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Photographer James W. Borcoman named to the Order of Canada

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Canadian photographer James W. Borcoman has been named to the Order of Canada along with several others for their outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

The Order of Canada, established in 1967, is second only to the Order of Merit.

The Governor General of Canada, the Right Honourable David Johnston, announced 86 new appointments, including 3 who hold honorary degrees from Concordia University.

Photo from Concordia


Borcoman, LLD 96, has found his work featured in the National Gallery of Canada. He is considered a “treasured source on the history of photography,” having created the first ever collection of photographs for the gallery in 1967 and acting as curator emeritus on his retirement. 

The other newly-named honorees were General A. John G.D. de Chastelain, LLD 12, Companion of the Order of Canada for his public service in the Northern Ireland peace process; Christiane Germain, LLD 13, co-president and co-founder of the first boutique-hotel company in Canada, the Groupe Germain Hospitalité; Kari Polanyi Levitt, for her contributions and research in international development studies and political economy.




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