Prof. Elizabeth A. Edwards, Ph.D., P.Eng., O.C., ON was appointed an Officer in the Order of Canada by the Governor General. She will be invited to accept her insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prof. Edwards is a University Professor in Chemical Engineering  & Applied Chemistry and Cross-Appointed Professor with the Department of Cell & Systems Biology at the University of Toronto in Ontario with more than 30 years of experience focused on anaerobic microbial community analysis, biodegradation, biotransformation and bioremediation of pollutants as well as anaerobic digestion of industrial and municipal wastes.

The Order of Canada is one of Canada’s highest civilian honours. Its Companions, Officers and Members take to heart the motto of the Order: DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (“They desire a better country”).
Her appointment to Officer to the Order of Canada is for her foundational contributions to bioremediation and for amplifying the value of cross disciplinary collaboration.

Created in 1967, the Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. More than 7,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order. Those who bear the Order’s iconic snowflake insignia have changed our nation’s measure of success and, through the sum of their accomplishments, have helped us build a better Canada.

Appointments are made by the governor general on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada.

More Information

About the Appointment: https://www.gg.ca/en/activities/2020/governor-general-announces-61-new-appointments-order-canada
About the Order of Canada: https://www.gg.ca/en/honours/canadian-honours/order-canada
Learn more about Prof. Edwards: https://chem-eng.utoronto.ca/faculty-staff/faculty-members/elizabeth-a-edwards/