Ron Common, president of Sault College, has been named to the Order of Ontario.
Common is being recognized for his role in effecting the “transformational rebranding and unprecedented campus renewal” at Sault College, in addition to his extensive work with Aboriginal communities throughout Canada and creating many First Nations school systems.
Common has helmed the college since 2007. His research interests include educational issues related to Aboriginal groups, managing organizational change within educational organizations and international development. He has worked extensively with Aboriginal communities throughout Canada, creating First Nations school systems and, on occasion, helping to build schools.
He has worked on international development projects in Malawi, Cameroon, Kenya, China and Jordan for the past decade. He was recently inducted into the Nipissing Human Rights Hall of Fame for his work with First Nations and disadvantaged people around the world.
Ron Common joins a prestige list of past Sault Ste. Marie recipients of the Order of Ontario including, Dr. Sandra E. Black, The Honourable Ray Stortini, Dr. David Walde, Dr. Roberta Bondar and Ken Danby.
Created in 1986, the Order of Ontario, the province's highest official honour, recognizes the highest level of individual excellence and achievement in any field.