Three men with strong ties to the Faculty of Health Sciences have been named to the Order of Canada.

John Collins, an emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynecology, has been recognized for “his transformative research in reproductive endocrinology and for promoting evidence-based medicine in women’s health care.”

Hamilton businessman David Braley had established several endowed chairs already when, in 2007, he made a $50-million investment in McMaster teaching, learning and health-care research and delivery. His investment has resulted, among other things, in the development of the David Braley Health Sciences Centre in downtown Hamilton, which opened in 2015, and the David Braley Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance, which opened in 2019. 

Braley’s citation for the Order of Canada recognizes his contributions to the CFL, as well as his entrepreneurial and philanthropic leadership.

Business executive and philanthropist T. Robert (Bob) Beamish was recognized for his “leadership of and contributions to industry and for his philanthropic support for causes related to education and health care.” Among other gifts to McMaster, he and his family established the Beamish Family Chair in Peripheral Vascular Surgery at the Faculty in 2006.

In addition, another new recipient has McMaster ties. McMaster engineering alumna Donna Strickland, who shared the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2018, was named a Companion of the Order of Canada.

The Order of Canada recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.