Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

November 12, 2010 15:20 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Invest 41 Recipients into the Order of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2010) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will preside over an Order of Canada investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Wednesday, November 17, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. The Governor General, who is chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order, will bestow the honour on three Companions, 11 Officers and 27 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.

A media 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.


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 and Companions)
11:45 a.m.: Media interviews with recipients



Herbert (Herb) C. Belcourt, C.M.   Edmonton, Alta.
Alice Chan-Yip, C.M.   Montréal, Que.
Adriana A. Davies, C.M.   Edmonton, Alta.
Marq de Villiers, C.M.   Eagle Head, N.S.
Calixte Duguay, C.M.   Caraquet, N.B.
Marlys A. Edwardh, C.M.   Toronto, Ont.
James Ehnes, C.M.   Brandon, Man. and Bradenton, Florida, U.S.A.
Étienne Gaboury, C.M.   Winnipeg, Man.
Joan Glode, C.M.   Shubenacadie, N.S.
S. Larry Goldenberg, C.M., O.B.C.   Vancouver, B.C.
Bernard S. Goldman, C.M.   Toronto, Ont.
Clarence A. Guenter, C.M.   Canmore, Alta.
Patrick J. Gullane, C.M.   Toronto, Ont.
Garry Hilderman, C.M.   Dugald, Man.
Louise Lévesque, C.M., C.Q.   Hudson, Que.
Karen Minden, C.M.   Toronto, Ont.
Bonnie Patterson, C.M., O.Ont.   Toronto, Ont.
Ross H. Paul, C.M.   Vancouver, B.C. and Windsor, Ont.
David K. Pecaut, C.M. (deceased)   Toronto. Ont.
Ches D. Penney, C.M.   Conception Bay South, N.L.
Gordon Porter, C.M.   Woodstock, N.B.
Pierre Rolland, C.M.   Montréal, Que.
Walter Rosser, C.M.   Kingston, Ont.
Robert W. Slater, C.M.   Ottawa, Ont.
Glen Sorestad, C.M.   Saskatoon, Sask.
John Stanton, C.M.   Edmonton, Alta.
Irene (Orysia) Sushko, C.M.   Hamilton, Ont.


The Honourable David A. Anderson, P.C., O.C.   Victoria, B.C.
Raymonde April, O.C   Montréal, Que.
Michael J. Audain, O.C., O.B.C.   West Vancouver, B.C.
Peter Hinton, O.C.   Ottawa, Ont.
The Honourable Philippe Kirsch, O.C.   The Hague, Netherlands and Montréal, Que.
Shrawan Kumar, O.C.   Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A. and Edmonton, Alta.
Carol L. Richards, O.C.   Québec, Que.
Sima Samar, O.C. (Honorary Officer)   Kabul, Afghanistan
Alvin Segal, O.C.   Westmount, Que.
Carol Stephenson, O.C.   London, Ont.
Mladen Vranic, O.C., O.Ont.   Toronto, Ont.


Willard S. Boyle, C.C.   Halifax, N.S.
Joseph A. Rouleau, C.C., G.O.Q.   Montréal, Que.
The Honourable Michael H. Wilson, P.C., C.C.   Toronto, Ont.



Herbert (Herb) C. Belcourt, C.M.

Edmonton, Alberta

For over 35 years, Herb Belcourt has made invaluable contributions to the life of his community. A self-starter and Métis entrepreneur, he has been determined to remove barriers faced by people in need. He co-founded the Canative Housing Corporation, which provides affordable housing, daycare services and workshops to Aboriginal people. A promoter of post-secondary education, he has given generously to several academic institutions and has helped to further the education of Métis Albertans through the establishment of the Belcourt Brosseau Métis Awards Fund. His generosity and compassion have made him an exemplary role model for generations to come.

Alice Chan-Yip, C.M.

Montréal, Quebec

Alice Chan-Yip has made lasting contributions to health care in Montréal. This pediatrician and medical educator has combined research with community outreach and advocacy. Her efforts have resulted in innovative and culturally adaptable programs, both in hospitals and community service centres, to improve health care accessibility for newcomers to Canada. She is also active as a board member with the Montreal Chinese Hospital. A philanthropist, she has established a photonic research laboratory, an international multicultural prize and a psychosocial medicine scholarship at McGill University.

Adriana A. Davies, C.M.

