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Deep Sea Scientist Verena Tunnicliffe Named an Officer of the Order of Canada

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, announced 135 appointments to the Order of Canada. The new appointees include 2 Companions (C.C.), 39 Officers (O.C.), 1 honorary Member and 93 Members (C.M.).

Verena Tunnicliffe has been named an officer of the Order of Canada for her outstanding contributions to ocean sciences and for being a pioneer in the scientific exploration of the deep sea.

The Order of Canada is one of our country’s highest civilian honours. Its Companions, Officers and Members take to heart the motto of the Order: DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM ("They desire a better country").

On her website, Tunnicliffe wrote: “My interests are very broad: I want to understand how the deep ocean biota work, and how they interact with their world. I love exploration and new discoveries as the deep sea continues to challenge our concepts of how Life works and its limits. As the human influence expands into the depths, it is now crucial to understand how our activities may change forever this last terrestrial frontier. Climate change, circulation change, microplastics, and deep sea mining are advancing. Do we understand the consequences to make the wisest choices?”

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. Those who bear the Order’s iconic snowflake insignia have changed our nation’s measure of success and, through the sum of their accomplishments, have helped us build a better Canada.

Appointments are made by the governor general on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada. For more information about the Order of Canada or to nominate someone, click here.

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