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Order of Canada

David T. Suzuki, C.C., O.B.C., Ph.D.

Vancouver, British Columbia [Canada]

Companion of the Order of Canada

Awarded on November 17, 2005; Invested on December 15, 2006

David Suzuki is renowned both for his unwavering dedication to sustainable development and for his criticism of human activities that threaten our planet. For more than three decades, he has been one of our foremost science broadcasters, environmentalists, and grassroots activists. He has increased public awareness of a multitude of issues as the host of the long-running television series "The Nature of Things" and as the author of several books, including From Naked Ape to Superspecies. In 1990, he established the David Suzuki Foundation to promote resource conservation and environmental protection. Always forthright and thought provoking, he continues to reflect on the impact of our behaviour on the natural world that sustains us. This is a promotion within the Order.

Officer of the Order of Canada

Awarded on December 15, 1976; Invested on April 20, 1977

Professor of Zoology, University of British Columbia. A geneticist of international reputation who has succeeded in making science understandable and exciting to the layman through his lectures, and radio and television programmes.