Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

September 14, 2011 12:05 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Invest 45 Recipients Into the Order of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 14, 2011) - 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, September 16, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. The Governor General, who is chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order, will bestow the honour on 32 Members and 13 Officers.

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)
12:00 p.m.: Interviews with recipients



Marthe Asselin-Vaillancourt, C.M., C.Q. Saguenay, Que.
Robert Bourdeau, C.M. Ottawa, Ont.
The Honourable Patricia Carney, P.C., C.M. Saturna Island, B.C.
Marc Chouinard, C.M. Memramcook, N.B.
Paul D. Copeland, C.M. Toronto, Ont.
Ollie Currie, C.M. Edmonton, Alta.
Vera Elizabeth Dewar, C.M. Stratford, P.E.I.
Pierre Fréchette, C.M., C.Q. Québec, Que.
David Halliday, C.M. Maple Ridge, B.C.
Robert D. Hare, C.M. Surrey, B.C.
Hanny Hassan, C.M. London, Ont.
Ellis Jacob, C.M. Toronto, Ont.
Gilles Julien, C.M. Montréal, Que.
Ruth E. Kajander, C.M. Thunder Bay, Ont.
Josef Kates, C.M. North York, Ont.
Jamie Kennedy, C.M. Toronto, Ont.
Jeffrey C. Lozon, C.M. Toronto, Ont.
Pierre Maranda, C.M. Québec, Que.
John McLaughlin, C.M., O.N.B. Fredericton, N.B.
Rudolph (Rudy) North, C.M. Vancouver, B.C.
Gilles G. Patry, C.M.,O.Ont. Ottawa, Ont.
Shirley Post, C.M. Peterborough, Ont.
Terrence Punch, C.M. Halifax, N.S.
Charlene M. T. Robertson, C.M. Edmonton, Alta.
Bernard Saladin d'Anglure, C.M. Québec, Que.
Jennifer Simons, C.M. Vancouver, B.C.
Ann Southam, C.M. (deceased) Toronto, Ont.
Beth Symes, C.M. Toronto, Ont.
Louis Taillefer, C.M. Québec, Que.
Robert C. P. Westbury, C.M. Edmonton, Alta.
Edwina Wetzel, C.M. Conne River, N.L.
Christopher Wiseman, C.M. Calgary, Alta.


Richard B. Baltzan, O.C. Saskatoon, Sask.
James A. Dosman, O.C., S.O.M. Saskatoon, Sask.
René Dussault, O.C., O.Q. Québec, Que.
Angela Enright, O.C. Victoria, B.C.
John Furlong, O.C. Vancouver, B.C.
Clément Gosselin, O.C. Québec, Que.
R. Brian Haynes, O.C. Dundas, Ont.
Linda Hutcheon, O.C. Toronto, Ont.
Anthony Lang, O.C. Toronto, Ont.
Terence Macartney-Filgate, O.C. Toronto, Ont.
James Orbinski, O.C., O.Ont., M.S.C. Toronto, Ont.
Julie Payette, O.C., C.Q. Montréal, Que.
Shelagh Rogers, O.C. Vancouver, B.C.



Marthe Asselin-Vaillancourt, C.M., C.Q.
Saguenay, Quebec
Member of the Order of Canada

Marthe Asselin-Vaillancourt has been actively engaged in the betterment of society for nearly 50 years. A champion of several causes, she helped to establish a shelter for abused women, held leading positions with the Fédération des femmes du Québec, and helped to set up a network of crime victims assistance centres in Quebec. Her efforts to promote greater social justice also led her to co-chair the Canadian Panel on Violence Against Women, and to share her leadership expertise with the Association québécoise de défense des droits des personnes retraitées et préretraitées.

Robert Bourdeau, C.M.
Ottawa, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

Through his talent and through the breadth and quality of his work, Robert Bourdeau has become one of Canada's pre-eminent artist-photographers. Self-taught, he developed a personal approach to photographing landscapes early on and is considered a pioneer in his field in Canada. Known for his monochromatic photos, he is renowned as a master of light. He has travelled worldwide to practise his art, with subjects ranging from natural to urban landscapes, and from still lifes to architectural studies. His works have been acquired by major galleries, including the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa and the International Center of Photography in New York.

The Honourable Patricia Carney, P.C., C.M.
Saturna Island, British Columbia
Member of the Order of Canada

Patricia Carney's achievements as a journalist, politician and senator have contributed to Canada's economic and political development. As a Cabinet minister, she helped shape Canada's economy through her leadership in negotiating the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and energy agreements with the provinces. She has been a strong advocate for arthritis research, equal rights for women, and the preservation of Canada's heritage lighthouses and maritime history.

