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Thomas R. Berger, O.C., O.B.C., LL.B., LL.D., Q.C.

Vancouver, British Columbia [Canada]

Officer of the Order of Canada

Awarded on October 23, 1989; Invested on April 18, 1990

A champion of human rights, this former puisne judge of the supreme Court of British Columbia is probably best remembered for his role as the leader of a one-man Royal Commission, the MacKenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry, the results of which produced a landmark decision with respect to environmental issues and to Native claims in Canada. He continues to impart his legal knowledge as a university lecturer and remains a powerful advocate of Canadian unity and equality.