Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

May 01, 2013 12:48 ET

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

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 1, 2013) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will preside over an Order of Canada investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Friday, May 3, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. The Governor General, who is chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order, will bestow the honour on 26 Members, 18 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 6 000 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



Dyane Adam, C.M. Saint-François-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Que.
Rabbi Arthur Norman Bielfeld, C.M. Toronto, Ont.
Roger Bland, C.M. Edmonton, Alta.
Warren T. Blume, C.M. London, Ont.
Stephen Chatman, C.M. Vancouver, B.C.
Dennis Covill, C.M. Hacketts Cove, N.S.
Murray W. Enkin, C.M. Hamilton, Ont.
His Honour The Honourable Frank F. Fagan, C.M., O.N.L. St. John's, N.L.
Judy Gingell, C.M. Whitehorse, Y.T.
Allan Gotlib, C.M. Thornhill, Ont.
Michel Goulet, C.M. Montréal, Que.
Albert Greer, C.M. Orillia, Ont.
Dana W. Hanson, C.M. Fredericton, N.B.
Paul Henderson, C.M. Mississauga, Ont.
Elmer Hildebrand, C.M., O.M. Winnipeg, Man.
Martin Hunter, C.M. Toronto, Ont.
Harold Kalant, C.M. Toronto, Ont.
Leo MacNeil, C.M. Sydney, N.S.
Fred V. Martin, C.M. Salt Spring Island, B.C. and Edmonton, Alta.
Des McAnuff, C.M. Stratford, Ont.
Howard McCurdy, C.M., O. Ont. LaSalle, Ont.
Lois Mitchell, C.M. Calgary, Alta.
Jacqueline Oland, C.M. New River Beach, N.B.
Marina Orsini, C.M. Montréal, Que.
Jagannath Wani, C.M. Calgary, Alta.


Robert Bertram, O.C. Aurora, Ont.
The Honourable Sheila Copps, P.C., O.C. Ottawa, Ont.
Francine Décary, O.C., O.Q. Montréal, Que.
The Honourable Kenneth (Ken) Wayne Dryden, P.C., O.C. Toronto, Ont.
Angèle Dubeau, O.C., C.Q.
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Montréal, Que.
Colonel John Alan Gardam, O.C., O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. (Ret'd) Ottawa, Ont.
Prabhat Jha, O.C. Toronto, Ont.
Bonnie Sherr Klein, O.C. Vancouver, B.C.
Michel Lemieux, O.C. Montréal, Que.
Roderick Alexander Macdonald, O.C. Montréal, Que.
M. G. Venkatesh Mannar, O.C Ottawa, Ont.
Victor Pilon, O.C., R.V.M. Montréal, Que.
Sharon Pollock, O.C. Calgary, Alta.
Donald Ross, O.C. Toronto, Ont.
John D. Ross, O.C Iroquois, Ont.
Louise Roy, O.C., O.Q. Montréal, Que.
Danièle Sauvageau, O.C., M.S.C. Deux-Montagnes, Que.
Ronald P. Schlegel, O.C Ayr, Ont.


The Honourable Louise Charron, C.C. Ottawa, Ont.



Dyane Adam, C.M.

Saint-François-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Quebec

Dyane Adam has helped to strengthen Canada's social fabric. A psychologist by profession and principal of Glendon College at York University, she was responsible for maintaining the institution's bilingual mission. She then became the first woman and Franco-Ontarian to serve as commissioner of official languages, protecting and promoting linguistic duality across Canada. She also channelled her passion into advancing the status of women as founding president of the Collectif des femmes francophones du Nord-Est ontarien pour l'avancement de l'éducation.

Rabbi Arthur Norman Bielfeld, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

Arthur Bielfeld is a steadfast proponent of social justice. Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Toronto for 33 years, he is best known for his tireless community involvement in interfaith projects addressing issues related to hunger, poverty and the environment. Among the charities he helped to create are the Leo Baeck Day School, Mazon Canada and the Campaign against Child Poverty. Through his faith and outreach work, he has touched the lives of those in need and has served as an inspiration to many.

Roger Bland, C.M.