Marc Chouinard, C.M.
Memramcook, New Brunswick
Member of the Order of Canada

Marc Chouinard has long played a role in developing the cultural environment of his province. Artists' manager, festival organizer and general manager of the Capitol Theatre in Moncton, he also oversaw the creation of and chaired the FrancoFête en Acadie, and served as one of the managers of the Sommet de la Francophonie, in Moncton. A passionate advocate of Acadian culture and bilingualism, he made the East Coast Music Awards that were held in Moncton a bilingual musical event. He is a mentor who promotes the next generation of artists and who has brought his experience to various organizations, including the Canada Music Council.

Paul D. Copeland, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

Paul Copeland is a strong proponent of social justice and a defender of the disadvantaged. A lawyer specializing in criminal and national security defence, he played a key role in the creation of the Law Union of Ontario, which uses the law as an instrument of social change. A life bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, he has served as vice-chair of its Legal Aid Committee and as chair of its Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee. He has also been strongly involved with the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted. As well, he is an advocate for democracy in Myanmar, helping to lead such groups as the Canadian Campaign for Free Burma.

Ollie Currie, C.M.
Edmonton, Alberta
Member of the Order of Canada

For more than 35 years, Ollie Currie has supported competitive swimming in Canada. A dedicated volunteer, she has given countless hours to serve as manager of Canadian swim teams competing at the World Aquatic Games, the Pan-Am Games, the Commonwealth Games and the Olympic Games. She has also managed Canadian Paralympic swimmers, supporting the team at three Paralympic Games. Highly regarded as a mentor to athletes, coaches and administrators, she has also served on the boards of various sports organizations, and was appointed chef de mission to the 1994 World Aquatic Championships.

Vera Elizabeth Dewar, C.M.
Stratford, Prince Edward Island
Member of the Order of Canada

For decades, Vera Dewar has championed advancements in nursing education in her province. She was a pivotal leader in founding the PEI School of Nursing and in establishing the School of Nursing at the University of Prince Edward Island. After her retirement, she personally funded scholarships for nursing students. Throughout her career as an educator, this role model has inspired students and colleagues to strive for excellence in nursing education and practice.

Pierre Fréchette, C.M., C.Q.
Québec, Quebec
Member of the Order of Canada

Pierre Fréchette is a leader in the field of traumatology in Quebec. An emergency physician at the Hôpital de l'Enfant-Jésus for nearly 40 years, he played a key role in reforming the emergency system, and in creating and implementing Quebec's traumatology program. He helped to save countless lives by developing and setting up the Service d'évacuations aéromédicales du Québec, a program that allows people living in isolated regions to be transported quickly to appropriate hospitals. Moreover, he worked to establish the Centre d'expertise pour victimes de brûlures graves de l'Est du Québec.

David Halliday, C.M.
Maple Ridge, British Columbia
Member of the Order of Canada

A mechanical engineer widely known for his innovative thinking, David Halliday is a model of Canadian ingenuity. President of Dynamic Structures, he has been responsible for the design and construction of some of the largest and most sensitive observatory telescopes in the world, including the Atacama Cosmology Telescope, in Chile. He has also helped to develop Canada's long-range plan for astronomy and astrophysics through his involvement with the Canadian Coalition for Astronomy. More recently, he has played a key role in designing state-of-the-art roller coasters for the amusement ride industry, the most popular being the new Harry Potter rides at Universal Orlando Resort.

Robert D. Hare, C.M.
Surrey, British Columbia
Member of the Order of Canada

Robert Hare is an important contributor to the field of forensic psychology. His pioneering research led to the development of the PCL-R, a diagnostic tool widely used in basic research and in the criminal justice system to assess offenders for psychopathy, treatment options and risk of recidivism. He is sought after for his expertise by national and international law enforcement agencies, including the RCMP, Her Majesty's Prison Service and the FBI. As an author, he has played an important role in educating the public and shedding light on a field that is often sensationalized and little understood.

Hanny Hassan, C.M.
London, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

Hanny Hassan works to enhance understanding between cultures and religions through collaboration and co-operation. An engineer by training, he has been active in everything from grassroots organizations that help immigrants, to the National Muslim Christian Liaison Committee and its efforts to facilitate dialogue between Muslims and Christians. President of the Council of Muslim Communities of Canada for almost two decades, he has worked on advisory committees for Omni Television, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council and the Attorney General of Ontario.

