Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

December 11, 2013 11:31 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Invest 39 Recipients into the Order of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 11, 2013) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will preside over an Order of Canada investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Friday, December 13, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. The Governor General, who is chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order, will bestow the honour on 26 Members and 13 Officers.

The Order of Canada was created in 1967, during Canada's centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Since its creation, more than 6 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.

A schedule for the investiture ceremony, the list of recipients with citations, and a backgrounder on the Order of Canada are attached.

Media interested in covering this event and interviewing recipients are asked to contact the Rideau Hall Press Office and must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 10:15 a.m. on the day of the ceremony.

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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 Officers)
11:45 a.m.: Interviews with recipients



George William Archibald, C.M. Baraboo, WI, U.S.A. and
New Glasgow, N.S.
David Ross Beatty, C.M., O.B.E. Toronto, Ont.
Stevie Cameron, C.M. Toronto, Ont.
John M. Cassaday, C.M. Toronto, Ont.
James K. M. Cheng, C.M. Vancouver, B.C.
Bruce Clemmensen, C.M. Tottenham, Ont.
Rebecca J. Cook, C.M. Toronto, Ont.
Charmaine A. Crooks, C.M. West Vancouver, B.C.
Alban D'Amours, C.M., G.O.Q. Québec, Que.
Nathalie Des Rosiers, C.M., O.Ont. Ottawa, Ont.
James (Jim) Durrell, C.M. Ottawa, Ont.
Janice Clare Filmon, C.M., O.M. Winnipeg, Man.
Louise Forand-Samson, C.M., O.Q. Montréal, Que.
Geoffrey D. Green, C.M. Chelsea, Que.
Bernard Lucht, C.M. Toronto, Ont.
Allister MacGillivray, C.M. Albert Bridge, N.S.
David J. Magee, C.M. Edmonton, Alta.
Claude Montmarquette, C.M. Lachine, Que.
Diane Morrison, C.M. Ottawa, Ont.
Vice-Admiral Lawrence E. Murray, C.M., C.M.M., C.D. (Ret'd) Hubbards, N.S. and Ottawa, Ont.
Hiroshi Nakamura, C.M. LaSalle, Que.
Sister Angèle Rizzardo, C.M. Montréal, Que.
Anne Sado, C.M. Etobicoke, Ont.
Brigitte Shim, C.M. Toronto, Ont.
A. Howard Sutcliffe, C.M. Toronto, Ont.
Jodi White, C.M. Ottawa, Ont.


Françoise Bertrand, O.C., C.Q. Town of Mount Royal, Que.
Paul G. Cherry, O.C. Saint John, N.B.
Denise Chong, O.C. Ottawa, Ont.
Julia M. Cruikshank, O.C. Vancouver, B.C.
Michael Fullan, O.C. Toronto, Ont.
Scott Griffin, O.C. Toronto, Ont.
Jean Grondin, O.C. Montréal, Que.
Veronica Lacey, O.C. Toronto, Ont.
Marnie Elizabeth McBean, O.C., M.S.M. Toronto, Ont.
Roald Nasgaard, O.C. Toronto, Ont.
David W. Scheifele, O.C. Surrey, B.C.
Rachel Thibeault, O.C. Ottawa, Ont.
Ian Hugh Wallace, O.C. Vancouver, B.C.



