We Teach Ontario’s Barry Smit named to Ontario’s highest honour

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Barry Smit, one of We Teach Ontario’s featured profs, has been named to the Order of Ontario. This honour recognizes Ontarians who have made exceptional contributions to “the arts, law, science, medicine, history, politics, philanthropy and the environment.”

Here is Barry’s We Teach Ontario video:

Students in Barry’s courses are connected to this research in powerful ways. His graduate students travel with him to remote locations to study the impact of climate change directly. Barry uses the case studies, photos, and data gathered through field work to enrich his undergraduate classrooms. Without research, his students would not have access to this real-world context. Students leave his courses with the skills and knowledge they need to make a difference in a changing world.

For his work with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Barry was also a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

We Teach Ontario is about how Ontario’s professors connect teaching and research to achieve exceptional results for students and the province. Through his work on climate change, Barry shows just how powerful this connection can be. It is nice to see that the Government of Ontario agrees.

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