On May 2, her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, hosted an investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall to invest new Companions, Officers and Members into the Order of Canada. Among the appointees, University of Waterloo President Vivek Goel was invested as a Member

President Goel’s appointment was originally announced by Her Excellency, the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada in December 2020. The appointment recognizes his contributions as an academic and administrator who is committed to the advancement of public health services, evidence-based healthcare, and research innovation. 

At the time of his appointment, Goel said “the pandemic has put a sharp focus on public health research, and I’m grateful for this recognition of my contributions in that area. I wish to offer my congratulations to all of the other honourees, and express how proud I feel to be in the company of people doing such important work.”

 Sgt Anis Assari, Rideau Hall © OSGG, 2024

Photo credit: Sgt Anis Assari, Rideau Hall © OSGG, 2024

The Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest honours, recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service in an effort to build a better Canada. Nearly 7,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order since its creation in 1967. Goel joins nearly forty members of the University of Waterloo community who are Order of Canada recipients.

The Governor General makes the appointments on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada. For more information on the awards, visit the website of the Governor General of Canada.