Guelph author, Hamilton-area physician and CEO named to the Order of Canada

The Extraordinary Companion to the Order of Canada medal given to Prince Charles by then-governor general David Johnston at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Saturday, July 1, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

A pediatric physician from Hamilton, a CEO from Grimsby and a Guelph author are set to receive one of Canada’s highest honours.

Created in 1967, the Order of Canada honours individuals who have made outstanding contributions through their service to the country.

To date, over 7,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order of Canada.

The three local area men who will receive the award are:

Dr. Ronald Duncan Barr

Hamilton doctor Ronald Duncan Barr has been added as member of the order for his contributions to the field of pediatric oncology, notably his research on cancer in adolescents and young.

Born in Scotland, Barr was educated at the University of Glasgow and spent several years at the University of Nairobi in Kenya helping to establish its faculty of medicine and working in care for children specifically with blood diseases and cancer.

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Barr joined the department of pediatrics at McMaster University in 1977 and has worked with the school for more than 30 years as the chief of hematology-oncology at the children’s hospital.

Some of Barr’s notable projects include work with children who have survived acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and a system for classifying cancers diagnosed in adolescents and young adults.

Ronald Duncan Barr is a physician with the department of pediatrics at McMaster University. . Submitted

John E. Peller

John E. Peller from Grimsby, Ont., is being recognized as an officer of the order for leading and expanding the family’s wine-producing company, and his outstanding contributions to the Canadian wine industry.

Peller was educated at Ancaster High School and at Western University.

He began his professional career as a corporate and commercial lawyer before taking on a position as the manager of corporate planning and development with Nabisco Brands Inc. in 1985

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In 1989 he joined wine producer and family business Andrew Peller Ltd. as the vice-president of marketing before eventually becoming the company’s president and chief executive officer in 1994.

John Peller serves as the CEO of Peller Estates Winery Limited. Photo/Submitted

Thomas King

Guelph, Ont., author Thomas King has been named as a companion of the Order of Canada for his contributions to the preservation and recognition of Indigenous culture.

King is a best-selling author, winning the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction for his book The Back of the Turtle and the RBC Taylor Prize for The Inconvenient Indian in 2014.

The trio will join 114 others in accepting the order at a ceremony with the Governor General at a future date.

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