OTTAWA-Today Brian Masse, M. P. Windsor West, NDP Industry Automotive and border critic congratulated former University of Windsor president Ross Paul on his becoming a Member of the Order of Canada.

“It is a recognition of the outstanding leadership and accomplishments of Dr. Ross Paul. I want to congratulate him on receiving the Order of Canada today. It is always an honour when a member of our community is acknowledged,” Masse stated.

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presided over an Order of Canada investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall, where he bestowed the honour on three Companions, 11 Officers and 26 Members.

The Order of Canada was created in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Since its creation, more than 5 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.

Dr. Paul’s citation at the ceremony was the following:

“An advocate for higher education, Ross Paul has helped to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and expand access to education in Canada and abroad. He is a former president of Laurentian University and of the University of Windsor, and throughout his career, he has developed and implemented best practices for open learning initiatives. His philosophy and values have influenced post-secondary institutions within Canada and abroad, and have helped to promote access, quality and innovation in higher education. Fostering global learning and development, he has also provided vision, leadership and support to organizations such as the World University Service of Canada, CREAD, and the Optical Regional Advanced Network of Ontario.”