Edmonton, Alberta

For decades, Adriana Davies has championed Alberta's heritage. As executive director of the Alberta Museums Association, she was instrumental in developing a framework, now modelled nationally, that enables museums to measure performance, plan for the future and strive for excellence. Through her contributions to the Alberta Online Encyclopedia, the Virtual Museum of Canada and the Canadian Culture Online Program, she has helped to make our nation's historical, natural, cultural and scientific heritage more accessible to the general public. As a volunteer, she continues to support cultural and heritage organizations provincially and nationally.

Marq de Villiers, C.M.

Eagle Head, Nova Scotia

Marq de Villiers is a gifted social and political commentator. His long and distinguished career has included contributions as a journalist, editor, and as the author or co-author of more than a dozen books. He has sought to foster understanding and to raise awareness of diverse topics, including history, politics and the environment. His vision and skill have been recognized with prestigious literary awards both in Canada and in his native
 South Africa.

Calixte Duguay, C.M.

Caraquet, New Brunswick

Throughout his lengthy career, Calixte Duguay has helped promote Acadian culture throughout La Francophonie. As a poet and singer-songwriter, he was one of the first Acadian artists to provide his people with music and lyrics they could call their own. Through his songs—a number of which have become classics—he has helped Acadians gain a better appreciation of who they are, and to be proud of their history and identity. He has also inspired many other singers to pursue a career in French. In addition, he founded and directed a musical theatre company, and has written or co-written works that remain an important part of the Acadian repertoire, including the musical comedy Louis Mailloux.

Marlys A. Edwardh, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

Marlys Edwardh is a criminal lawyer and champion of civil liberties and human rights. She has worked to overturn convictions in high-profile cases, such as those of Donald Marshall, Guy Paul Morin and Steven Truscott. She has a strong reputation for integrity amongst her peers, and has been appointed as counsel to various inquiries and commissions, including the Krever inquiry into Canada's tainted blood supply. Generous with her time, she has served as vice-president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and as a director and special advisor for the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted.

James Ehnes, C.M.

Brandon, Manitoba and Bradenton, Florida, U.S.A.

James Ehnes has captured the hearts of millions across the globe with his solo and orchestral performances. A dynamic performer, he has distinguished himself as one of the finest concert violinists of his generation. He has travelled to more than 30 countries and has played alongside some of the world's most renowned orchestras and conductors. Master of his craft, he has an extensive discography that has garnered numerous awards both nationally and internationally. An ambassador of the arts, he instills pride in Canadians by showcasing our nation's talent abroad and is a source of inspiration to many of our future classical musicians.

Étienne Gaboury, C.M.

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Étienne Gaboury is a Franco-Manitoban who is proud of his roots and his part of the country, and whose architectural works mark the Prairie landscape. He believes place, cultural identity and sunlight play important roles, integrating and celebrating them in his works. Some of these include the Esplanade Riel pedestrian bridge, the Saint Boniface Cathedral and the Église Précieux-Sang, which is listed in almost every book on Canadian architecture. His work is also showcased abroad, and he is known especially for our embassy in Mexico. In addition, he is a pillar in the Franco-Manitoban community, and his dedication and leadership have benefitted a number of social, cultural and professional organizations.

Joan Glode, C.M.

Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia

Joan Glode has long been a committed advocate for the rights and well-being of Native children. She is the founder and executive director of the Mi'kmaw Family and Children Services, an organization that offers support to more than a dozen Aboriginal communities in Nova Scotia. A social worker, she recognized the need for culturally sensitive social services and helped to develop an Indigenous, community-based system of child welfare on reserves. She has also integrated traditional knowledge and healing methods into social work practice. Her inspiring leadership has also benefited such organizations as the Halifax Mi'kmaq Native Friendship Centre and the Native Mental Health Association of Canada.

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

Vancouver, British Columbia

Larry Goldenberg has had a major impact on the research and treatment of prostate cancer in Canada. He is most renowned for having pioneered new concepts of hormone therapy for the management of the disease, and for having written one of the most accessible handbooks for those living with prostate cancer. At the University of British Columbia, he spearheaded the creation of the Department of Urologic Sciences, of which he is chairman and professor. As well, he was instrumental in establishing the Vancouver Prostate Centre, making it one of the finest research and treatment facilities in the country.

Bernard S. Goldman, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

A skilled surgeon and mentor, Bernard Goldman has dedicated his life to improving cardiac care for Canadians. Professor emeritus at the University of Toronto, he made major contributions to the development of innovative techniques in valve reconstruction and pacemaker therapy. At Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, he built a cardiovascular surgery program that is renowned for its excellence in clinical care and training. As well, he created the first computer-assisted reporting system for the follow-up of patients with cardiac pacemakers in Ontario, and was a founding member of the Cardiac Care Network of Ontario.

Clarence A. Guenter, C.M.

Canmore, Alberta

Throughout his career, Clarence Guenter has played an important role in developing academic medicine, health policy and health care delivery. Professor emeritus at the University of Calgary, he chaired the department of medicine and has led both the Canadian and American thoracic societies. A consultant in health policy for nearly two decades and a retired specialist in pulmonary medicine, he has dedicated the rest of his life to modernizing and improving medical training programs in developing countries. A model of compassion and selflessness, he has inspired many young physicians to devote their time to improving the quality of health care delivery abroad.

Patrick J. Gullane, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

Patrick Gullane is a renowned surgeon, mentor and an authority in the management of patients with head and neck cancer. Otolaryngologist-in-chief of the University Health Network, he holds the Wharton Chair in Head and Neck Surgery at the Princess Margaret Hospital. At the University of Toronto, he helped establish the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery into one of the most respected of its kind in the country. He has been a visiting professor in more than 65 countries, and has served in leadership positions in many national and international professional societies. His dedication to his field is respected and valued by his colleagues, students and patients.

Garry Hilderman, C.M.

Dugald, Manitoba

Garry Hilderman has played a key role in the development of some of Manitoba's most sustainable, innovative and recognizable public spaces. A landscape architect, he has designed many creative projects and parks, including, in Winnipeg, the Oodena Celebration Circle at The Forks and the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden. His work was instrumental in creating the planning framework for the preservation and conservation of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, which influenced the development of The Forks. He continues to support heritage preservation as a director of organizations such as The Forks Foundation and the Friends of Upper Fort Garry.

Louise Lévesque, C.M., C.Q.

Hudson, Quebec

Louise Lévesque is a renowned nurse and researcher who has profoundly influenced both her profession and gerontology/geriatrics. A professor emeritus at the Université de Montréal, she has notably developed a number of courses and was the first holder of the Research Chair in Nursing Care for Seniors and Their Families. Focusing primarily on action plans and factors related to the health of caregivers, she has been able to apply the results of her research in concrete terms, leading to major changes in nursing practices in Canada and elsewhere. Most notably, she has had a significant impact on the care of Alzheimer's patients and the support given to their families. A much sought-after speaker, she continues her work at the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal's research centre.

Karen Minden, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

With compassion and determination, Karen Minden has provided hope for youth in crisis and their families. She is co-founder and chief executive officer of the Pine River Institute, a holistic residential treatment centre for teens struggling with mental health issues and substance abuse. Highly regarded for making the Institute a pioneer in measuring treatment results, she has also contributed to policy development related to teens and addictions in several provinces. In addition, as a scholar of Chinese politics and Asia-Pacific business and culture, and as a former executive, she has promoted international collaboration in science and technology, and strengthened Canada's research capacity and networks in the Pacific Rim.

Bonnie Patterson, C.M., O.Ont.

Toronto, Ontario

Bonnie Patterson has long been influential in post-secondary education. Her career has included a series of firsts for women in academia. These include roles as the first woman to head a business school in Canada, to steer the Council of Ontario Universities, and to lead Trent University. As president and vice-chancellor of Trent, she helped to significantly increase graduate enrolment and research funding. She also helped establish a school of education and professional learning, as well as nursing and forensic science programs. Highly regarded by her peers, in 2009 she took the helm of the Council of Ontario Universities for the second time as president and chief executive officer.

Ross H. Paul, C.M.

Vancouver, British Columbia and Windsor, Ontario

An advocate for higher education, Ross Paul has helped to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and expand access to education in Canada and abroad. He is a former president of Laurentian University and of the University of Windsor, and throughout his career, he has developed and implemented best practices for open learning initiatives. His philosophy and values have influenced post-secondary institutions within Canada and abroad, and have helped to promote access, quality and innovation in higher education. Fostering global learning and development, he has also provided vision, leadership and support to organizations such as the World University Service of Canada, CREAD, and the Optical Regional Advanced Network of Ontario.

