The Ordre national du Québec confers each year esteemed titles to exceptional citizens who, by their achievements, values and ideals, have marked the evolution and global reach of Québec. CEN researcher and past director Serge Payette received the grade of Knight of the Order, a distinction among the most prestigious in Québec, in recognition of his incomparable contribution in the field of northern plant ecology. Dr Payette’s internationally recognized work, addresses, among other topics, the responses of northern ecosystems to environmental and climate change. Congratulations to Dr Payette C.Q.!