Congratulations to Order of Canada recipients Art McDonald (CAP member) and Peter Calamai (CAPF Board member)

The CAP congratulates CAP member Art McDonald from Queen’s University/SNOLAB who will be promoted to Companion of the Order of Canada, and CAPF Board member Peter Calamai, retired science writer most notably with Southam News, The Ottawa Citizen, and The Toronto Star, who will be invested as an Order of Canada member on Friday, May 13 (see citations below or see the announcement on the Governor General’s website for full details).

The Order of Canada was created in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Since its creation, more than 6 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.



Arthur B.McDonald, C.C.
Kingston, Ontario 

Thanks to Arthur McDonald, we have solved one of the mysteries of our solar system. In what is now a Nobel Prize-winning breakthrough accomplished two kilometres underground at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, he steered a major experiment that conclusively demonstrated that a class of solar particles undergoes transformation on its way to Earth. This finding has shed light on the very nature of matter in our universe, and spawned a range of new particle physics research. Also a professor emeritus at Queen’s University, he has been a prominent ambassador of Canadian science through his service on advisory committees and as a keynote speaker at conferences the world over.

This is a promotion within the Order.


PeterCalamai, C.M.
Ottawa, Ontario 

Peter Calamai is an advocate for science, literacy and journalistic professionalism. As a correspondent, editor and science reporter, notably forSoutham News, theOttawa Citizenand theToronto Star, he demonstrated a strong commitment to public issues and was acclaimed for his spot news reporting and feature writing. A founding member of the Canadian Science Writers’ Association and founding director of the Science Media Centre of Canada, he has worked to promote accurate scientific reporting. He is also known for his award-winning 1987 series on the issue of adult illiteracy in Canada and has since become a tireless champion of the cause.