Media Advisory - Governor General to Invest 45 Recipients into the Order of Canada

OTTAWA, Nov. 16, 2015 /CNW/ - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will preside over an Order of Canada investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. The Governor General, who is chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order, will bestow the honour on 12 Officers and 33 Members.

The Order of Canada was created in 1967, during Canada's centennial year, to recognize 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.

At this ceremony, the Governor General will also honour the late Joseph Rotman, O.C., M.S.C., with the Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division). The decoration will be presented to his wife, Mrs. Sandra Rotman.

A schedule for the investiture ceremony, the list of recipients with citations, and a backgrounder on the Order of Canada are attached.

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CEREMONY SCHEDULE


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 Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division)

The Governor General presents the insignia of the Order of Canada

(Officers first, followed by Members)

11:45 a.m.:

Interviews with recipients

 

RECIPIENTS

MERITORIOUS SERVICE CROSS (CIVIL DIVISION)

 

Joseph Rotman, O.C., M.S.C. (deceased)

Toronto, Ontario

 

OFFICERS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

 

Mark Carney, O.C.

London, U.K. and Ottawa, Ont.

Harvey Max Chochinov, O.C., O.M.

Winnipeg, Man.

James Gordon Cuddy, O.C.

Toronto, Ont.

Judson Graham Day, O.C., O.N.S., C.D.

Hantsport, N.S.

Gerald Hunter Finley, O.C.

Mark Cross, Crowborough, U.K. and Montréal, Que.

Catherine Frazee, O.C.

Canning, N.S.

Colonel Chris Austin Hadfield, O.C., O.Ont., M.S.C., C.D. (Ret'd)

Sarnia, Ont.

James Gregory Keelor, O.C.

Toronto, Ont.

Mark Lautens, O.C.

Toronto, Ont.

Wendy Levinson, O.C.

Toronto, Ont.

The Honourable Allen Linden, O.C.

Toronto, Ont.

James Rodger Miller, O.C., S.O.M.

Saskatoon, Sask.

 

MEMBERS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

 

The Honourable Jacob Austin, P.C., C.M., O.B.C.

Vancouver, B.C.

Kenneth MacClure Baird, C.M.

Ottawa, Ont.

Mitchell A. Baran, C.M. (deceased)

London, Ont.

Daniel Bertolino, C.M.

Montréal, Que.

Josiane Boulad-Ayoub, C.M.

Montréal, Que.

Wendy Marion Cecil, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Jagannath Prasad Das, C.M.

Edmonton, Alta.

Michael DeGagné, C.M., O.Ont.

North Bay, Ont.

Edgar J. Dosman, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Marcia "Kappy" Flanders, C.M., M.S.M.

Montréal, Que.

Brenda Louise Gallie, C.M., O.Ont.

Toronto, Ont.

Christophe Guy, C.M., O.Q.

Montréal, Que.

Mel Hoppenheim, C.M.

Montréal, Que.

Monique Jérôme-Forget, C.M., O.Q.

Montréal, Que.

Patrick Johnston, C.M.

Roslin, Ont.

Donna Soble Kaufman, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Guy Gavriel Kay, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Arthur Alexander Kube, C.M.

Surrey, B.C.

Grégoire Legendre, C.M.

Québec, Que.

Jens Lindemann, C.M.

Pacific Palisades, California, U.S.A., and Edmonton, Alta.

Michel Louvain, C.M., C.Q.

Montréal, Que.

Keith MacLellan, C.M.

Bristol, Que.

Thomas J. Marrie, C.M.

Halifax, N.S.

The Honourable Michael A. Meighen, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Fiona Nelson, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Cal Nichols, C.M.

Edmonton, Alta.

Charles E. Pascal, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Hubert Sacy, C.M., C.Q.

Montréal, Que.

H. Olav Slaymaker, C.M.

Vancouver, B.C.

Morley Torgov, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Barbara Turnbull, C.M. (deceased)

Toronto, Ont.

V. Prem Watsa, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

H. Bruce Williams, C.M.

Montréal, Que.

 

RECIPIENTS' CITATIONS

MERITORIOUS SERVICE CROSS (CIVIL DIVISION)


The civil division of the Meritorious Service Decorations recognizes an individual for a remarkable achievement accomplished over a limited period of time.

Joseph Rotman, O.C., M.S.C. (deceased)
Toronto, Ontario

As chair of the Canada Council for the Arts, as a patron of education and as a philanthropist, Joe Rotman built bridges across sectors to promote innovation, nurture creativity and share Canadian arts at home and abroad. Through his tremendous leadership and loyal service, including many years on the Advisory Council of the Order of Canada, he touched people, transformed organizations, and helped in building a stronger Canada.

