On November 27, 2020, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, announced 114 new appointments to the Order of Canada. For the first time, two members of the UBC Sauder School of Business faculty were appointed in the same year: Izak Benbasat, Professor Emeritus, Accounting and Information Systems Division and Stanley Hamilton, Professor Emeritus, Urban Land Economics and Finance Division.
Professor Benbasat and Professor Hamilton join Frieda Granot, Professor, Operations and Logistics Division, who was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2007, and Mark Thompson, Professor Emeritus, Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Division, who was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2018.
“The Order of Canada is one of our country’s highest civilian honours, and to have two distinguished members of our faculty be recognized in the same year is an exceptional event, and truly a source of pride for our school and indeed the university at large,” said Robert Helsley, Grosvenor Professor of Cities, Business Economics and Public Policy, and Dean of the UBC Sauder School of Business. “My heartfelt congratulations go out to Izak and Stanley.”
Izak Benbasat is recognized as one of the world’s most impactful scholars in the field of management information systems (MIS), having recently been ranked third in the world by the h-index, a widely accepted measure that is used to quantify a scholar’s research output and impact.
Benbasat, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Sauder Distinguished Professor of Information Systems Emeritus, researches in the areas of human-computer interaction, managerial support systems, and social networks.
Professor Benbasat was formerly CANFOR Professor of Information Systems (1990-2000), and Canada Research Chair in Information Technology Management (2001-2014). He was awarded the UBC Killam Teaching Prize (1996), UBC Killam Research Prize (1998), and the Sauder Senior Research Excellence Prize twice (2003, 2015).
For over 40 years, Stanley Hamilton inspired thousands of students who now play significant roles in communities, in both the public and private sectors. He was engaged in UBC’s diploma, continuing and community programs; in regulatory and industry governance; pension plans and trusts; and in the expansion of UBC as he co-chaired and managed construction for the UBC campus at Robson Square.
More broadly, British Columbians have a more equitable and efficient property tax system due to his work on property tax reform over the past decades; better communities through his contributions to planning development commissions; and better economies through his contributions to industry governance and regulation.
Hamilton received the Order of British Columbia in 2017, and his service at the UBC Sauder School of Business has been recognized with the establishment of the Stanley Hamilton Award, awarded annually to an outstanding student and the Stanley Hamilton Professorship.
The Order of Canada
Created in 1967, the Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. More than 7,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order. Those who bear the Order’s iconic snowflake insignia have changed our nation’s measure of success and, through the sum of their accomplishments, have helped us build a better Canada.
The new member list for 2020 includes 8 Companions (C.C.), 21 Officers (O.C.) and 85 Members (C.M.), including 1 Honorary Member. Recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a future date.