Founding OCE board member Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri appointed to Order of Canada

January 7, 2014

Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri, a founding board member of Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the current President and Vice-Chancellor of York University, has been appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.

“On behalf of the entire OCE family, I want to congratulate Mamdouh on receiving one of the country’s highest awards,” said OCE President and CEO Dr. Tom Corr. “His contributions to this province’s academic community make him truly deserving.”

Dr. Shoukri served as an invaluable member of the OCE family during the 2003 amalgamation of the former Centres and then as a board member from 2004 through 2012, bringing with him important insights into and knowledge of the academic sector that helped guide OCE during its formative years.

According to The Governor General’s office, Dr. Shoukri was appointed “for his contributions to the flourishing of Ontario’s academic institutions as both an engineer and an administrator.”

“I am both honoured and humbled to be recognized with this high distinction along with such an esteemed group of Canadians,” Dr. Shoukri said in a statement from York University. “I am very proud to celebrate this wonderful moment with the York University community.”

Dr. Shoukri was one of 90 appointees named to the Order by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, also a former OCE board member.

The Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, was established in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Over the last 45 years, more than 6,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.

This year, four Companions (C.C.), 25 Officers (O.C.) and 61 Members (C.M.) will be inducted at the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada. Recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony in Ottawa to be held at a later date.