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Trent Professor & Former Chancellor Honoured by Order of Canada

July 3, 2018

Dr. Peter Dillon & Dr. Roberta Bondar presented highest civilian honours

Dr. Peter Dillon wearing grey sweater in the Water Quality Centre
Dr. Peter Dillon at Trent University's Water Quality Centre

Dr. Peter Dillon, a faculty member in the Trent School of the Environment, has been recognized with one of the country’s highest civilian honours by the Order of Canada.

Professor Dillon, whose research is focused on the biogeochemistry of lakes, was named a member of the Order of Canada for his advancements in the field of limnology, the study of inland waters, according to the citation for the award. Prof. Dillon was the scientific leader of the environmental research and long-term investigations carried out at the Dorset Research Centre in central Ontario for 25 years. His current research is centered in the Water Quality Centre at Trent, the most comprehensive mass spectrometry facilities in Canada. He is a member of the Royal Society and winner of the Miroslaw Romanowski Medal for environmental science.

When the 105 recipients were announced on June 29, Prof. Dillon wasn’t the only Trent community member to be recognized. Dr. Roberta Bondar, the ninth chancellor at Trent University, was announced as a companion of the Order of Canada. In addition to her role at Trent which she held from 2003 to 2009, Dr. Bondar is an accomplished neurologist, scientist, pilot, astronaut and photographic artist, and has the distinction of being the first Canadian woman to fly in space. Her new title with the Order of Canada, the companion, is the highest level and recognizes national pre-eminence or international service or achievement.

The Order of Canada was established in 1967, during Canada's centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. The Order recognizes people in all sectors of Canadian society