Brock prof receives Order of Canada

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Brock prof receives Order of Canada


Apr. 4, 2010

Professor emeritus Kenneth Kernaghan was invested into the Order of Canada yesterday. He was one of 43 Canadians who received the honour on April 7 in Ottawa from Governor General Michaelle Jean at Rideau Hall.

The 69-year-old professor who is a leading expert on ethics, accountability and the public interest has been involved with Brock's Department of Political Science since 1968. He was also the founding director of the University’s Faculty of Business.

“Throughout his lengthy career, Ken has been recognized both nationally and internationally as a leading authority on all aspects of public administration,” says William Mathie, associate professor and chair, Political Science. “Over the years, he has made a tremendous contribution to Brock — especially to the Political Science department and its students — as an outstanding scholar and teacher.”

Kernaghan is a past winner of the Brock University awards for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity, for Distinguished Teaching and the Faculty of Social Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching.

He received this most recent accolade "for his contributions to public administration as one of Canada's foremost scholars in the areas of ethics and accountability for more than 30 years," the Governor General's office said in a news release.

In 2003-04 he served as chair of the federal Task Force on the Disclosure of Wrongdoing in Government. He also prepared a research paper for the Gomery Commission and recently completed a study on integrated service delivery in support of the work of Canada's Deputy Ministers Responsible for Co-ordination of Service Delivery.

The Order of Canada was created in 1967, during Canada's centennial year, to recognize a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Since its creation, more than 5,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order. Appointments are made on the recommendations of the advisory council on the Order of Canada, an independent council chaired by the chief justice of Canada. The Governor General is the chancellor and principal companion of the order.