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

Toronto, Ontario

David Pecaut served as a model of civic responsibility and a catalyst for change in the City of Toronto and in Canada. As chair of the Toronto City Summit Alliance, he brought together community leaders to look for solutions to some of the city's most challenging issues. In this role, he oversaw the development of initiatives that assisted immigrants and youth, revitalized neighbourhoods, supported the arts and helped to build a "greener" city. He was also instrumental in bringing together artists and arts patrons to support and launch one of Canada's biggest cultural events, Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity, of which he was the co-founder.

Ms. Helen Burstyn will receive the insignia for Mr. David K. Pecaut.

Ches D. Penney, C.M.

Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador

One of Newfoundland and Labrador's most accomplished entrepreneurs in the construction, energy and real estate industries, Ches Penney shares his skills and resources with others. Founder and chairman of the Penney Group, he has made important contributions to the economic growth and industrial development of his province. His personal generosity is equal to his commitment to community. Known as a quiet philanthropist, he has generously supported an array of charitable and non-profit organizations, such as the Canadian Red Cross, The Salvation Army, the General Hospital Health Foundation and the YMCA-YWCA.

Gordon Porter, C.M.

Woodstock, New Brunswick

Gordon Porter is a respected human rights advocate and an internationally known expert on inclusive education. As a teacher and principal, he has vigorously promoted the rights of people, particularly children, with intellectual disabilities, and has championed their full integration within regular schools and the community. His strong commitment to equality has also been demonstrated through his work as chair of New Brunswick's Human Rights Commission. As well, he has been a consultant, lecturer and trainer in Ontario, Portugal, Columbia and Denmark, and he helped ensure that inclusive education was recognized in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Pierre Rolland, C.M.

Montréal, Quebec

Pierre Rolland is deeply committed to the Canadian music community. A professor in the Université de Montréal's music department, this oboist and cor anglais has long contributed to the development of musical institutions and the next generation of musicians. As director of the Orford Arts Centre, he helped develop this internationally acclaimed music academy. Moreover, as the volunteer artistic director of Pro Musica, he has been dedicated to promoting chamber music for many years. He organizes concerts given by renowned Canadian and international artists, and strives to discover young talent here at home and abroad.

Walter Rosser, C.M.

Kingston, Ontario

Walter Rosser has helped to advance the field of family medicine and has contributed to the evolution of primary care research in Canada. He has been most influential in building mechanisms for the review and evaluation of health care systems, notably helping to establish practice-based research networks in Canada. Professor and chair, he has led the faculties of medicine at the universities of Ottawa, McMaster, Toronto and Queen's, and has long promoted evidence-based medicine in his field. A leader in primary care reform, he has influenced policy and guidelines not only within Canada, but also in many other countries around the world.

Robert W. Slater, C.M.

Ottawa, Ontario

In over three decades with Environment Canada, Robert Slater played a pivotal role in shaping Canada's environmental policy. He is widely credited for being a driving force behind the 1991 acid rain agreement between Canada and the United States, as well as the Environmental Protection and the Species at Risk acts. Former senior assistant deputy minister, he often served as a trusted voice for Canada in international fora. Now president of an environmental consulting firm and adjunct professor at Carleton University, he also serves as vice-chair of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy.

Glen Sorestad, C.M.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Glen Sorestad has influenced Saskatchewan's literary scene for more than 40 years. As Saskatchewan's inaugural poet laureate, and through his own publications, he has helped to broaden the audience for poetry. He has visited communities throughout the province to read poetry, to talk about his love of writing and, famously, to give away books from the trunk of his car. He also co-founded Thistledown Press to promote and support writers in the Prairies and beyond. As a writer-in-residence with a number of institutions and associations, he has mentored both emerging and established writers and continues to serve as an inspiration to a new generation of poets and authors.

John Stanton, C.M.

Edmonton, Alberta

John Stanton challenges, motivates and empowers Canadians to adopt an active lifestyle. Formerly an overweight smoker, he changed his life on the day he could barely finish a fun run with his sons. He then founded the Running Room and later, the Walking Room. He built his business on the principle that Canadians would benefit from the availability of proper equipment, and from participating in social networks, instructional clinics and motivational talks to become and remain physically active. An inspirational role model, he has also supported and promoted hundreds of charitable organizations locally, provincially and nationally, including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Irene (Orysia) Sushko, C.M.

