Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

May 23, 2012 10:49 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Invest 44 Recipients Into the Order of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 23, 2012) - 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, May 25, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. The Governor General, who is chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order, will bestow the honour on 22 Members, 21 Officers and one Companion.

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. 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 and Companion)
12 p.m.: Interviews with recipients



Archibald Alexander Alleyne, C.M. Toronto, Ont.
Hans-Ludwig Blohm, C.M. Ottawa, Ont.
Lawrence S. Bloomberg, C.M., O. Ont. Toronto, Ont.
The Honourable Benoît Bouchard, P.C., C.M. Roberval, Que.
Ronald Caplan, C.M. Sydney, N.S.
Jean Deslauriers, C.M. Saint-Laurent-de-L'Île d'Orléans, Que.
Joella Foulds, C.M. Southside Boularderie, N.S.
John H. V. Gilbert, C.M. Vancouver, B.C.
The Honourable Mary M. Hetherington, C.M. Calgary, Alta.
Paul Valdemar (Valdy) Horsdal, C.M. Salt Spring Island, B.C.
Frederick Hyndman, C.M. Charlottetown, P.E.I.
The Honourable Denis Losier, P.C., C.M. Moncton, N.B.
Pierre Nepveu, C.M. Montréal, Que.
David Northcott, C.M., O.M. Winnipeg, Man.
Eric Peterson, C.M. Toronto, Ont.
F. Thomas Stanfield, C.M. Truro, N.S.
Anita Stewart, C.M. Elora, Ont.
Donald John Taylor, C.M. Calgary, Alta.
R.H. (Robert Holmes) Thomson, C.M. Toronto, Ont.
Maïr Verthuy, C.M. Montréal, Que.
W. Brett Wilson, C.M. Calgary, Alta.
Bernard Zinman, C.M. Toronto, Ont.


André Bandrauk, O.C. Hatley, Que.
General Maurice Baril, O.C., C.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. (Ret'd) Ottawa, Ont.
The Honourable James Bartleman, O.C., O. Ont. Perth, Ont.
Aldo Albert Daniel Bensadoun, O.C. Montréal, Que.
William Scott Bowman, O.C. Montréal, Que. and Sarasota, FL, U.S.A.
Nicole Brossard, O.C Montréal, Que.
Alain Dubuc, O.C. Montréal, Que.
Gwynne Dyer, O.C. St. John's, N.L. and London, England
Robert R. Fowler, O.C. Ottawa, Ont.
Donald Fraser, O.C. Toronto, Ont.
Dom Laurence Freeman, O.C. Montréal, Que. and London, England
Hugh Arthur Krentz, O.C. Calgary, Alta.
Bruce Kuwabara, O.C. Toronto, Ont.
R. Peter MacKinnon, O.C. Saskatoon, Sask.
John Mighton, O.C. Toronto, Ont.
David W. Scott, O.C. Ottawa, Ont.
Peter Alexander Singer, O.C. Toronto, Ont.
Jeffrey Skoll, O.C. Toronto, Ont. and Beverly Hills, CA, U.S.A.
Annette Verschuren, O.C. Toronto, Ont.
Brian Williams, O.C. Willowdale, Ont.
Alvin Zipursky, O.C. Toronto, Ont.


The Right Honourable Paul Martin, P.C., C.C. Montréal, Que.



Archibald Alexander Alleyne, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

Archibald Alleyne is one of Canada's premier professional jazz musicians. Over the course of six decades, he has performed with jazz greats at home and abroad. Committed to mentoring the next generation of jazz musicians, he funds scholarships for advanced musical training and founded an ensemble to provide high-quality performance opportunities for young African-Canadian students. He also shares his personal experiences with them by showing them how jazz is an integral part of the musical and cultural heritage of the Black community in Canada.

