Western News – Western alumni join prestigious Order of Canada list
Five western alumni have been appointed to the Order of Canada, joining more than 7,600 people who have been invested in one of Canada’s highest honors since 1967.
These alumni were among 85 new appointments announced June 29: Stacey Ann Allaster, LLD’14, MBA’00, BA’85;, LLB’80; Dr. William Foster Clark, MD’70; Dr. Zane Cohen, BA’65; and Guy Jacques Pratte, BA’78.
Created in 1967 by Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada honors those whose service has shaped society, whose innovation has fired the imagination and whose compassion has united communities.
“The Order of Canada celebrates the lives, efforts and achievements of people from coast to coast and from all walks of life,” said Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada at the announcement of the Order. from Canada. “Today’s appointees come from a variety of sectors, have achieved national and international success, and have demonstrated ingenuity, innovation and generosity. In addition, they have made a difference in their communities and for Canada through their exceptional dedication and commitment.
Allaster has been recognized for her pioneering contributions to advancing gender equality in women’s professional tennis and for her dedicated mentorship in the sports management industry. She is currently the General Manager of Professional Tennis for the United States Tennis Association (USTA), setting the strategic vision for the USTA Professional Tennis Division.
For his contributions as a university administrator and legal scholar, Cassels was named a Member of the Order of Canada, cited for his commitment to improving access to higher education. He has been a professor of law at the University of Victoria in British Columbia since 1981. He was the seventh president of the University of Victoria from July 2013 to October 2020, and also served as university dean in the Faculty of law, and served as vice president, academic and provost.
clark is professor emeritus at Schulich Medicine and Dentistry. He was awarded the Order of Canada for his extensive research in the field of nephrology and for his leadership in studying the long-term health effects of municipal water contamination in Walkerton, Ontario in 2000. , considered the worst E. coli contamination in Canada. Clark is a founding member of the Kidney Clinical Research Unit and is influential in the practice of nephrology in Canada and internationally.
For his innovative surgical methods in the field of colorectal surgery, Cohen received the Order of Canada, in recognition of his leadership in the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. Cohen is the Director of the Zane Cohen Center at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and an internationally renowned surgeon specializing in inflammatory bowel disease and hereditary colorectal cancer.
For his Order of Canada award, Pratte was recognized for “his contributions as a lawyer, notably to the pro bono movement, and for his voluntary commitments in the performing arts.” He is a partner in the Toronto-based law firm Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. He served as director of Pro Bono Ontario and eventually launched Pro Bono Quebec, providing people with access to justice through free legal advice.