrete structures. She is a professor in the Faculty of Engineering,

"People linked to University of Waterloo improve the world in many ways — such as through their groundbreaking research, with excellence in entrepreneurship and innovation, or their philanthropic efforts," said Ian Orchard, vice-president, academic and provost at Waterloo. "So it is fitting that so many members of the Waterloo family are receiving such high honours for their valuable contributions, and the University offers sincere congratulations to all of them."

Prem Watsa, chancellor emeritus, becomes Member of the Order of Canada, recognized for his achievements as a business leader, and for his work as a volunteer and philanthropist.

Ophelia Lazaridis, a Waterloo alumna who served on the University's Board of Governors from 2009 to 2015, was named a Member of the Order of Canada for her contributions as a community leader and philanthropist who focuses on education and the arts.

Other honorees include Stephen Cook, who received an honorary doctorate from Waterloo in 1999, and Paul D. N. Hébert, who received one in 2011. Both become Officers of the Order of Canada. Lawrence Hill, an author who received an honorary doctorate from Waterloo in 2011, was named a Member of the Order of Canada. Douglas Fregin, co-founder of Research In Motion, Ltd. (now BlackBerry), was recognized for his innovative advancements in communications technology and for his many philanthropic endeavours. He is a generous donor to the University and becomes an Officer of the Order of Canada.

The Order of Canada is one of the country's highest civilian honours. The investiture ceremony will take place in Ottawa at a later date. For more information, please visit

About the University of Waterloo

In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada's technology hub, has become one of Canada's leading comprehensive universities with 35,000 full- and part-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs. A globally focused institution, celebrated as Canada’s most innovative university for 23 consecutive years, Waterloo is home to the world's largest post-secondary co-operative education program and encourages enterprising partnerships in learning, research and discovery. In the next decade, the university is committed to building a better future for Canada and the world by championing innovation and collaboration to create solutions relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow. For more information about Waterloo, please visit

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