The decoration presented to the late Mr. Joseph Rotman will be received by his wife,
Mrs. Sandra Rotman, C.M., O.Ont.

OFFICERS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

Mark Carney, O.C.
London, United Kingdom and Ottawa, Ontario

Mark Carney is a leader in the development of monetary and financial-sector policies in Canada and around the world. Dedicated to the public good, he left a successful career in the financial industry to answer the call to public service, ascending to the position of governor of the Bank of Canada. In this role, he was one of the key players in steering the Canadian economy through the global economic crisis, championing clear communication and predictability. His distinguished leadership led to his appointment as chair of the Financial Stability Board and as governor of the Bank of England, the first non-Briton to be appointed to the position.

Harvey Max Chochinov, O.C., O.M.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Harvey Max Chochinov is as an international leader in the field of palliative care. A distinguished professor and Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care, he has studied the psychosocial dimensions of palliative medicine, which include patient dignity, communication and existential suffering. His innovative "dignity therapy" approach is now being used by health care providers worldwide. Co-founder of the Canadian Virtual Hospice, he has been a guiding force in the development of an online palliative care resource centre that provides support and personalized information to patients, families, health providers, researchers, educators and policy makers across Canada.

James Gordon Cuddy, O.C. and James Gregory Keelor, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario

Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor are Canadian rock music icons. Guitarists, vocalists and songwriters, they have achieved critical acclaim through their band Blue Rodeo, and separately, as solo musicians. Beloved from coast to coast, they have been a force in Canadian music for over a quarter century, delighting audiences in metropolitan centres, rural towns and northern inlets. They are also models of giving back to the community, supporting Canadian Armed Forces personnel, amateur athletes and a variety of charitable causes.

Judson Graham Day, O.C., O.N.S., C.D.
Hantsport, Nova Scotia

Graham Day has made important and lasting contributions to the business and voluntary sectors both at home and abroad. As a lawyer, a corporate executive and a director, he has been sought out by industry players for his strategic thinking, for his commitment to fostering emerging leaders, and for his reputation for delivering results. In addition, his volunteerism has been broad and varied: he provides advice to small-town businesses and rolls up his sleeves in support of community-based charitable initiatives and fundraisers. He also served as chancellor of Dalhousie University.

Gerald Hunter Finley, O.C.
Mark Cross, Crowborough, United Kingdom and Montréal, Quebec

Baritone Gerald Finley stands in the first rank of the world's classical musicians. His vocal talents and dramatic interpretations have taken him to opera houses and concert halls around the globe and have earned him great international acclaim. Known for his versatility, he has sung all the major baritone roles of Mozart, excelled as a recitalist, and brought leading roles in contemporary opera to life, notably that of J. Robert Oppenheimer in Doctor Atomic. Always mindful of his roots, he returns often to Canada to perform and to share his passion for the stage with emerging artists.

Catherine Frazee, O.C.
Canning, Nova Scotia

Catherine Frazee challenges the way we think about disability. Professor emerita at the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University, she has written extensively on disability rights, identity and culture, often drawing on her own experience as a person with a disability and as the former head of Ontario's human rights commission. Co-founder of a disability arts festival and a historic exhibit, she has showcased artists, writers and performers, fostering an appreciation for their arts and culture. She also helps steer many national organizations, including the Canadian Association for Community Living and the Abilities Arts Festival.

Colonel Chris Austin Hadfield, O.C., O.Ont., M.S.C., C.D. (Ret'd)
Sarnia, Ontario

Chris Hadfield has inspired Canadians to reach new heights. His childhood dream of becoming an astronaut led him to study and train as an engineer, and then to a distinguished career as an Air Force test pilot before he was selected for the Canadian astronaut corps. Over the next 20 years, he flew on three missions to space, and served as chief capsule communicator for 25 space shuttle missions. In 2012, he became the first Canadian to command the International Space Station, where his gift for sharing the wonders of space flight captured the global imagination and created renewed interest in scientific discovery.

Mark Lautens, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario

Mark Lautens is changing how the next generation of medicines will be made. A professor and industrial research chair in organic synthesis at the University of Toronto, he has made globally significant contributions to organic chemistry. He has simplified the steps needed to create complex compounds and invented chemical processes that enable the design of new medicinal molecules, ultimately reducing the environmental impact of pharmaceutical drugs. He is also known as a beloved mentor who is dedicated to training future leaders of academia and industry.

