Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels has been named a member of the Order of Canada for his achievements as a champion of community engagement and as a university leader. Daniels was among 100 new Order of Canada appointees announced today by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.
The Order of Canada, one of Canada's highest civilian honors, recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Established in 1967 by Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada has been awarded to nearly 7,000 people, including scientists, musicians, politicians, artists, athletes, and businesspeople.
Daniels was born in Toronto and attended the University of Toronto and Yale University, where he earned an advanced law degree. Before coming to Johns Hopkins in 2009, he served as provost and professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania and as dean and a professor of law at the University of Toronto.
At Johns Hopkins, Daniels has focused his university leadership on three overarching themes—enhanced collaboration among the university's nine academic divisions and Applied Physics Laboratory, increased student access, and strengthened community engagement.
In the community, Daniels has expanded Johns Hopkins' commitment to Baltimore by spearheading the university's support for the $1.8 billion East Baltimore Development Initiative and establishing a community partnership focused on expanding educational opportunities and economic growth among 10 neighborhoods near the university's Homewood campus.
Earlier this year, Daniels co-led Johns Hopkins and 24 other Baltimore-area businesses in launching BLocal, an initiative that aims to infuse at least $69 million into local and minority-owned, women-owned, and disadvantaged businesses over the next three years.
Daniels will be formally invested into the Order of Canada at a ceremony to be held at a later date. Appointments are made by the governor general on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada.