Members of the Trinity Community Named to the Order of Canada 2021

Posted: January 04, 2022

On December 29, 2021, the Governor General of Canada announced 135 new appointments to the Order of Canada. Included among the new appointees to the Order of Canada are three members of the Trinity community: congratulations to Trinity Fellows Professor Eleanor Fish and Professor Michael Collins, and supporter of the College Dr. Nona Macdonald Heaslip.

The Order of Canada is one of our country’s highest civilian honours. Established in 1967 during Canada’s centennial year, the Order recognizes outstanding achievements, dedication to the community and service to the nation. We also extend our congratulations to the many other University of Toronto community members appointed to the Order of Canada.

Appointed Member to the Order of Canada

Michael Collins

Michael Patrick Collins

Michael Patrick Collins, a University Professor Emeritus in the department of civil and mineral engineering in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, was named a Member of the Order for his research involving reinforced concrete.

A world-renowned expert in his field, he addresses how engineers can prevent the collapse of buildings by using new approaches in design to better assess and repair structures.

Professor Collins is a Fellow of Trinity College.


Eleanor Fish

Eleanor N. Fish

Eleanor N. Fish, a professor in the department of immunology in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine and a senior scientist at University Health Network’s Toronto General Research Institute, was named a Member of the Order for her groundbreaking studies on the use of interferon-alpha in the treatment of disease.

A U of T alumna, Professor Fish is an expert in several infectious diseases including SARS, H1N1 and Ebola.

Professor Fish is a Fellow of Trinity College.


Nona Macdonald Heaslip

Nona Macdonald Heaslip

Nona Macdonald Heaslip, a retired public relations executive, was named a Member for her ongoing philanthropic contributions to Canada’s arts sector and for supporting academic scholarships across the country. Dr. Heaslip, who was the inaugural manager of public relations at U of T, earned a bachelor’s degree from U of T as a member of St. Michael’s College and an honorary degree from U of T in 2009. Dr. Heaslip has provided leadership and philanthropic support to numerous Canadian arts and culture institutions including the Shaw and Stratford Festivals and Theatre Museum Canada.

In 2005, along with her late husband William, Dr. Heaslip established The William and Nona Heaslip Scholarship with a generous contribution to the College. These renewable scholarships provide funding for Trinity students who actively participate in the community, have financial need, and strong academic records. After establishing the Scholarship at Trinity College, the Heaslips went on to replicate the model at nine other universities across Canada. In 2007, she established The William and Nona Heaslip Trinity-St. Antony’s Scholarship for Trinity students to study International Relations at Oxford University. Dr. Heaslip received an honorary degree of Doctor of Sacred Letters (honoris causa) from Trinity College in 2017.


with files from U of T News

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