Wendy Levinson, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario

Wendy Levinson is a guiding force in the medical community and a catalyst for improved patient care. She has steered prominent institutions in the United States and Canada, notably as chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and as chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Her research has led to advances in physician-patient communication and greater transparency in the disclosure of medical errors. She also developed and leads Choosing Wisely Canada, an internationally emulated campaign designed to improve the quality of our health care system.

The Honourable Allen Linden, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario

Allen Linden has been a major force in the legal community for half a century.  A long-time professor at Osgoode Hall, he played a decisive role in transforming Canadian tort law into a tool capable of helping the wronged in their struggle for justice. He was elevated from academia to the bench of the Supreme Court of Ontario and later, as its president, guided the Law Reform Commission of Canada through a contentious period in our legal history.  After over 30 years on the bench, he retired with great distinction from the Federal Court of Appeal and continues to be an active contributor to jurisprudence through his teaching, lecturing, writing and arbitrating.

James Rodger Miller, O.C., S.O.M.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Historian Jim Miller authored the first-ever accounts of Canada's residential school system and the history of relations between Aboriginal peoples and the first settlers. His even-handed and definitive scholarship played a crucial role in introducing these subjects into the public consciousness during the 1980s and 1990s. Since then, he has emerged as one of our foremost experts on Aboriginal treaties and residential schools, and he has contributed to the healing and reconciliation process by chronicling the shared history of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians.

MEMBERS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

The Honourable Jacob Austin, P.C., C.M., O.B.C.
Vancouver, British Columbia

Jack Austin has made outstanding contributions to public life as a political advisor, cabinet minister and long-serving senator. Adept at building partnerships, he has been instrumental in numerous initiatives including Expo 86, the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Nisga'a Final Agreement, the Pacific Gateway Strategy and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. He has also been a champion of our global trade relations, notably with the Asia-Pacific region. As a testimony to his commitment, both the chair in Asian economies and the centre for Asia-Pacific business studies at Simon Fraser University bear his name. He is also an honorary professor at the University of British Columbia's Institute of Asian Research.

Kenneth MacClure Baird, C.M.
Ottawa, Ontario

Kenneth Baird has made significant contributions to both fundamental research and applied science. As the head of optical physics at the National Research Council of Canada, he was a leader in metrology, the science of precise physical measurement. He played a key role in using light waves to define the standard International Metre, resulting in greater accuracy in calculations. He also co-led the efforts to update the precise values of the speed of light, and helped develop a technique for coating documents with reflective film that helps protect our currency against counterfeiting

Mitchell A. Baran, C.M. (deceased)
London, Ontario

Mitchell Baran was a model of engagement in Ontario's health sciences community. As the long-standing CEO of Trudell Medical Limited, he shaped the firm into a global supplier of medical devices for patients suffering from respiratory ailments. An advocate for Canada's knowledge economy, he generously supported research at Canadian hospitals, as well as at Western University, and was the founding chairman of Let's Talk Science, which promotes science literacy among students.

The insignia presented to the late Mr. Mitchell Baran will be received by his son,
Mr. George Baran.

Daniel Bertolino, C.M.
Montréal, Quebec

President and co-founder of the Groupe Via le Monde production company, Daniel Bertolino is first and foremost a tireless explorer and exceptional documentary filmmaker. Since the late 1960s, he has travelled across five continents, producing and shooting nearly 1 000 films that have opened multiple windows onto the world. Through a compassionate lens, he has given us greater insight into different cultures and invited us to consider major international issues. Moreover, he has been a guide and mentor to the next generation, notably for working with young filmmakers from Aboriginal and other cultural communities.

Josiane Boulad-Ayoub, C.M.
Montréal, Quebec

Josiane Boulad-Ayoub is an expert on modern and political philosophy, as well as the philosophy of law. Professor emeritus at the Université du Québec à Montréal, she also holds the first chair in philosophy recognized in North America by UNESCO, and her work serves as a crucible of reflection on the values of democracy and the culture of peace. Actively involved in her field, she served as president of the Canadian Philosophical Association and edited Philosophica, Canada's oldest philosophy collection, published by the University of Ottawa Press. She has also shared her knowledge at a number of universities, including the University of Oxford.

