On July 4, 2019, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, invested 1 Companion, 7 Officers and 21 Members into the Order of Canada during a ceremony at the Citadelle in Quebec City.
Dr. Jack Douglas Gerrow was presented with the prestigious Member of the Order of Canada award recognizing outstanding contributions by its recipients at the local or regional level or in a special field of activity.
Dr. Gerrow is an innovator in developing competency standards for dentists. Professor emeritus at Dalhousie University and former long-serving registrar of the National Dental Examining Board, he pioneered a new approach to competency testing in dental education and practice. Today, this model is used around the world, not only in dentistry but also in other professions. It simultaneously ensures rigorous safety standards in oral health care are met, while affording greater flexibility and job opportunities for foreign-trained dentists.
About the Order of Canada
The Order of Canada is one of our country’s highest civilian honours. Its Companions, Officers and Members take to heart the motto of the Order: DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (“They desire a better country”).
Appointments are made by the governor general on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada.