It’s official – our own Dr. Mark Levine was invested into the Order of Canada in Ottawa last month!
As many readers know, Dr. Levine is a medical oncologist at the Juravinski Cancer Centre (JCC). He is also a world-renowned researcher whose studies have improved health care both in Canada and beyond.

The Order of Canada is one of the highest national honours, second only to the Order of Merit, a personal gift of the nation’s monarch. People are invested into the Order of Canada in recognition of their outstanding merit or distinguished service in a making a major difference to Canada through lifelong contributions in their field.

Dr. Levine received the honour for “his contributions as an oncologist, researcher and clinician who has developed a number of new treat regimens that have become the Canadian standard in clinical practice.”

Over his 35-year career, Dr. Levine has worked to improve the lives of breast and other cancer patients, spearheading clinical research in the areas of chemotherapy for breast cancer, radiation after lumpectomy, quality of life and decision-making in breast cancer.

Dr. Levine is the former president and CEO of the Hamilton Regional Cancer Centre, now the JCC. He is chair of the Department of Oncology at McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and holds the Buffett Taylor Chair in Breast Cancer Research. He helped establish the Ontario Clinical Oncology Group in 1982 and co-founded the Escarpment Cancer Research Institute in 2011.

He is also one of the founding members of the BRIGHT Run’s executive committee, which established BRIGHT as an important and inclusive community event 10 years ago. Since the first event in 2008, the volunteer-driven BRIGHT Run has raised more than $2.8 million for local breast cancer research and has funded 15 innovative research projects in the Hamilton area.