Wendy Marion Cecil, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

Wendy Cecil has demonstrated an abiding commitment to education, health care and the arts. A businesswoman and volunteer, she has shared her strategic planning, leadership and valuable counsel with a host of institutions, including the University of Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the Canadian Canoe Museum and the Toronto Public Library. At St. Michael's Hospital, she was instrumental in the development of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. Currently chancellor of Victoria University in Toronto, she continues to make a difference through her civic engagement

Jagannath Prasad Das, C.M.
Edmonton, Alberta

J. P. Das is credited with the development of one of the first "brain-based" theories of intelligence. Unlike the traditional IQ test, his Das-Naglieri Cognitive Assessment System focuses on cognitive processing and helps in the diagnosis of learning difficulties. A professor emeritus of educational psychology, and a former director of the Centre on Developmental and Learning Disabilities at the University of Alberta, he is internationally recognized for his work in the field of cognitive psychology. He has also constructed both an assessment framework and practical tools designed to improve children's reading, mathematics and cognitive processes.

Michael DeGagné, C.M., O.Ont.
North Bay, Ontario

Michael DeGagné's determination and presence have placed him at the forefront of efforts to improve the well-being of Aboriginal people. As executive director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, he oversaw funding for more than 1 300 projects in communities across Canada that directly addressed the healing needs of the survivors of the residential school system. Currently the president of Nipissing University, he is the first Aboriginal person to lead a chartered university in Canada, and continues to transform it into a place of support and opportunity for Aboriginal students.

Edgar J. Dosman, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

Through tireless professional and public advocacy, Edgar J. Dosman made the case that Canada could play an influential role in Latin America's pursuit of democratic governance, peace, and economic and social progress. A gifted educator and long-time professor at York University, he was the first executive director of the Canadian Foundation for the Americas and was an early proponent of Canada's increased engagement with the western hemisphere. As the author of numerous publications, he has made immeasurable contributions to the study of international relations and development in Canada, and has had a formative influence on a generation of students.

Marcia "Kappy" Flanders, C.M., M.S.M.
Montréal, Quebec

Kappy Flanders is a relentless advocate for improved palliative care treatment. Driven by her compassion for the dying, and committed to the fight against lung cancer, she created McGill University's Chair in Palliative Medicine. She also co-founded the Council on Palliative Care to engage and inform the community on end-of-life issues. More recently, she played an important role in broadening public awareness about cutting-edge developments in medical science by launching McGill's popular Mini-Med lecture series.

Brenda Louise Gallie, C.M., O.Ont.
Toronto, Ontario

Brenda Gallie has improved care for childhood eye cancer patients and has advanced our understanding of the genetics of cancer. As an ophthalmologist and scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children and the University Health Network, and as a professor at the University of Toronto, she has conducted research on retinoblastoma, a rare eye cancer that affects children. She applied her studies on cancer-initiating genes to identify mutations responsible for the disease and developed a highly sensitive diagnostic test for families. She also founded the One Retinoblastoma World network, which identifies the latest advances in patient care to optimize treatment everywhere.

Christophe Guy, C.M., O.Q.
Montréal, Quebec

As the CEO of Polytechnique Montréal, Christophe Guy has transformed this institution into a world leader in engineering research and innovation. An authority in the field of environmental engineering, he is a keen supporter of a number of start-up companies and is known for his ardent promotion of partnerships between academia and industry. Sensitive to the social environment in which science takes place, he has also actively encouraged the entry of women into the field of engineering.

Mel Hoppenheim, C.M.
Montréal, Quebec

Mel Hoppenheim is a driving force in our film industry. Founder and president of Mel's Cité du Cinéma, Canada's largest film and television production facility, he has helped Montréal to blossom as a movie-making centre, attracting some of the biggest Hollywood films. Also known for his philanthropy, he has initiated scholarships to develop talent within the Canadian industry and generously supports Concordia University's Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, and many other educational, community and health care organizations.

Monique Jérôme-Forget, C.M., O.Q.
Montréal, Quebec

Known for her rigour and determination, Monique Jérôme-Forget embodies the notion of public service. Of note, she served as president and CEO of Quebec's Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail, where she introduced innovative changes focusing on the prevention of workplace accidents. She is the first woman to serve simultaneously as president of Quebec's treasury board and as Quebec's minister of Finance, and she is credited with the pay equity settlement. Renowned for her efforts to encourage more women to hold high-level positions, she also brings her leadership to organizations and task forces related to economic development, governance, health and the arts.