Hamilton, Ontario

Irene Sushko has devoted her life to promoting diversity and human rights. As a former national president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, she worked unstintingly to preserve Ukrainian culture and heritage in Canada. She is the founding chair of Hamilton's Holomodor Museum, which is dedicated to preserving the memory of the 1932-1933 Ukrainian famine. She has also actively supported Ukraine's transition to democracy, notably its electoral reform and its fight against human trafficking. Also a community activist, she has worked towards the betterment of the Hamilton region, and the improvement of intercultural communication in the area.


The Honourable David A. Anderson, P.C., O.C.

Victoria, British Columbia

David Anderson is a passionate champion of environmental conservation. As an activist, politician and volunteer, he has worked for five decades to protect and preserve Canada's various ecosystems. His major contributions occurred as a federal cabinet minister when he secured an agreement with the United States to conserve West Coast salmon stocks, and led the establishment of Canada's first marine protected areas, as well as our first endangered species legislation. He also secured Canada's ratification of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. Former chair of the governing council of the United Nations Environmental Program, he remains committed to the development of effective environmental policies both at home and abroad.

Raymonde April, O.C.

Montréal, Quebec

Raymonde April has made a significant contribution to the evolution of photography in Canada. This artist and chair of the Studio Arts department at Concordia University has set herself apart in documentary photography and broadened its horizons by incorporating the self-portrait and details from daily life. Her works, which include publications and films, have been the subject of both national and international exhibitions, and have been acquired by prominent museum institutions. Known to be constantly on the lookout for new avenues, she is equally recognized for her commitment to the artistic community, notably for co-founding La Chambre Blanche, one of the first artist-run centres in Canada. 

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

West Vancouver, British Columbia

Michael Audain is a committed volunteer and philanthropist. A business executive with a long-time love of the arts, he established the Audain Foundation to support the visual arts. He has contributed to dozens of galleries, foundations, arts groups and educational institutions. His generosity has helped several major galleries purchase Aboriginal and other Canadian art by both renowned and up-and-coming artists. He also established the Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement for individual visual artists. As a volunteer, he has served as both president of the Vancouver Art Gallery and chair of its foundation. He is currently chair of the National Gallery of Canada's board of trustees.

Peter Hinton, O.C.

Ottawa, Ontario

Peter Hinton is a champion of Canadian theatre. In numerous leadership roles, including in his current position as head of the National Arts Centre's English Theatre, he has developed new works with Canadian playwrights and has helped emerging writers to find their voice. An acclaimed playwright and librettist, he is also admired for his skill as a director, notably for his collaborative approach, as well as for his versatility and creativity. He has also shared his expertise by teaching play creation for actors at Ryerson University, and acting and period study at the National Theatre School of Canada.

The Honourable Philippe Kirsch, O.C.

The Hague, Netherlands and Montréal, Quebec

Philippe Kirsch has made groundbreaking contributions to international criminal law. Twice-elected president of the International Criminal Court, he was integral in planning and launching this institution. To date, more than 100 countries have recognized the authority of this court, which has jurisdiction over crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. A former representative of Canada to the United Nations and its Security Council, he has been called upon to lead UN committees and international conferences addressing terrorism-related issues. As well, he has had an important influence as an advisor to the Red Cross.

Shrawan Kumar, O.C.

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

A pioneer in rehabilitation ergonomics, Shrawan Kumar has dedicated the past 30 years to advancing the understanding of occupational musculoskeletal injuries. His "cumulative load" theory on spinal biomechanics serves as an international benchmark and, along with his other research, has made him one of the leading scientists in the study of the causation, prevention and treatment of lower back pain. This respected professor emeritus at the University of Alberta also helped develop a code of conduct for ergonomists worldwide. As a volunteer and philanthropist, he has provided leadership to the Indo-Canadian community in Alberta, as well as to organizations abroad.

Carol L. Richards, O.C.

Québec, Quebec

Carol Richards is a pioneer in the field of physiotherapy. She is a professor in the Department of Rehabilitation at Université Laval, and is its research chair in cerebral palsy. She is renowned for her research on locomotor disabilities in adults and children, and established one of the first laboratories in Canada for evaluating human motor skills. As an early advocate of interdisciplinary research in rehabilitation in Canada, she was instrumental in establishing the Quebec Rehabilitation Research Network and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration.

