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June 29, 2007

Chancellor Appointed to Order of Canada

University of Guelph Chancellor Pamela Wallin has been named to the Order of Canada, considered the country’s highest honour of lifetime achievement. She is among 71 Canadians appointed today by Governor General Michaëlle Jean.

Wallin was named an officer to the Order and was honoured for her contributions in communications.

“This is wonderful and well-deserved recognition for our Chancellor,” said president Alastair Summerlee. “Pamela has contributed to our nation in so many ways, and it is very appropriate that she be recognized for her achievements and commitment as our country readies to celebrate Canada Day.”

Wallin’s career has spanned more than 30 years and several continents, including numerous positions at CBC and CTV. She is currently the senior adviser to the president of the Americas Society and the Council of the Americas in New York. She recently completed a four-year term as consul general of Canada in New York and serves on the boards of many Canadian corporations, including CTVglobemedia.

She holds an honours degree in psychology and political science from the University of Regina and she has received 13 honorary degrees, including an honorary doctorate of laws from Guelph in 2006. She is the author of three books, including the bestselling memoir Since You Asked.

Wallin will receive her Order of Canada membership insignia later this year.

The Order of Canada celebrates its 40th anniversary this month. It was established in July of 1967 to recognize outstanding achievement and service. Appointments are made on the recommendation of an advisory council, chaired by the chief justice of Canada, and the governor general is the chancellor and principal companion of the order.

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