On June 28 His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, appointed Vaclav Smil as a Member of the Order of Canada.
Vaclav Smil is a renowned expert on global energy issues. A professor emeritus in the faculty of environment at the University of Manitoba, he provides critical insights into energy development, distribution and usage challenges. His prolific writings are considered essential reading by policy makers, scientists and academics in the field. He is a frequent speaker at international forums, where he emphasizes the hazards of our current levels of energy consumption and uses the lessons of history to point a way forward.