Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

October 30, 2009 12:14 ET

Governor General to Invest 35 Recipients Into the Order of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 30, 2009) - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will preside over an Order of Canada investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Thursday, November 5, 2009, at 10 a.m. The Governor General, who is Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order, will bestow the honour on three Companions, 11 Officers and 21 Members.

The Order of Canada, our country's highest civilian honour, was created 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 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:
9:15 a.m.: Media arrive at Rideau Hall
10 a.m.: Ceremony begins
                 The Governor General speaks
                 The Governor General presents the insignia 
                 (Members first, followed by Officers and Companions)
11:30 a.m.: Media interviews with recipients



M. Azhar AliKhan, C.M., O.Ont.Ottawa, Ont.
Gordon E. Arnell, C.M.Calgary, Alta.
Michael A. Baker, C.M., O.Ont.Toronto, Ont.
Robert E. Brown, C.M., O.Q.Westmount, Que.
Dinu Bumbaru, C.M.Montreal, Que.
Douglas Cole, C.M.Port Sydney, Ont.
Robert G. Glossop, C.M.Ottawa, Ont.
Arlene Hache, C.M.Yellowknife, N.W.T.
Dezso J. Horvath, C.M.Toronto, Ont.
Rudolph J. Kriegler, C.M.Ottawa, Ont.
John F. Lewis, C.M.St. John's, N.L.
H. Wade MacLauchlan, C.M.West Covehead, P.E.I.
Michael R. Marrus, C.M.Toronto, Ont.
Ian W. McDougall, C.M.Victoria, B.C.
James H. Morrison, C.M.Halifax, N.S.
Victor M. Power, C.M.Timmins, Ont.
The Honourable Herbert O. Sparrow, C.M.North Battleford, Sask.
Ian Vorres, C.M.Athens, Greece and Toronto, Ont.
Henry H. Wakabayashi, C.M., O.B.C.Vancouver, B.C.
William J. Wall, C.M.London, Ont.
Michael R. Weir, C.M., O.Ont.Draper, UT, U.S.A. and Bright's Grove, Ont.


Gail Asper, O.C., O.M.Winnipeg, Man.
Robin W. Boadway, O.C.Kingston, Ont.
AA Bronson, O.C.New York, NY, U.S.A. and Toronto, Ont.
Victor S. Buffalo, O.C., A.O.E.Hobbema, Alta.
William J. Commanda, O.C.Maniwaki, Que.
Basil (Buzz) Hargrove, O.C.Mississauga, Ont.
The Honourable Donald J. Johnston, P.C., O.C.Glen Sutton, Que.
Peter Mansbridge, O.C.Stratford, Ont.
The Honourable Frank McKenna, P.C., O.C., O.N.B.Cap-Pele, N.B. and Toronto, Ont.
Clayton H. Riddell, O.C.Calgary, Alta.
Francoise Sullivan, O.C., C.Q.Montreal, Que.


Harley N. Hotchkiss, C.C., A.O.E.Calgary, Alta.
Stephen A. Jarislowsky, C.C., G.O.Q.Westmount, Que.
Raymond Moriyama, C.C., O.Ont.Toronto, Ont.



  • M. Azhar AliKhan, C.M., O.Ont.
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Member of the Order of Canada

As a journalist and volunteer, Azhar Ali Khan has dedicated his life to building bridges among Canada's multi-ethnic and multi-faith communities. As a columnist and member of the Ottawa Citizen's editorial board, he wrote extensively about world affairs, raising awareness about international issues. He has also provided leadership and promoted unity as president of the Ottawa Muslim Association and founder of the Muslim Coordinating Council of the National Capital Region. In addition to serving as a judge on the Immigration and Refugee Board, he provided valuable input to the Royal Commission on the Citizens' Forum on Canada's Future.

  • Gordon E. Arnell, C.M.
    Calgary, Alberta
    Member of the Order of Canada

For more than three decades, Gordon Arnell has shown vision and leadership within the real estate industry and his community. Chairman of the board of directors and a former president and chief executive officer of Brookfield Properties, he has been a mentor and role model for many young executives. He is equally well-known as a supporter of and contributor to many arts and educational institutions. Over the years, the Banff Centre and the University of Alberta have benefited from his dedication and support.

