Aug.30, 2005

McMaster professors named to Order of Canada

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McMaster professors Harish Jain and Gary Warner have been named to the Order of Canada.

Hamilton, ON - McMaster professors Harish Jain and Gary Warner have been named to the Order of Canada. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor-General of Canada, announced the appointments yesterday.

Jain is professor emeritus of human resources in the DeGroote School of Business. He specializes in human rights as it relates to employment and industrial relations. The author of numerous articles and books, Jain has advocated for minority rights locally, nationally and internationally. Most recently, he has been a policy and research consultant to the Government of South Africa, assisting with the transition to de-segregation. He is currently Donald Gordon Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town.

“I am humbled, honoured and overjoyed by this appointment,” says Jain. “It is a privilege to be a Canadian. My interest has been to help the under-represented and underprivileged, such as racial minorities, through teaching, research and community service.”

Gary Warner has taught courses ranging from French, African and Caribbean literature to peace and international development, and recently completed a five-year term as director of McMaster's interdisciplinary Arts & Science program. He has been active internationally and within the Hamilton community on issues related to international development, and racial and social justice. The recipient of numerous awards, Warner was recognized in 1998 with the Hamilton Black History Month J.C. Holland Award, and in March, 2004, with the McMaster Students Union Lifetime Achievement Award.

“As an immigrant to Canada, I see this honour as recognition of the positive contribution that immigrants and refugees make to this country, contrary to some negative stereotypes,” says Warner. “And as an African Canadian, I see it as part of my mentorship role to youth in general, and to African-Canadians and visible-minority youth in particular.”

The Order of Canada, established in 1967, is Canada's highest honour for lifetime achievement. There are 82 new appointments for 2005.

McMaster University, named Canada’s Research University of the Year by Research InfoSource, has world-renowned faculty, and state-of-the-art research facilities. McMaster's culture of innovation fosters a commitment to discovery and learning in teaching, research and scholarship. Based in Hamilton, the University has a student population of more than 23,000, and an alumni population of more than 115,000 in 128 countries.