University of Calgary

W. Brett Wilson and Hayley Wickenheiser awarded the Order of Canada

UToday HomeJuly 7, 2011

By Jennifer Allford

Haley WickenheiserHayley WickenheiserWell-known entrepreneur and philanthropist W. Brett Wilson, MBA ’85, and Dinos forward and kinesiology student Hayley Wickenheiser have been awarded the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honour.

Wilson, an entrepreneur, philanthropist and former Dragons’ Den judge, is a significant donor to the university, supporting a number of bursaries and research programs as well as serving as a campaign lead (with Doc Seaman) to raise funds for the Southern Alberta Institute of Urology.

“It’s a really touching honour given those who have been admitted to the club in the past. A really touching tribute to my parents given that they guided me to where ever I am or am going," says Wilson, who funds the Doreen F. Wilson Legacy Graduate Bursary for students in social work.

Wickenheiser—who is widely considered the best female hockey player in the world—heard the news while in Ghana, where she is working as an athlete ambassador with Right To Play, an organization that uses the power of sport to help improve the lives of children in several disadvantaged areas around the world.

W. Brett WilsonW. Brett Wilson“I’m very honoured to receive the Order of Canada and thank organizations like Right To Play that have given me the chance to work with them,” says Wickenheiser in a release, who joined the Dinos for the 2010-11 season.

“All of us at the university are thrilled to hear that two of our own have been named to the Order of Canada,” says the president of the university, Elizabeth Cannon. “We are very proud of our association with both Brett and Hayley and grateful for the significant contributions they have made to our university. It’s terrific to see them being awarded for their contributions to our country.”

Wickenheiser’s former teammate Danielle Goyette, now her head coach with the Dinos, said that the three-time Olympic champion is most deserving of the award. “What Wick has done for our country is pretty amazing,” she says. “She has been a great role model not just for hockey players but for female athletes in general.”

The Order of Canada recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community, and service to the nation. More than 5,000 Canadians have been invested into the Order, including the 50 named by the Governor General David Johnston on June 30.