Sima Samar, O.C.

Kabul, Afghanistan

Honorary Officer of the Order of Canada

Through decades of political hardship, repression and grave personal danger, Sima Samar has consistently defended human rights in Afghanistan and throughout the world. A physician by profession and an outspoken advocate for women's rights, she helped establish schools and medical clinics for girls and women in Afghanistan and in refugee camps in Pakistan. After the fall of the Taliban regime, she served as deputy prime minister and minister for women's affairs in Afghanistan's interim government. In these and other roles, including as chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, she helped lay the groundwork for far-reaching change in the administration of social justice. She is the former United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Sudan, has worked closely with Canadian officials through many of her endeavours, and has earned numerous international human rights awards.

Alvin Segal, O.C.

Westmount, Quebec

A successful businessman, Alvin Segal has set an example of corporate philanthropy. Chairman and CEO of Peerless Clothing, he has translated the acumen that built this company into Canada's largest men's tailored clothing manufacturer to his philanthropy. Notably, he has been a generous benefactor to the Montreal Jewish General Hospital, playing a key role in establishing its Segal Cancer Centre in 2005. He is also the key patron of the Segal Centre for Performing Arts, which has become one of Montréal's leading performing arts institutions and home to the first-ever Montreal Yiddish Theatre Festival.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Carol Stephenson, O.C.

London, Ontario

Carol Stephenson has made broad and lasting contributions to business and academia in Canada. As a pioneering female executive in the telecommunications industry, she was a leading figure in its transformation into one of the most competitive and echnologically advanced industries in the world. She then spearheaded a new approach to business education as dean of the business school at the University of Western Ontario. Her innovative approach has developed leaders for a globally competitive economy and has been emulated by top business schools in the United States. As well, she serves on numerous boards in the corporate and non-profit sectors and is a champion and role model for women executives.

Mladen Vranic, O.C., O.Ont.

Toronto, Ontario

Recognized as a world leader in his field, Mladen Vranic continues to push forward the frontiers of diabetes research. His seminal contributions in the areas of glucose metabolism, exercise, hypoglycemia and stress research have had a major impact on the health and quality of life of those affected by diabetes. Widely acknowledged for his scientific achievements, he was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 2009. Professor of medicine and physiology at the University of Toronto, he is a gifted teacher and a source of inspiration to the many young scientists whom he has trained and mentored over the years.


Willard S. Boyle, C.C.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

One of the most accomplished Canadian physicists of his generation, Willard Boyle is an innovative scientist whose work has been the keystone of many new technologies used throughout the world. He is best known as the co-inventor of the charged-coupled device (CCD), a light-sensitive circuit that revolutionized imaging technology, and for which he won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics. He also developed the first continuously operating ruby laser, which helped to spur the development of fiber optics. In addition, he lent support to the Apollo space program and, following his retirement, he provided leadership to the Research Council of the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research, as well as to the Nova Scotia Council for Applied Science and Technology.

Joseph A. Rouleau, C.C., G.O.Q.

Montréal, Quebec

Joseph Rouleau contributes to the development of the world of music and lyrics at both the national and international levels. A renowned bass and professor emeritus in the department of music at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), he has been the president of Jeunesses Musicales du Canada for over 20 years. He played a fundamental role in both revitalizing the organization and in its remarkable expansion from one end of the country to the other. His dedication allows young people in particular to access musical culture in remote regions and urban centres. He also helps talented young musicians and composers build their careers here in Canada and abroad. As co-founder of the Montreal International Musical Competition, he strives to discover and support great young talents from around the world.

This is a promotion within the Order.

The Honourable Michael H. Wilson, P.C., C.C.

Toronto, Ontario

Throughout Canada and beyond, Michael Wilson has championed understanding, acceptance and support for those with mental illness. A highly respected advocate, he has raised awareness, at both the corporate and community levels throughout North America, of the social and economic costs of mental illness. He has participated in various mental health round tables and forums, and has long supported the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and its Foundation. As our ambassador to the United States, he was highly respected for promoting and protecting Canada's interests on the international stage. Now a senior executive in the banking industry, he continues to contribute to the public good as a committed volunteer.

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 website at

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