Hans-Ludwig Blohm, C.M.
Ottawa, Ontario

Hans-Ludwig Blohm has helped to protect, preserve and promote Canada's northern culture through his camera lens. An acclaimed photographer, he has travelled extensively throughout the country's northern regions, capturing images and stories of the Inuit, and chronicling the lives and events that have shaped the region. His exhibitions, which also feature his innovative work in microchip photography, have toured the world, while his photos have graced the pages of many books, magazines and Canadian postage stamps.

Lawrence S. Bloomberg, C.M., O. Ont.
Toronto, Ontario

As a volunteer and philanthropist, Lawrence Bloomberg is dedicated to his community. He is well-known for his engaged and generous support of numerous educational and health care institutions, notably the University of Toronto, McGill University, Mount Sinai Hospital and the MaRS Discovery District. As well, he has served with the Royal Ontario Museum, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Toronto United Jewish Appeal and the United Way of Greater Toronto.

The Honourable Benoît Bouchard, P.C., C.M.
Roberval, Quebec

Benoît Bouchard has served his country with dedication. Known as someone who brings people together, he was responsible for various portfolios as a federal politician. He notably distinguished himself as chair of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, helping to build its reputation through the quality of its investigations and by promoting security. He is also known as a great listener, putting his diplomatic talents to use as ambassador to France and as chief federal negotiator in territorial negotiations with the Innu people of Quebec.

Ronald Caplan, C.M.
Sydney, Nova Scotia

For decades, Ronald Caplan has been preserving the cultural traditions and living history of Cape Breton Island. As the publisher of Cape Breton's Magazine, he travelled throughout the Island to gather and share the everyday, yet extraordinary, stories of the region's English, French, Acadian and Mi'kmaq residents. He has preserved the Magazine's image as a cultural, social and historical record of a time gone by, but has also made it fully accessible to today's historians and the general public through the publication's online version. Also an author himself and the publisher of Breton Books, he continues to volunteer with heritage organizations in Nova Scotia.

Jean Deslauriers, C.M.
Saint-Laurent-de-L'Île d'Orléans, Quebec

For more than 30 years, Jean Deslauriers has contributed to the development of thoracic surgery, both in Canada and abroad. Professor of surgery at the University of Laval, he is known around the world for his research, notably on the surgical treatment of lung cancer. In China, he played a key role in the establishment of the Bethune Chest Centre, an integrated diagnosis and treatment facility for respiratory illnesses. He has published several key reference texts in his field, and has mentored many of Quebec's thoracic surgeons.

Joella Foulds, C.M.
Southside Boularderie, Nova Scotia

For decades, Joella Foulds has championed Cape Breton's music and culture. A musician, broadcaster and arts activist, she is also the co-founder and artistic director of the Celtic Colours International Festival, an annual celebration of music and culture. She has shaped the Festival into a world-renowned showcase of Cape Breton's musicians and artists, which attracts thousands of visitors and has had a major economic and community-building impact on the region.

John H. V. Gilbert, C.M.
Vancouver, British Columbia

John Gilbert has been at the forefront of advancing team building in the delivery of health care. Professor emeritus and founding principal of the College of Health Disciplines at the University of British Columbia, he led in the development of interprofessional education as a central tenet in team-based collaborative patient-centered practice and care. His vision of integrated care for patients has helped them achieve the best possible outcomes.

The Honourable Mary M. Hetherington, C.M.
Calgary, Alberta

Mary Hetherington led the way for women in the legal profession. She was one of the first female litigators in Alberta, opening her own law firm and acting as counsel in several high-profile criminal cases. Known for her tenacity and intelligence, she served as a judge of Alberta's District Court, and was the first woman appointed to the Court of Appeal of Alberta. She also played an important role in the courts in the north, where she sat as a deputy judge in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Paul Valdemar (Valdy) Horsdal, C.M.
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

A celebrated folk singer and songwriter, Valdy has been active on the Canadian music scene for over 40 years. He is known for his many recordings and energetic performances, which usually include his signature hit, "Play Me a Rock and Roll Song." As generous as he is talented, he performs frequently at charity events and is a long-time advocate of literacy in Canada.

