Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

November 21, 2012 13:30 ET

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

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 21, 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, November 23, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. The Governor General, who is chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order, will bestow the honour on 27 Members, 16 Officers and 1 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)
11:45 a.m.: Interviews with recipients



Carolyn Acker, C.M. Toronto, Ont.
Patsy Anderson, C.M. Toronto, Ont.
Allan Gordon Bell, C.M. Cochrane, Alta.
Robert B. Bourne, C.M. London, Ont.
Silver Donald Cameron, C.M., O.N.S. Halifax, N.S.
Franklin Delaney, C.M. Beaconsfield, Que.
Wadih M. Fares, C.M. Halifax, N.S.
Anthony (Tony) Fields, C.M. Edmonton, Alta.
Alia Hogben, C.M. Gananoque, Ont.
Greg Hollingshead, C.M. Edmonton, Alta.
Nancy Kilgour, C.M. Calgary, Alta.
Henry Kloppenburg, C.M. Saskatoon, Sask.
Merril Knudston, C.M. Calgary, Alta.
Louis LaPierre, C.M. Dieppe, N.B.
William Laskin, C.M. Toronto, Ont.
Monique F. Leroux, C.M. Montréal, Que.
Kenneth Maybee, C.M., O.M.M., C.D. (deceased) Fredericton, N.B.
Elizabeth McWeeny, C.M. Thunder Bay, Ont.
Bernice Morgan, C.M. St. John's, N.L.
Daniel Nestor, C.M. Toronto, Ont. and
Nassau, Bahamas
Aaju Peter, C.M. Iqaluit, NU
Gordon Rawlinson, C.M. Calgary, Alta. and
Prince Albert, Sask.
Jean-Guy Rioux, C.M. Shippagan, N.B.
Michèle Rouleau, C.M., C.Q. Montréal, Que.
Marie Saint Pierre, C.M., C.Q. Montréal, Que.
Steven Schipper, C.M. Winnipeg, Man.
Margaret Spoelstra, C.M. Toronto, Ont.


Elizabeth Dowdeswell, O.C. Toronto, Ont.
Gordon Guyatt, O.C. Dundas, Ont.
Chantal St-Cyr Hébert, O.C. Montréal, Que.
Paul F. Hoffman, O.C. Victoria, B.C.
Maryse Lassonde, O.C., C.Q. Montréal, Que.
John Last, O.C. Ottawa, Ont.
Jean-François Lépine, O.C. Montréal, Que.
Hadi-Khan Mahabadi, O.C. Toronto, Ont.
Marianne McKenna, O.C. Toronto, Ont.
Jean-Jacques Nattiez, O.C., C.Q.
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Montréal, Que.
Craig Oliver, O.C. Ottawa, Ont.
John Brian Patrick (Pat) Quinn, O.C. Vancouver, B.C.
The Honourable John D. Richard, O.C. Ottawa, Ont.
Cecil H. Rorabeck, O.C. London, Ont.
Gordon Semenoff, O.C. Surrey, B.C.
The Honourable Marilyn Trenholme Counsell, O.C., O.N.B. Sackville, N.B.


The Honourable William Ian Corneil Binnie, C.C. Toronto, Ont.



Carolyn Acker, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

Carolyn Acker has worked tirelessly to break the cycle of poverty in Canada. A nurse by profession, she championed social programs for disadvantaged and homeless individuals as the former executive director of the Regent Park Community Health Centre. She is also the founder of Pathways to Education, a program that provides financial assistance, tutoring, advocacy and mentorship to youth living in poverty. Her groundbreaking work has resulted in decreased drop-out rates, increased post-secondary studies and the replication of the program across the country.

Patsy Anderson, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

Patsy Anderson is a dedicated volunteer leader and philanthropist known for her energy, business expertise and commitment. Through her leadership and fundraising initiatives on behalf of several major charities supporting health care and the arts, she has helped these organizations to flourish. SickKids Foundation, the Aldeburgh Connection and the Corporation of Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall are just a few of the organizations that have benefited from her generosity and service.

Allan Gordon Bell, C.M.

Cochrane, Alberta

Allan Bell is a champion of Canadian musicians and their music. As a composer and as a professor of music at the University of Calgary, he has created original and evocative compositions for orchestra, opera, chamber groups, choirs and electro-acoustic media. His dedication to music education led to the creation of the Young Composers program, which taps into the creativity of Calgary's elementary students. He also served twice as president of the national board of the Canadian Music Centre, fostering the development of our composers and promoting our artists nationally and internationally.

Robert B. Bourne, C.M.

London, Ontario

Robert Bourne is a leading expert in the field of orthopedic surgery. Former surgeon at the London Health Sciences Centre, he has advanced hip and knee replacement procedures and prosthetics, improving the long-term outcomes of these surgeries for countless Canadians. He played a key role in the establishment of the Ontario and Canadian joint replacement registries and has led several Canadian orthopedic associations. He volunteers his time with Operation Walk Canada, which provides joint replacement surgery and care to patients living in developing countries.

Silver Donald Cameron, C.M., O.N.S.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Silver Donald Cameron's prose is powerful, thoughtful and brave. Over the course of his prolific career as an author, educator and journalist, he has demonstrated a remarkable versatility, having written more than 17 books and 500 articles on a wide range of topics. His latest venture is The Green Interview, an innovative journalism website focused on the environment. He has also championed community development on Nova Scotia's Isle Madame, promoting cultural, tourism and business initiatives to strengthen the community's humane values and sustainable way of life.

Franklin Delaney, C.M.

Beaconsfield, Quebec

Franklin Delaney has made significant contributions to radio and television, and has done a great deal to assist his community of origin, the Magdalen Islands. He has held several management positions with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, Société Radio-Canada and TV5. He was the founding president of TV5, through which he highlighted and promoted the cultural diversity of Canada's Francophone communities. As chair of the Fondation Madeli-Aide, he oversees the distribution of scholarships to students who must leave the Islands to pursue their studies. He also spearheaded the deployment of an undersea telecommunications cable to link the archipelago to the mainland.

Wadih M. Fares, C.M.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Wadih Fares exemplifies entrepreneurial spirit and community service. Escaping the civil war in Lebanon as a teenager, he came to Nova Scotia, learned English, graduated from university and founded his own company. A talented innovator, he combined architecture, engineering, construction and property management into one company that has transformed Halifax's landscape and helped boost the local economy. His community engagement has benefited many local institutions and organizations, and he is highly regarded for building bridges between Canadian and Lebanese communities regionally and nationally.

Anthony (Tony) Fields, C.M.

Edmonton, Alberta

Tony Fields is a leader in the development of strategies to fight cancer in Canada. An oncologist, professor and former director of the Cross Cancer Institute, he has long been an advocate for cancer patients, and was instrumental in the expansion of cancer treatment, diagnosis and research programs, and facilities across Alberta. In addition, he has helped to design and implement our national cancer control strategy, and has held leadership roles with several professional and advocacy groups, including the Alberta Cancer Foundation, the National Cancer Institute of Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society.

Alia Hogben, C.M.

Gananoque, Ontario

Alia Hogben is a champion of the rights of women and of understanding between faiths. A devoted social worker, she has been a long-standing member of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women and currently serves as its executive director. She is an articulate spokesperson for the humane, tolerant and equality-based interpretation of Islam and for interfaith dialogue. With persistence and reason, she has contributed to a broader understanding of women and Islam, in Canada and abroad.

Greg Hollingshead, C.M.

Edmonton, Alberta

Greg Hollingshead is one of Canada's literary talents. His award-winning books, which explore the human condition with wit, intelligence and psychological insight, have enriched Canada's literary canon. Professor emeritus at the University of Alberta and director of the Writing Studio program at the Banff Centre, he is a highly regarded teacher of emerging writers, many of whom have gone on to great acclaim. His devotion to Canadian writers has also been reflected in his work as chair of the Writers' Union of Canada.

Nancy Kilgour, C.M.

