Peter Warrian Named to Order of Canada
St. Jerome’s University is pleased to congratulate SJU alumni Peter Warrian for being named to the Order of Canada by the Governor General of Canada. Warrian is a Senior Research Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto. He is Canada’s leading academic expert on the steel industry, who was formerly Research Director of the United Steelworkers of America and Chief Economist of the Province of Ontario. He was named as an Order of Canada Member for his expertise as a lead researcher in the Canadian steel industry, and for his philanthropic contributions to international health issues.
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. Its Companions, Officers and Members take to heart the motto of the Order: DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM ("They desire a better country"). Warrian’s status as a Member recognizes a lifetime of distinguished service in or to a particular community, group or field of activity. Appointments are made by the governor general on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada.
Warrian is a University of Waterloo graduate (BA ’68, Sociology; BA Hons ’70, MA ’71, PhD ’76, History) with a post doctorate from Sloan School of Management Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Management), ’91. His current research is on knowledge networks, supply chains and digital manufacturing. As a member of the Innovation Systems Research Network (ISRN), funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, he has worked on the inter-face between the steel industry and the auto industry, particularly in the area of lightweight materials and the interaction of software and advanced materials.
Peter Warrian joins other SJU alumni and Order of Canada Members Joseph and Stephanie Mancini, who founded The Working Centre as a response to poverty and homelessness in downtown Kitchener; and the University's past president Doug Letson (LLD ’06), who was acknowledged for his contributions to the betterment of his community and for his leadership of numerous organizations in the fields of education and health care.