Frederick Hyndman, C.M.
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

For more than 50 years, Frederick Hyndman has been a pillar of the community in Prince Edward Island. He is a pivotal volunteer, fundraiser, philanthropist and go-to leader who has made lasting contributions in the areas of education, heritage, the arts and economic development. He has also been active at the national level, sharing his business acumen with health care, banking and corporate institutions.

The Honourable Denis Losier, P.C., C.M.
Moncton, New Brunswick

Denis Losier is a champion of economic and social development in New Brunswick. Throughout his career and in various roles, including minister of several portfolios and director of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, he has always sought to ensure the well-being of his fellow citizens. President and CEO of Assumption Life and a passionate spokesperson for the Acadian community, he is also renowned for the fundraising campaigns that he has spearheaded, notably in support of services in French in the fields of health care and education.

Pierre Nepveu, C.M.
Montréal, Quebec

Pierre Nepveu is a leading figure in Quebec literary circles. Poet, novelist and essayist, he has published works that have garnered awards and been translated into different languages. His essays on contemporary Québécois poetry are today considered classics. Former professor and researcher at the Université de Montréal, he is one of the first to explore contributions made by immigrants to French-language Canadian literature, and has been recognized as an outstanding teacher.

David Northcott, C.M., O.M.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

A strong voice for the less fortunate, David Northcott has been fighting hunger and poverty in Canada for almost three decades. Committed to alleviating hunger in his community, he served as the first executive director of the Winnipeg Harvest Food Bank, and was a founding member of the Canadian Association of Food Banks (now Food Banks Canada) and the Manitoba Association of Food Banks. He has also shared his expertise with the boards of many organizations, including the National Anti-Poverty Organization and the National Council of Welfare.

Eric Peterson, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

Eric Peterson has engaged and moved audiences, both in theatre and on television, for decades. Described as one of the early pioneers of the collective theatre movement in Canada, he later co-wrote and acted in the award-winning Billy Bishop Goes to War. He is respected for his commitment to portraying Canadian characters in Canadian productions, and is widely known for such distinctive television roles as Leon Rabinovitch on "Street Legal" and Oscar Leroy on "Corner Gas." Committed to various causes and organizations, including Amnesty International, he has served as a spokesperson and activist with the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA).

F. Thomas Stanfield, C.M.
Truro, Nova Scotia

Thomas Stanfield is a champion of economic development in Nova Scotia. As president and CEO of Stanfield's Limited, he has created and sustained stable employment in a rural area. He has led many business advocacy associations, helping to drive and diversify the provincial economy with his vision and business acumen. His volunteerism and philanthropy have also benefited educational, health care and civic organizations in his community.

Anita Stewart, C.M.
Elora, Ontario

Anita Stewart is an enthusiastic and dedicated promoter of Canadian cuisine. Called a culinary activist, she has spent the last 30 years exploring Canada, sometimes even by dog sled and on Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers, discovering and chronicling the stories of the essential foods of our nation and the talented people who serve them. A journalist for a wide selection of Canadian and American magazines, newspapers and blogs, she is also the author of a dozen books focused on our regional culinary reality. She is a CBC food columnist, a passionate volunteer and the founder of Cuisine Canada and Food Day Canada.

Donald John Taylor, C.M.
Calgary, Alberta

Donald Taylor is a successful entrepreneur and generous philanthropist. Chief executive officer of Engineered Air, he built his company into a thriving global business thanks to his innovations in air movement engineering. As a philanthropist, he has supported educational, health care and arts organizations in Alberta, including a performing arts venue at Mount Royal University, a state-of-the-art digital library at the University of Calgary, and educational programs at Heritage Park Historical Village, in Calgary.