Patrick Johnston, C.M.
Roslin, Ontario

Patrick Johnston has shone a light on the power of philanthropic giving. As president of the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy, he helped charities and non-profits enhance their relationships with businesses and government to provide better services to communities across the country. He has also been sought out for his expertise in fundraising and grantsmanship, which has helped various foundations improve the efficiency and quality of their philanthropy. Canada World Youth, Philanthropic Foundations of Canada, and Canada Helps have all benefited from his passionate commitment to civic engagement and his generosity of spirit.

Donna Soble Kaufman, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

Donna Soble Kaufman is a leader in the field of corporate governance and a pioneer in promoting women in Canada's business sector. A former partner at Stikeman Elliot specializing in antitrust law, she has also served on the boards of several of Canada's most iconic companies, where she has championed good governance while advocating for a more prominent role for women. As one of the very first women to chair the board of a major public company, TransAlta Corporation, she paved the way for others to follow her path. She is also a respected mentor who pays it forward to numerous young lawyers and business executives.

Guy Gavriel Kay, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

Guy Gavriel Kay is Canada's foremost author of speculative fiction. His novels are intricate fusions of history and the fantastic, with imagined characters and settings inspired by recognizable, real-world cultures, and grounded in rigorous research.  Since 1990, all of his books have become national bestsellers, and his writing has been published in over 25 languages, to great acclaim.  He addresses powerful subjects such as cultural imperialism, religious extremism, and the relationship between art and power, distinctively fusing narrative strength with the elegant prose and ambitious themes of literary fiction.

Arthur Alexander Kube, C.M.
Surrey, British Columbia

Arthur Kube has devoted a lifetime to supporting workers and the disadvantaged.  A steel fabricator who rose through the ranks of the labour movement, he helped found Canada's first co-operative housing federation. Over the course of 25 years with the Canadian Labour Congress, he played a pivotal role in its struggle to make our country more progressive and equitable.  Respected for his humility and integrity, he was elected president of the BC Federation of Labour, led the United Way of Greater Vancouver and, in his retirement, served as president of British Columbia's Council of Senior Citizens' Organizations.

Grégoire Legendre, C.M.
Québec, Quebec

Grégoire Legendre is a pillar of Québec's musical life and cultural development. As the general director of the Opéra de Québec for over 20 years, he has helped to position the institution on the world stage through innovative programming and partnerships with major institutions. He also inaugurated the first Festival d'opéra de Québec which, from its first edition, has been a tremendous success. He is also known for giving special attention to the development of up-and-coming performers and for his efforts to make opera accessible to everyone.

Jens Lindemann, C.M.
Pacific Palisades, California, United States of America and Edmonton, Alberta

Jens Lindemann is one of the world's great trumpet virtuosos. He has performed as a soloist at New York's Carnegie Hall as well as with a wide variety of first-rate ensembles. He has been credited internationally with helping to further the trumpet's growing standing as a solo instrument. Currently a professor with high distinction at the University of California, Los Angeles, he performs and records regularly with Canadian orchestras, and continues to mentor young musicians at Alberta's Banff Centre.

Michel Louvain, C.M., C.Q.
Montréal, Quebec

Michel Louvain is one of the great figures of popular music in Quebec. Discovered in the late 1950s, he has transcended styles and trends through his remarkable qualities as an artist. With a palpable charisma on stage, he has remained popular over the decades and continues to charm his fans, who remain unfailingly loyal to him. He is also renowned for his compassion and is actively involved with various causes, including Muscular Dystrophy Canada and the Pair Program, which provides a personalized call service to seniors to ensure they are in good health.

Keith MacLellan, C.M.
Bristol, Quebec

Keith MacLellan has made an instrumental contribution to improving health care in rural communities. A long-time physician in the Pontiac region of Quebec, he co-founded the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada in recognition of the unique health challenges encountered in the countryside. Striving tirelessly to remedy the disparity in health care provision and outcome between rural and urban settings, he has partnered with medical schools across Canada to develop programs tailored to rural medicine. Still a full-time country doctor, he remains devoted to improving the lives of others.

Thomas J. Marrie, C.M.
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Thomas Marrie is a prominent clinician, medical educator and administrator. His internationally renowned work on pneumonia has resulted in the definitive textbook on this infection, altered the way it is handled in hospitals and clinics, and resulted in evidence-based guidelines for its management and treatment. While dean of medicine at the University of Alberta and at Dalhousie University, he revamped their undergraduate medical education programs and earned accreditation for both faculties. He is also highly regarded for his mentorship of students and for leading the establishment of the first faculty of public health sciences at a Canadian university.

