Alumnus of McGill's Faculty of Education John Parisella (MA’71, DipEd’73) received the Order of Canada last week for his “social, political, diplomatic and academic engagement and for his dedication to major governance issues."
The Order of Canada is the nation's second highest civilian honour within the country's system of honours.
John Parisella served as chief of staff to former Quebec premiers Robert Bourassa and Daniel Johnson. In 2008, he was appointed by the Québec government as chief negotiator regarding a land claim by the Mohawks of Kahnawake. John Parisella taught at Concordia, where he also served as special communications advisor to the school president.