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6 Concordians named to Order of Canada

Lino Saputo, Campaign for Concordia co-chair, as well as Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Osama E. Moselhi among latest recipients
January 11, 2024
By Louise Morgan

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Six members of the Concordia community were among 78 new appointments to the Order of Canada, announced by Governor General of Canada Mary Simon.

The Order of Canada, our country’s highest distinction, recognizes people across all sectors of society who have made extraordinary and sustained contributions to our nation.

Congratulations to these outstanding members of our community:


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Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild, LLD 18
Cree lawyer, former Grand Chief of Treaty 6 Nations, former Member of Parliament, a founder of the North American Indigenous Games, and residential school survivor

“For his lifelong contributions to reconciliation in Canada and around the globe, and for his inspirational leadership promoting Indigenous athletes in international sports events.”


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Richard J. Burzynski, Attd 83
Senior advisor, Universal Access Partnerships at UNAIDS

“For his dedication and influential leadership in shaping the worldwide response to HIV/AIDS.”


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Kim Thúy, LLD 17
Bestselling author and TV host

“For amplifying the voices and experiences of migrants and refugees as an acclaimed novelist on Canada’s literary scene.

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Louis H. Francescutti, BSc 80
Emergency physician and professor of public health at the University of Alberta, 2016 Concordia Alumnus of the Year

“For his leadership in emergency and preventive medicine, and for his advocacy of and support for society’s most vulnerable.

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Osama E. Moselhi, PhD 78
Concordia professor of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering

“For his groundbreaking contributions to the field of construction engineering and management.”

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Lino A. Saputo, BA 89
Corporate leader, philanthropist and co-chair, Campaign for Concordia

“For his contributions to Canadian business as a dedicated corporate leader and for his philanthropic ventures supporting charitable organizations.”

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