TORONTO, Sept. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Today Dr. Darin Graham, Ontario Research
and Innovation Optical Network (ORION) President and CEO, joins the
ranks of a very special and distinguished body of Canadians. Dr. Graham
has been awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award, an award given to
honour those who have made significant contributions to aid the
progress of society and civilization, throughout the Commonwealth.
"I am honoured and humbled to receive such a notable award," said Dr.
Graham. "To see my name in the company of these great Canadians is
Dr. Graham was granted the award in recognition of a career dedicated to
furthering research and innovation in Ontario, across the country and
around the world. He is recognized as a true leader in international
information communications technology, and his endeavors have
strengthened the field of Canadian research and innovation through
fostering a collaborative environment.
As President of ORION, the world's fastest research and innovation
network, Dr. Graham's leadership has been instrumental in building the
critical infrastructure to accelerate Ontario's research and innovation
agenda and position Canada as an innovation leader on the global stage.
"Through Darin's leadership and dedication, ORION has continued to
foster a collaborative environment for Ontario's research, innovation
and education communities," said Anne Sado, ORION Board Chair and
President of George Brown College. "This award is well deserved and a
strong recognition of the work he has done and continues to do in
improving the lives of Ontarians - as well as all Canadians - through
his various roles and responsibilities in the innovation landscape of
Dr. Graham joins the company of other notable Canadian information
technology leaders receiving this award including: Bill Hutchison,
President of Hutchison Management International, Jim Roche, President
and CEO of CANARIE, Michael Hrybyk, President of BCNET, and Robin
Winsor, President of CYBERA.
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee award celebrates Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth
II's 60th anniversary as monarch. Recipients will be honoured on October 21, 2012
at the i-CANADA Summit Conference in Montreal.
The Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION) is an
advanced technology, "ultra-fast" fibre optic network, owned and
operated by a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting and
advancing research, learning and innovation. ORION connects all of
Ontario's universities, numerous colleges, several teaching hospitals,
other public research facilities and a growing number of school boards
to one another and to the global grid of research and education (R&E)
As Ontario's advanced R&E network, ORION is a critical tool that
supports and facilitates research, education, collaboration and
innovation, benefitting Ontario's leading researchers, educators and
learners. Stretching 5,800 kilometres, it is one of the largest R&E
networks in the world.
SOURCE: Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION)
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