Order of Canada

Dr. Michael A. S. Jewett appointed to the Order of Canada

Dr. Michael A. S. Jewett appointed to the Order of Canada for his life-saving innovations in surgical oncology and for his advocacy of patient-centred clinical care.


The Order of Canada is one of our country’s highest civilian honours. Its Companions, Officers and Members take to heart the motto of the Order: DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (“They desire a better country”).


Dr. Jewett is Professor of Surgery (Urology) at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and at the University of Toronto where he held the Farquaharson Clinical Research Chair in Oncology. He is a member and has served in leadership roles and received awards from many cancer and urological associations including the International Society of Urology, the Society of Urologic Oncology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Urological Association and the Canadian Urology Association. In 2017, he was awarded the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance Award for Exceptional Leadership in Patient Involvement in Cancer Research in 2017. He has been a visiting professor or speaker in over 30 countries at over 100 institutions. He has held multiple research grants and has published more than 400 scientific papers, book chapters and articles. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the NCI renal task force. He has had a long interest in many aspects of kidney cancer research, patient care and knowledge transfer and was an enthusiastic supporter of the founding of Kidney Cancer Canada.


Deb Maskens, Co-founder of Kidney Cancer Canada and founding member of the International Kidney Cancer Coalition

Dr. Jewett’s passionate interest in patient advocacy, wellbeing, education, interconnectness and quality of care is not only exceptional in Canada, but internationally where his reputation as leading Uro-Oncologist affords him significant reach and ability to influence a new generation of clinician leaders. The volunteer hours he has put into this mission has certainly not been a path to personal recognition or glory. He has selflessly dedicated untold hours of his time to patient empowerment, and in doing so has directly improved the lives of thousands of Canadians affected by kidney, bladder and testis cancers for generations to come.


Created in 1967, the Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. More than 7,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order. Those who bear the Order’s iconic snowflake insignia have changed our nation’s measure of success and, through the sum of their accomplishments, have helped us build a better Canada. Appointments are made by the governor general on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada. For more information about the Order of Canada or to nominate someone, visit www.gg.ca/en/honours


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  • Patricia Sevean
    January 23, 2021 at 11:13 am

    Congratulations on your Order Of Canada! I can not imagine a more worthy recipient. I first met Dr. Jewett when he invited me to a Canadian Urological Association (CUA) meeting in 2015. He opened my eyes to the exciting kidney cancer research that was happening in Canada and because of him I joined the board of Kidney Cancer Canada (KCC). He is a caring and compassionate practitioner and always wants to hear about the patient’s experience and their voices guide his decisions and work on behalf of all Canadians.

  • Anne Marie Farr
    April 22, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    Congratulations on your “Order of Canada” It was 10 years ago that I was diagnosed with Bladder Cancer and treated by a urologist at Scarborough General by removing the tumor.
    I was frantic and found your name on Google. I had contacted you on a Friday afternoon, and you contacted me Friday evening asking me to get references and come into the bladder clinic on the following Wednesday.
    I was then told I was a perfect candidate for preservation of the bladder and my choice was to take Chemotherapy and Radiation.. To this day my bladder has behaved very well and rarely gives me problems.
    Thank you so much for looking after me. I was very blessed indeed.
    Anne Marie Farr

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