Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

December 30, 2009 10:23 ET

Governor General Announces 57 New Appointments to the Order of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 30, 2009) - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, announced today 57 new appointments to the Order of Canada. The new appointees include 25 Officers (O.C.), and 32 Members (C.M.). These appointments were made on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada.

Recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date.

The Order of Canada, one of our country's highest civilian honours, was established in 1967, during Canada's centennial year, to recognize a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation. Over the last 40 years, more than 5000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.

The list of recipients with short citations, and a backgrounder on the Order are attached. For more information on the Canadian Honours System, please consult our Web site at http://www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=5.

A list of the recipients can be found at this address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/gga1230.pdf


RECIPIENTS' CITATIONS

OFFICERS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA


Michael J. Audain, O.C., O.B.C.

West Vancouver, British Columbia

Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to visual arts in Canada, as a committed volunteer and philanthropist.


Clark Blaise, O.C.

San Francisco, California, U.S.A. and Montreal, Quebec

Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to Canadian letters as an author, essayist, teacher, and founder of the post-graduate program in creative writing at Concordia University.


Pierre Boivin, O.C.

Montreal, Quebec

Officer of the Order of Canada

For the leadership he has demonstrated as an entrepreneur and administrator in the sports industry, and for the work he has done to help develop community and philanthropic activities.


Paul Georges Buissonneau, O.C.

Montreal, Quebec

Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to the evolution of the performing arts, especially theatre, as director of the La Roulotte and Quat'Sous theatres.


Mel Cappe, O.C.

Toronto, Ontario

Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to the federal public service, notably as a deputy minister, and as clerk of the Privy Council and as secretary to the Cabinet.


Burton Cummings, O.C., O.M.

Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. and Winnipeg, Manitoba

Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a musician, singer and songwriter, both with the Guess Who and as a solo artist, as well as for his support of numerous fundraising initiatives across Canada.


Clemence DesRochers, O.C., C.Q.

Austin, Quebec

Officer of the Order of Canada

For her accomplishments as a comedian, humorist, singer, writer and poet, and for her volunteer work for various causes.


The Honourable Gary Filmon, P.C., O.C., O.M.

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to public office and to the province of Manitoba, as well as for his continuing leadership on numerous provincial and national boards, committees and organizations.


The Honourable John F. Hamm, O.C.

Stellarton, Nova Scotia

Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to the province of Nova Scotia as a former premier, family physician and community leader.


Peter Hinton, O.C.

Ottawa, Ontario

Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a champion of Canadian theatre, as a director, playwright, teacher and theatre administrator.


Yves Jacques, O.C.

Montreal, Quebec

Officer of the Order of Canada

For his accomplishments as a comedian in theatre, on television and in film, in Canada and abroad.


The Honourable Philippe Kirsch, O.C.

The Hague, Netherlands and Montreal, Quebec

Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to international criminal law, notably as president of the International Criminal Court in The Hague.


Shrawan Kumar, O.C.

Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A. and Edmonton, Alberta

Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to the field of rehabilitation ergonomics, in Canada and abroad, notably in his research and teachings on the causation, prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries.


Mario Lemieux, O.C., C.Q.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. and Montreal, Quebec

Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as one of hockey's most gifted players, as an inspirational role model and mentor, and for supporting charitable initiatives through the Mario Lemieux Foundation.


Jonathan Lomas, O.C.

Ottawa, Ontario

Officer of the Order of Canada

For promoting and advancing the role and impact of research evidence in Canada's health sector.


Alexa McDonough, O.C.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Officer of the Order of Canada

For her pioneering contributions as a politician, and for her lifelong commitment to progressive change and social activism.


Pierre Nadeau, O.C., C.Q.

Montreal, Quebec

Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a television reporter and journalist, and as producer of, as well as a host and interviewer on, public affairs programs.


James Orbinski, O.C., M.S.C.

Toronto, Ontario

Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a physician who has worked to improve health care access and delivery in developing countries, and as an advocate for those who have been silenced by war, genocide and mass starvation.


Gordon W. Perkin, O.C.

Minden, Ontario and Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to improving the health of citizens in the developing world, notably as co-founder of PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health) and as head of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's global health program.


Bruce Phillips, O.C.