Edmonton, Alberta

Roger Bland has been instrumental in advancing public policy changes to mental health care. As executive director of Alberta Mental Health Services, he promoted a community-based approach that integrated mental health care with primary health care services. As a professor at the University of Alberta, he has researched the epidemiology and long-term outcomes of psychiatric disorders, increasing our understanding of mental illness and how to support those affected by it. He is an inspiration to his colleagues and to advocates working in this field.

Warren T. Blume, C.M.

London, Ontario

Warren Blume has enhanced our treatment and management of epilepsy. A professor emeritus of neurology at Western University, he is regarded internationally as a leading authority on electroencephalography, a key technique for diagnosing epilepsy. His text Blume's Atlas of Pediatric and Adult Electroencephalography is a critical resource for practitioners and neurology trainees. He also co-founded one of Canada's largest epilepsy units at London Health Sciences Centre and has provided guidance to several professional associations in his field.

Stephen Chatman, C.M.

Vancouver, British Columbia

A well-respected educator and versatile composer, Stephen Chatman has made lasting contributions to Canadian cultural life. He has produced a remarkable body of work including choral, orchestral and piano compositions that are described as evocative, compelling and eclectic. His music has been widely performed, recorded and published both nationally and internationally. As a professor and head of the composition division at the University of British Columbia's School of Music, he has had a tremendous influence on a generation of prominent composers.

Dennis Covill, C.M.

Hacketts Cove, Nova Scotia

A technology entrepreneur, Dennis Covill is highly regarded for his vision and innovation. In the 1970s, he founded Nautel Limited to develop the first-ever, solid-state, high-powered radio beacon. He then built his company, based in rural Nova Scotia, into a world leader, especially in radio broadcasting, by extending this same breakthrough technology to other product areas. Also known for his philanthropy, he has made significant contributions to health care and educational organizations throughout the Maritimes.

Murray W. Enkin, C.M.

Hamilton, Ontario

Murray Enkin has influenced the development of maternity care in Canada. An obstetrician since the 1950s, he introduced childbirth practices that have since become the standard of care, including teaching prenatal preparation courses and bringing fathers into the delivery room. A long-time professor at McMaster University, he has also been a champion of the field of midwifery, contributing to the formal recognition of the profession, as well as supporting the creation of the first midwifery degree program in Canada.

His Honour The Honourable Frank F. Fagan, C.M., O.N.L.

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

For decades, Frank Fagan has championed the less fortunate in his community. As an influential volunteer and philanthropist in Newfoundland and Labrador, he has supported many initiatives in health care and the arts. He has also been instrumental in the movement to integrate mentally challenged individuals into the workplace and society at large, by promoting skills and training programs that provide them with the opportunity for regular employment in the workplace.

Judy Gingell, C.M.

Whitehorse, Yukon

For more than 40 years, Judy Gingell has promoted and advanced Aboriginal rights and governance in Yukon. As chair of the Council of Yukon First Nations, she was instrumental in self-governance and land claims negotiations with the Government of Canada. She served as Yukon's first Aboriginal commissioner and was renowned for her ability to build bridges between peoples, notably by raising awareness of First Nations culture through the annual Commissioner's Potlatch. As a leader and Elder of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation, she has ensured that First Nations communities are key players in the territorial economy.

Allan Gotlib, C.M.

Thornhill, Ontario

Allan Gotlib has been a driving force in advancing the chiropractic profession. A chiropractor, professor, journal editor and executive administrator, he has worked diligently to establish effective regulation, inter-professional integration and research excellence. As the director of research programs at the Canadian Chiropractic Association, he expanded the research culture to the university realm, establishing chiropractic research chairs and professorships in major universities across the country. His vision has enhanced opportunities for chiropractors and created more health care options for Canadians.

Michel Goulet, C.M.

Montréal, Quebec

Michel Goulet is one of the leading sculptors of his generation. Daring and innovative, he helped to renew public art and has created over 40 permanent works found in Canada and abroad. His sculptures and installations, referencing everyday objects, have also been shown in major exhibitions. He has also distinguished himself as a theatre and opera set designer, and has taught at the University of Ottawa and the Université du Québec à Montréal, where he was considered an outstanding educator.

Albert Greer, C.M.