  • Michael A. Baker, C.M., O.Ont.
    Toronto, Ontario
    Member of the Order of Canada

A leading medical researcher, Michael Baker has worked to further our understanding of cancer and to improve health care delivery in Canada. He was instrumental in the creation of the University Health Network, in Toronto, and helped it gain international recognition during his 16 years as its physician-in-chief. His clinical research has improved our understanding of leukemia and other cancers, and has led to modern treatments for these diseases. In addition, he helped create the Leukemia Research Fund, served as president of the Canadian Cancer Institute, and has volunteered in leadership roles with several other national health care organizations.

  • Robert E. Brown, C.M., O.Q.
    Westmount, Quebec
    Member of the Order of Canada

Robert Brown has contributed significantly to the development of the Canadian aerospace industry. After holding several senior positions in the federal public service, he joined Bombardier Inc., in 1987. While he was president of Bombardier Aerospace—and, subsequently, its chief executive officer—the company became a leader in the regional jet and business aircraft markets and the third-largest civil aerospace company in the world. He is now president and chief executive officer of CAE, a global leader in flight simulation technologies. Also known for his community leadership, he has led fundraising campaigns for l'Universite de Montreal, McGill University, the United Way and the Canadian Cancer Society.

  • Dinu Bumbaru, C.M.
    Montreal, Quebec
    Member of the Order of Canada

Dinu Bumbaru is a prominent leader in the promotion and protection of heritage, here at home and abroad. Policy director at Heritage Montreal, he is extremely committed to making citizens, as well as public and political authorities, aware of the importance of our historical, architectural, natural and cultural heritage. Former executive director of the International Council on Monuments and Sites, he also travels all over the world as a consultant. He makes recommendations regarding the reconstruction and preservation of cities that have been destroyed or devastated by war or natural disasters. An architect by training, he is also associated with a number of organizations that focus on urban planning, built heritage and the environment.

  • Douglas Cole, C.M.
    Port Sydney, Ontario
    Member of the Order of Canada

Douglas Cole is a key figure in the development of jazz in Canada. An impresario, he nurtured young artists and provided critical performance experience. With Canada's longest-running jazz club, George's Spaghetti House, which he opened in Toronto, and later with other clubs, he gave musicians the opportunity to experiment and hone their craft in a live-music setting. He also invited established musicians from other countries to perform with them in order to help further their development. As a result, many of our jazz greats were able to build careers in Canada. Known for his love of music and for his generosity, he also helped young musicians with financial assistance to further their academic education.

  • Robert G. Glossop, C.M.
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Member of the Order of Canada

A pre-eminent researcher in sociology and family issues, Robert Glossop has helped shape social policy and influence significant changes to Canadian family law. His research has focused on helping Canadians understand how changing social and economic realities have altered the dynamics and broadened the definition of the family. During his three-decade career with the Vanier Institute of the Family, he positioned this organization as a leading source of information on the evolution of the family in Canada. Through his advocacy and active participation in over 20 committees and groups, including the National Forum on Family Security and the Canadian Council on Social Development, he has shown a deep and continuing commitment to enriching the lives of Canadians.

  • Arlene Hache, C.M.
    Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
    Member of the Order of Canada

Arlene Hache dedicates her time and energy to the welfare of Canada's northern citizens. One of the co-founders and executive director of the Yellowknife Women's Society/Centre for Northern Families, she has spearheaded numerous programs that address issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, education, unemployment and child rearing. A tireless champion of social justice and human rights, she has also fought to raise awareness of the needs of the poor and disenfranchised. As well, she has lent her leadership skills to local, territorial and national associations, including the Society Against Family Abuse and the Canadian Mental Health Association.

