Professor Stephen Gaetz appointed to the Order of Canada

Professor Stephen GaetzCongratulations to Faculty of Education Professor Stephen Gaetz on being one of three York professors recently appointed to the Order of Canada. Faculty of Health Distinguished Research Professor Ellen Bialystok, and Osgoode Hall Law School Professor David Vaver are also among the 113 new appointments to the Order of Canada, which is the country’s highest civilian honour.

Gaetz was appointed for his leadership in providing evidence-based research to policy makers and practitioners in the movement to prevent and reduce homelessness in Canada. As a professor in the Faculty of Education at York University and the director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and the Homeless Hub, Gaetz has garnered international attention for his work on homelessness.

In 2005, Gaetz played an integral role in the creation of the Canadian Conference on Homelessness – the first research conference of its kind in Canada, which was hosted at York University. York University now hosts the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and the Homeless Hub, the first comprehensive and cross-disciplinary web-based clearinghouse of homelessness research in the world. The focus of this network is to work with researchers across Canada to mobilize research so that it has a greater impact on homelessness policy and planning. He is also the President of Raising the Roof, a leading Canadian charity that focuses on long term solutions to homelessness.

“This is a great honour and a wonderful recognition of Steve and his work,” said Lyndon Martin, Dean of the Faculty of Education. “His leadership in homelessness research and his passion for why such work is so important is valued and appreciated by the Faculty of Education and York University and we are thrilled that this has now been recognized through his appointment to the Order of Canada.”

Recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date.