McGill faculty, graduates and honorary doctorate recipients earn one of Canada’s most prestigious honours






By Neale McDevitt, Editor, McGill Reporter

On December 27, Julie Payette (BEng’86), Governor General of Canada, announced 103 new appointments to the Order of Canada.

Created in 1967, the Order of Canada is one of the nation’s highest honours. Presented by the governor general, the Order “honours people whose service shapes our society; whose innovations ignite our imaginations; and whose compassion unites our communities.”

The newest appointments comprise two Companions, 15 Officers and 86 Members, including two Honorary Members. Recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date.

Dr. Isabelle Peretz, adjunct professor of neurology and neurosurgery, was made a Member of the Order of Canada “for her contributions that have uncovered the neuropsychological means by which the brain processes music and the resulting implications.”

Peretz is the Founder and Co-Director of the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research (BRAMS) jointly affiliated to McGill and the Université de Montréal. Her research focuses on the musical potential of ordinary people, it’s neural correlates, its heritability and its specificity relative to language. She is renowned for her work on congenital and acquired musical disorders (amusia) and on the biological foundations of music processing in general.


January 11, 2019