Dr. Nadine Caron, a UBC faculty of medicine professor and internationally renowned health leader who is committed to addressing inequities in access to health care and to improving clinical outcomes for Indigenous Peoples, is among the new appointees to the Order of B.C. for 2022.
Dr. Caron, a member of the Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation and a surgical oncologist in northern B.C., is a professor in UBC’s Northern Medical Program and department of surgery. She is an active Indigenous physician within BC Cancer, a senior scientist at Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre at BC Cancer and Special Advisor on Indigenous Health to the Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Vice-President, Health at UBC.
Dr. Caron is the inaugural First Nations Health Authority Chair in Cancer and Wellness at UBC, a founding co-director of the UBC Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health and consultant in development of B.C.’s first ever Indigenous Cancer Strategy to improve Indigenous cancer outcomes and experiences in B.C.
“On behalf of the people of British Columbia, I want to thank this year’s recipients of the Order of B.C. for their remarkable contributions,” said Premier John Horgan in a news release. “Your hard work, dedication and leadership are examples for us all. You have helped create a better British Columbia and for that we are grateful.”
The Order of B.C. investiture ceremony for 2022 recipients and invited guests is tentatively scheduled to be held at Government House in Victoria in the late fall.
“The appointment of Dr. Caron to the Order of B.C demonstrates her outstanding leadership and contributions to improve the health and well-being of people in northern, rural and remote Indigenous communities,” says Dr. Dermot Kelleher, Dean of UBC’s faculty of medicine and Vice President, Health at UBC. “Dr. Caron is richly deserving of this honour that recognizes her groundbreaking achievements and dedication to advancing health outcomes for Indigenous peoples throughout B.C. and across Canada.”