George William Archibald, C.M.
Baraboo, Wisconsin, U.S.A. and New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
George Archibald has dedicated his life to protecting cranes. Concerned that many species of cranes were endangered, he co-founded the International Crane Foundation and guided the development of innovative programs to protect cranes in the wild. He is particularly known for dancing with a captive female crane that preferred the company of humans, to induce her to lay eggs. Over the course of 40 years, he has helped facilitate the conservation of millions of hectares of wetlands worldwide, contributing to the survival of many rare bird species.
David Ross Beatty, C.M., O.B.E.
Toronto, Ontario
David Beatty is a champion of integrity in corporate governance. Drawing on his experience as a business executive, he served as the managing director of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance, where he led the development of policies to improve transparency in our public companies. As a result, major firms across the country now adhere to standards in such areas as shareholder communication and compensation disclosure. Presently, as the Conway Director of the Clarkson Centre for Business Ethics and Board Effectiveness at the University of Toronto, he continues to promote socially responsible behavior in the business community.
Stevie Cameron, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Stevie Cameron is one of Canada's foremost investigative journalists and a committed volunteer. For decades, her award-winning books and investigative reports have exposed wrongdoing and uncovered buried truths. She is the co-founder of Out of the Cold, a volunteer program at St. Andrew's Church, in Toronto, that provides food, medical services and clothing to the homeless. This endeavour is so successful it has been modelled nationally. Her generosity has also benefited other charitable agencies, including Second Harvest and Portland Place.
John M. Cassaday, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
John Cassaday has a distinguished record of professional achievement and community engagement. A leader in the broadcasting industry, having served as president and CEO of CTV Television Network and Corus Entertainment, he is also recognized as a dedicated volunteer who inspires others. In addition to leading major fundraising campaigns for St. Michael's Hospital, the Rotman School of Business and the United Way, he has supported many charities, including the Tim Horton's Children's Foundation and the Hincks-Dellcrest Foundation.
James K. M. Cheng, C.M.
Vancouver, British Columbia
James Cheng has had a transformative impact on Vancouver's city skyline. A leading architect in the modernist style, he has designed large-scale urban projects to the highest standard of execution. His portfolio includes the Shangri-La and Fairmont Pacific Rim hotels, the Shaw Centre, and Residences on Georgia. His award-winning designs have been published and exhibited from North America to China. In addition, he is an esteemed mentor to numerous students at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia.
Bruce Clemmensen, C.M.
Tottenham, Ontario
Bruce Clemmensen has helped to ensure high safety standards in Canada's built environment. A designer, builder and former chair of the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes, he shepherded the renewal of our national building and fire codes. By implementing an objective-based approach, he facilitated a clear and concise application of our construction codes within the building industry. As a result of his leadership, he helped to place Canadian construction standards as one of the best in the world.
Rebecca J. Cook, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Rebecca Cook is an internationally renowned legal scholar on women's rights, and sexual and reproductive health law. Professor emerita at the University of Toronto, she founded its pioneering International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Program, which generates research and scholarship to advance women's rights related to their health and well-being. She has partnered with many organizations to co-author legal briefs that have vindicated women's rights in national and international courts. Her passion, mentorship and commitment to her students have shaped a generation of human rights advocates in Canada and beyond.
Charmaine A. Crooks, C.M.
West Vancouver, British Columbia
Charmaine Crooks is a role model of athleticism and volunteerism. The first Canadian woman to run 800 metres in under two minutes, she represented Canada internationally for 17 years, notably as a five-time Olympian and Olympic silver medallist. She then translated her experience as a competitor to the highest levels of sport leadership, serving on the Canadian Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee, where she was instrumental in developing its code of ethics. She also supports many charities, including the Canucks Autism Network, Big Sisters of B.C. Lower Mainland, and the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Alban D'Amours, C.M., G.O.Q.
Québec, Quebec
Alban D'Amours' career and volunteer activities are characterized by his human and social values. Former professor at the Université de Sherbrooke, he served as head of the Department of Economics. His managerial skills led him to a number of senior positions within the Government of Quebec and saw him elected as president of Desjardins Group. While ensuring the Group's growth in Quebec and elsewhere in Canada, he gave priority to a people-centred vision and successfully oversaw the largest restructuring of the Group in its history. In addition, he helped to promote the role of the co-operative model at the international level. Furthermore, he has long demonstrated a remarkable dedication to a host of social, cultural and educational organizations.
Nathalie Des Rosiers, C.M., O.Ont.
Ottawa, Ontario
Nathalie Des Rosiers has devoted her law career to ensuring greater social justice. Renowned for her efforts to advance civil liberties, she served as president of the Law Commission of Canada, during which time she produced a baseline report, Restoring Dignity: Responding to Child Abuse in Canadian Institutions. Former general counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and dean of the Civil Law Section at the University of Ottawa, she now heads the university's common law section. She is also known for her commitment to Francophone minority rights and to the use of French within Ontario's legal institutions.
James (Jim) Durrell, C.M.
Ottawa, Ontario
Jim Durrell's contributions to the City of Ottawa have left a legacy for generations to come. As a businessman, volunteer and former mayor, he championed various initiatives in the areas of education, health care, recreation and civic infrastructure. He was a key player in ensuring the expansion and modernization of the Ottawa Convention Centre and the city's international airport, and in attracting several professional sports teams to the city. The Ottawa Hospital Foundation and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport have also benefited from his leadership.
Janice Clare Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Janice Filmon is a model of community spirit and generosity. She is widely respected for her fundraising acumen and for her active engagement in myriad causes, including CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, and the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice. Passionate about her province, she served as founding co-chair of Leadership Winnipeg, which fosters the development of the city's future leaders, and as founding chair of the Nellie McClung Foundation, which helps to preserve her region's rich history.
Louise Forand-Samson, C.M., O.Q.
Montréal, Quebec
Louise Forand-Samson is a pillar of Quebec's musical life. A pianist by training, she is especially well known as an extraordinary concert and recital organizer. For nearly 40 years, she held the reins of the Club musical de Québec as artistic director, making it a premiere destination for the world's most renowned instrumentalists and singers. She also breathed new life into the Festival international de Lanaudière as its artistic co-director and taught at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec for several years. In addition, she is an engaged volunteer, who provides support to patients undergoing treatment for morbid obesity in Quebec.
Geoffrey D. Green, C.M.
Chelsea, Quebec
Geoff Green is committed to fostering generations of ecologically conscious citizens. An expedition leader and educator, he has led more than 100 expeditions to the polar regions. A desire to share his experiences and incite change led him to found Students on Ice, a globally unique educational program that unites students from around the world with diverse leaders and experts during expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic. He has brought together youth from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds as a means of nurturing a heightened understanding and respect for the planet's global ecosystem and the inspiration to protect it.
Bernard Lucht, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Bernie Lucht is one of broadcasting's most creative producers. As a producer and executive producer for CBC Radio's "Ideas" and "Tapestry" programs for over four decades, he helped create radio documentaries that have sparked discussions in many Canadian households. Also a driving force behind the Massey Lectures, he built a public platform for some of our most creative thinkers to debate issues of ethics, identity and the common good.
Allister MacGillivray, C.M.
Albert Bridge, Nova Scotia
Cape Breton's musical heritage has been enriched by the contributions of Allister MacGillivray. A musician and composer, he is beloved for his original songs, many of which depict the traditional way of life of Cape Breton coal miners and fishermen. His compositions are popular with professional and amateur choirs, particularly his "Song for the Mira", which is considered a classic and has been translated into several languages. His various anthologies and publications about fiddling, step dancing and the Gaelic language have also helped to preserve the island's traditional culture.
David J. Magee, C.M.
Edmonton, Alberta
David Magee is a leading authority in orthopedic and sports physical therapy in Canada. Physiotherapist, administrator and professor, he is best known for authoring Orthopedic Physical Assessment, a training and reference textbook used globally by health professionals. He has helped bring many Canadian Olympians, and amateur and professional athletes back into the game, notably as a long-time physiotherapist for the Edmonton Oilers and the National Synchronized Swimming Team. In addition, he gives back to the greater community, operating a free clinic out of his research lab for the past 30 years.
