Professor Keith Hipel, a member of the Board of Governors of Renison University College, was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada by Governor General Julie Payette on January 2, 2018.
Upon appointment to the order, Hipel, a systems design engineering professor at the University of Waterloo, was cited for "his extensive contributions to the field of environmental engineering and for his leadership within multiple academic and professional institutions."
The former chair of Renison's Board of Governors and an Honorary Senior Fellow of the College, Hipel's contributions to Renison are numerous and substantial. His gifts of leadership and vision to Renison, in addition to his support for its East Asian Studies program as a founding member of the East Asian Festival (now known as the One Sky Festival), are greatly valued by the College community.
Hipel holds the title of University Professor at the University of Waterloo, the highest academic honour at the University, recognizing his decades long career and his global reputation for pioneering contributions to environmental systems engineering. He has also been awarded the Distinguished Teacher Ward and the Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision at Waterloo.
Further, he serves as the President of the Academy of Science of the Royal Society of Canada and is a Senior Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation.
Established in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada is one of the highest civilian honours available to Canadians and recognizes contributions from all sectors of society. The rank of Officer, the second of three levels within the order, recognizes individuals for national service or achievement.
A date for an insignia presentation ceremony has not yet been set.