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Trent University Professor Emeritus Dr. Donald Mackay appointed to The Order of Ontario

On the heels of this appointment to the Order of Canada in January 2004, Trent University's Dr. Donald Mackay, professor emeritus, has received Ontario's highest honour for lifetime achievement in his appointment to The Order of Ontario March 18 by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.

The Order of Ontario recognizes and honours those who have enriched the lives of others by attaining the highest standards of excellence and achievement in their respective fields. This year's honourees will bring to 373, the total number of recipients since 1987, when the honour was first presented. Prof. Mackay will be invested into The Order of Ontario by Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman at a Queen's Park ceremony on March 31, 2004.

Prof. Mackay is one of Canada's leading scientists and has greatly contributed to the quality and our stewardship of the global environment. Recognized internationally for his models describing the behaviour and effects of oil spills, he later developed an innovative system to predict the fate and effects of chemicals in the environment. The 'Mackay models,' as they are known, are used as the basis of regulatory and environmental policy decisions around the world.

Susan Clark, Vice-President (Academic), paid tribute to Prof. Mackay's record of teaching and his extensive contributions to scholarly research.

"Prof. Mackay is an international leader in his field of scientific research. The work he has done to establish the Canadian Environmental Modelling Centre at Trent University and the development of the 'Mackay models' has advanced our understanding of the behaviour of environmental contaminants," she said. "With its focus on high standards of achievement and excellence, it is fitting that Dr. Mackay be awarded the Order of Ontario. On behalf of Trent University I would like to congratulate Prof. Mackay for this latest award honouring his distinguished academic career."

After 28 years as a member of the faculty of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto, Prof. Mackay came to Trent in 1995. Prof. Mackay retired as a full-time faculty member in Environmental and Resource Studies and Chemistry in July 2002, but continues his research and the supervision of three graduate students, as director of the CEMC.

For further information about Prof. Mackay's accomplishments, visit

Posted March 19, 2004

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