Two members of the Faculty of Social Sciences appointed to the Order of Canada

Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Linda Cardinal, School of Political Studies

Linda Cardinal


Linda Cardinal, professor at the School of Political Studies and holder of the Research Chair in Francophonie and Public Policy at the University of Ottawa, is appointed member of the Order of Canada for her research and contribution to policy development and the advancement of language rights.

Linda Cardinal is an international expert in language, rights and politics, linguistic policies, language planning and linguistic minorities (Canada, Europe and the world). Over the course of her career, she directed the journal of political science Politique et sociétés, held the position of chairholder of the Craig Dobbin Chair of Canadian Studies of the University College Dublin and of the Chaire en études canadiennes of the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3. She has co-chaired the search committee Language and Politics of the International Association of Political Science, and was elected as an executive board member on the Board of executives of the International Political Science Association. She has additionally served as a board member on the University of Ottawa Board of Governors.

Richard French, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Richard French

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs Senior Fellow and inaugural chairholder of the CN Paul M. Tellier Chair on Business and Public Policy, Richard French will also be appointed member to the Order of Canada. Professor French was selected for his contributions to enhancing public institutions and for his efforts to bridge the public sector and the business world.

Richard French has had a distinguished career in both the public and private sectors. He taught at McGill University before entering provincial politics in Quebec, which lead him to serve as a Member of the National Assembly and the Minister of Communications. He was vice-chairman (telecommunications) of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Upon leaving public life, he held several senior executive positions in the private sector at Bell Canada.


The Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. See the complete list of appointments.



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