  • Dezso J. Horvath, C.M.
    Toronto, Ontario
    Member of the Order of Canada

Dezso Horváth has enhanced Canada's international reputation for academic excellence. Now in his fifth term as dean of the Schulich School of Business at York University, he was pivotal in establishing the School's reputation as one of the leading educational institutions in the world. He pioneered North America's first international MBA program and established strategic academic partnerships with leading management schools around the globe. Named International Dean of the Year in 2004 by the Academy of International Business, he continues to provide vision and leadership to many of Canada's future business leaders.

  • Rudolph J. Kriegler, C.M.
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Member of the Order of Canada

For more than 40 years, Rudolph Kriegler has been enhancing Canada's competitiveness in the high-technology sector. He was internationally recognized for his early research in silicon technology in the 1970s. He later conceived and implemented groundbreaking research and development in high-speed optical communications at Nortel, where he became fellow emeritus. Over the years he mobilized multi-partner stakeholders among Canada's academic ranks, and was instrumental in the emergence of Photonics Research Ontario and in the creation of the Solid State Optoelectronics Consortium of Canada.

  • John F. Lewis, C.M.
    St.John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
    Member of the Order of Canada

A true "doctor without borders", John Lewis has consistently worked to provide care for people at home and abroad. A family physician in Newfoundland for more than 30 years, he established numerous community-based medical services in remote areas of his province. He has provided leadership and guidance to generations of medical students and physicians at Memorial University, and helped create innovative training programs such as the Family Practice Discipline. Throughout his career, and even in retirement, he has undertaken numerous locums in remote clinics in Newfoundland, as well as in several African nations.


  • H. Wade MacLauchlan, C.M.
    West Covehead, Prince Edward Island
    Member of the Order of Canada

Wade MacLauchlan has had a lasting impact on post-secondary education and economic development in his province and region. As president of the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), he has been instrumental in expanding the university and in promoting social and economic advancement by developing links between academia and the community. Under his leadership, UPEI has secured investments for innovative projects, including the establishment of the National Research Council's Institute for Nutrition and Health. A renowned legal scholar, he has transferred his skills to bettering the broader community through his involvement with institutions such as the Public Policy Forum, the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.

  • Michael R. Marrus, C.M.
    Toronto, Ontario
    Member of the Order of Canada

Michael Marrus is internationally renowned for his contributions to the study of modern European history. Through his teachings and research, he has advanced scholarship on the history, causes and consequences of the Holocaust. The author of several award-winning books, he was appointed a member of the International Catholic-Jewish Historical Commission to examine the role of the Vatican during the Holocaust. Professor at the University of Toronto, he was the inaugural holder of the Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Chair of Holocaust Studies.

  • Ian W. McDougall, C.M.
    Victoria, British Columbia
    Member of the Order of Canada

A renowned trombonist and composer, Ian McDougall has had a distinguished career as a musician, bandleader and teacher. At home with both classical music and jazz, he has written compositions for symphony orchestras, chamber choirs, jazz bands and for special events such as the Commonwealth Games. Highly regarded by his peers, he is a top-ranked studio musician, has served as leader of a variety of jazz groups, and has been principal trombone in numerous others. Professor emeritus at the University of Victoria, he was instrumental in developing a jazz program there. He is also an esteemed and dedicated mentor whose students now rank among the top trombonists and teachers in the country.

  • James H. Morrison, C.M.
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    Member of the Order of Canada

A respected authority on oral history and African history, James Morrison has made lasting contributions to his province and to the field of historical research. He has had an enduring impact on Nova Scotia's multicultural heritage through his volunteer work with the Pier 21 Society and Museum. There, he contributed to the development of educational programming and exhibitions, many of which are based on the stories of families and individuals who emigrated to Canada, landing at Pier 21 in the Halifax port. He also developed the first Canadian university course in oral history and has written many books chronicling Nova Scotia's history.

  • Victor M. Power, C.M.
    Timmins, Ontario
    Member of the Order of Canada

Victor Power has steadily served his community and the greater region of Northern Ontario for more than 40 years. As the longest-serving mayor of Timmins, he spearheaded several successful initiatives to create new economic opportunities, including revitalizing the downtown core and founding the Timmins Economic Development Corporation. A vocal and active leader working on behalf of all Northern Ontarians, he served as president of the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities, and as chairman of the Northeastern Ontario Mayors Action Group. He has also given generously of his time to several community organizations, including the Timmins District Hospital Foundation.

