Chancellor Anne Giardini
Professor emerita Gloria Gutman

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Order of Canada honours SFU Chancellor, gerontology pioneer

January 04, 2017
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By Marianne Meadahl

SFU Chancellor Anne Giardini and professor emerita Gloria Gutman, a pioneer in the field of gerontology, have both been named to the Order of Canada.

Recipients of the Order of Canada are recognized for exceptional contributions to Canada and humanity and “outstanding talent and service.”

Giardini is cited for “her varied contributions to our nation’s forestry sector, to higher education and to the literary community.”

Giardini, the former president of Weyerhaeuser Company Limited, a lawyer and noted author, was recently named one of the top 100 most powerful women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN), for the second time. A long-time leader in the legal community and natural resource industry, she received a Western Canada General Counsel lifetime achievement award in 2015.

An SFU alumna (BA ’80) and member of SFU’s board of governors before becoming SFU's 11th chancellor, she continues to champion many issues including environmental sustainability and diversity in the workplace.

Giardini’s mother, the late Canadian author Carol Shields, was named an officer of the Order of Canada in 1998, and later made a companion, the Order of Canada’s highest honour.

Gutman is honoured for her research and leadership in the field of gerontology and for her advocacy addressing the issue of elder abuse.

Gutman served as the founding president of the Gerontology Association of B.C. from 1977-79. She established SFU’s Gerontology Research Centre in 1982, and a year later, the Department of Gerontology, serving as the centre’s first director and the department’s first chair.

As a longstanding leader in the field, she secured more than 100 grants and contracts totaling more than $16 million, most recently for her work on elder abuse and neglect in the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer) community.

Among her continuing research is a study funded by a $2.1 million Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) partnership grant evaluating knowledge mobilization for older adults (2012-2018).

Gutman co-led the BC Network for Aging Research (2004-2010) and was named an honorary member of the International Society for Gerontechnology in 2014. She received the prestigious International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics Presidential Award in 2009, and the Order of BC in 2007, for her lifetime of work in gerontology.

Her latest honour is drawing accolades from colleagues across the country, including those at the Canadian Frailty Network (CFN), who call her contributions to older adults and their wellbeing “legendary.”

Lorne Trottier is also named an officer of the Order of Canada, cited for his generosity as one of Canada’s leading supporters of research and education in the sciences. The Trottiers were instrumental in establishing the Trottier Observatory and Science Courtyard at SFU, which was unveiled in 2014.