U of S alumni appointed to the Order of Canada

Five members of the U of S community have received one of the country’s highest civilian honours by being appointed to the Order of Canada.

By University Communications

Cindy Blackstock, Eli Bornstein, John Conly, Beverley Jacobs and Bruce McManus were recently appointed to the Order, which recognizes Canadians for their outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

Blackstock, a longtime champion of Indigenous children's rights, was named an officer of the Order of Canada while the others were named as members of the Order of Canada by Governor General Julie Payette.

  • Cindy Blackstock (Doctor of Laws’16), an associate professor at the University of Alberta and an accomplished author and keynote speaker, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by the U of S in 2016.
  • Eli Bornstein (Doctor of Letters’90), one of Canada's first abstract artists, became head of the Department of Art at the U of S in 1950, and is renowned for his pioneering work with light and colour.
  • John Conly (MD'78) was recently honoured by the U of S for his commitment to advancing the medical profession and his dedication to public service.
  • Beverley Jacobs (LL.M’00) became the first Aboriginal woman to be awarded a master’s degree in law from the U of S.
  • Bruce McManus (BAPE’67, MD’77) has been honoured by the U of S for his contributions to cardiovascular research and treatment.

Established in 1967, the Order of Canada is the cornerstone of the Canadian Honours System and recognizes people in all sectors of Canadian society for their contributions to communities throughout Canada.