Franklyn Griffiths appointed to the Order of Canada

July 1, 2024

Congratulations to Professor emeritus of Political Science Franklyn Griffiths, one of Canada’s early scholars of Arctic international relations, recently named a Member of the Order of Canada. Currently the George Ignatieff Chair Emeritus of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Toronto, he helped shape the West’s understanding of Soviet politics through his seminal writings on Russian affairs. He also played a prominent role in the formation of the Arctic Council, advocating direct Indigenous participation as a key tenet of circumpolar co-operation.

The Order of Canada is one of Canada’s highest honours bestowed on people who make extraordinary contributions to the nation. Since its creation in 1967—Canada’s centennial year—more than 7,600 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order. The contributions of these trailblazers are varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of others.

Governor General Mary Simon announced 83 appointments to the Order of Canada — a list that includes doctors, activists, artists and economists. A full list of the new appointments is available here.