Ellis Jacob, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

Ellis Jacob is a business executive and philanthropist. As president and CEO of Cineplex Entertainment, he has established a strong Canadian movie theatre industry, employing thousands of people in Canada and bringing the theatre experience to mid-size communities that were previously not served. He has also contributed to the Toronto International Film Festival in numerous roles, notably as a member of its board of directors. In addition, he helps in the leadership of the Baycrest Centre for Geriatrics, the Baycrest Foundation and Mount Sinai Hospital.

Gilles Julien, C.M.
Montréal, Quebec
Member of the Order of Canada

Known as the father of social pediatrics in Quebec, Gilles Julien works to improve the health and living conditions of at-risk children. He developed a global approach and set up centres for social pediatrics that offer children and their families a range of services. Working with schools, communities, the legal profession and hospitals, he fights poverty, exclusion, drop-out rates and violence against children. He also founded and chairs a foundation that bears his name, and has published several works, including Soigner différemment les enfants.

Ruth E. Kajander, C.M.
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For over 50 years, Ruth Kajander has worked tirelessly to care for people with psychiatric illnesses in Northern Ontario. She is the founding director of the former Port Arthur Mental Health Clinic, and has since worked in both private practice and hospital settings. Early in her career, she was one of the first psychiatrists to recognize the value of antipsychotic medication in the treatment of schizophrenia. She was also the first woman to serve as president of the Ontario Psychiatric Association and the Thunder Bay Medical Association.

Josef Kates, C.M.
North York, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

Josef Kates is one of the pioneers in the design, development and application of computer technology in Canada. In the 1940s, he helped to construct the first computer at the University of Toronto, and later designed the first digital game-playing machine. He established Canada's first computer consulting business and created the first computerized traffic control system. Moreover, he made Canada's first health insurance system viable by computerization and solved a congestion problem that threatened the traffic through the Welland Canal.

Jamie Kennedy, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

Jamie Kennedy is a leader in the culinary arts. Throughout his three decades as a chef, he has been one of the first to promote Canadian cuisine in restaurants, and proudly supports local producers, sustainable agriculture and the consumption of organic food. He has co-founded such organizations as the Endangered Fish Alliance, which encourages Canadians not to eat endangered types of fish, and Feast of Fields, an advocacy group that promotes organic food through the establishment of Toronto's first organic farmers' market. A generous mentor, he has trained many apprentices to whom he has passed on his values.

Jeffrey C. Lozon, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

Jeffrey Lozon has demonstrated a profound commitment to improving the quality of health care for Canadians and especially Ontarians. As president and chief executive officer of St. Michael's Hospital, he brought vision and leadership, guiding the hospital through a major financial turnaround and merger. He helped establish Canada's first inner-city health program, as well as the Centre for Global Health Research. As one of Canada's most influential health care administrators, he served as deputy minister of Health and Long-Term Care for the Province of Ontario, as vice-chair of Canada Health Infoway and was the inaugural chair of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.

Pierre Maranda, C.M.
Québec, Quebec
Member of the Order of Canada

Pierre Maranda is a prominent figure in modern anthropology in Canada. Professor emeritus at Université Laval and still practising, he expanded the field of social anthropology through an innovative approach drawing on philosophy, literature, mathematics and computer sciences. He is one of the leading experts on Melanesian ethnology and the first to have approached and lived among the Lau people, one of the Solomon Islands peoples least known in the world.

John McLaughlin, C.M., O.N.B.
Fredericton, New Brunswick
Member of the Order of Canada

A man of vision, John McLaughlin has significantly contributed to the innovation agenda in New Brunswick. Former president of the University of New Brunswick, he is highly regarded for building partnerships with other post-secondary institutions in the province to provide improved educational opportunities for students. His commitment to fostering economic and social development in his region has resulted in the creation of such initiatives and organizations as the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation, the New Brunswick Business Council, and 21inc, a program that engages youth in planning for the province's future.

Rudolph (Rudy) North, C.M.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Member of the Order of Canada

Rudy North is a passionate and generous leader in the protection of British Columbia's natural environment. A founder of two successful investment firms, he has given away millions of dollars to various organizations, including the Vancouver Aquarium, the Rivers Institute at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and the Nature Trust of British Columbia. His philanthropy has helped to advance research, promote public dialogue and support the long-term sustainability of environmental conservation projects, including the internationally recognized Great Bear Rainforest project.

