ACE would like to congratulate two outstanding researchers in ergonomics for their recent nomination to the Order of Canada.
Dr. Karen Messing was nominated an Officer of the Order of Canada for her “pioneering research into ergonomic work conditions, particularly as they affect women’s health”. Dr. Messing works at the Department of Biological Sciences, Universite du Quebec a Montreal doing research in ergonomics, gender and occupational health. She has been recognized by a Governor General of Canada award and YWCA (Montreal) Women of Distinction. She is the author of more than 130 peer-reviewed scientific articles and several books, including the editor of “Integrating Gender in Ergonomic Analysis”, which has been translated into six languages.
Dr. Stuart McGill was nominated Member of the Order of Canada for his “contributions to understanding the biomechanics of the spinal column and to the development of rehabilitation programs”. Dr. McGill is Professor Emeritus in Kinesiology at University of Waterloo where he was a professor for 32 years investigating issues related to spinal biomechanics, causal mechanisms of back pain and how to rehabilitate back-pained people. He was produced over 240 peer-reviewed scientific papers, several textbooks and has numerous international awards.
The Order of Canada, considered one of our country’s highest honours, was established in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. On December 28, 2019 the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada announced 120 new appointments to the Order of Canada. It is a credit to the ergonomics profession that Dr’s Messing and McGill were recognized so highly for their work and contributions.