Calgary, Alberta

Nancy Kilgour is one of Canada's most inspiring and influential dance educators. For more than 50 years, she has been teaching ballet to young students in Canada and abroad, and has mentored many of our best-known dancers and prima ballerinas. She is highly regarded as a gifted pedagogue known for her teaching techniques and for talking to teens about life beyond ballet. Now with the School of Alberta Ballet, she continues to bring her passion and nurturing approach to building confidence and artistry in her dancers.

Henry Kloppenburg, C.M.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Henry Kloppenburg's generosity reflects his passion for his community. A lawyer by profession, he is a collector of Canadian and Native art, much of which he has donated for public display. From scholarships and art donations to the establishment of the Kloppenburg Wildlife Refuge, his contributions have enriched the educational and cultural landscape of his province. He has also provided leadership to many organizations, including the University of Saskatchewan's Biomedical Ethics Committee, the Kidney Foundation of Canada (Saskatchewan), the Mendel Art Gallery and the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra.

Merril Knudtson, C.M.

Calgary, Alberta

Merril Knudtson has made outstanding contributions to the field of interventional cardiology. A professor of medicine and a cardiologist, he pioneered the use of angioplasty for treatment of heart attacks in Canada. He has also been instrumental in the conceptualization and implementation of APPROACH, a registry that monitors and tracks the long-term health outcomes of cardiac patients. Adopted throughout the country, the registry has significantly improved response times for heart attack treatment and continues to promote accountability in the use of new technology and therapies.

Louis LaPierre, C.M.

Dieppe, New Brunswick

Louis LaPierre is a passionate advocate of environmental conservation in New Brunswick. Professor emeritus in biology at the Université de Moncton, he has held major positions within several environmental organizations at the provincial and national levels. Notably, he developed an integrated strategy for the protection of natural areas in New Brunswick. In addition, this gifted communicator has helped the general public to understand how climate change is affecting our planet, and has succeeded in engaging and involving his fellow citizens in helping to protect nature.

William Laskin, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

William Laskin has made exceptional contributions to Canada's music community. A man of boundless energy and creativity, he is a professional luthier, artist, author, musician and songwriter. He is internationally known for the intricate inlay work and masterful construction of his instruments. Devoted to the promotion of Canada's folk music heritage, he founded the Association of String Instrument Artisans, and was a co-founder of the Canadian Folk Music Awards and Borealis Records.

Monique F. Leroux, C.M.

Montréal, Quebec

Monique Leroux is an influential woman in Canada's financial sector. She was the first female president of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec and the first woman to head a major financial institution in Canada when she became president and CEO of the Desjardins Group. Under her leadership, this co-operative financial group has earned several national and international awards for its quality management and financial performance. She is also actively involved in the community and is a mentor for many women inspired by her talent and vision.

Kenneth Maybee, C.M., O.M.M., C.D. (deceased)

Fredericton, New Brunswick

Kenneth Maybee was a strong contributor to improved respiratory health. President and CEO of the New Brunswick Lung Association for over 17 years, he spearheaded several initiatives that transformed the association into a national leader in public education and in advocacy for clean air. He was the former chair of Smoke-Free New Brunswick and former co-chair of a national air quality management committee, which developed a health-based air quality index that is in widespread use across Canada. He was also an active volunteer in his local community of Fredericton.

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Elizabeth McWeeny, C.M.

Thunder Bay, Ontario

Elizabeth McWeeny has been a passionate supporter of refugees. Her involvement with sponsorship work in her hometown established Thunder Bay as a centre for refugee resettlement. She soon became a recognized authority on resettlement and human rights issues, eventually serving two terms as president of the Canadian Council for Refugees. In this role, she was an articulate spokesperson, promoting dialogue and understanding on the challenges faced by Canada's newcomers.

Bernice Morgan, C.M.

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Author Bernice Morgan has made an indelible contribution to Newfoundland's literary scene. She is best-known for her novels Random Passage and Waiting for Time, which are beloved for their portrayals of the women and men who struggled to survive in the outports during the 19th century. Her works have been influential in transmitting Newfoundland's unique history and character to a wider audience, and she is highly regarded for her long-standing mentorship of her fellow writers.