Gilles G. Patry, C.M.,O.Ont.
Ottawa, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

An accomplished scientist and experienced administrator, Gilles Patry is a key figure in the academic and engineering sectors. At the University of Ottawa, he held several senior positions, including dean of the Faculty of Engineering; vice-president, Academic; and later, president and vice-chancellor of the university. Among his many achievements are the expansion of co-operative education programs and the creation of the Research Chairs in Canadian Francophonie. Equally renowned for his research into the treatment of waste water and drinking water, he was the president and founder of Hydromantis Inc., a consulting firm of field experts.

Shirley Post, C.M.
Peterborough, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

Shirley Post has long been a determined and influential proponent of improved health care for children. She was the driving force behind the establishment of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, in Ottawa, and served as its first director of nursing, helping to oversee the institution's development. She headed the Canadian Institute of Child Health, as well as the Washington-based Association for the Care of Children's Health. Also active as a volunteer, she helped to steer the Canadian Standards Association's work on child-resistant packaging and children's playground guidelines. In her retirement, she continues to volunteer with numerous health care organizations.

Terrence Punch, C.M.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Member of the Order of Canada

Terrence Punch has been instrumental in the development and promotion of genealogy in the Maritimes. For more than four decades, he has dedicated his time to genealogical studies and is recognized as an expert in German and Irish immigration in Nova Scotia. He has played an important role in popularizing this field through a radio phone-in show and by publishing the first comprehensive handbook on genealogical research in Atlantic Canada. His passion for, and encyclopedic knowledge of, genealogy has helped to educate Canadians on the role that family history plays in understanding the development of our country.

Charlene M. T. Robertson, C.M.
Edmonton, Alberta
Member of the Order of Canada

Charlene Robertson is a leader in outcomes research for neonatal and pediatric intensive care. Her research examining the effectiveness of different treatments for those who suffer from medical problems at birth and in early life has helped to improve the care and health of children. Professor emeritus in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta, she was instrumental in developing the Neonatal Follow-up Clinic, the Western Canadian Complex Pediatric Therapies Follow-up Program, and the Pediatric Rehabilitation Outcomes Unit. Over the years, she has participated in numerous national, provincial and international committees.

Bernard Saladin d'Anglure, C.M.
Québec, Quebec
Member of the Order of Canada

Bernard Saladin d'Anglure has spent over 55 years working to preserve and educate others about Inuit culture. A renowned anthropologist and one of the leading experts on shamanism and the Inuit, he is a guardian of what was being forgotten: customs, myths, and the names of places and people. Professor emeritus at Université Laval, he founded the Groupe d'études inuit et circumpolaires, which later became the Centre interuniversitaire d'études et de recherches autochtones (CIÉRA), and he contributed to the university's ranking as one of the top world-class centres for education and research on the Inuit and Aboriginal peoples.

Jennifer Simons, C.M.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Member of the Order of Canada

Jennifer Simons has demonstrated a strong lifetime commitment to peace and disarmament as an activist and philanthropist. Founder and president of The Simons Foundation, which supports a wide range of disarmament and peace efforts, she is also the co-founder and a former director of the Simons Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Research at the University of British Columbia. She has given her time to organizations that promote peace at the local, national and international levels, and has helped to steer Simon Fraser University and the University of Northern British Columbia through her service on their respective boards of governors.

Ann Southam, C.M. (deceased)
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

Recognized as our nation's best-known minimalist composer, Ann Southam was praised for the subtlety and emotional character of her music. She was the Toronto Dance Theatre's resident composer for a number of years, and created dozens of original pieces for choreographers and dance companies. Also a generous philanthropist, she was a strong supporter of arts and women's organizations, and was the principal sponsor of the first all-orchestral concert of works by women composers, held in 1998. As well, she was a committed volunteer, notably as a founder and honorary president of the Association of Canadian Women Composers.

Her brother, Mr. Christopher Southam, will receive the insignia for Ms. Ann Southam.

Beth Symes, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

Beth Symes is dedicated to reinforcing and expanding equality and human rights in Canada. A lawyer and activist, she has been described as a trailblazer, both for women in the law and in representing those who feel they have little or no voice within the legal system. She is known for her generosity in taking on pro bono clients, and was pivotal in the founding and development of the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund, which is dedicated to ensuring the rights of women and girls in Canada. She has also given of her time and expertise to help lead numerous other legal, health care and social justice organizations.

