Local professors, equality advocate named to Order of Canada

Two University of Waterloo professors, an occupational therapist from Cambridge and an equality advocate from Waterloo have been named to the Order of Canada.

They are among 124 new appointments announced by Governor General Julie Payette

Three professors and an advocate for equality who live in Waterloo region are among those named to the Order of Canada Thursday.

Three people were named officers of the Order of Canada: Keith Hipel of Waterloo, Raymond Laflamme of Waterloo and Mary Law of Cambridge.

John Lord of Waterloo was named a member of the Order of Canada.

Keith Hippel was recognized for his extensive contributions to the field of environmental engineering and for his leadership within multiple academic and professional institutions. (University of Waterloo)

Canadians can be named officers for national service or achievement while members are recognized for work at a local or regional level.

Governor General Julie Payette announced the new member list Thursday afternoon. The order recognizes Canadians for outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the country.

They will all receive their insignia at a later date at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

UW profs recognized

Hipel was named to the Order for "extensive contributions to the field of environmental engineering and for his leadership within multiple academic and professional institutions."

Hipel works at the University of Waterloo as a professor in the department of systems design engineering. He is also president of the Academy of Science, Royal Society of Canada and a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

In his bio page for UW, Hipel said he gets "immense personal fulfillment from working with my graduate students and colleagues in order to co-operatively discover creative solutions to challenging real world problems."

Raymond Laflamme of Waterloo was recognized for his outstanding achievements as an administrator and researcher who has advanced quantum science and technology in Canada. (University of Waterloo)

Laflamme of Waterloo was recognized for "outstanding achievements as an administrator and researcher who has advanced quantum science and technology in Canada."

He founded the renowned Institute for Quantum Computing in 2002. He is a pioneer in quantum information processing holds the Canada Research Chair in quantum information.

Occupational therapist, equality advocate named

Law of Cambridge was named to the Order for "transformative work in the field of occupational therapy, which has set the standard for research and shaped clinical practice in Canada."

Mary Law was recognized for her transformative work in the field of occupational therapy, which has set the standard for research and shaped clinical practice in Canada. (CanChild)

Law worked as an occupational therapist with adults before working at KidsAbility from 1977 to 1983, when i was the Rotary Children's Centre. She became a professor in the school of rehabilitation science at McMaster University in Hamilton.

She is co-founder of CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research and studied factors in communities that help or hinder children with disabilities when it comes to daily activities.

Lord of Waterloo was named a member of the Order of Canada for his "commitment to supporting Canadians with disabilities through research, public policy and advocacy."

John Lord was recognized for his committment to supporting Canadians with disabilities through research, public policy and advocacy. (Community Based Research)

In 1982, Lord founded the Centre for Community Based Research in Kitchener where he and his colleagues did leading research in human services. The work they did has helped shape how research into mental health and other areas of vulnerability is done.

He has also founded the Support Clusters Project to create a network for people with significant vulnerabilities and disabilities and the Welcome Home Initiative in Waterloo region to help people returning to the community from psychiatric facilities. He also founded The Jazz Room in uptown Waterloo.

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