Daniel Nestor, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario and Nassau, Bahamas

As Canada's best-known tennis player, Daniel Nestor has distinguished himself as an ambassador and role model for the sport. Having won more than 70 major doubles tournaments since turning professional in 1991, he is one of the world's most decorated players. He has represented our country as a player and coach of the Canadian Davis Cup team, and his charity exhibition matches have promoted the game and increased the participation among children. Moreover, he established the Daniel Nestor Celebrity Charity Event, which raises funds for Tennis Canada and the North York General Hospital.

Aaju Peter, C.M.

Iqaluit, Nunavut

Aaju Peter is an ardent defender of the rights of Canada's northern Indigenous people. An Inuk clothing designer, lawyer and activist, she is committed to preserving Inuit culture and language. Travelling internationally, she has raised global awareness of the challenges confronting Canada's most northern inhabitants. She also speaks about issues related to sustainability and resources, and their impact on the traditional way of life.

Gordon Rawlinson, C.M.

Calgary, Alberta and Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

Gordon Rawlinson is a model of corporate and personal philanthropy. As head of Rawlco Radio, a chain of radio stations in western Canada, he encourages his employees to promote and support initiatives that help to improve their local communities. His philanthropy has benefited educational, health care and arts organizations in Saskatchewan and Alberta. As well, he has initiated a program and funded scholarships at the University of Saskatchewan to encourage and support Aboriginal post-secondary students.

Jean-Guy Rioux, C.M.

Shippagan, New Brunswick

For over 40 years, Jean-Guy Rioux has dedicated himself to shining a spotlight on the Acadian people. This volunteer, former teacher and university administrator is renowned as an advocate for equality between the linguistic communities of his province. As president of the Société de l'Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick, he played a key role in the review of New Brunswick's new Official Languages Act, thereby ensuring that essential services were provided in French. In addition, as president of the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada and of the World Acadian Congress, he promoted a sense of pride and spirit of solidarity that continue to inspire his fellow citizens.

Michèle Rouleau, C.M., C.Q.

Montréal, Quebec

For over 30 years, Michèle Rouleau has been defending the rights of Aboriginal people and particularly the rights of women. Among other things, she has served as president of the Quebec Native Women's Association and has been actively involved in supporting claims for the right to equality. Notably, she spoke out and led the first awareness campaign against family violence in Aboriginal communities in Quebec. Today, as a consultant and president of Wabanok Productions, she continues to raise awareness about the realities and contributions of First Nations.

Marie Saint Pierre, C.M., C.Q.

Montréal, Quebec

At the height of her 25-year career, Marie Saint Pierre is a leading figure on Canada's fashion scene. Ever the avant-garde designer, she creates versatile, unconventional clothing that is designed and made in Montréal, and her line has garnered international renown. Furthermore, she combines fashion and social involvement, working to benefit causes that are dear to her, including the Sous Zéro fund, which she created to provide underprivileged children on Montréal Island with warm, new winter clothing.

Steven Schipper, C.M.

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Steven Schipper has been a creative force in Manitoba for more than 20 years. As artistic director of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, he is credited for ensuring the institution's financial stability and bolstering its reputation for creative excellence. He is a champion of Canadian plays and local talent, providing opportunities for actors and audiences alike through such venues as the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, the Master Playwright Festival, an annual regional tour, and youth programming. His commitment has helped to build a vibrant theatre presence in Manitoba.

Margaret Spoelstra, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

Margaret Spoelstra is a compassionate and respected advocate for people with autism spectrum disorder and their families. As executive director of Autism Ontario, she developed key strategic partnerships, spearheaded new initiatives and raised awareness of complex issues. A trusted advisor to government and an inspirational agent of change, she has given hope to many families.


Elizabeth Dowdeswell, O.C.

Toronto, Ontario

Elizabeth Dowdeswell is dedicated to improving public policy in Canada and around the world. A policy leader in fields as diverse as culture, education and the environment, she played a key role in establishing the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and served as executive director of the UN Environment Programme. She went on to shape domestic nuclear policy as the founding president of Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organization. She has been called upon to chair several public inquiries and is currently the president of the Council of Canadian Academies.