  • The Honourable Herbert O. Sparrow, C.M.
    NorthBattleford, Saskatchewan
    Member of the Order of Canada

Herbert Sparrow has made lasting contributions to farming in Canada and to his hometown of North Battleford. A senator for 37 years, he was responsible for the publication of Soil at Risk: Canada's Eroding Future. This highly influential report led to significant changes in farming practices in Canada and abroad, and serves as a model for sustainable agriculture. A farmer and businessman, he is also actively involved in his community, and has undertaken numerous projects aimed at battling hunger and poverty, and helping persons with disabilities. Among his many initiatives, he founded a school for children with special needs, as well as a successful school lunch program, helping to ensure the well-being of youth in his community.

  • Ian Vorres, C.M.
    Athens, Greece and Toronto, Ontario
    Member of the Order of Canada

Ian Vorres has long been a prominent figure in bilateral relations between Canada and Greece, as well as a patron of the arts. A former art critic for The Hamilton Spectator, he organized the first major exhibition of Byzantine art in Canada. He is the creator and president of the Vorres Museum of Contemporary Greek Art and Folk Art, an important cultural centre in Greece. The first Canadian citizen to be elected mayor of a town in Greece, he is also the former president of the Hellenic Canadian Association and a former board member of the Canadian Mediterranean Institute. As well, to encourage young people to pursue academic studies in Greece, he has founded fellowships at Queen's University and at the University of Toronto.
The Governor General invested Mr. Ian Vorres into the Order of Canada at a ceremony in Athens, during her recent State visit to the Hellenic Republic.


  • Henry H. Wakabayashi, C.M., O.B.C.
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    Member of the Order of Canada



A highly successful consulting engineer, Henry Wakabayashi has devoted 50 years to infrastructure improvements throughout British Columbia and beyond. Founder of Pacific Liaicon Ltd., he has helmed many major projects such as the Vancouver Sky Train, the expansion of the Vancouver International Airport and the Metro Vancouver drinking water treatment program. More recently, he has been involved with the expansion of the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, and has provided senior advisory services to the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He is also active within British Columbia's Japanese community, fostering Canadian-Japanese cultural exchange through the Momiji Garden project and the Nikkei Heritage Centre.

  • William J. Wall, C.M.
    London, Ontario
    Member of the Order of Canada

William Wall is a dedicated and compassionate physician whose surgical and clinical proficiency have benefited many Canadians with end-stage organ disease. Professor of surgery at the University of Western Ontario, he established Canada's first liver transplant program at the London Health Sciences Centre, where he is director of the Multi-Organ Transplant Program. In this role, he has promoted excellence in research and patient care, as well as public awareness and support for organ donation. Widely respected by his peers, he served as president of the International Liver Transplantation Society.

  • Michael R. Weir, C.M., O.Ont.
    Draper,Utah, U.S.A. and Bright's Grove, Ontario
    Member of the Order of Canada

As one of our country's most successful golfers, Mike Weir has been a goodwill ambassador for Canada and a role model for the sport. Since turning professional in 1992, he has won several major tournaments and was the first Canadian to win the prestigious Masters in 2003. His charitable activities are as notable as his golfing accomplishments. Despite his busy schedule, he has been steadfast in his commitment to raising awareness of, and funds for, a number of children's causes over the years. In 2004, he established the Mike Weir Foundation to assist children in need.


  • Gail Asper, O.C., O.M.
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Officer of the Order of Canada

Gail Asper infuses every community-building enterprise she undertakes with vision, determination and enthusiasm. A renowned volunteer, arts advocate and fundraiser, she has made outstanding contributions to cultural and charitable organizations at the local, provincial and national levels. She holds positions as a director of CanWest Global Communications and president of the CanWest Global Foundation as well as being the president of the Asper Foundation. It is in that capacity that she has tirelessly championed the establishment of the Canadian Human Rights Museum, which will showcase our nation's commitment to recognizing, promoting and celebrating human rights.