R.H. (Robert Holmes) Thomson, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

A proud Canadian, R.H. Thomson is widely admired for his dedication to bringing our nation's stories and characters to life. As an actor, he has brought his particular flair to the stage and screen, notably in such roles as Glenn Gould, Frederick Banting and "Road To Avonlea"'s endearing Jasper Dale. He has directed theatre across the country and made his debut as a playwright with The Lost Boys, a one-man tribute to five great-uncles who fought in the First World War. He later helped create an international remembrance event honouring Canadian veterans of the Great War. As well, he is known as a passionate and articulate advocate for the arts.

Maïr Verthuy, C.M.
Montréal, Quebec

Maïr Verthuy has contributed to the advancement of Francophone literature and of women. A former professor at Concordia University, she co-founded and directed the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, the first college for women's studies in Canada, and made it an institution of international renown. She was also one of the first to raise the profile of Quebec's French-speaking female writers through her research and teaching. A long-time feminist, she is actively involved in her community, notably with the Montreal Council of Women.

W. Brett Wilson, C.M.
Calgary, Alberta

W. Brett Wilson is a model of entrepreneurial success and transformational philanthropy. Combining his business savvy with a strong social conscience, he has translated the lessons he learned from his various successful ventures into guidance and support for the next generation of entrepreneurs. His personal and corporate philanthropy have also benefited initiatives in the areas of domestic abuse, Canadian Forces members and veterans, youth, sports, health care and education.

Bernard Zinman, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

Bernard Zinman is a leader in diabetes care and research. He has advanced the development of therapies for diabetes and the prevention of its long-term complications, notably through his pivotal role in the largest and most comprehensive clinical study of type 1 diabetes. Professor of medicine at the University of Toronto, he is the director of the Leadership Sinai Centre for Diabetes at Mount Sinai Hospital, and is the senior scientist at the Samuel Lunenfield Research Institute.


André Bandrauk, O.C.
Hatley, Quebec

Professor at the Université de Sherbrooke, André Bandrauk is renowned worldwide for his groundbreaking work in computational chemistry and molecular photonics. A pioneer of attosecond science-the time scale of electron movement-he has created various concepts to observe, manipulate and control the electrons in molecules using these very restricted time scales. He continues to pursue his innovative research into the laser control of molecular electrons for future applications in chemistry, biology and even quantum informatics.

General Maurice Baril, O.C., C.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. (Ret'd)
Ottawa, Ontario

Throughout his career, Maurice Baril has shown himself to be a man of extraordinary dedication. As chief of Defence Staff, he successfully implemented reform and modernization programs. The UN also benefited from his leadership when he served as the Secretary-General's military advisor. True to his commitment to peace and diplomacy, he chaired the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre's Board of Directors and was one of the strongest supporters of the Convention on the Prohibition of Anti-Personnel Mines.

The Honourable James Bartleman, O.C., O. Ont.
Perth, Ontario

James Bartleman has served his country in an exemplary manner. Following a 35-year diplomatic career, he became Ontario's first Aboriginal lieutenant governor. He has distinguished himself as a passionate spokesperson for racial equality, a champion of understanding and support for those with mental illness, and a tireless fighter on behalf of Aboriginal people. Also an author of prize-winning books who has implemented a number of Aboriginal literacy programs, he shares a message of hope with tales of his own difficulties.

Aldo Albert Daniel Bensadoun, O.C.
Montréal, Quebec

Aldo Bensadoun is as well-known for his entrepreneurial acumen as for his philanthropic activities. Founder and CEO of the ALDO Group, he built up an internationally renowned retail business. By fostering social commitment, he created a responsible company that was one of the first in the world to be actively engaged in the fight against AIDS. Moreover, he personally-and often discretely-gives generous support to several organizations in his community.

William Scott Bowman, O.C.
Montréal, Quebec and Sarasota, Florida, U.S.A.

Scott Bowman is the winningest coach in the National Hockey League. He served behind the bench of several teams, notably the famed Montreal Canadiens during its dynasty of the 1970s. His championship record of nine Stanley Cups in thirteen finals appearances is unsurpassed by any other North American coach in professional sport. He continues to support youth programs such as his "Scotty Bowman As Your Coach Contest" and to fundraise for various charitable causes.

