Two Indo-Canadian academics working on research to make progress for humanity have been honored with the Order of Canada, one of the country’s most prestigious awards.
Their names were in the list published by the office of the governor-general of Canada, Mary Simon. The list had the names of professors Ajay Agrawal and Parminder Raina. Both have been invested into the Order as a Member. In an official release, Simon stated that those being appointed “come from a variety of sectors, have achieved national and international success, and have shown ingenuity, innovation, and generosity”.
In 1967, Queen Elizabeth II, Canada’s Head of State, created the Order of Canada to appreciate and cherish people whose service has helped society, whose innovations aroused the imaginations, and whose love and care united the people.
Agrawal was honored for “his visionary leadership as an educator and entrepreneur, and his mentorship of students and aspiring business owners”.
The citation for Raina reads- it was for “his leading research in aging and population health in Canada and for his impact on national policymaking in geriatric care services”.
The list included 85 new appointments to the Order of Canada. Some other notable names were Donovan Bailey, winner of the 100 meters gold at the 1996 Olympic Games, and actor Sandra Oh.