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New Dal community Order of Canada appointees

Governor General Mary Simon announced 78 new appointments to the Order of Canada in late December — a list of esteemed individuals that includes philanthropist and property developer Jim Spatz (MD’74, LLD’22), Elder Albert Marshall, Dal Architecture Professor Richard Kroeker, and physician and medical educator Dr. Ronald Stewart (MD’70, LLD’17). 

Three medals of the Order of Canada on a black background.

Posted: January 4, 2024

By: Emily MacKinnon

Four people with strong connections to Dalhousie were among the 78 new appointments to the Order of Canada, announced in late December 2023.

Josef (Jim) Spatz (MD’74, LLD’22), Elder Albert Marshall (Architecture and Planning) and Professor Richard Kroeker (faculty member of Architecture and Planning) were made Members of the Order of Canada, for distinguished service in or to a community, group, or field of activity. Dr. Ronald Stewart (MD’70, LLD’17), who was first made a Member in 1993, was promoted to Companion of the Order of Canada, an honour that recognizes outstanding achievement and merit of the highest degree, especially in service to Canada or to humanity at large.

Josef (Jim) Spatz (MD’74, LLD’22) 

Spatz was also instrumental in establishing the Simon and Riva Spatz Chair in Jewish Studies, named for his parents, who were Holocaust survivors. The appointed Spatz Chair was announced and their inaugural public lecture was delivered at Dalhousie last January. Spatz was presented with an honourary doctorate degree in 2022, acknowledging his inspirational leadership and outstanding contributions to the Dalhousie community.

Elder Albert Marshall (Faculty of Architecture and Planning)

Marshall says he was humbled and honoured to accept this acknowledgement on behalf of all the Elders and knowledge holders who have shared their knowledge with him.

The Marshall Bursary, which was established in 2021 with the help of Professor Emeritus Richard Kroeker, provides financial support to an Indigenous student pursuing a degree in architecture, planning or engineering. These design professions play a major role in defining our communities and give Indigenous students the opportunity to shape the world in which they live.

Richard Kroeker (Faculty, School of Architecture)

At Dalhousie, Kroeker co-designed with community and Elders through a Two-Eyed Seeing approach, which ultimately led to such influential designs as the West Wing project in Eskasoni and the Pictou Landing Health Centre. His current research includes building energy modelling methods, shell construction techniques and innovations in structural wood use.

Dr. Ronald Stewart (MD‘70, LLD’17)

Dr. Stewart also generously pledged $1.3 million to Dalhousie to create the Ronald Stewart Fund in Emergency Medical Services Research, which funded the Ronald Stewart Symposium in Emergency Medical Services Research in 2017 and will continue to fund research around emergency medicine for years to come.

When he learned of his initial appointment as Member of the Order of Canada in 1993, and of his latest promotion within the Order to Companion (reserved for those who demonstrate an outstanding level of talent and service), it made him happy because it showed an acceptance and appreciation of his area of interest and expertise.

The Order of Canada

The Order of Canada was created in 1967 and is one of the country's highest civilian honours. Appointments are made for sustained achievement at three levels: Companion, Officer and Member. Officers and Members may be elevated within the Order in recognition of further achievement, based on continued exceptional or extraordinary service to Canada. 

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada announced the newest inductees on December 28, 2023, in Ottawa, saying, “As governor general, I have seen first-hand that our communities are rich in both excellence and diversity, which we need to do our utmost to recognize.” 

Congratulations to all appointees!