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Guelph's Jim Estill, Peter Irwin named to Order of Canada

Governor General announces 105 new members

Local businessman and entrepreneur Jim Estill and RWDI founding partner Peter Irwin have been named to the Order of Canada.

Governor General Julie Payette named 105 new appointees in advance of Canada Day.

Estill was named a member of the Order of Canada For his contributions to the Guelph and Waterloo technology communities and for his philanthropic efforts benefiting refugees.

Irwin was named a member of the Order of Canada for his leadership in the Canadian wind engineering field, notably for his groundbreaking technique of wind sensor prediction.

University of Guelph professor emeritus Elizabeth Waterston of London, and former astronaut Roberta Bondar, a University of Guelph graduate, were also named to the Order of Canada.

Created in 1967, the Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation, said a government news release.

Close to 7,000 people from all sectors of society have been named to the order over the years.