Dr. Alan Bernstein named to Ontarios highest honour

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CIFAR President & CEO Dr. Alan Bernstein is among 23 new appointees to the Order of Ontario, announced on Monday. The Order of Ontario is the province’s highest honour and recognizes individuals whose achievements have left “a lasting legacy in the province, in Canada and beyond.”

I am proud to welcome the 23 newest members of the Order of Ontario. They continue a tradition of excellence, and represent the best of this great province. Their extraordinary achievements have contributed to making Ontario, and the world, a better place for us all,” said the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

Dr. Bernstein is a world-renowned cancer researcher and research leader. The appointment recognized his game-changing contributions to the understanding of cancer that established the basis for important advances in cancer therapy. He was also honoured for his visionary leadership as Director of Research at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, the founding President of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and as the current President & CEO of CIFAR.

Dr. Bernstein has received numerous awards and honorary degrees for his contributions to science, including the 2008 Gairdner Wightman Award. In 2015, he was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. He is a Senior Fellow of Massey College, University of Toronto and, in 2002, was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

The Lieutenant Governor will bestow the honour to the newest Order of Ontario appointees during an investiture ceremony at Queen’s Park on Feb. 27, 2018.

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