Gordon Guyatt, O.C.

Dundas, Ontario

Gordon Guyatt has advanced medical decision making worldwide. A distinguished professor at McMaster University, he played a major role in defining the concept of and developing the methods for evidence-based medicine. He led its application to clinical practice guidelines, playing a key role in the development of the widely adopted GRADE approach to rating quality of evidence and strength of recommendations. Also concerned with social justice, he was a founder of the Medical Reform Group.

Chantal St-Cyr Hébert, O.C.

Montréal, Quebec

Chantal St-Cyr Hébert is one of Canada's most talented journalists and political columnists. Working equally well in English and in French, she offers a particularly acute view of events, shedding light on our country's two solitudes. She covers national politics for the Toronto Star, Le Devoir and L'Actualité, and contributes to both television and radio as a commentator on various newscasts and current affairs programs. A leading member of Canada's most-watched political panel, "At Issue," she also advances debate as a lecturer in Canadian universities.

Paul F. Hoffman, O.C.

Victoria, British Columbia

Paul Hoffman's groundbreaking observations have shaped contemporary views of Earth's history. As a research scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada, he spent 25 years mapping vast tracts of the northwestern Canadian Shield and produced pioneering research on plate tectonics during the Precambrian era. Later, while teaching at Harvard University, he gained worldwide recognition for field research conducted in sub-Saharan Africa that established the "snowball Earth" hypothesis, which suggests the planet was, at one point, entirely covered in ice.

Maryse Lassonde, O.C., C.Q.

Montréal, Quebec

An internationally renowned researcher, Maryse Lassonde has advanced our knowledge of the brain. A professor at the Université de Montréal, she is an innovator in neuropsychology. Her scientific work, notably on infant epilepsy, has been published in scientific journals around the world. She is also known for her research into the long-term effects of concussions in athletes. As the long-time neuropsychologist for the Montreal Canadiens, she developed a diagnostic approach and method for investigating these effects, and her results have been shared with medical and paramedical sectors. Her outstanding commitment to the scientific and university communities continues today.

John Last, O.C.

Ottawa, Ontario

John Last is an authoritative voice in public health. Professor emeritus of epidemiology and community medicine at the University of Ottawa, he has shaped the field of public health through his influential publications. Many of his books, including Public Health and Human Ecology and A Dictionary of Epidemiology, are used by practitioners, scholars and students alike; some of his publications have been translated into several languages. Also active in his professional community, he led an initiative of the International Epidemiological Association to develop ethical guidelines for the discipline.

Jean-François Lépine, O.C.

Montréal, Quebec

Jean-François Lépine is a distinguished journalist. One of our top foreign correspondents, he is renowned as an extraordinary analyst with an ability to simplify complex issues. A proponent of quality information, he hosted such public affairs television programs for Radio-Canada as "Enjeux," "Le Point" and "Zone libre." While producing and presenting in-depth reports with sensitivity and diligence, he also had a hand, as a journalist-presenter, in creating the international affairs program "Une heure sur terre." The excellence of his work, as both a reporter and a host, has been honoured with several awards.

Hadi-Khan Mahabadi, O.C.

Toronto, Ontario

Hadi-Khan Mahabadi has been at the forefront of global innovation in the print industry. He is the former vice-president and director of the Xerox Research Centre of Canada, and is a renowned authority in polymer engineering. Over 80 of his patents represent significant breakthroughs in commercial toner technology that are used by millions around the globe. Known as a passionate advocate for scientific development, he is a former chair of the Chemical Institute of Canada and has been highly involved with Let's Talk Science, Shad Valley and the Ontario Centres of Excellence.

Marianne McKenna, O.C.

