Professor of History and Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at Carleton University, he has made significant contributions to the understanding of our history through his teaching, published works and invited lectures. He has been a leading organizational voice in the advancement of scholarship. He is also internationally acclaimed as an expert on Western military history and an energetic advocate of heritage preservation.
Officer of the Order of Canada
Awarded on: May 13, 2004
Invested on: December 10, 2004
For over 50 years, Sydney Wise has raised our awareness of Canadian history. Professor Emeritus at Carleton University, he is an internationally renowned scholar, writer and lecturer. Described as the dean of Canadian military historians, he has provided leadership, knowledge and commitment to organizations that commemorate Canada's wartime service, including the Valiants Foundation. A founding director of the Canadian Battlefields Foundation, he is dedicated to ensuring that younger generations never forget our nation's contributions to war and peace in the 20th century. This is a promotion within the Order.