Nicole Brossard, O.C
Montréal, Quebec

Poet, novelist and essayist, Nicole Brossard is a leading figure in postmodern feminist writing in Canada. Her avant-garde body of work has been translated into some 20 languages and is studied in universities on several continents. She is also known for her work as an editor, and notably co-founded and directed the literary journal La Barre du jour, which influenced a new generation of poets. Equally renowned for her feminist engagement, she co-founded the journal Les Têtes de pioche. This great writer has earned the respect of both the Anglophone and Francophone literary worlds.

Alain Dubuc, O.C.
Montréal, Quebec

Alain Dubuc is one of Canada's leading journalists and columnists. Through his writings and ability to simplify complex concepts, he has promoted a better understanding of economic issues in Canada and around the world. He has worked for La Presse for over 30 years, where he rose to the prestigious position of chief editorialist, and also served as president and editor of Le Soleil. He also encourages debate in our society through his work, and as a speaker in Canada and abroad.

Gwynne Dyer, O.C.
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador and London, England

Gwynne Dyer is a respected storyteller and independent voice on a range of global issues. His syndicated international affairs column is published in over 30 countries, and he has written and produced television, film and radio documentaries that have also garnered wide audiences. Notably, his seven-part television series "War" has been aired around the world. As well, he is an esteemed author of numerous books on a variety of topics, including geopolitical conflict and the long-term implications of climate change.

Robert R. Fowler, O.C.
Ottawa, Ontario

As an ambassador, deputy minister and foreign policy advisor, Robert Fowler demonstrated fearless leadership and deep personal commitment to his country. By rallying UN member states to sophisticated sanctions regimes, he brought discipline to global diamond markets, and was instrumental in putting an end to the 25-year-old civil war in Angola. As the personal representative for Africa to three prime ministers, he worked tirelessly to promote good governance in Africa. He has also earned wide respect for his personal courage and determination.

Donald Fraser, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario

Donald Fraser is recognized around the world for his pioneering work on statistical inference. Professor emeritus at the University of Toronto, over the course of his 60-year-long career, he has helped advance the field from its infancy and continues to push its boundaries forward. He played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Statistical Society of Canada, has been given fellowship status in every major statistical society in the world, and remains deeply committed to his students and research.

Dom Laurence Freeman, O.C.
Montréal, Quebec and London, England

Laurence Freeman is an internationally recognized spiritual leader and proponent of peace and interfaith dialogue and understanding. Founder and director of the World Community for Christian Meditation, he regularly circles the globe to introduce meditation as a means of inner transformation and connection between peoples and religions. He works at all levels of society, engaging world leaders as well as the poor, and the organization has expanded to more than 100 countries. A committed advocate of non-violence, he co-founded the Way of Peace gatherings, which bring together Buddhists and Christians, as well as those who have been on the violent ends of religious divides. In addition, he is a respected speaker, author and theologian.

Hugh Arthur Krentz, O.C.
Calgary, Alberta

Hugh Krentz has been instrumental in making Canadian buildings and bridges safer and stronger. He has drawn on 50 years of experience as an engineer in the steel and construction industries to develop more efficient, safe and sound building codes and standards, which are now in use in Canada and around the world. He is also known for his decades-long volunteer work in the national and international standards community, helping organizations ensure their products and services are consistent, compatible, effective and safe.

Bruce Kuwabara, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario

Bruce Kuwabara has shaped our built landscape in lasting ways. A founding partner of KPMB Architects, he has earned public and critical acclaim for such projects of national significance as Canada's National Ballet School, the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Bell Lightbox for the Toronto International Film Festival and Manitoba Hydro Place. Committed to raising the profile of Canadian architecture, he has taught at the University of Toronto and at Harvard University. He continues to act as an advocate for excellence in architecture, urbanism and sustainable design.

