Tuesday, January 8, 2019
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Congratulations to two Faculty of Law alumni, among almost a dozen U of T alumni, who were appointed to the Order of Canada recently by Governor General Julie Payette, herself a U of T alumna and former astronaut.  

They were lauded for their work in law, climate science, journalism, music and public service, and more.

Barbara Jackman, Class of 1976, has spent her career as a litigator championing the rights of immigrants and refugees, including before the Supreme Court of Canada. An adjunct professor at the University of Toronto and continuing education instructor with the Law Society of Ontario and the Canadian Bar Association, Jackman was honoured and named a Member for her many contributions to legal education and her advocacy work in immigration and refugee rights.

Brent Belzberg, Class of 1975, was made a Member for his “contributions to Canada’s economic and social landscape as a business leader and philanthropist.” Belzberg has more than 35 years of expertise in executive management in finance, acquisitions, corporate restructuring and operations. He is a senior managing partner and co-founder of TorQuest, a Toronto-based private equity firm, and a member of U of T’s investment advisory committee. He's a longtime volunteer at the Faculty of Law, most recently as a member of the Building Campaign Cabinet and the Law Alumni Association Executive Committee.

Many more people with U of T connections – including faculty, alumni and donors – were appointed, or promoted, as Officers or Members, including researchers University Professor James Arthur, a leading mathematician, and University Professor Emeritus Geoffrey Hinton, renowned as the ‘godfather’ of deep learning.

Read the full U of T News story here.