Janet Rossant, PhD, invested to the Order of Canada

Governor General David Johnston invests Dr Janet Rossant as a Companion of the Order of Canada. (Photo: Adrian Wyld /Canadian Press)

Governor General David Johnston invests Dr Janet Rossant as a Companion of the Order of Canada. (Photo: Adrian Wyld /Canadian Press)


Dr Janet Rossant was invested into the Order of Canada in a ceremony at Rideau Hall on May 13, 2016. She was appointed in May 2015 to the rank of Companion of the Order of Canada, the highest level within the Order, for advancing the global understanding of embryo development and stem cell biology, and for her national and international leadership in health science.
Earlier in 2016, Dr Rossant was awarded the 2016 Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research, and in 2015, received the prestigious Canada Gairdner Wightman Award for her outstanding scientific contributions to developmental biology and for her exceptional international leadership in stem cell biology and policy-making, and in advancing research programs for children’s illnesses.
Dr Rossant is internationally renowned as a developmental biologist, known for her studies of the genes that control embryonic development. Originally from the UK, she came to Canada in 1977 to assume a faculty position at Brock University. She moved to the University of Toronto in 1985, at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital and then at the Hospital for Sick Children, where she was Chief of Research.
While an assistant professor at Brock University in 1983, Dr Rossant received a grant from the Banting Research Foundation for her early research in developmental biology. She says, “the early support of the Banting Research Foundation was very helpful in setting my course towards the Gairdner Wightman Award.”