Okanagan Falls, British Columbia

Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to journalism, notably in television broadcasting, and to public service, as a former privacy commissioner of Canada.


Guylene Proulx, O.C. (deceased)

Gatineau, Quebec

Officer of the Order of Canada

For her contribution to fire safety research during her career with the National Research Council of Canada, especially her studies on photoluminescent material, smoke alarms, and human behaviour during emergencies.


Ivan Reitman, O.C.

Montecito, California, U.S.A. and Toronto, Ontario

Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a director and producer, and for his promotion of the Canadian film and television industries.


Carol L. Richards, O.C.

Quebec City, Quebec

Officer of the Order of Canada

For her contributions to physiotherapy, especially for her work on the re-adaptation and social integration of people living with physical and sensory difficulties.


Carol Stephenson, O.C.

London, Ontario

Officer of the Order of Canada

For her contributions to the development of our national telecommunications industry and for implementing innovative changes to business school education in Canada.


Neil Young, O.C., O.M.

La Honda, California, U.S.A. and Winnipeg, Manitoba

Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as one of Canada's greatest musical talents whose unique voice and iconic songs have influenced generations of musicians, and for his support of educational and charitable organizations.


MEMBERS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

Murray Angus, C.M.

Ottawa, Ontario

Member of the Order of Canada

For his varied contributions to building awareness and respect for Canada's Native people and their traditions, and for the role he has played in empowering Inuit youth as founder of Nunavut Sivuniksavut.


The Honourable Jean Augustine, P.C., C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

Member of the Order of Canada

For her distinguished career as an educator, politician and advocate for social justice in Canada.


Elsie Charles Basque, C.M.

Saunierville, Nova Scotia

Member of the Order of Canada

For her pioneering contributions as an educator, and for her voluntary work on behalf of seniors and Aboriginal peoples in Nova Scotia and the United States.


Emile Bouchard, C.M., C.Q.

Saint-Lambert, Quebec

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to sports, particularly professional hockey, and for his commitment to his community.


Tantoo Cardinal, C.M.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Member of the Order of Canada

For her contributions to the growth and development of Aboriginal performing arts in Canada, as a screen and stage actress, and as a founding member of the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company.


Joan F. Clark, C.M.

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Member of the Order of Canada

For her contributions as an author of literature for both children and adults, and as an arts activist who has supported provincial and national cultural organizations for decades.


Renee Claude, C.M.

Montreal, Quebec

Member of the Order of Canada

For advancing the widespread distribution Quebec music, both here in Canada and abroad, by singing the songs of many of our greatest songwriters.


Calixte Duguay, C.M.

Caraquet, New Brunswick

Member of the Order of Canada

For the impact he has had on the Acadian and Canadian music scene as a writer, composer and singer.


Janet C. Gardiner, C.M.

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Member of the Order of Canada

For her enduring contributions as an executive and volunteer in the business and community sectors of Newfoundland and Labrador for the past 50 years.


Judy Gingell, C.M.

Whitehorse, Yukon

Member of the Order of Canada

For her contributions, over the past four decades, to the promotion and advancement of Aboriginal rights and governance in Yukon.


Joan Glode, C.M.

Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia

Member of the Order of Canada

For her leadership and devotion to the social welfare of Aboriginal children and families in Nova Scotia.


John C. Godel, C.M.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to pediatric health care in remote northern communities of Canada, and for his volunteerism abroad.


S. Larry Goldenberg, C.M., O.B.C.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to prostate cancer research and treatment, as well as for promoting public awareness of the disease.


Bernard S. Goldman, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to the field of cardiac surgery, as well as to the advancement of cardiac care in Ontario.


Patrick J. Gullane, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to the field of otolaryngology and as an inspiration to many young surgeons.


Dan S. Hanganu, C.M., O.Q.

Montreal, Quebec

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as an internationally renowned architect, and as a teacher and mentor.


Jean-Claude Labrecque, C.M., C.Q.

Montreal, Quebec

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to the development of film as a director of documentaries and fictional films, and as a renowned director of photography here in Canada and abroad.


Louise Levesque, C.M., C.Q.

Hudson, Quebec

Member of the Order of Canada

For the important role she has played in the development of the nursing profession here and abroad, and in the advancement of geronto-geriatrics as a professor and researcher.


Jeffrey C. Lozon, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

Member of the Order of Canada

For his innovative and sustained leadership in health care management and for having advanced patient care, notably at St. Michael's Hospital, in Toronto.


Margaret Lyons, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

Member of the Order of Canada

For her contributions as a pioneer for women in Canadian broadcasting, and for her sustained commitment as a volunteer.


Patricia Parr, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

Member of the Order of Canada

For her contributions as a pianist and as one of Canada's finest chamber musicians, notably with the Amici Chamber Ensemble.


David K. Pecaut, C.M. (deceased)

Toronto, Ontario

Member of the Order of Canada

For his distinguished service as a civic leader and volunteer, and for his contributions to the arts community of the City of Toronto.


David Adams Richards, C.M., O.N.B.

Fredericton, New Brunswick

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to the Canadian literary scene as an essayist, screenwriter and writer of fiction and non-fiction.


Bruce Sanford, C.M.

Ottawa, Ontario

Member of the Order of Canada

For his sustained and distinguished achievements in geology, particularly during his tenure with the Geological Survey of Canada.


Romeo Savoie, C.M.

Moncton, New Brunswick

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a painter, sculptor, architect and author, and for his support of visual artists in New Brunswick.


Joseph A. Sealy, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as an actor, accompanist, musician and composer, notably for his acclaimed Africville Suite.


Robert W. Slater, C.M.

Ottawa, Ontario

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to the federal public service, notably for his influential role in helping to shape Canada's environmental policy.


Raoul Sosa, C.M.

Montreal, Quebec

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to the advancement of music in Canada as a pianist, conductor and professor.


John Stanton, C.M.

Edmonton, Alberta

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to promoting physical fitness and active lifestyles as founder of the Running Room, as well as for his support of charitable groups, namely the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.


Wayne Strongman, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

Member of the Order of Canada

For his innovative contributions as the founding artistic director of Tapestry New Opera Works and as the long-time volunteer choral director for the Regent Park School of Music.


Rejean Thomas, C.M., C.Q.

Montreal, Quebec

Member of the Order of Canada

For his dedication to and work on the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS.


Bob White, C.M.

Calgary, Alberta

Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a dramaturge in the creation, development and production of hundreds of new Canadian plays, and for his role in the promotion of arts and culture in Alberta.


ORDER OF CANADA BACKGROUNDER

Established in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada is the centrepiece of the Canadian Honours System, and recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. The Order recognizes people in all sectors of Canadian society. Their contributions are varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of others and made a difference to this country.

Motto and levels

The Order of Canada's motto is DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (They desire a better country). Her Majesty the Queen is the Sovereign of the Order, and the Governor General is the Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order.

Companion - Post-nominal: C.C.

Recognizes: a lifetime of outstanding achievement and merit of the highest degree, especially in service to Canada or to humanity at large

Officer - Post-nominal: O.C.

Recognizes: a lifetime of achievement and merit of a high degree, especially in service to Canada or to humanity at large

Member - Post-nominal: C.M.

Recognizes: a lifetime of distinguished service in or to a particular community, group or field of activity

Insignia Description

The insignia of the Order is a stylized snowflake of six points, with a red annulus at its centre, which bears a stylized maple leaf circumscribed with the motto of the Order, DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (They desire a better country), surmounted by St. Edward's Crown.

Eligibility

All Canadians are eligible for the Order of Canada, with the exception of federal and provincial politicians and judges while in office. The Order's constitution permits non-Canadians to be considered for honorary appointments. They may be considered for outstanding achievement that reflects honour on Canada and/or lifetime contributions to humanity at large. There are no posthumous appointments.

Officers and Members may be elevated within the Order in recognition of further achievement, based on continued exceptional or extraordinary service to Canada. Usually, promotions are considered five years after the first appointment.

Nominations

Any person or group is welcome to nominate a deserving individual as candidate for appointment to the Order of Canada. Appointments are made on the recommendations of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada, an independent council chaired by the chief justice of Canada. Members of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada reflect the diversity and excellence in Canadian society. Certain members are appointed by virtue of their office; others are appointed for a fixed term to achieve a balanced representation of the various regions of the country.

For more information about the Order of Canada or to nominate someone, visit the Honours section of our Web site at www.gg.ca.

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