  • Robin W. Boadway, O.C.
    Kingston, Ontario
    Officer of the Order of Canada

The David Chadwick Smith Chair in Economics at Queen's University, Robin Boadway is one of Canada's leading public finance economists. For over 30 years, he has had a significant impact on public policy in Canada through his research and writings dealing with federal transfer payments and the federal equalization program. Widely sought after for his expertise, he has advised federal and provincial government bodies and has conducted research on behalf of international organizations such as the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the Royal Commission on the Economic Union.

  • AA Bronson, O.C.
    NewYork, New York, U.S.A. and Toronto, Ontario
    Officer of the Order of Canada

Canadian contemporary art has been greatly enriched by the avant-garde, satirical and provocative works of AA Bronson. As a member of the internationally renowned trio, General Idea, and as a solo artist, he has challenged and moved us with a body of work that ranges from critiques of popular culture to pieces on HIV/AIDS and healing. For decades, he has influenced generations of artists around the world, and is highly regarded for his contributions as an arts writer, editor and curator, and as co-founder of the artist-run centre, Art Metropole, in Toronto.

  • Victor S. Buffalo, O.C., A.O.E.
    Hobbema, Alberta
    Officer of the Order of Canada

A respected leader in the Aboriginal community, Victor Buffalo played an instrumental role in the Samson Cree Nation becoming the first Aboriginal nation in Canada to gain control of its natural resource revenues. He then took the lead in establishing Peace Hills Trust, the first and largest Aboriginal-owned financial institution in Canada, which helps to ensure financial stability and support for future generations of Samson Cree. Through his involvement in a variety of organizations, notably the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board and the Aboriginal Program at The Banff Centre for Management, he has greatly contributed to the social and economic development of his community.

  • William J. Commanda, O.C.
    Maniwaki, Quebec
    Officer of the Order of Canada

William Commanda has spent a lifetime working for greater understanding of Aboriginal culture and traditions, as well as for peace, justice and racial harmony. A respected Algonquin elder, he served as chief of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation for nearly two decades, and is the founder of the Circle of All Nations, an organization dedicated to promoting Indigenous wisdom and peace. He has organized several international gatherings of Indigenous elders and spiritual leaders of the Americas to foster respect and reconciliation amongst nations. As the official keeper of three sacred wampum belts, he continues to share his wisdom and teach others about Algonquin history.

  • Basil (Buzz) Hargrove, O.C.
    Mississauga, Ontario
    Officer of the Order of Canada

The former president of the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union, Buzz Hargrove is one of the most influential labour leaders in the country, respected by those on both sides of the bargaining table. He served six consecutive terms of office and negotiated a number of groundbreaking agreements. A proponent of "social unionism", where unions play a broader role in society, he led the CAW into a number of important philanthropic areas, notably in support of homeless youth. He has also been an outspoken advocate and committed leader in working for equality and human rights in Canada and abroad.

  • The Honourable Donald J. Johnston, P.C., O.C.
    Glen Sutton, Quebec
    Officer of the Order of Canada

For more than 45 years, Donald Johnston has been making outstanding contributions to law and public service. A visionary leader, he helped pioneer taxation-based feature film financing. As well, he co-founded the law firm Heenan Blaikie (formerly Johnston Heenan Blaikie) and was a highly regarded federal cabinet minister who championed tax reform. As the first non-European head of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, he was instrumental in positioning the organization as an important voice for good governance, democracy and economic development. He continues to be sought out for his expertise in public policy and has enhanced Canada's reputation and its influence on the world stage.

  • Peter Mansbridge, O.C.
    Stratford, Ontario
    Officer of the Order of Canada

Since his legendary discovery while making a public address announcement for a small airline in Churchill, Manitoba, Peter Mansbridge has become one of Canada's most respected newscasters. He moved through the ranks of the CBC to his current position of chief correspondent and anchor of "The National", the network's flagship newscast. Recognized nationally and internationally as one of the best in his field, he is a key player in sculpting the CBC's coverage of critical events at home and around the world. He is also dedicated to promoting literacy and supporting Canadian youth, notably with a national leadership award that bears his name.

