Julio Montaner Jack Austin, Joanne Sullivan Douglas, Olav Slaymaker, Barry Downs enter Order of Canada

By Charlie Smith
December 27, 2014, Strait.com

Five Vancouver residents have joined the illustrious club known as the Order of Canada.

HIV/AIDS researcher Dr. Julio Montaner, former senator Jack Austin, DA Architects + Planners founder Barry Downs, long-time B.C. Women’s Hospital and Health Centre anesthesia expert Joanne M. Sullivan Douglas, and UBC geography professor emeritus Olav Slaymaker were appointed to Order on Boxing Day.

Montaner, director of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, was named an officer of the Order of Canada, which is the second-highest level.

The other four Vancouverites were named members of the Order.

The top level is companion of the Order of Canada, which went to three people this year: Montreal lawyer and International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound, Toronto businessman-academic-arts philanthropist James Fleck, and University of Ottawa law professor Donald McRae.

The Order of Canada was created in 1967 to honour outstanding achievement and there are more than 6,000 people named so far. Read more…

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