Order of Ontario honours eight from U of T
Chancellor, two professors and five alumni honoured
By Elaine Smith
Toronto - The newest members of the Order of Ontario, inducted recently at a Queen's Park ceremony, included the University of Toronto's chancellor, two distinguished professors and five alumni.
Chancellor David Peterson, University Professor Michael Baker of medicine and Professor David MacLennan of medicine were among the 27 new inductees to the highest honour bestowed upon individuals by the province, one that recognizes excellence in any field of endeavour. They were joined by alumni Mary Louise Dickson, Dr. Joseph MacInnis, Lorna Marsden, Rosemary Jean Sadlier and Peter Silverman.
"The Order of Ontario is a wonderful opportunity to honour people who have made an outstanding contribution to our province," said the Warren Winkler, chief justice of Ontario and chair of the Order of Ontario advisory council, in a news release. "The recipients exemplify the diversity of strengths and interests of the people of Ontario."
Peterson, a former premier of Ontario, is also a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. He is a senior partner and chair of the Toronto law firm of Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, where he practises corporate and commercial law, and he is leading Toronto's current bid for the 2015 Pan American Games. In addition to his work as chancellor, he serves on a number of corporate boards, including St. Michael's Hospital.
Baker is physician-in-chief with the University Health Network, an organization that comprises three of the university's teaching hospitals. He is the academic and administrative head of UHN's Department of Medicine, which comprises over 200 physicians in every specialty of medicine. His research has led to a better understanding of leukemia and other cancers.
The first John W. Billes Chair of Medical Research, MacLennan is internationally recognized for his work on genetics and the regulation of calcium in muscle. Cross-appointed to the biochemistry department, MacLennan is a fellow of the Royal Society of London and a foreign associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.
U of T alumni were recognized for excellence in a variety of fields. Dickson is a lawyer, educator and advocate for people with disabilities. MacInnis is and internationally renowned physician, scientist and undersea explorer whose research made it possible to work in the deep ocean. Marsden, former president of York University and a former senator, was cited for her contribution to academia and public service. An author and president of the Ontario Black History Society, Sadlier was honoured for her contributions to literature and community service, while Silverman was lauded for aiding thousands of people through his television program Silverman Helps, the longest running advocacy program in Ontario.