Order of Manitoba honours esteemed UM alumni, faculty, researchers
Some of the University of Manitoba’s most respected alumni, faculty members, and researchers will be invested into the Order of Manitoba on July 18 at the Manitoba Legislative Building.
- Vivian Bruce, B.Sc.H.Ec./1953, M.Sc./1961; a retired professor of food science and nutrition who enhanced canola oil’s properties
- Marcel Desautels, B.A.(Lat.Ph.)/1955, LL.B./1959, Ll.M./1965, LL.D./1999; a prominent philanthropist and advocate for post-secondary education
- Clarence Nepinak, B.Ed./1983; a champion of Indigenous culture
- Steven Schipper, LL.D./2015; the longest serving artistic director of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
- Trudy Schroeder, MBA/2004; the executive director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
- Harvey Secter, B.Comm./1967, LL.B./1992; Chancellor of the U of M and prominent legal voice
- Joy Smith, B.Ed./1978, M.Ed./1982; former MLA and MP who is Canada’s leading anti-human-trafficking activist
- Michael West, B.Sc.(Med.)/1973, M.D./1973, Ph.D./1980; He established Manitoba as a centre for excellence for neurosurgery by introducing gamma knife surgery to Canada, enhancing the treatment for brain tumours
Also being invested into the Order of Manitoba are:
- James Ehnes, C.M. – A Grammy Award-winner and celebrated concert violinist
- Kathy Hildebrand – A dedicated community volunteer in Winkler for more than 35 years and the co-founder and president of Hearth Families Incorporated
- Arvid Loewen – A dedicated athlete and selfless humanitarian, he has increased awareness of the needs of orphaned African children
- Barbara Nepinak – A member of the Pine Creek Ojibway First Nation and a prominent cultural awareness co-ordinator and a member of the Standing Indigenous Advisory Committee of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
The Order of Manitoba, the province’s highest honour, was established in 1999 to recognize Manitobans who have demonstrated excellence and achievement, thereby enriching the social, cultural or economic well-being of the province and its residents.
Lt.-Gov. Janice Filmon [BScHEc/63, LLD/11] will preside over the July 18 ceremony at the Manitoba Legislative Building.
For additional information about the Order of Manitoba, visit www.manitobalg.ca.