Established in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada is the cornerstone of the Canadian Honours System, and recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. The Order recognizes people in all sectors of Canadian society. Their contributions are varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of others and made a difference to this country. Since its creation, more than 6 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.
Yesterday the Governor General of Canada, David Johnston announced the new appointments to the order of Canada and among them Paul Hebert for his achievements as an evolutionary biologist, notably as a pioneer of DNA Barcoding. The Order of Canada has three different categories, companion, officer and member, ranked in order. Paul was made an officer which recognizes national service or achievement.
Congratulations to Paul, a well deserved honour.