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Congratulations to the Ontario Health Researchers and Clinicians Appointed to the Order of Canada

Order of Canada

On July 1st, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, celebrated Canada’s birthday by appointing 100 of our country’s best and brightest individuals to the Order of Canada—and nine of them were from Ontario research hospitals.

Meet the new members. Together they contribute to a healthier, wealthier, smarter Ontario.

Appointees from across CAHO member hospitals were named Companions (C.C.), Officers (O.C.) and Members (C.M.) of the Order of Canada.

  1. Sandra Black, O.C., O.Ont.
    Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

For contributing to improved diagnosis and treatment of vascular dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and stroke.

  1. Daniel J. Drucker,C.
    Mount Sinai Hospital

For his contributions to the development of medicines used around the world to treat diabetes and intestinal disorders.

  1. Mary Gospodarowicz Evans, O.C.
    University Health Network

For contributing to improved cancer radiotherapy and for her leadership in advancing cancer care around the world.

  1. Stewart Harris, C.M.
    St. Joseph’s Health Care London / Lawson Health Research Institute

For his contributions to the development of strategies to manage and reduce diabetes in Aboriginal communities and other vulnerable populations.

  1. Jay Keystone, C.M.
    University Health Network

For his contributions as a clinician and educator who has expanded the discipline of tropical and travel medicine.

  1. Janet Rossant, C.C.
    The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

For advancing the global understanding of embryo development and stem cell biology, and for her national and international leadership in health science.

  1. James Thomas Rutka,C., O.Ont.
    The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

For his contributions to advancing treatment for pediatric brain tumours and for his international leadership in neurosurgery.

  1. Carolyn Ruth Wilson, C.M.
    Providence Care

For her contributions to improving primary care in Ontario and for her leadership in family medicine.

  1. Martin Yaffe, C.M.
    Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

For his groundbreaking research in breast cancer screening and for his commitment to improving women’s health.


The Order of Canada is one of our country’s highest civilian honours. It recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation. Out of the 100 people appointed on Canada Day, 45 are from Ontario, and 9 of them are currently health researchers and clinicians at CAHO member hospitals. These appointments highlight the extent to which health researchers contribute to province’s knowledge economy and impact the lives of Ontarians. Just one more piece of evidence that health research is making Ontario healthier, wealthier, and smarter.

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CAHO is proud to showcase the 2015 Order of Canada recipients as part of our Healthier, Wealthier, Smarter campaign. If we’ve missed a CAHO member, please let us know. Email