Claude Montmarquette, C.M.
Lachine, Quebec
Claude Montmarquette is a renowned economist and administrator. Professor emeritus at the Université de Montréal and former chair holder in experimental economics, he is a pioneer in this field of research in Quebec. Filling a number of leadership positions, he is also the co-founder, president and CEO of the Centre for Interuniversity Research and Analysis on Organizations (CIRANO), where he steers the public policies research group. A well-respected individual whose opinions are valued, he has worked with government bodies to develop policies related to education and health.
Diane Morrison, C.M.
Ottawa, Ontario
Diane Morrison has revolutionized the care provided to marginalized citizens in her community. As the executive director of the Ottawa Mission, an organization that provides food and shelter to homeless men, she dramatically increased the scope of available inner-city services. Over two decades, she founded a learning centre, a six-month residential drug rehabilitation centre, and an on-site dental clinic, and initiated a palliative care unit linked to the shelter, the first of its kind in North America. Her innovation and dedication have made her a pillar in city-wide efforts to alleviate hardship for disadvantaged citizens.
Vice-Admiral Lawrence E. Murray, C.M., C.M.M., C.D. (Ret'd)
Hubbards, Nova Scotia and Ottawa, Ontario
Larry Murray is widely respected for his leadership and integrity. His long career in the Royal Canadian Navy culminated in his role as acting chief of the Defence Staff, in which he brought stability during challenging times. He then joined the public service and served as deputy minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and of Veterans Affairs Canada, where he led negotiations that ended a 50-year wait for recognition of Merchant Navy veterans. His voluntarism has also benefited such organizations as the Public Policy Forum and the Royal Canadian Legion.
Hiroshi Nakamura, C.M.
LaSalle, Quebec
Hiroshi Nakamura has played a foundational role in the development of the sport of judo in Canada. As the national coach for 5 Olympic Games and 13 World Championships, he has guided numerous Canadians to medals in international competition. For the past 30 years he has also been the head coach and technical director of Canada's largest judo club, where his influence has extended to the wider community through self-defence classes for women and programs for at-risk youth.
Sister Angèle Rizzardo, C.M.
Montréal, Quebec
For over 50 years, Sister Angèle has been sharing her love of cooking and the art of cooking well. She first left her mark as a teacher at the Institut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec and then moved on to television, where she won over audiences from her first appearance. Other television programs, as well as columns and cookbooks, soon followed. With her legendary joie de vivre and energy, she tirelessly educates others about good nutrition while promoting Canadian products. As a member of the Institut Notre-Dame du Bon-Conseil de Montréal, she is actively involved in the community and supports numerous causes, particularly those benefiting disadvantaged children.
Anne Sado, C.M.
Etobicoke, Ontario
Anne Sado has enhanced the vital role of colleges in the education sector. As the president of George Brown College, she brought new vision to the institution, notably by expanding the school's applied research capabilities and fostering collaboration with industry partners. As chair of Colleges Ontario, she has been a driving force behind the ongoing development of a more effective and transparent credit transfer system, to better enable students to combine theoretical and applied learning. In her community, she has also served in a range of volunteer positions with health and social service organizations.
Brigitte Shim, C.M. and A. Howard Sutcliffe, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Architects Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe are renowned for crafting modern structures that are evocative and original. With a reputation for bold projects, they have been commissioned to design public meeting places and private dwellings in Ontario and beyond. They have garnered critical acclaim through such projects as Integral House and Weathering Steel House, which feature avant-garde designs and a distinctive use of building materials. Respected internationally, they regularly represent the best in Canadian design at exhibits around the world.
Jodi White, C.M.
Ottawa, Ontario
Jodi White is highly regarded for promoting civic dialogue in Canada. Throughout a multidisciplinary career touching on journalism, politics, business and public administration, she has consistently worked on national public policy challenges, from the role of governments in evolving global economies to the need for national energy strategies. Her commitment to the voluntary sector is also broad and long-standing. With organizations such as the Tides Canada Foundation and Action Canada, she has promoted social and environmental philanthropy and mentored emerging leaders.


