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U of S agricultural health researcher James Dosman appointed to the Order of Canada

Professor Emeritus Dr. Jim Dosman has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada.
January 07, 2011

University of Saskatchewan health researcher Dr. James Dosman, considered the “father of agricultural medicine” in this country, has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of agricultural health and safety in Canada.

Dosman is one of 12 new Officers recently announced by Governor General David Johnston.

“Dr. Dosman is a true leader in health research and a pioneer, using his knowledge and expertise to set a new standard of care for rural people and agricultural workers,” said U of S President Peter MacKinnon. “I’m delighted he has been recognized with one of our country’s highest national honour.”

Dosman has devoted his career to improving the health of, and preventing injury to, farmers and their families. He founded the U of S Centre for Agricultural Medicine—now known as the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture. The organization is the only one in Canada to provide research, education, and health promotion to agricultural and rural populations – a crucial service to the families working in one of the most dangerous occupations in Canada and the U.S.

Dosman worked with local municipal governments to establish the Agricultural Health and Safety Network in Saskatchewan, which has grown to provide health and safety education and services to more than 28,000 thousand farm families. He was instrumental in establishing the Canadian Coalition for Agricultural Safety and Rural Health and the Canadian Agricultural Safety Program.

Now a professor emeritus, Dosman has also been honoured as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a member of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. Most recently, he was awarded a Distinguished Chair at the U of S for his career achievements and was named one of the “One Hundred Most Influential Graduates” on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the College of Arts and Science.

Established in 1967, the Order of Canada recognizes Canadians for a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Dosman will receive his Order of Canada insignia at a formal ceremony at Rideau Hall, the Governor General’s official residence in Ottawa.


For more information, contact:

Michael Robin
University Research Communications

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