R. Peter MacKinnon, O.C.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Peter MacKinnon is dedicated to innovation and to excellence in research. Throughout his career, first as a legal scholar and then as an administrator, he has been an outstanding advocate for higher education and public service. As president and vice-chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan, he spearheaded groundbreaking scientific projects, namely the Canadian Light Source and the International Vaccine Centre, shaping the university into one of Canada's pre-eminent research centres.

John Mighton, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario

A playwright and mathematician, John Mighton has made unique contributions to both the performing arts and education. In his plays, he often examines how art and science enrich one another. These acclaimed works have garnered numerous awards and have been performed around the world. He is also a passionate and innovative educator, author and volunteer who founded Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies (JUMP Math). This program, which helps children and youth to learn mathematics, has developed into a national non-profit organization. Pilot projects are underway in England and South Africa, while here at home, the program has already been adopted by schools in Ontario, western Canada and in First Nations communities.

David W. Scott, O.C.
Ottawa, Ontario

David Scott has been a respected litigator for more than 50 years. Co-chair of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and a co-founder of Pro Bono Law Ontario, he is committed to ensuring that all people have a voice within the legal system. Highly esteemed by his peers, he was the first Canadian to be elected as president of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Numerous social and charitable organizations have also benefited from his devotion to community service, where he has been generous with both his time and counsel.

Peter Alexander Singer, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario

Peter Singer is a world-renowned bioethicist and expert in science policy and global health. His contributions have helped to improve end-of-life care, the allocation of resources in hospitals, and the teaching of bioethics in Canada and around the world. He is the founding director of one of the world's leading bioethics centres, the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics. More recently, he has turned his focus to finding innovative solutions to the health care challenges faced by the world's poorest people.

Jeffrey Skoll, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario and Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A.

As a philanthropist, Jeffrey Skoll has pursued a unique vision. Former president of eBay and innovator of its successful business model, he has created organizations that encourage philanthropy and engage social entrepreneurs in addressing the world's most pressing problems. As chairman of Participant Media, he also produces compelling films that raise public awareness of social issues and inspire action. His Canadian causes include the CAPE Fund for Aboriginal entrepreneurship and the University of Toronto's groundbreaking dual-degree program in engineering and business.

Annette Verschuren, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario

Annette Verschuren is an innovative business leader and champion of corporate social responsibility. Highly regarded for fostering corporate/voluntary co-operation, as president of Home Depot Canada, she was instrumental in matching volunteers and materials with Habitat for Humanity's home-building projects. She has also collaborated with Volunteer Canada to encourage corporate giving at the national level.

Brian Williams, O.C.
Willowdale, Ontario

A broadcaster for more than 40 years, Brian Williams has covered sporting events in Canada and around the globe. Described as the dean of Olympic broadcasting in Canada, he is particularly respected for his insightful interviews with high-performance athletes, showcasing the skill and determination which contribute to their success. His leadership has benefited the North York General Hospital, Tim Horton's Children's Foundation, Ronald McDonald Children's Charities and Special Olympics Canada.

Alvin Zipursky, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario

Alvin Zipursky has helped to improve child health in Canada and abroad. Founding chair of the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University, he later headed the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the Hospital for Sick Children. As founder of the Programme for Global Paediatric Research, he also helped to mobilize and coordinate an international network of researchers to seek solutions for health issues affecting children in developing countries.


The Right Honourable Paul Martin, P.C., C.C.
Montréal, Quebec

Paul Martin has long championed economic and social development in Canada and abroad. Following a distinguished career in the private sector, he entered federal politics and went on to serve as minister of Finance, leader of the Liberal party and Canada's 21st prime minister. He is particularly known for his work eliminating the fiscal deficit, reducing the country's national debt and putting the Canada Pension Plan on sound footing. He has also played an important role in making the quality of life of Aboriginal Canadians a priority of public policy, in strengthening Canada's health care system, in promoting good governance in Africa and in establishing the G-20.


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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