Orillia, Ontario

For more than 40 years, Albert Greer has introduced students and audiences to the joy of choral music. In addition to composing music and performing as a soloist, he has directed a long list of choirs, including the Ontario Youth Choir, the Couchiching Young Singers, and the Cellar Singers, a regional choir from the Orillia area. A professor at York University and a strong advocate for Canadian composers, he has been a source of inspiration and encouragement for many young singers.

Dana W. Hanson, C.M.

Fredericton, New Brunswick

Dana Hanson has been an advocate for the medical profession provincially, nationally and internationally. A dermatologist, he has championed physician health and medical ethics as head of many professional associations. As president of the Canadian Medical Association, he was instrumental in establishing the Centre for Physician Health and Well-being, which provides education, research and coordination in this area. He also steered the World Medical Association, providing guidance to physicians internationally on patient rights and medical ethics.

Paul Henderson, C.M.

Mississauga, Ontario

Paul Henderson has used his iconic status to promote teamwork, fair play and community service. A former hockey player, he is best known for his historic game-winning goals for Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series. He has since inspired thousands of Canadians as a motivational speaker and founder of the LeaderImpact Group, a faith-based organization that promotes family values and community participation to business leaders. He also volunteers with youth sports associations and supports a range of charitable organizations.

Elmer Hildebrand, C.M., O.M.

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Elmer Hildebrand is committed to putting radio to the service of the community. As head of Golden West Broadcasting, a chain of radio stations in western Canada, he has connected communities, provided jobs, and encouraged local programming and talent. Passionate about propelling the broadcasting industry forward, he has served on provincial and national boards, notably as chair of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. Public-spirited and generous with his time, he was inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame for his many years of involvement in the sport.

Martin Hunter, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

Martin Hunter's passion for theatre has influenced a generation of Canadian talent. Throughout his career, he has directed some 40 productions and written extensively for stage, screen and radio. Former artistic director of the University of Toronto's Hart House Theatre, he has also written articles on the arts for major Canadian magazines and newspapers. In addition, through the work of his charitable foundation, he has provided much-needed financial support and recognition to many promising artists.

Harold Kalant, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

Harold Kalant has helped shape our understanding of the causes and effects of substance addiction. Director emeritus of biobehavioural research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and professor emeritus of pharmacology at the University of Toronto, he has been one of the pioneers of the modern scientific study of addictions. Spanning six decades, his research on the effects of alcohol and other psychoactive substances on the body has contributed to the development of effective treatment plans for drug dependency. He continues to be an expert consultant to national and international bodies.

Leo MacNeil, C.M.

Sydney, Nova Scotia

Leo MacNeil is a master craftsman. For more than six decades, he has been designing and building custom wood furniture by hand, as well as creating sculptures in wood, stone and cement. Many of his works, notably at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, are 17th-century period pieces he crafted using the traditional methods from that era, without nails or modern tools. As founder of the Cape Breton Woodcrafters Association, he continues to pass on his techniques to the next generation of woodworkers.

Fred V. Martin, C.M.

Salt Spring Island, British Columbia and Edmonton, Alberta

Fred Martin has long supported the fight for equal rights. In the 1960s, he volunteered with the civil rights movement in the United States to increase voter registration for African Americans. He then served as legal counsel for the Métis Settlements General Council, where he helped to develop an innovative process to provide Métis Settlements communities with land ownership, self-governance and cultural oversight of their affairs. In addition, he worked with the Government of Nunavut to oversee the management and regulation of the territory's energy supply.

Des McAnuff, C.M.

Stratford, Ontario

Des McAnuff has made outstanding contributions to the arts. An accomplished director of Shakespeare, opera and musical theatre, as well as a writer and composer, he has been the creative force behind such award-winning productions as the Broadway hits Jersey Boys and The Who's Tommy. He has also distinguished himself as the artistic director of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, where he has created opportunities for Canadian playwrights and has cultivated the talents of Canadian directors and actors.

Howard McCurdy, C.M., O. Ont.

LaSalle, Ontario

Howard McCurdy is a champion of human rights. While serving as a professor of microbiology and chemistry at the University of Windsor, he worked to break down racial barriers in his community. He founded the Guardian Club, which raises awareness about racism and discrimination, and served as the first president of the National Black Coalition of Canada. His desire for equality eventually carried him into the political realm, where he was highly regarded both for his scientific expertise and for his commitment to social justice.

