Recognized as a leading world authority on innovation, media, and the economic and social impact of technology, Trent University alumnus and chancellor, Don Tapscott, has been awarded one of the highest honours in Canada, being named a member of the Order of Canada.
On July 1, 2015 His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced 100 new appointments to the Order of Canada. Appointments were made on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada. Just last week, on February 12th, he was officially awarded the honour at a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.
When asked for his reaction on the award, Don Tapscott said, "I’m honoured and humbled. I’m also proud, as this is a good reflection on Trent University and the Peterborough community too.”
The Order of Canada, one of our country's highest civilian honours, was established in 1967, during Canada's centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Over the last 45 years, more than 6 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.
Learn more about Don Tapscott and his role as Trent’s Chancellor here.
The Chancellor is not the only notable Trent Alumnus to be named for the award. Robert Campbell '70 and Fiona Sampson '87 were also recently honoured.
“My research and public interests were fired up in the hot-house intellectual and political environment of Trent in the early 70s," says Campbell ’70, a graduate of Trent’s Political Studies program. "I had extensive and intensive opportunities to cut my administrative teeth at Trent in the 80s and 90s and I will be forever grateful. In no small measure, then, this Order of Canada recognition is Trent's doing.”
After graduating from Trent and completing his Masters and PhD degrees, Dr. Campbell ’70 returned to his alma mater to kick-off his academic career, first as professor of politics from 1976 to 1993, then dean of arts and science from 1994 to 1996 as well as vice-president of Academic from 1996 to 1997. He was also founder of the Trent International Program with Jack Matthews. During his time working at Trent, he was awarded the Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching for his "dedication as a facilitator, his dedication to helping students understand, his dedication to the student population of Trent University; for his patience and sincerity, for his enthusiasm; for being a committed and dedicated teacher born to and living his trade.” Currently, Dr. Campbell is president and vice-chancellor of Mount Allison University. He was presented the Order of Canada “for his contributions to academia as an authority on postal services and as president of Mount Allison University.”
Ms. Sampson ’87 completed her master’s at Trent in Canadian Heritage and Development. Ms. Sampson is the CEO of the Equality Effect, an international network of human rights advocates working collaboratively to improve the lives of women and girls. She was presented the Order of Canada “for her commitment to human rights, particularly those of women and girls in Africa.”
“I feel very fortunate that I get do such rewarding work that never feels like work,” said Ms. Sampson. “Receiving the Order of Canada for the human rights work I do feels like icing on the cake, and it’s pretty delicious!”
“The Trent community is thrilled to congratulate Robert and Fiona, two outstanding alumni, for being recognized with Canada’s highest honour,” said Lee Hays, director of Alumni Affairs at Trent. “Their outstanding leadership and important contributions to Canada and communities around the world are inspiring examples of the success of our graduates.”