Louis Taillefer, C.M.
Québec, Quebec
Member of the Order of Canada

An eminent physicist, Louis Taillefer studies the behaviour of electrons in matter. His innovative research on superconductors has shed light on why certain materials can conduct electricity without loss of energy—a property that could revolutionize the transmission of energy and the manipulation of data. Professor and Canada Research Chair at the Université de Sherbrooke, he is the director of the Quantum Materials program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Passionate explorer and initiator of numerous discoveries, he is a role model and source of inspiration for his students and collaborators.

Robert C. P. Westbury, C.M.
Edmonton, Alberta
Member of the Order of Canada

Robert Westbury has been a tireless volunteer in Alberta for over 50 years. A respected leader in the business community, he has supported myriad organizations and causes over the years. The Alberta Expert Advisory Panel on Health, the Learning Partnership, the Citadel Theatre, and the Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research have all benefited from his acumen. His public spiritedness has also extended to fundraising activities in support of Fringe Theatre Adventures, Kids with Cancer, and the United Way. Currently, as TELUS' chief advisor, Relations and Innovation Edmonton Capital Region, he continues in his singular commitment to volunteerism.

Edwina Wetzel, C.M.
Conne River, Newfoundland and Labrador
Member of the Order of Canada

Edwina Wetzel empowers her community through education. When the Conne River First Nation assumed control of its own pedagogical system in 1986, she was named director of education. Since then, her insightful guidance has been pivotal to the development of a modern education system that has incorporated Mi'kmaq history, language and cultural values into the curriculum. She also made adult education a priority, providing skills upgrading for band members of all ages, which resulted in economic growth in the community. As well, she has been involved with various organizations, such as the National Indigenous Literacy Association.

Christopher Wiseman, C.M.
Calgary, Alberta
Member of the Order of Canada

For decades, Christopher Wiseman has nurtured Alberta's emerging and established writers. A former professor, he founded the creative writing program at the University of Calgary. While there, he was one of the first to introduce the workshop model for teaching this subject at the university level, which has now become the standard classroom technique. As a poet, short fiction and scholarly writer, he is the author of many books and has served on the juries for many writing competitions. As well, he was a board member of the Alberta Foundation for the Literary Arts, and was founding vice-president and, later, president of the Writers Guild of Alberta.


Richard B. Baltzan, O.C.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Officer of the Order of Canada

A distinguished medical specialist and administrator, Richard Baltzan has helped to improve the quality of patient care locally, provincially and nationally. As chief of medicine at St. Paul's Hospital in Saskatoon, he was instrumental in establishing such treatment programs as renal transplants, same-day surgeries and hemodialysis for individuals suffering from kidney disease. Former president of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, he is a leader in his profession and has promoted the highest standards of medical education in our country.

James A. Dosman, O.C., S.O.M.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Officer of the Order of Canada

James Dosman has worked tirelessly to protect the health and safety of farm workers and their families. Recognized as the father of agricultural medicine in Canada, he conducted pioneering research in a field that examines the health risks associated with agriculture. As the founding director of the Centre for Agricultural Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, he spearheaded numerous initiatives, including the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture, and the Agricultural Health and Safety Network. Through his work, he has helped to stimulate research, develop guidelines and educate agricultural workers around the world.

René Dussault, O.C., O.Q.
Québec, Quebec
Officer of the Order of Canada

René Dussault has devoted his career to advancing law and promoting equality. This respected jurist and former justice of the Quebec Court of Appeal first left his mark in public administration, notably as founding president of the Office des professions du Québec and deputy minister of Justice. In addition, as co-chair of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, he produced a remarkable report that helped shed new light on their claims and aspirations. He was also involved in legal education and has written or co-authored a great many publications, including Administrative Law: A Treatise, a seminal work in Canada today.

Angela Enright, O.C.
Victoria, British Columbia
Officer of the Order of Canada

Angela Enright is devoted to advancing safe anesthesia practices in Canada and abroad. A clinical professor, medical director and anesthesiologist, she is also the first woman to serve as president of the Canadian Anesthesiolgist's Society and the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists. She has travelled to many underserved countries, including Rwanda and Nepal, to improve education and safety standards by establishing anesthesia training programs. She continues to contribute to patient safety worldwide through the World Health Organization's Safe Surgery Saves Lives project.