Lois Mitchell, C.M.

Calgary, Alberta

Lois Mitchell has been a tireless volunteer for three decades, contributing immeasurably to the quality of life of her community. Founder of a consulting and marketing firm, she has generously shared her knowledge and expertise in leading several organizations, including the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the Global Business Forum. She has also been a passionate promoter of women in business and sports, and has established endowments to support female athletes in Canada. She served as the chair of the first-ever World Women's Under-18 Hockey Championships, held in Calgary, in 2008.

Jacqueline Oland, C.M.

New River Beach, New Brunswick

Jacqueline Oland is a passionate advocate for the cultural life of Atlantic Canada. As a volunteer and philanthropist, she has been a driving force for such organizations as the Imperial Theatre, the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada and the Neptune Theatre. In partnership with Saint John's Resource Centre for Youth, she has ensured that low-income and homeless youth have access to social services as well as the performing arts. An amateur actress, she has raised funds for student bursaries at the National Theatre School, helping to develop the next generation of actors.

Marina Orsini, C.M.

Montréal, Quebec

Actress and radio host Marina Orsini is a darling of Quebec culture. Beginning with her sensational breakthrough on the cult television series "Lance et compte," other roles on the small and large screens have followed. Performing equally well in English and French, she is renowned for her natural gift for portraying her characters with authenticity. Memorably, she immortalized the characters of Émilie Bordeleau in Les filles de Caleb, and Dr. Lucille Teasdale in Dr. Lucille. Host of the popular radio program "5 à 8 de Marina" on Rouge fm, she is also known for her community involvement, notably with Tel-jeunes, for which she has been the spokesperson for over two decades.

Jagannath Wani, C.M.

Calgary, Alberta

Jagannath Wani has spent decades building bridges between Canada and India. A professor emeritus of statistics and actuarial science at the University of Calgary, he has invited musicians and dancers from his native country to perform across Canada, helping to enrich the cultural community in his adopted home. He also founded a relief agency that relies on Canadian funds and expertise to provide essential services to India's homeless and destitute. An advocate for mental health, he was a founding member of the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta, and of the Schizophrenia Awareness Association, in India.


Robert Bertram, O.C.

Aurora, Ontario

Robert Bertram has revolutionized the way pension funds are managed in Canada. As a senior executive with the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan board, he was instrumental in developing an innovative pension fund investment model that is now the most successful of its kind in Canada, and which has been emulated globally. He has also helped to promote sound investment practices and improve corporate governance as a founding member of the Canadian Public Accountability Board and the Canadian Foundation for Governance Research.

The Honourable Sheila Copps, P.C., O.C.

Ottawa, Ontario

A staunch defender of all things Canadian, Sheila Copps always stands up for what she believes in. Our first female deputy prime minister, she is best known for her contributions as the minister of Canadian Heritage and as a champion of cultural, Aboriginal and women's issues. For decades, she has encouraged women to participate in public life by supporting such groups as Equal Voice and the Famous 5 Foundation. A strong advocate for cultural diversity, she has been involved in projects as diverse as the rebuilding of a Hindu temple in Hamilton and the construction of a new school in Haiti.

Francine Décary, O.C., O.Q.

Montréal, Quebec

As a hematologist, Francine Décary is internationally renowned for her leading role in the advancement of transfusion medicine. After a remarkable career as a researcher and manager, she founded Héma-Québec, which she made into one of the most reliable and secure transfusion centres in the world and which serves as a model for others. She has also been actively involved in the scientific community within learned societies and as a professor in Canadian universities. Notably, she was the first Canadian woman to be elected as president of the International Society of Blood Transfusion.

The Honourable Kenneth (Ken) Wayne Dryden, P.C., O.C.

Toronto, Ontario

Ken Dryden is a man of versatility. As a beloved goaltender in six Stanley Cup wins, he has contributed to the sport of hockey as an athlete, team president and best-selling author of The Game. He has also contributed to public life, as Ontario's first youth commissioner, and also served as a federal cabinet minister. A champion of youth literacy and education, he personally established a post-secondary scholarship to improve access to higher learning for youth from foster homes.

Angèle Dubeau, O.C., C.Q.

Montréal, Quebec

Violin virtuoso Angèle Dubeau has had an exceptional career spanning over 35 years. One of Canada's most illustrious classical musicians, whose successful discography is unparalleled, she founded and leads La Pietà, an internationally renowned all-female string orchestra. Following her example, this ensemble distinguishes itself by its precise playing and the infectious joy that emanates from it. She has also pursued her passion for making classical music accessible to a wider audience; among other things, she is responsible for the popular Mont Tremblant music festival. She is also actively involved in her community and supports numerous causes and charities through benefit concerts.

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Colonel John Alan Gardam, O.C., O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. (Ret'd)

Ottawa, Ontario

John Gardam has spearheaded initiatives to commemorate and care for our country's veterans. Following a distinguished military career, he has dedicated his time to honouring the service of his fellow soldiers. He has served as the project director and curator of the Peacekeeping Monument, and has authored several books recounting the experiences of Canadian military personnel. In his community, he championed effective medical care for veterans as the chair of the Perley and Rideau Veterans Health Centre Foundation.

Prabhat Jha, O.C.

Toronto, Ontario

A leading figure in epidemiology, Prabhat Jha has made outstanding contributions to global health. A University of Toronto Chair in Disease Control, and the founding director of the Centre for Global Health Research at St. Michael's Hospital, he is recognized for his large-scale research on HIV/AIDS, tobacco, malaria and female feticide. His findings-notably from his work as the principal investigator of the Million Death Study, which examines premature deaths in India-have influenced health programs worldwide and have saved countless lives.

Bonnie Sherr Klein, O.C.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Bonnie Sherr Klein has used her talents to shed light on social issues and to give voice to the voiceless. An anti-war activist, filmmaker and writer, she joined the National Film Board's women's Studio D, where she famously made Not a Love Story: A Film about Pornography, which has changed attitudes around the world. After a remarkable recovery from two debilitating strokes, she widened her focus towards activism on behalf of disabled persons, notably through her groundbreaking film Shameless: the Art of Disability. She also helped to promote excellence among artists with disabilities as the co-founder of the KickstART Society for Disability Arts and Culture.

Michel Lemieux, O.C.

Montréal, Quebec

Designer, scenographer, director, composer and performer, Michel Lemieux is a groundbreaking creator and a pioneer. He integrated multimedia components into his productions, utilizing a new medium that has since become a standard in musical and theatrical direction. For over 30 years, he has made his mark, most notably as artistic co-director of Lemieux Pilon 4d art, which he also founded. He developed a unique virtual reality technology and created original, distinctive works for the stage and for large public events, including La belle et la bête and Norman. Most of his multidisciplinary creations have been presented on the world's largest stages.

Roderick Alexander Macdonald, O.C.

Montréal, Quebec

Roderick Macdonald is a respected legal scholar and leader in legal education. The F. R. Scott Professor of Constitutional and Public Law at McGill University, he is world-renowned for his work on access to justice, legal pluralism and the philosophy of law. He is also one of the foremost Canadian specialists on secured transactions and administrative law. He is widely sought after by international organizations and governments in Canada and abroad for his expertise and advice. A prolific author who is committed to publishing in French and English, he is also a beloved teacher and mentor.

M. G. Venkatesh Mannar, O.C

Ottawa, Ontario

Venkatesh Mannar has helped prevent debilitating health conditions in millions of adults and children. A chemical engineer with a background in salt production, he worked as a consultant to the United Nations, improving access to iodine-fortified salt in populations burdened with micronutrient deficiency. He leads Canada's Micronutrient Initiative, where he has dramatically expanded the organization's reach, creating a global force in providing access to life-saving nutrients, such as zinc, iron and vitamin A.

Victor Pilon, O.C., R.V.M.

Montréal, Quebec

A pioneering creator, Victor Pilon works in both the visual and performing arts. The official photographer of Royal visits to Canada for nearly 20 years, he has made his mark over three decades, most notably as artistic co-director of Lemieux Pilon 4d art. Director, scenographer and designer, he developed a unique virtual reality technology, and created original, distinctive works for the stage and for large public events, including La belle et la bête and Norman. His installation and imaging talents have greatly influenced the arts in Canada and elsewhere in the world.

Sharon Pollock, O.C.

Calgary, Alberta

For decades, Sharon Pollock has brought her passionate and provocative voice to Canadian theatre. As a playwright, she has produced an outstanding and award-winning body of work, which has both entertained and challenged audiences. Her plays have been produced by major and alternative theatres throughout North America, Europe and Asia; many of them are now considered classics in the Canadian theatre repertoire. She has also been a mentor to young playwrights and has fostered their development on the national theatre scene.

Donald Ross, O.C.

Toronto, Ontario

Chairman of Jones, Gable and Company Limited, Donald Ross is a private donor whose generous contributions have made a difference in the lives of countless Canadians. With little fanfare, he supports a wide range of causes, including the Canadian Canoe Museum, Smile Theatre, New Leaf Yoga and Students on Ice. He has been engaged in a number of conservation efforts, playing a key role in the creation of the Ninginganiq National Wildlife Area, a protected preserve for bowhead whales.

John D. Ross, O.C

Iroquois, Ontario

Broadcast engineer John Ross has changed the way we watch television. He founded Ross Video on the strength of his revolutionary television production technology. Nearly four decades later, his products are used to produce and distribute video and audio signals in over 100 countries, and are used by almost every major TV network, as well as the International Space Station. An aviation enthusiast, he designed the airport in his local community of Iroquois, Ontario, and currently serves as chair of the airport commission.

Louise Roy, O.C., O.Q.

Montréal, Québec

Louise Roy is an inspiration and a role model for women. Multitalented and dynamic, she is in demand as a manager in several fields. The first woman to head an urban transit company in Canada, she is also known for her efforts to improve governance in the corporate sector. She is held in high regard for having created critical links between the knowledge-based economy and the educational, cultural and business sectors. Former chair of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, and chancellor and chair of the Université de Montréal, she continues to be called upon as a consultant and corporate director at the national and international levels.

Danièle Sauvageau, O.C., M.S.C.

Deux-Montagnes, Quebec

Danièle Sauvageau is a leading figure in the development of women's hockey in Canada. Breaking with traditions in coaching, she rose through the ranks to become a high-level coach. Notably, she led the Canadian team to its first-ever gold medal at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. In addition, by joining the Montréal Rockets, she became the first female coach of a male major junior hockey team in Canada. Known for her innovative approach, she is sought after as a mentor by coaches in other sports and is a role model for women in sport.

Ronald P. Schlegel, O.C

Ayr, Ontario

Ronald Schlegel has made a lifelong commitment to enhancing elder care in Canada. A former professor of gerontology at the University of Waterloo, he applied his expertise to the development of retirement communities. He pioneered a model of long-term care based on a village concept, with easy access to services and social opportunities suited to continuum-of-care environments. Motivated by a long-term vision, he has endowed a research institute and a centre of excellence to explore health care innovations for Canada's aging population.


The Honourable Louise Charron, C.C.

Ottawa, Ontario

Throughout her law career, Louise Charron demonstrated extraordinary dedication to serving the public interest. Specializing in criminal law, she quickly rose through the ranks of the judiciary and set herself apart by her forward-thinking approach to social issues. She distinguished herself at the Ontario Court of Appeal, where she played a key role in advancing the rights of same-sex couples. She is also credited with a series of significant legal precedents at the Supreme Court, where she became the first Franco-Ontarian named to the highest court. Moreover, she was particularly interested in promoting French common law, developing courses and teaching material as a professor at the University of Ottawa. She has also generously contributed to the ongoing training of judges within the National Judicial Institute.


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. Members of the Royal Family, governors general and their spouses are appointed in the extraordinary category. There are no posthumous appointments.

Officers and Members may be elevated within the Order in recognition of further achievement, based on continued exceptional or extraordinary service to Canada. Usually, promotions are considered five years after the first appointment.


Any person or group is welcome to nominate a deserving individual as a candidate for appointment to the Order of Canada. Appointments are made on the recommendations of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada, an independent council chaired by the chief justice of Canada. Members of the Advisory Council on the Order of Canada reflect the diversity and excellence in Canadian society. Certain members are appointed by virtue of their office; others are appointed for a fixed term to achieve a balanced representation of the various regions of the country.

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