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Founder of Art Conservation program appointed to Order of Canada

Three members of the Queen’s community, including Professor Emeritus Ian Hodkinson, the founder of the Art Conservation program at Queen’s, have been appointed to the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest honours.

Governor General Mary Simon (LLD’94), announced the 85 appointments, including an alumna Moira Hutchinson (Arts’64, MA’68) and supporter R. Jamie Anderson, on Wednesday, June 29.

Professor Hodkinson was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of “his pioneering and extensive contributions to the preservation and conservation of Canada’s cultural heritage.”

Professor Hodkinson arrived at Queen’s in 1969 joining the Fine Arts program. In 1974 he founded the Queen’s University Master of Art Conservation Program, which offered interdisciplinary and research-based conservation training. From 1977 to 1979 he served as the Head of the Restoration and Conservation Laboratory at the National Gallery of Canada before returning to Queen’s as Professor of Fine Art Conservation and Program Director. He officially retired in 1995 but remained active in conservation projects across Canada and internationally.

Hutchinson was praised for her work on socially responsible investing, notably through the Taskforce on the Churches and Corporate Responsibility. The coalition of religious communities, founded in 1975, was one of Canada’s leading anti-apartheid advocates. Hutchinson lobbied treasury and pension funds to take responsibility for the social impact of the companies in which they invested, which included encouraging corporations to withdraw investments from South Africa.

Anderson, a senior adviser with RBC Capital Markets, was honoured for his leadership in Canada’s investment banking sector, as well as his volunteer service. He has served as chair for both the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation and the Loran Scholars Foundation. Anderson, along with his wife Patsy (Artsci’75), have positively impacted their community and Queen’s through volunteerism, leadership, and philanthropy.

The Order of Canada was established in 1967. Queen’s alumnus and Member of Parliament John Matheson (Arts’40, LLD’80) was a driving force in its development. He said the Tricolour Society at Queen’s served as a model for the Order of Canada. Matheson also was a leading member of the multi-party parliamentary committee mandated to select a new flag design for Canada. He and George Stanley (then Dean of Arts at the Royal Military College) collaborated on the design which was ultimately approved by Parliament and by Royal Proclamation and adopted as the National Flag of Canada as of Feb. 15, 1965.