Eight Albertan’s were inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence for their work.
The ceremony took place at the Government House on October 17, with Robert Burrell of Sherwood Park being recognized for being a leading innovator in nanotechnology and revolutionizing burn and would care with the Acticoat dressings.
“The Alberta Order of Excellence members for 2019 are innovators and trailblazers who have spent their lives and careers working to lead positive change for people in Alberta, across Canada and around the globe. I thank them for their outstanding service and for inspiring us all to share our best with the world,” said Lois E. Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor.
The Alberta Order of Excellence Act is Alberta’s highest honour a person can receive. This year also marks its 40th anniversary.
All eight Alberta Order of Excellence members are as follows:
- Robert Burrell (Sherwood Park) – leading innovator in nanotechnology, revolutionizing burn and wound care with ActicoatTM dressings.
- Bonnie DuPont (Calgary) – business leader who led the way for women in industry across Canada, while instilling social responsibility and sound governance.
- Katie Ohe (Springbank) – renowned legend in Canadian art world; one of Alberta’s first conceptual sculptors.
- Ron Sakamoto (Lethbridge) – award-winning music promoter and philanthropist.
- Beckie Scott (Canmore) – Canada’s most decorated cross-country ski racer and an ambassador for fair play in sports.
- Malcolm Sissons (Medicine Hat) – business and community leader with a commitment to preserving local heritage.
- Muriel Stanley Venne (Edmonton) – champion of human rights and social justice for Indigenous women, founder of the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women.
- Frances Wright (Calgary) – ambassador of grassroots social justice and nation-building, co-founder of Famous 5 Foundation and advocate for a more inclusive version of O Canada.
To view more information on each person, click here.
To date 181 people have been inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence.