Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

June 16, 2010 16:09 ET

Governor General to Invest 45 Recipients Into the Order of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 16, 2010) - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will preside over an Order of Canada investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Friday, June 18, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. The Governor General, who is Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order, will bestow the honour on one Companion, 12 Officers and 32 Members.

The Order of Canada was created in 1967, during Canada's centennial year, to recognize a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Since its creation, more than 5 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.

Media interested in covering this event and interviewing recipients are asked to contact the Rideau Hall Press Office. A media schedule for the investiture ceremony, the list of recipients with citations, and a backgrounder on the Order are attached.


Members of the media are asked to observe the following schedule:  
  9:45 a.m.: Media arrive at Rideau Hall
  10:30 a.m.: Ceremony begins
  The Governor General speaks
  The Governor General presents the insignia
  (Members first, followed by the Officers and the Companion)
  Noon: Media interviews with recipients



Carroll Baker, C.M. Guelph, Ont. and Port Medway, N.S.
Elsie C. Basque, C.M. Saulnierville, N.S.
Stan Bevington, C.M. Toronto, Ont.
Émile Bouchard, C.M., C.Q. Saint-Lambert, Que.
Melvin J. Boutilier, C.M., O.N.S. Halifax, N.S.
Deane Cameron, C.M. Toronto, Ont.
Savvas Chamberlain, C.M. Waterloo, Ont.
Victor Cicansky, C.M. Regina, Sask.
Joan Clark, C.M. St. John's, Nfld.
Ian D. Clark, C.M. Toronto, Ont.
Maureen and Patrick Doherty, C.M. Bragg Creek, Alta.
Fred S. Fountain, C.M. Head of St. Margaret's Bay, N.S.
George Gate, C.M. Pointe-Claire, Que.
Alan Giachino, C.M. Ottawa, Ont.
Susan J. Glass, C.M. Winnipeg, Man.
Shirley E. Greenberg, C.M. Ottawa, Ont.
David G. Helwig, C.M. Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Winston S. L. Kassim, C.M. Toronto, Ont.
Krishna Kumar, C.M., S.O.M. Regina, Sask.
Jean-Claude Labrecque, C.M., C.Q. Montréal, Que.
Roderick R. McInnes, C.M., O.Ont. Mount Royal, Que.
Father Sylvio Michaud, C.M. Montréal, Que.
Mahmood A. Naqvi, C.M., O.N.S. Sydney, N.S.
Roland Priddle, C.M. Ottawa, Ont. and Victoria, B.C.
Peter R. Taylor, C.M. Vancouver, B.C.
Ian M. Thom, C.M. Victoria, B.C.
Réjean Thomas, C.M., C.Q. Montréal, Que.
Marvin Tile, C.M. Toronto, Ont.
Nancy Turner, C.M., O.B.C. Victoria, B.C.
Donald A. Young, C.M. Fredericton, N.B.
Madeline Ziniak, C.M., O.Ont. Toronto, Ont.


Ian Bruce, O.C. Dorval, Que.
Paul Georges Buissonneau, O.C. Montréal, Que.
Mel Cappe, O.C. Toronto, Ont.
Nellie J. Cournoyea, O.C. Inuvik, N.W.T.
John W. Crow, O.C. Etobicoke, Ont.
Clémence DesRochers, O.C., C.Q. Austin, Que.
Stanley C. (Buzz) Holling, O.C. Nanaimo, B.C.
Peter Jaffe, O.C. London, Ont.
The Honourable Michael Kirby, O.C. Ottawa, Ont.
Anita Kunz, O.C. Toronto, Ont.
The Honourable John P. Manley, P.C., O.C. Ottawa, Ont.
Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, O.C. Vancouver, B.C.


Peter Munk, C.C. Toronto, Ont.



Carroll Baker, C.M.
Guelph, Ontario and Port Medway, Nova Scotia
Member of the Order of Canada

One of Canada's premier country music stars, Carroll Baker is an accomplished singer and songwriter whose pioneering contributions and achievements have inspired generations of Canadian artists. The first Canadian performer to record a television special at the legendary Grand Ole Opry, she has played an important role in the recognition and development of country music at home and abroad. This award-winning performer has had numerous hit singles, breaking industry records with 12 consecutive number one records in Canada. Generous with her time, she has hosted and performed many benefit concerts in support of Easter Seals and Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children Foundation.

Elsie C. Basque, C.M.
Saulnierville, Nova Scotia
Member of the Order of Canada

As an educator and volunteer, Elsie Basque has served as a role model and a champion of Native values and traditions. A survivor of the residential school system, she was the first Mi'kmaq in Nova Scotia to earn a teacher's certificate and the first Aboriginal person to teach in a non-Native school on Cape Breton Island. In both the United States and on the Shubenacadie reserve, she taught Aboriginal peoples of all ages to be proud of their cultural heritage. She has given much of her time to First Nations people, particularly seniors, and continues to be active in her community as a member of the Elders' board of directors of the Mi'kmawey Debert Cultural Centre.

Stan Bevington, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

A master printer known for innovative designs, Stan Bevington founded a small, independent press in the 1960s. Coach House Press has since been called the seedbed for many of Canada's greatest writers. He helped to launch or advance the careers of countless poets, playwrights and novelists, and is known for publishing works that push the bounds of convention. Unabashedly committed to Canadian literature, he has published many books translated from French, making Coach House a leading outlet for Quebec writers. His dedication to literary excellence has earned him the respect and gratitude of writers and peers, as well as a special place in the history of Canadian publishing.

Émile Bouchard, C.M., C.Q.
Saint-Lambert, Quebec
Member of the Order of Canada

As a star defenceman for the Montreal Canadiens in the 1940s and 50s, Émile Bouchard was a source of inspiration for his teammates and for young athletes and Francophones throughout Canada. He had a remarkable professional hockey career, playing with the Habs for 15 seasons, including eight as the team's captain. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Quebec Sports Pantheon, and also made a mark through his community involvement. Following his hockey career, he used his leadership talents to inspire and serve his community. The Hôpital Sainte-Justine, Roussin College and the Longueuil Ducs junior baseball team have all benefited from his support.

Melvin J. Boutilier, C.M., O.N.S.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Member of the Order of Canada

For over 30 years, Melvin Boutilier has been helping marginalized citizens in Halifax to rebuild their lives. As the founder and long-time volunteer executive director of the Community Care Network Society, he has created many essential services and programs. These include food, furniture, clothing and shoe banks; an annual Christmas dinner for the homeless; an emergency fund for people in crisis; and two second-hand retail stores, which help support the programs. Though a fire destroyed the Society's premises in 2001, his dedication to service remained unshaken. With the support of the community, he rebuilt the organization and expanded it to include a Skills Development Centre.

Deane Cameron, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

Deane Cameron has championed Canadian musicians for decades. As a persistent and passionate executive in the recording industry, he has been an outspoken advocate for First Nations artists and their music, has opened doors for Canadian artists in national and international markets, and was instrumental in shaping the successful careers of a number of Canadian music stars. An active supporter of industry associations, he is highly regarded for his advocacy of anti-piracy initiatives and the revision of copyright laws. He also played a key role in the development of MusiCan, a national program that provides grants to schools for the purchase of musical instruments, scholarships for students, and awards for music teachers. 

Savvas Chamberlain, C.M.
Waterloo, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

Savvas Chamberlain has enhanced Canada's reputation as a leader in the high-technology sector. As a scientist, academic and entrepreneur, he has led the development of state-of-the-art image sensors for a variety of scientific, medical and industrial applications. He is a former professor of electrical engineering at the University of Waterloo, and is the founder of DALSA, a global leader in the design and manufacturing of high-performance digital imaging and semiconductors. Over the years, he has contributed to his community and to numerous national and international organizations.

Victor Cicansky, C.M.
Regina, Saskatchewan
Member of the Order of Canada

Known for his familiar imagery and often humorous sculptures in clay and bronze, Victor Cicansky is one of Western Canada's most celebrated artists. His distinctive work, which pays homage to Saskatchewan's agricultural heritage and daily life, has been exhibited in art galleries across Canada and abroad. He has been an ardent defender and promoter of his fellow artists, and has lent his support and expertise to various arts boards and galleries, notably the Mackenzie Art Gallery and the Susan Whitney Gallery in Regina. A teacher and mentor, he has helped to perpetuate his craft by inspiring generations of young artists.

Joan Clark, C.M.
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Member of the Order of Canada

As an author and arts advocate, Joan Clark has nurtured a vibrant literary community in both Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador. A writer of children's and adult fiction, she is a compelling storyteller who, in her 15 books, has brought to life tales of outport life in Newfoundland and of Viking exploration in Canada. Committed to promoting the literary arts, she helped found two provincial writers' associations, and co-founded the literary journal Dandelion. In her work with organizations such as the Literary Arts Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Public Lending Right Commission, this generous mentor has been a guiding spirit to new and established authors.

Ian D. Clark, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

Deeply committed to his country, Ian Clark has worked to further Canadian public policy, governance and education. As a respected public servant, he held senior positions in the federal civil service, including that of deputy secretary to the Cabinet, and secretary of the Treasury Board. In his role as president and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities, he provided vision and leadership, improving the quality and accessibility of post-secondary education. He continues to advance public policy discourse as a senior fellow at Massey College and as a professor at the University of Toronto's School of Public Policy and Governance.

Maureen and Patrick Doherty, C.M.
Bragg Creek, Alberta
Member of the Order of Canada

Maureen and Patrick Doherty have made remarkable philanthropic and humanitarian contributions. As founders of the Our Lady Queen of Peace Foundation, they have influenced the lives of thousands of youth in need, both locally and internationally. In Calgary and Edmonton, they provide a free outdoor ranch experience for children who are emotionally, physically, mentally or financially challenged. They have partnered with local groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mexico, Tanzania, and Haiti to build and operate schools, orphanages, churches and community centres. In addition, they have supported local social welfare organizations such as the Mustard Seed Street Ministry and the Calgary Drop-in Centre.

Fred S. Fountain, C.M.
Head of St. Margaret's Bay, Nova Scotia
Member of the Order of Canada

Through his volunteer service, leadership and generosity, Fred Fountain has contributed greatly to the province of Nova Scotia. President and CEO of Great Eastern Corporation, he has shared his wealth with numerous educational, health care and cultural groups and, through his example, has inspired others to give as well. He has also helped govern various non-profit organizations and led successful fundraising campaigns for the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and Dalhousie University, where he currently serves as chancellor.

George Gate, C.M.
Pointe-Claire, Quebec
Member of the Order of Canada

George Gate is known as the grandfather of modern Canadian swimming. He began his career in a small British Columbia logging town, where, in addition to serving as the manager and lifeguard at the town pool, he pioneered swimming techniques that became standard practice across the country. His racers set 26 national records and made up half of the 1964 men's Olympic team. He then transformed the Pointe-Claire aquatic centre from a local pool into a world-class swimming and diving facility, and developed unique programs for novice swimmers and persons with disabilities. Selected seven times as head coach of Canada's national teams, he has been a revered mentor to athletes and coaches alike.

Alan Giachino, C.M.
Ottawa, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

A surgeon at the Ottawa Hospital and associate professor at the University of Ottawa, Alan Giachino is an inspiration and role model for his students and colleagues. In addition to running a busy medical practice, he has brought the high standards of Canadian orthopaedic surgery to a number of developing countries. As a volunteer with World Orthopaedic Concern and Health Volunteers Overseas, he has shared his expertise and provided mentorship and networking opportunities to many medical practitioners in Asia and Africa. His continued dedication to surgical training has enhanced Canada's reputation as a caring and compassionate nation.

Susan J. Glass, C.M.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Member of the Order of Canada

A tireless volunteer and committed philanthropist, Susan Glass has been a pillar of support for the arts in the West and throughout Canada. She is most notably recognized for her pivotal leadership roles with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Banff Centre, helping to provide long-term sustained support to these organizations. As a national governor of the Shaw Festival and chair of the Canadian Arts Summit, her influence has been felt across Canada. She has also lent her dynamic and innovative leadership abilities to many organizations in Winnipeg, including the St. Boniface General Hospital and the University of Manitoba. Generous with her own resources, she has inspired others to follow her example in supporting the arts and culture across Canada.

Shirley E. Greenberg, C.M.
Ottawa, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

As a lawyer, community builder and philanthropist, Shirley Greenberg strives to empower women to improve their lives and to further equality in society. Co-founder of Ottawa's first all-female law practice, she fought to increase women's equality rights in employment law and family law. Her inspiring energy and commitment were instrumental in the creation of the Ottawa Women's Centre, from which arose a rape crisis centre, a shelter for battered women and children, and a women's career counselling service. She has also generously supported the establishment of both an innovative women's health centre at the Ottawa Hospital, and an endowed chair for women and the legal profession at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law.

David G. Helwig, C.M.
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Member of the Order of Canada

An accomplished man of letters, David Helwig has enhanced Canada's cultural and literary landscape for nearly four decades. This award-winning author has contributed a substantial body of work, distinguished by its range, realism and independence. As a poet, his grasp of subject matter and meditative depth place him among the finest in Canada. He is also a well-respected and dedicated peer editor, and was, for many years, the editor of Oberon Press' two signature anthologies, Best Canadian Stories and Coming Attractions. Moreover, he has served on several provincial and national arts juries and was poet laureate for Prince Edward Island.

Winston S. L. Kassim, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

Winston Kassim has advocated on behalf of ethnic communities and humanitarian causes at the local, national and international levels for more than 30 years. A committed and dynamic volunteer, he played an instrumental role in establishing several faith-based community centres, including two Ontario mosques that provide outreach services to new immigrants. He is highly regarded for his fundraising skills and networking abilities, which have benefited many organizations, including the International Development and Relief Foundation. Head of the Royal Bank of Canada's Canadian banking strategic initiatives, he also mentors individuals in the workplace and in the community, helping to promote inclusiveness and cultural awareness.

Krishna Kumar, C.M., S.O.M.
Regina, Saskatchewan
Member of the Order of Canada

A leader in the field of neurosurgery, Krishna Kumar has devoted over four decades to the treatment of chronic pain and neuromotor conditions such as Parkinson's disease. He is known for his innovative techniques, which include the development of an implant that operates by electrically stimulating spinal nerves. This effectively modulates pain signals and provides relief for previously untreatable cases of chronic pain. He is highly sought after as an international speaker and consultant, and is praised as an educator and mentor in his capacity as clinical professor of neurosurgery at the University of Saskatchewan. Active in his community, he is one of the founders of the South Saskatchewan Hindu Temple.

Jean-Claude Labrecque, C.M., C.Q.
Montréal, Quebec
Member of the Order of Canada

For over 40 years, Jean-Claude Labrecque has contributed to the development of Québécois cinema as a film director, director of photography and screenwriter. He has immortalized historic and artistic events in Quebec, showcasing individuals who have influenced their times. His filmography of documentaries and fiction films, including L'affaire Coffin and À hauteur d'homme, reflects his human touch and his respect for the subject. He is also a highly talented photo director, and has been associated with numerous films by other renowned filmmakers. As well, he has been actively involved in the artistic community, notably as president of the Cinémathèque québécoise, the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, and the Jutra Awards board.

Roderick R. McInnes, C.M., O.Ont.
Mount Royal, Quebec
Member of the Order of Canada

Roderick McInnes is a leader in the fields of eye development and inherited eye disease. His discoveries have included the identification of major regulatory genes of eye development, the association of these genes with inherited blindness, and the
 co-discovery of retinal stem cells. Formerly a professor at the University of Toronto and the Hospital for Sick Children, he now holds the Alva Chair in Human Genetics at McGill University and is the director of the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research of the Jewish General Hospital. He was the inaugural scientific director of the Institute of Genetics at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and is currently president of the American Society of Human Genetics. Over the years, many national and international scientific organizations have benefited from his leadership.

Father Sylvio Michaud, C.M.
Montréal, Quebec
Member of the Order of Canada

For many years, Sylvio Michaud has been dedicated to supporting and comforting Montréal's transients and homeless. A passionate defender of human dignity, he has assisted in establishing various services to help those most in need, providing meals, clothing and shelter. Associate director of la Maison du Père, he is actively involved in a number of organizations, including the Réseau d'aide aux personnes seules et itinérantes de Montréal, and Renaissance, an organization that helps the jobless re-enter the labour market.

Mahmood A. Naqvi, C.M., O.N.S.
Sydney, Nova Scotia
Member of the Order of Canada

As a surgeon and administrator, Mahmood Naqvi has introduced major improvements to health care services for the people of Cape Breton. His many accomplishments include the creation of intensive care, coronary care, vascular and renal dialysis units at the Sydney Hospital. As well, he helped pioneer the use of laparoscopic surgery in Nova Scotia, and was instrumental in the development of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital and in establishing a regional cancer care centre. Highly respected for his tireless work in recruiting physicians and specialists to practice in Cape Breton, he continues to be an inspiring mentor and leader.

Roland Priddle, C.M.
Ottawa, Ontario and Victoria, British Columbia
Member of the Order of Canada

Roland Priddle has been a leader in the field of energy policy and regulation for over four decades. As assistant deputy minister for petroleum at the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources (now Natural Resources Canada), he spearheaded the regulation of the modern energy industry by helping to craft the 1985 federal-provincial Western Accord on Energy. As chair of the National Energy Board, he developed sound policies to ensure that Canadian interests remained competitive in a restructured marketplace. Since retiring, he has been highly sought after as a consultant for several national and international organizations, including the Canadian International Development Agency, the World Bank and the World Forum on Energy Regulation.

Peter R. Taylor, C.M.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Member of the Order of Canada

Peter Taylor is a renowned engineer and expert on cable-supported and other large bridges. Co-founder and principal of Buckland and Taylor Limited, he has been responsible for innovative developments in his field. Throughout his career, he has designed some of the world's longest cable-stayed and conveyor bridges. Moreover, he introduced many techniques that have become standard practice in the construction and rehabilitation of these structures. He has also provided counsel on a number of projects throughout the world, and has been a sought-after keynote speaker.

Ian M. Thom, C.M.
Victoria, British Columbia
Member of the Order of Canada

Ian Thom is a respected historian, author and senior curator who has contributed greatly to the understanding and appreciation of Canadian art. As a scholar, notably of the works of Emily Carr, he has promoted the artistic heritage of British Columbia and its artists. In addition, he has organized hundreds of temporary and travelling exhibits, and has published extensively on prominent Canadian artists. As a senior curator to institutions such as the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Vancouver Art Gallery, he has made numerous acquisitions that have provided a lasting legacy for all Canadians.

Réjean Thomas, C.M., C.Q.
Montréal, Quebec
Member of the Order of Canada

For over 25 years, Réjean Thomas has devoted himself to the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases. He is the chair and co-founder of L'Actuel clinic in Montréal, one of the first clinics in Canada to provide screening and treatment services. As the founder and former chair of Doctors of the World Canada, he has established a number of humanitarian missions in countries hit by natural disasters and epidemics or ravaged by war. He has also set up and run AIDS prevention projects, including a mother-child program in Cité Soleil, in Haiti. Called the doctor of good causes, he is renowned for combating prejudice, defending the rights of HIV-positive people and raising public awareness.

Marvin Tile, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

Recognized as one of Canada's foremost orthopaedic surgeons, Marvin Tile has helped to bring important advancements to his field. His research on total prosthetic joint replacement and on the treatment of fractures of the pelvis and hip has been widely acknowledged as groundbreaking. He is the former head of orthopaedics and former surgeon-in-chief at Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital, where he was instrumental in establishing the first trauma unit in Canada. Also an educator and author, he is known as a gifted communicator and an unflagging mentor. As well, he has consistently been active as a volunteer, sharing his leadership abilities at the local, national and international levels. 

Nancy Turner, C.M., O.B.C.
Victoria, British Columbia
Member of the Order of Canada

Nancy Turner is a leader in ethnobotany, the scientific study of different cultures' relationships with plants. Distinguished professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, she has specialized in documenting the use of plants by First Nations communities in Western Canada. The result is the preservation of knowledge and an increased awareness of traditional sustainability practices. She is recognized as a generous and dedicated teacher and mentor, and is also highly regarded by environmentalists, Native people and her peers. An award-winning author who has penned more than 20 books, she has helped to make her research accessible to the public through collaborations with museums and through lectures and presentations.

Donald A. Young, C.M.
Fredericton, New Brunswick
Member of the Order of Canada

A well-respected agrologist, Donald Young has brought important contributions to the field of agriculture. He led the development and introduction of several new varieties of potatoes, notably the Shepody variety, which had a major impact on potato production in North America, and gained international recognition in the french-fry industry. After a distinguished career with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, he shared his valuable expertise with McCain Foods and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and assisted developing nations in improving their crop production.

Madeline Ziniak, C.M., O.Ont.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

Madeline Ziniak has been a driving force in the development of multilingual and multicultural television for more than 30 years. As chair of the Canadian Ethnic Media Association and national vice-president of OMNI Television, she was instrumental in expanding this network that began as a local channel, and which now airs daily original programming, newscasts and movies in over 40 languages. She has also helped steer numerous professional associations and has consistently championed increased media opportunities for women, Aboriginal peoples and visible minorities. Known for her integrity, creativity and vision, she has advanced cultural diversity in media by giving a voice to ethnoculutural communities, and has raised awareness of the full spectrum of Canadian identity.


Ian Bruce, O.C.
Dorval, Quebec
Officer of the Order of Canada

Ian Bruce has helped to advance the sport of sailing both nationally and internationally. An industrial designer and former Olympic sailor, he has been involved in the design of sailboats for over three decades. He initiated the creation and development of one of the most popular high-performance sailing dinghies in the world, the Laser. He continues to build a range of high-performance sailboats for the youth sailing market. The Byte, which he designed specifically for young sailors, is the official dinghy to be used in competition at the first Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2010.

Paul Georges Buissonneau, O.C.
Montréal, Quebec
Officer of the Order of Canada

Paul Buissonneau has helped shape Quebec's cultural landscape. His creative and bold approach has put him on the cutting edge of Quebec theatre. As the co-founder of the Théâtre de Quat'Sous, and as the artistic director for over three decades, he pioneered new Quebec drama. Notably, he gave young artists and directors the opportunity to present their creations, such as the renowned L'Osstidcho. He also served for over 30 years as the artistic director of La Roulotte, a travelling outdoor stage in Montréal's parks, allowing children to discover the theatre for free, and launched the careers of a number of famous Quebec actors. He has showcased his many talents on television and film, and with major theatre companies, for which he has directed a number of memorable productions, including Faut jeter la vieille. An exceptional teacher and mentor, he is also known for his famous TV character, Picolo.

Mel Cappe, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

Former deputy minister of three federal departments, as well as clerk of the Privy Council, Mel Cappe has long been regarded for his policy expertise and for his ability to bring differing parties to consensus. His current appointment as president of the Institute for Research on Public Policy follows his contributions as director of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, and as a member of the National Round Table on the Environment and Economy, among other roles. Also a former high commissioner to the United Kingdom, he is sought out as a speaker on policy theory, and continues to bring thoughtful analysis and insight to the evaluation of Canada's role on the world stage.

Nellie J. Cournoyea, O.C.
Inuvik, Northwest Territories
Officer of the Order of Canada

Nellie Cournoyea represents one of our most striking northern success stories. As premier of the Northwest Territories, she was the first Aboriginal woman to lead a provincial or territorial government in Canada. A dynamic force for Inuvialuit and Inuit empowerment, she has diversified and consolidated her region's economic base, mainly through the resolution of land claims and effective resource management. She has provided clear vision and steadfast leadership to numerous organizations, such as the Committee of Original Peoples' Entitlement, the Aboriginal Pipeline Group, and the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation. She is an inspiration to all Northern peoples, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, and especially to women.

John W. Crow, O.C.
Etobicoke, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

Throughout his distinguished career, John Crow has served his community and country with great distinction. A highly regarded economist, he has served in leadership roles with the International Monetary Fund and the Bank of Canada. He showed vision and direction as governor of the Bank of Canada by establishing inflation targets, which represented a major advance in Canada's monetary policy regime. He is now president of an economic and financial consulting firm, and is a senior fellow of the C.D. Howe Institute. Many corporate boards and not-for-profit organizations, including Arts for Children of Toronto, have benefited from his counsel.

Clémence DesRochers, O.C., C.Q.
Austin, Quebec
Officer of the Order of Canada

Clémence DesRochers is an iconic figure on Quebec's cultural scene. A pioneering female singer-songwriter, she also wrote the book for the first Québécois musical comedy, Le Vol Rose du Flamant, as well as for a number of other revues, including
 Les Girls. She was the first Quebec comedienne to put on a one-woman show, and one of the first to mix humour with in-depth reflection on humanity. In her productions, she dealt with then-taboo-for-the-stage topics like menopause and old age with unprecedented authenticity, tenderness and humour. Those same qualities are found in her collections of poems and short stories. In addition, she has enjoyed a distinguished career in cinema, and as a show host and serial actress on television. She has also lent her name to, and is greatly involved in, a variety of causes.

Stanley C. (Buzz) Holling, O.C.
Nanaimo, British Columbia
Officer of the Order of Canada

Buzz Holling is acknowledged as one of Canada's most influential ecologists. His research has offered new insight into ecological management and has contributed to the understanding of stability and change in human and natural systems. Professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia and an emeritus eminent scholar at the University of Florida, he is the founder of the Resilience Alliance, a research organization providing a foundation for sustainable development policy and practice. Over the years, he has provided leadership to national and international scientific committees and boards, including the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.

Peter Jaffe, O.C.
London, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

Peter Jaffe is an effective and passionate catalyst for change. For decades, he has worked to improve the ways in which cases of family violence and the abuse of women and children are dealt with in Canada's legal, educational and social service systems. A psychologist, an influential educator and a renowned researcher, he is currently the academic director of the Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children at the University of Western Ontario. His pioneering work and his professional expertise, combined with his advocacy and volunteer leadership, have led to more effective interventions and legislative reform. His counsel is sought by all levels of government and by judicial organizations throughout North America.

The Honourable Michael Kirby, O.C.
Ottawa, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

In a varied and distinguished career, Michael Kirby has had a lasting influence on Canadian public policy. He played a key role as the senior public servant responsible for negotiations that led to the patriation of the Constitution and the Charter of Rights. Later, as chair of a task force on Atlantic fisheries, he helped to bring about a major restructuring of that industry. Among his many achievements as a senator, he led a committee that produced the first comprehensive examination of mental health and addictions in Canada. Now, as inaugural chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, he continues to champion improved health care options for some of society's most vulnerable members.

Anita Kunz, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

The provocative portraits and insightful works of Anita Kunz are distinct and memorable observations about modern social, political and cultural life. She is the first Canadian and first female artist to have her work exhibited at the Swann Gallery of Caricature and Cartoon at the Library of Congress, in Washington. Her numerous solo exhibitions have been seen around the world, and she has produced cover art for many Canadian and international publications, including Maclean's, Rolling Stone,
 The New Yorker and Time Magazine. She regularly conducts workshops and lectures abroad and has had her wryly humorous illustrations included in the permanent collections of museums in Canada, the United States and Europe. 

The Honourable John P. Manley, P.C., O.C.
Ottawa, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

Throughout his distinguished career, John Manley has been a model of public service. A respected statesman, he held a number of senior cabinet positions and is recognized for his leadership in policy development on innovation and competitiveness, cross-border relations and finance. After leaving government, he led studies for the governments of Ontario and Canada and served as chair of the Independent Panel on Canada's Future Role in Afghanistan. He now heads the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, and is a passionate volunteer with organizations such as CARE Canada, MaRS Discovery District, the University of Waterloo, the Institute for Research on Public Policy and the National Arts Centre Foundation.

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, O.C.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Officer of the Order of Canada

As one of the world's leading landscape architects, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to promoting the harmonious fusion of building and site. A fearless innovator, she has set new standards of excellence through her socially conscious and environmentally responsible landscape designs. Grounded in extensive research, her work has made use of local plants and natural settings to help reduce our ecological footprint and environmental degradation of our urban milieu. Through countless projects undertaken both in Canada and abroad, she has inspired and challenged the public to view future development and growth from a perspective of ecological sustainability.

This is a promotion within the Order.


Peter Munk, C.C.
Toronto, Ontario
Companion of the Order of Canada

Peter Munk is one of Canada's great entrepreneurs who is equally renowned for his philanthropic work in Canada and abroad. A vocal advocate for Canadian ownership and entrepreneurship, he has developed Barrick Gold Corporation into the world's largest gold mining company. His philanthropic contributions have helped build one of the most advanced cardiac and cardiovascular medical centres in the world, at the University Health Network, in Toronto. He has also helped create world-class research institutes at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, and Technion Israel Institute for Technology. In addition to his personal philanthropy, he created foundations to support organizations and research in the areas of health, education, public policy and the arts.

This is a promotion within the Order.


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.


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.


Any person or group is welcome to nominate a deserving individual as a 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 on 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

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