His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, recently announced 86 new appointments to the Order of Canada. The new appointees include 3 Companions (C.C.), 19 Officers (O.C.) and 64 Members (C.M.). These appointments were made on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada.
Amongst the list of recipients, RAC would like to recognize and congratulate Veena Rawat, VA3ITU, and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, VA3OOG/KC5RNJ for having received this prestigious designation from Canada's Governor General.
Rawat, VA3ITU, was honored as a “Companion of the Order of Canada” for her contributions to telecom engineering and for leadership in establishing a global regulatory framework for radio spectrum management. Amongst other accomplishments, Rawat chaired the World Radiocommunication Conference in 2003.
Hadfield, VA3OOG/KC5RNJ, was honored as an “Officer of the Order of Canada” for “his commitment to promoting scientific discovery and for sharing the wonders of space exploration with the world.” Hadfield was the International Space Station Expedition 35 commander during his 2013 duty tour. Hadfield's passion for science, photography and amateur radio is certainly no secret.