Professors honoured nationally
Two Western professors will be receiving one of the highest honours the Canadian government bestows upon its citizens.
G. Michael Bancroft, a professor in the department of chemistry, and David Leighton, a professor at the Richard Ivey School of Business, will become Officers in the Order of Canada in a ceremony later this year.
According to Lucy Brosseau, media relations officer at Government House in Rideau Hall, inductions to the Order are made for lifetime achievements.
"Bancroft is the first chemist to promote the use of synchrotron radiation research," Brosseau said, noting he was also key in the development of Canada's first synchrotron facility in Saskatchewan. "He is an internationally renowned researcher."
"I'm obviously thrilled to receive this honour," Bancroft explained, while emphasizing the importance of the many colleagues he has worked with over the last 30 years.
Bancroft said his work with synchrotron is useful to hundreds of scientists and helps analyze a wide variety of materials. Bancroft also received the Hellmuth prize in 1999, Western's highest award for excellence in research.
"Leighton is being recognized for his visionary leadership in the development of education, business and the arts in Canada," Brosseau explained.
She said he was also the founding director of the National Centre for Management Research and Development at Western and has penned seminal works on business management and corporate governance from a uniquely Canadian perspective.
"It's a tremendous honour; I'm quite overwhelmed," Leighton said, adding he has been active in a number of new programs at Western and was the first Canadian elected as president of the American Marketing Association.
Brosseau said there are three levels of the order: members have outstanding accomplishments on a local or regional scale, outstanding accomplishments on a national scale are deemed officers and companions have exceptional accomplishments of national or international significance.
with files from Rachel Sandieson