Françoise Bertrand, O.C., C.Q.
Town of Mount Royal, Quebec
Françoise Bertrand is a distinguished administrator whose career is a source of inspiration. As president and CEO of Télé-Québec, she became the first female head of a television network in North America, redirecting its educational and cultural programming to reflect the realities of Quebec society. She also blazed a trail as the first woman to serve as chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), notably opening telephone service to competition. Today, as head of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec and chair of the Quebecor inc. board, she is an important voice in public debates on current socio-economic issues.
Paul G. Cherry, O.C.
Saint John, New Brunswick
Paul Cherry has helped to improve financial reporting nationally and internationally. A chartered accountant, he held leadership roles with the Canadian Accounting Standards Board and the International Financial Reporting Standards Advisory Council. He has been instrumental in updating and harmonizing international accounting standards, which ensure that enterprises provide investors with comparable, reliable and relevant financial information. Thanks to his work, the public can have increased confidence in financial reporting and the capital markets.
Denise Chong, O.C.
Ottawa, Ontario
Denise Chong writes books that help to raise our social consciousness. Following a decade as an economist in Ottawa, she worked in China as a freelance journalist where she was inspired to write her family memoir, a story that gives voice to the Chinese immigrant experience in Canada. Her subsequent books reflect her compassion for victims of oppression. Committed to building a caring nation, she shares her public policy expertise on numerous task forces and boards of national organizations, including the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.
Julia M. Cruikshank, O.C.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Julia Cruikshank is a path-breaking scholar. An anthropologist and professor at the University of British Columbia, she has elicited a deeper awareness of the importance of oral dialogue in mainstream historical discourse. While living for more than a decade in Yukon, she documented the oral history and storytelling traditions of the Athapaskan and Tlingit peoples. Since then, she has authored numerous award-winning books, including Do Glaciers Listen?
Michael Fullan, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario
Michael Fullan is a worldwide authority on educational reform. Professor emeritus and former dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, at the University of Toronto, he is also an advisor to the Government of Ontario. He is particularly known for developing strategies to empower teachers and improve communication between the various levels within the education system. He continues to be sought after by governments around the world for his expertise in building and sustaining high-quality education systems.
Scott Griffin, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario
An entrepreneur with a passion for poetry, Scott Griffin has made a lasting impact on Canada's literary arts. Chairman of General Kinetics Engineering Corporation and the House of Anansi Press, he is best known as the founder of the Griffin Poetry Prize, one of the world's largest awards for English poetry. He has also helped to bring poetry to a younger generation of readers by launching Poetry in Voice, a bilingual poetry recitation contest for Canadian high school students.
Jean Grondin, O.C.
Montréal, Quebec
Jean Grondin is one of our most distinguished philosophers on the global stage. A professor at Université de Montréal, he is considered the leading advocate for the work of German philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer. He is renowned for his original research into metaphysics-the science of the principles of being-and hermeneutics, the study and practice of interpretation. His works are considered authoritative, and his frequently cited writings have been translated into some 15 languages. Moreover, this multilingual professor has been invited to several foreign universities and is esteemed as an extraordinary educator.
Veronica Lacey, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario
Veronica Lacey is a leader in the field of education. As a former director of education and deputy minister in Ontario, she championed innovation in the classroom while introducing reforms to increase educational standards. As the president and chief executive officer of the Learning Partnership, she engages students across the country through such programs as Take our Kids to Work and Welcome to Kindergarten, and shares best practices for educators through initiatives like Canada's Outstanding Principals.
Marnie Elizabeth McBean, O.C., M.S.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Marnie McBean has translated her own success into helping others. As a member of Canada's rowing team, she won numerous national and international titles and is one of only two Canadians to win three summer Olympic gold medals. She now channels her energy and determination into mentoring our Olympians, helping them turn their potential into performance. As an ambassador for Right to Play, Fast and Female, and Plan Canada's "Because I am a Girl" campaign, she continues to inspire and build confidence in young women.
Roald Nasgaard, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario
Roald Nasgaard is a champion of contemporary Canadian art. His long and distinguished museum career includes 15 years as chief curator of the Art Gallery of Ontario. In this role, he thoughtfully oversaw the expansion of the gallery's permanent collection and curated landmark exhibitions, notably The Mystic North. He is a professor of art history at universities in Canada and the United States, and a promoter of Canadian artists. His book Abstract Painting in Canada is considered to be the definitive work on this 20th-century movement.
David W. Scheifele, O.C.
Surrey, British Columbia
David Scheifele has helped to reduce the occurrence of infectious diseases in children. As the director of the Vaccine Evaluation Center at the University of British Columbia, and as the founder of the Canadian Association of Immunization Research and Evaluation, he has increased public confidence in childhood vaccines. He was also a principal investigator in a nationwide monitoring program that tracks disease control and adverse events from immunization. His leadership and collaborative research has positioned Canada at the leading edge of vaccine use and safety.
Rachel Thibeault, O.C.
Ottawa, Ontario
Rachel Thibeault has empowered marginalized people around the world. An occupational therapist and professor at the University of Ottawa, she has developed rehabilitation and social integration programs for landmine survivors, war-affected children, and people living with HIV/AIDS and leprosy. She shares her experiences as a speaker, inspiring a generation of occupational therapists and other professionals to expand their practice beyond traditional boundaries.
Ian Hugh Wallace, O.C.
Vancouver, British Columbia
One of Canada's most compelling artists, Ian Wallace has played a fundamental role in shaping the contemporary art scene. His avant-garde practice of integrating painting and photography made him a central figure in the creation of the internationally renowned Vancouver School of Photoconceptualism. In addition, he taught Canadian art history at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, where he contributed important scholarship to Canadian art history and nurtured the development of emerging artists.


Established in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada is the cornerstone of the Canadian Honours System, and recognizes 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 national pre-eminence or international service or achievement;
Officer - Post-nominal: O.C.
recognizes national service or achievement; and
Member - Post-nominal: C.M.
recognizes outstanding contributions at the local or regional level or in a special 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. Members of the Royal Family, governors general and their spouses are appointed in the extraordinary category. 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 our website at

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