January 23, 2009

President Peter George named to Order of Ontario

    McMaster University President Peter George was invested as a member of the Order of Ontario yesterday at Queen's Park. File Photo.
McMaster University President Peter George was invested as a member of the Order of Ontario yesterday at Queen's Park. He was appointed to the Order in December 2007

President George, who is also a member of the Order of Canada, was honoured for his role as McMaster's President and Vice-Chancellor, and his contributions to post-secondary education, his community and as an economist and author. President George joined McMaster's faculty in 1965. He became president in 1995 and is currently serving his third five-year term.

"I am pleased to invest some of our provinces most deserving citizens into the Order of Ontario," said the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Chancellor of the Order on Ontario. "This distinguished honour is bestowed on those who have gone above and beyond, those who have demonstrated excellence in various fields of endeavour."

The Order of Ontario is the province's highest official honour. It recognizes Ontarians who have made an outstanding contribution to society in Ontario and around the world.

In addition to President George, former Premier David Peterson, former Chief Justice Patrick LeSage, human rights activist George Brady, former Olympic figure skater Barbara Ann Scott-King, medical researcher Dr. Michael Baker and publisher Ellen Seligman are among the newly invested members of the Order.