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Four alumni named to the Order of Canada

[Peter Milliken]
Peter Milliken, the longest serving Speaker of the House and currently a Fellow at Queen’s University’s School of Policy Studies, was recently appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. (University Communications)

Four Queen’s alumni – from the fields of medicine, politics and media – have been appointed to the Order of Canada.

Peter Milliken (Arts'68, LLD'12), appointed as an Officer, the second highest rank of the Order of Canada, is the longest-serving Speaker of the House and former MP for Kingston and the Islands. During his decade as Speaker (2001-2011), he made several tie-breaking votes and historic rulings. He's also the longest-serving Member of Parliament for the riding of Kingston and the Islands, having been first elected in 1988.

He is currently a Fellow in the Queen’s School of Policy Studies.

The three others were named as Members of the Order of Canada.

Michael MacMillan (Artsci'78) founded Atlantis Films in 1978. The company won an Oscar (1984 short film Boys and Girls) and an Emmy before acquiring Alliance Communications. The company ran 13 TV networks – including HGTV Canada, History Television and the Food Network – before he retired. He co-authored the book of Tragedy in the Commons: Former Members of Parliament Speak Out About Canada’s Failing Democracy and founded Samara Canada, a non-profit organization designed to get Canadians more engaged with politics.

Dr. Brenda Gallie (Meds'69) is an ophthalmologist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto who has conducted groundbreaking research on the genetics of retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of children’s eyes. 

Dr. Norman Marcon (Meds'62) is a doctor and researcher at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. He is being honored for his work on gastrointestinal diseases and promoting the latest advances in therapeutic endoscopy.

Governor General David Johnston (Law’66, LLD’91) recently announced 95 new appointments to the Order of Canada, one of the nation’s highest civilian honours. The receipts will be honoured at a ceremony later this year in Ottawa.