Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Apotex Founder Barry Sherman among Latest Order of Canada Inductees

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Apotex Founder Barry Sherman among Latest Order of Canada Inductees

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Order of Canada list includes pharma giant

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OTTAWA - The Canadian pharmaceutical giant whose sudden death earlier this month is shrouded in mystery is among the latest inductees into the Order of Canada.

Gov. Gen. Julie Payette announced 125 new appointments to Canada's highest civilian honour Friday, a list heavy on Canadians with accomplishments in science and medicine, including Bernard "Barry" Sherman, whose generic drug company Apotex made him and his wife, Honey, among the wealthiest people in Canada.

Both Barry and Honey were found dead in their Toronto home on Dec. 15, and their deaths have been deemed "suspicious."

Sherman was nominated for his entrepreneurship in the pharmaceutical industry as well as his philanthropic support of education and other charities.

The Order of Canada cannot be awarded to someone after their death, but Sherman was nominated more than six months ago. The Order of Canada advisory council, which decides who gets the award, granted it to him at their November meeting. Payette signed the appointment prior to his death.

A Rideau Hall spokeswoman says a family member can stand in for Sherman at the investiture ceremony, likely some time in 2018.

The lawyer representing the family did not respond to a request for comment.

Rideau Hall publishes lists of new inductees to the Order of Canada twice a year. In 2015, the federal government made a $13 million, five-year commitment to overhaul all country's honours, including improving the representation among awards such as the Order of Canada.

Slightly more than one-third of the names on Friday's list are female. Since its inception in 1967, 27 per cent of the inductees have been women.

Among the well-known Canadians on the list: William Shatner, famous for his role as Captain Kirk on Star Trek and Academy Award-nominated Quebec film director Denis Villeneuve, both named as officers of the order Friday, while singer-songwriter Jann Arden was made a member. …

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