John Furlong, O.C.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Officer of the Order of Canada

John Furlong's commitment and passion have inspired Canadians to demonstrate our true spirit and sporting excellence to the world. As chief executive officer of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, he successfully led one of the world's largest sporting events. Throughout the 10 years of planning and preparations leading up to the Games, and during its six-week run, he helped to create a vision of Canada as a diverse and energetic northern country. Our Olympic success was due in large part to his role in nurturing partnerships, particularly with the Four Host First Nations, ensuring they benefited from economic opportunities linked to the Games. As well, he spent many years building grassroots support for the development of British Columbia's and Canada's athletes and coaches.

Clément Gosselin, O.C.
Québec, Quebec
Officer of the Order of Canada

Clément Gosselin is an international authority in the field of parallel mechanisms and articulated robotic hands. Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and holder of the Canada Research Chair in Robotics and Mechatronics at Université Laval, he is also the founder and director of Université Laval's Robotics Laboratory. Under his direction, one of the laboratory's achievements was to help develop an underactuated robotic hand for the Canadarm. A role model for young scientists, he continues to promote excellence in university research and innovation.

R. Brian Haynes, O.C.
Dundas, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

Brian Haynes is a world leader in health informatics. He is one of the originators of evidence-based medicine and has contributed to the evolution of clinical medicine in Canada and abroad. Founder and chief of the Health Information Research Unit at McMaster University and a highly respected innovator, he has developed several services to facilitate ready access to high-quality research, including a health knowledge refinery, and customized alerting services for physicians, nurses and rehabilitation professionals. By improving how information is identified, selected and presented to clinicians, he has significantly improved knowledge sharing, clinical decision making and patient care worldwide.

Linda Hutcheon, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

Linda Hutcheon is a luminary of literary criticism and theory. A specialist in postmodernism, she is widely credited with changing the way Western literature, and notably Canadian writing, is studied and understood. Professor emeritus at the University of Toronto, she has earned numerous prestigious awards and honours. Her wide range of volunteer work includes serving as an advisor to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, as an assessor on the Killam Prize jury, and as a board member for the Canadian Opera Company.

Anthony Lang, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

An internationally recognized authority in the neurological field of movement disorders, Anthony Lang has advanced the understanding of Parkinson's disease. He is a professor at and director of the Division of Neurology at the University of Toronto, and holds a chair in Parkinson's disease research at the Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases. He initiated the Movement Disorders Clinic, at the Toronto Western Hospital, now the largest of its kind in Canada and one of the best known in the world. Over the years, he has provided leadership to Parkinson Society Canada, the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the Tourette Syndrome Association.

Terence Macartney-Filgate, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

Terence Macartney-Filgate is a groundbreaking documentary filmmaker and cinematographer whose work has been influential for more than 50 years. One of the pioneers of cinéma-vérité, he helped to refine this unscripted, observational approach to documentary making as it evolved at the National Film Board of Canada and then in the United States. He is also known as a generous teacher and mentor.

James Orbinski, O.C., O.Ont., M.S.C.
Toronto, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

James Orbinski has spent his career combining medicine with humanitarianism. Through his numerous roles with Médecins Sans Frontières, including that of president, and as co-founder of Dignitas International, he has improved health care delivery and made medicine more accessible for some of the most vulnerable people in the world. Committed to building a more compassionate society, he has raised awareness of global humanitarian crises, and has been a witness for those who have been silenced by war, genocide and starvation. He remains an influential and inspiring figure who challenges everyone to join him in advocating for a more just, safe and peaceful world.

Julie Payette, O.C., C.Q.
Montréal, Quebec
Officer of the Order of Canada

Julie Payette is a source of inspiration and a remarkable international ambassador for Canadian engineering. Both an engineer and an astronaut, she has two space missions to her credit. She is the first Canadian to board the International Space Station and to take part in its assembly by operating the Canadian robotic arms. She is also the first woman to serve as lead communicator between the ground controllers at the Mission Control Center in Houston, Texas, and the astronauts in flight. She has held various positions with the Canadian Space Agency, including chief astronaut for several years. Known for her warm personality and talent as an orator, she is in demand as a speaker and is an extraordinary role model for women and young people.

Shelagh Rogers, O.C.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Officer of the Order of Canada

Shelagh Rogers is a passionate journalist, activist and promoter of all things Canadian. A nationally renowned radio broadcaster, she is best known for hosting the CBC's "This Morning" and "Sounds Like Canada." Also highly regarded for her advocacy work, she has spoken out to help destigmatize mental illness, and has raised awareness and funds for adult literacy initiatives. She now champions reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people as an honorary witness to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.


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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