  • The Honourable Frank McKenna, P.C., O.C., O.N.B.
    Cap-Pele,New Brunswick and Toronto, Ontario
    Officer of the Order of Canada

A highly respected public figure, Frank McKenna has greatly contributed to the building of a strong, innovative and competitive Canada. During his three terms as premier of New Brunswick, he balanced the province's books, promoted job creation, invested in infrastructure, and ensured that New Brunswick had a voice in national affairs. Formerly Canada's ambassador to the United States, he is currently deputy chair of TD Bank Financial Group. He continues to bring his keen insight, passion and leadership to the corporate and voluntary sectors, and has been an influential advocate in the promotion of Canada's interests nationally and internationally.

  • Clayton H. Riddell, O.C.
    Calgary, Alberta
    Officer of the Order of Canada

Clayton Riddell is a renowned exploration geologist and a leader in the Canadian petroleum industry. In addition to heading Paramount Resources Ltd., a natural gas and oil exploration company, he has shared his expertise with the Geological Association of Canada and the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, where he helped to develop a program that encourages and supports students to pursue studies in geology. He is also a committed volunteer and generous philanthropist in support of several other organizations, notably the University of Manitoba, where his endowment spearheaded the creation of the Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources.

  • Francoise Sullivan, O.C., C.Q.
    Officer of the Order of Canada

Francoise Sullivan is considered a leading figure in contemporary art in Canada. This multidisciplinary artist has been creating works for over 60 years and continues to shine here at home and abroad. The work of this prolific painter has been shown in many exhibitions and retrospectives at various galleries, including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Some of the choreographies she created nearly 60 years ago are still being performed overseas, which is a testament to the influence she has had on the world of dance. She continues to teach in the Department of Fine Arts at Concordia University, where she is a source of inspiration and an incredible mentor. Her work has garnered her various awards and honours, including the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts and the Gershon Iskowitz Prize.

This is a promotion within the Order.


  • Harley N. Hotchkiss, C.C., A.O.E.
    Calgary, Alberta
    Companion of the Order of Canada

A man of integrity, fairness and generosity, Harley Hotchkiss has made outstanding contributions to our nation. As a trustee and chair of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, and as founding sponsor of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, this highly esteemed business leader and philanthropist has helped fund cutting-edge innovations in medical research and education. Through his support, these organizations have developed internationally renowned programs and initiatives, notably in the fields of neuroscience and mental health research. Mr. Hotchkiss is also a champion of hockey. His wise counsel and diplomacy were the hallmarks of his mandate as board chair of the National Hockey League, and he has been a long-time supporter of minor hockey in Canada.

This is a promotion within the Order.

  • Stephen A. Jarislowsky, C.C., G.O.Q.
    Westmount, Quebec
    Companion of the Order of Canada

One of Canada's best-known portfolio managers and philanthropists, Stephen Jarislowsky is also renowned for championing business ethics. For years, he has been an outspoken advocate for strong corporate governance practices, as well as an ardent defender of the rights and interests of shareholders. Co-founder of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance, he was also instrumental in the creation of the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations of Quebec. Known for his generosity of spirit, he has been unwavering in his support of higher education, establishing university chairs and institutes in diverse academic areas, including medicine, management and the arts.

This is a promotion within the Order.

  • Raymond Moriyama, C.C., O.Ont.
    Toronto, Ontario
    Companion of the Order of Canada

Raymond Moriyama is one of the world's most innovative architects and urban planners. His design of the Canadian War Museum—inspired by the resilience of humanity and the environment in the face of the ravages of war—stands as a sombre, yet elegant, salute to the Canadian Forces and to veterans. He has elevated Canada's reputation for architectural excellence through his signal designs and plans for the National Museum of Saudi Arabia, as well as the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, which serves as a monumental symbol of the Canadian spirit. His architectural legacy will continue to influence and inspire young architects and planners for generations to come.

This is a promotion within the Order.


Established in 1967, 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). 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 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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