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University’s Carolyn McGregor included in historic Ontario 150 storybook

Health informatics researcher among 150 Ontarians sharing reflections in commemorative publication

Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell (left) with Carolyn McGregor, PhD, Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics at Queen's Park launch of 150 Stories, a book commemorating the province's sesquicentennial (February 22, 2017).
Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell (left) with Carolyn McGregor, PhD, Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics at Queen's Park launch of 150 Stories, a book commemorating the province's sesquicentennial (February 22, 2017).

Over the span of a decade, Ontario Tech University researcher Carolyn McGregor, PhD, has emerged as one of the world’s leading voices on the game-changing potential of health informatics. The university’s Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics has led pioneering research in real-time online ‘big data’ analytics and data mining, and developed applications for critical-care medicine, mental health, astronaut health and military and civilian tactical training.

Dr. McGregor’s many discoveries and international partnerships continue to draw the attention of journalists around the planet. The Faculty of Business and Information Technology Professor has received an incredible number of awards and accolades for her research, including being named to the Order of Australia (AM), her home country’s highest civilian honour, in 2014.

In May 2016, Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell learned about Dr. McGregor’s research during a visit to Ontario Tech University. The Lieutenant Governor was deeply impressed with the long-term implications of her research.

In December, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor invited Dr. McGregor to be one of 150 Ontarians to submit a passage to 150 Stories, a collection of new stories and images that speak eloquently about what it means to be Canadian in Ontario. Compiled to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation, 150 Stories invites readers and viewers to contemplate the many perspectives and voices that define Ontario.

Formally released during a ceremony on February 22, 150 Stories features entries from a range of distinguished Ontarians, including former premiers, academics, cultural icons, organizational and community leaders, among others.

As part of the Ontario 150 celebrations, members of the public may view the 150 Stories exhibition in person and on selected days during tours of the Legislative Assembly at Queen’s Park. Tour information, as well as an online version of the exhibition, will be available on the Lieutenant Governor’s website.

Quotes

“My inclusion within this historic collection of stories for Ontario is an incredible honour. There are many stories in this past decade that have interwoven with mine to enable the progression of my research. I am proud to have watched my students learn, grow and to begin their own professional journey. I am thankful to all my collaborative partners and the many who support my research from within the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. We, together, shape and change our world”.
-Carolyn McGregor, AM, Ph.D., Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics, and Professor, Faculty of Business and Information Technology, University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

“As the self-appointed Storyteller-in-Chief of Ontario, I am eager to share with Ontarians this remarkable storybook that is so indicative of our spirit as a people. Listening to each other is a first step in creating the communities and country of which we can be proud. Let thoughtful and peaceful engagement be our gift to the future and our legacy to the world at large.”
-Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Other University of Ontario Institute of Technology connections:

Two university honorary degree recipients also contributed passages to 150 Stories.  

Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell is also an honorary degree recipient of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (2013), a year before her appointment as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

 

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