Toronto, Ontario

Marianne McKenna has crafted architecture that enriches the public experience. A founding partner of KPMB Architects, she is responsible for a number of innovative structures, including the Royal Conservatory of Music's acclaimed Koerner Concert Hall, in Toronto. Whether designing an integrated campus for Concordia University in downtown Montréal, or the environmentally sustainable Jackson-Triggs Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, she is committed to creating edifices that weave into the fabric of the community.

Jean-Jacques Nattiez, O.C., C.Q.

Montréal, Quebec

Professor emeritus and musicology researcher at Université de Montréal, Jean-Jacques Nattiez is a leader in his field. His research integrates the history of music, ethnomusicology, and musical analysis and aesthetic. He is a prolific writer and is credited with creating the "new style" encyclopedia Musiques, Une encyclopédie pour le XXIe siècle, considered the bible of the music sciences.

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Craig Oliver, O.C.

Ottawa, Ontario

Craig Oliver is one of Canada's most respected and recognized political journalists. A reporter and television host for more than 55 years, he has covered major political events and news stories, interpreting and explaining key issues of the day with insight, candour and skill. Having lost his sight as a result of glaucoma, he serves as an inspiration to visually impaired persons, and has been a devoted supporter of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and the Ottawa Eye Institute.

John Brian Patrick (Pat) Quinn, O.C.

Vancouver, British Columbia

A player, coach and manager, Pat Quinn is passionate about the game of hockey. He served behind the bench of five National Hockey League teams and was twice named Coach of the Year for his work with the Vancouver Canucks and the Philadelphia Flyers. At the international level, he led Team Canada to an Olympic gold medal in 2002, brought home the World Cup in 2004, and won world titles with the under-20 and under-18 teams. Off the ice, he supports a variety of charitable causes.

The Honourable John D. Richard, O.C.

Ottawa, Ontario

A distinguished jurist, John Richard is a renowned leader in the Canadian legal system. For over a decade, he served as the chief justice of the Federal Court of Appeal, guiding the institution through a period of reorganization and improving access to justice. His personal commitment to society is also evident in his service with various institutions and charitable organizations, including Carleton University, Reach Canada and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Cecil H. Rorabeck, O.C.

London, Ontario

Cecil Rorabeck has expanded the boundaries of orthopedic care. Former chief surgeon at the London Health Sciences Centre, he has advanced hip and knee replacement procedures and prosthetics, improving the long-term outcomes of these surgeries for countless Canadians. He is lauded for his leadership within the broader medical community, notably as president-elect of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. A committed volunteer, he founded Operation Walk Canada, which provides joint replacement surgery and patient care in developing countries.

Gordon Semenoff, O.C.

Surrey, British Columbia

Gordon Semenoff is an internationally renowned theoretical physicist. A professor at the University of British Columbia, he investigates nature at its most fundamental level and has made seminal contributions to highly technical fields, including condensed matter physics, string theory and quantum field theory. He has garnered global recognition in the scientific community for his brilliant theorizing on the properties of graphene, a material with the potential to revolutionize electronics.

The Honourable Marilyn Trenholme Counsell, O.C., O.N.B.

Sackville, New Brunswick

Marilyn Trenholme Counsell has made outstanding contributions to public life in New Brunswick and in Canada. From her early beginnings in medicine, to her distinguished career as a provincial politician, lieutenant governor and senator, she has continuously advocated for early childhood development and literacy. She was instrumental in establishing Born to Read, an initiative of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire (IODE) that provides gifts of books to new parents. She has also provided leadership to several organizations, including the Vanier Institute of the Family.


The Honourable William Ian Corneil Binnie, C.C.

Toronto, Ontario

Ian Binnie has made enduring contributions to law in Canada. Following a brilliant career as an advocate, he was appointed directly from the bar to the Supreme Court, where he served with wisdom and dedication for 14 years. His public service, which also included four years as associate deputy minister of Justice, was marked by superb intellect and superior writing, analysis and wit. As a constitutional expert, he demonstrated an abiding concern for issues affecting Canada's Aboriginal peoples and was instrumental in developing the country's jurisprudence in this area. Committed to legal education, he is a gifted speaker who has addressed law students across the country, sharing his passion for the rule of law and his desire for a just society.


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.

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