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Royal Canadian Mint's Dr Hieu C. Truong Appointed Officer of the Order of Canada

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Dr. Truong will receive this national honour for his many coin-manufacturing innovations, establishing Canada as a leader of the global minting industry

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, July 6, 2017 The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to share that Dr. Hieu C. Truong, who led the Mint’s engineering and research and development programs for 36 years, was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.  Dr. Truong’s legendary creativity and ingenuity earned him the admiration of industry peers world-wide and inspired a new generation of Mint innovators who continue to advance the art and science of coin manufacturing.  Dr. Truong was appointed for “his innovative contributions as an engineer and a leader who has helped propel Canada to the forefront of the minting industry”.

“The Royal Canadian Mint is proud of its global reputation as a tireless innovator, much of which is founded on the tremendous engineering achievements of Dr. Hieu C. Truong,” said Sandra Hanington, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.  “Innovations such as multi-ply plated steel, circulation coin colouring and state-of-the art coin security are only a few examples of how Dr. Truong helped Canada stand out as a minting industry leader and everyone at the Mint is delighted that his tremendous contributions are being nationally recognized by his appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada.”

Dr. Hieu C. Truong’s distinguished career at the Royal Canadian Mint was marked by numerous inventions which, in addition to revolutionizing coin manufacturing on a global scale, furthered Canada’s reputation for innovation and created a vibrant export market for Canadian coin technology.  Dr. Truong helped establish Royal Canadian Mint coins as the world’s most secure and gave Canadians a unique and unforgettable way to commemorate their most important events.  Always an innovator always ahead of his time, Dr. Truong holds seven patents related to coin colouring, plating and precious metal refining, and his achievements have touched coin users in Canada and around the world.

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