The Honourable Michael A. Meighen, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

Michael Meighen has devoted a lifetime of public service to improving the lives of Canadians. A practising lawyer and former national president of the federal Progressive Conservative party, he served with distinction as a senator for over 21 years. Known for his non-partisanship and deep commitment to effective policy, he elevated the tone of political discourse with a conciliatory approach, and consistently provided vision and leadership on issues of the greatest significance. He continues to serve his country through a great number of philanthropic causes and as the chancellor of McGill University.

Fiona Nelson, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

Persistent and passionate, Fiona Nelson has changed the lives of many children in the Toronto area. As a long-serving trustee and four-time chair of the Toronto District School Board, she is a powerful proponent of excellence and equity in the public school system. She has also made contributions to policy and programs that support healthy child development, including nutritional, vaccination and environmental programs. In addition, she volunteered for a wide array of organizations involved in education, health and children in the Toronto area.

Cal Nichols, C.M.
Edmonton, Alberta

Cal Nichols has consistently demonstrated outstanding community leadership. An entrepreneur and self-made businessman, he founded Gasland Properties, a chain of retail and fuel outlets in Alberta. Never one to flinch in the face of adversity, when the future of the Oilers was threatened he rallied Edmontonians to support the team and later led efforts to save it by assembling a group of local investors to purchase the franchise. Subsequently, he spearheaded the creation of the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, which funds education programs, medical research projects and a wide variety of other community enhancement initiatives.

Charles E. Pascal, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

Charles Pascal is deeply committed to public education. Professor of applied psychology and human development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, he is an expert in early and higher education, public policy and leadership development. Former president of Sir Sandford Fleming College and deputy minister of education in Ontario, he is best known for his seminal report on early childhood education, which led to the introduction of full-day kindergarten in the province. His vision and enthusiasm for learning have helped lay the foundation for the success of future generations.

Hubert Sacy, C.M., C.Q.
Montréal, Quebec

Hubert Sacy is an authority on preventing alcohol abuse. As director general of Éduc'alcool for over 25 years, he has established the organization as a leader in the field in Canada and abroad. Through education and information, he has changed the way Quebeckers think about alcohol consumption and coined the phrase "Moderation is always in good taste," which has become a veritable proverb. He has also ensured Canada's influence by sharing his expertise with various international organizations and helping to establish organizations based on the Éduc'alcool model in several other countries.

H. Olav Slaymaker, C.M.
Vancouver, British Columbia

Olav Slaymaker has made exceptional contributions to the field of geomorphology. Professor emeritus and former head of the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia, he has studied landform evolution of the alpine and Arctic regions of Canada, Europe and Ethiopia. His research examines how human activity and climate affect the environment as well as where and how we live. He has also been a leading voice in raising awareness on global environmental change, and has helped highlight its importance through his involvement with a number of national and international scientific organizations.

Morley Torgov, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

A practising lawyer, Morley Torgov was driven by a love of literature to take up writing as a second career.  His best-known works, The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick and A Good Place to Come From, are based on his experiences growing up Jewish in small-town Ontario.  They have resonated with many people because of their distinct ability to combine poignant and comic moments while perfectly capturing the immigrant experience.  He has also been a very active literary commentator, appearing frequently on CBC Radio and as a guest columnist in the major dailies.

Barbara Turnbull, C.M. (deceased)
Toronto, Ontario

Barbara Turnbull was a powerful advocate for people with spinal cord injuries and an inspiration to many Canadians. After being paralyzed from the neck down as a teenager by a shooting in 1983, she went on to study journalism, joined the Toronto Star as a reporter and published two books on living with quadriplegia. Committed to finding a cure for paralysis after spinal cord injury, she created a foundation that has raised significant funds in support of leading-edge research. She also volunteered with Spinal Cord Injury Ontario and Think First Canada.

The insignia presented to the late Ms. Barbara Turnbull will be received by her mother,
Ms. Iris Collins.

V. Prem Watsa, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

Prem Watsa is a business leader who has leveraged his financial acumen to enhance his community. He founded Fairfax, an insurance and investment company, and made it one of the largest in Canada. He has likewise made the company a leader in corporate social responsibility, giving a percentage of its profits to charities. He is also well known for his personal philanthropy, not only in terms of financial support, but also in lending his time and expertise. In this way, he has supported a long list of organizations, including the Hospital for Sick Children, the University of Waterloo, World Vision, the United Way and St. Paul's Anglican Church.

H. Bruce Williams, C.M.
Montréal, Quebec

H. Bruce Williams is a plastic surgeon of international stature. Known especially for his work with facial injuries and deformities in children, he pioneered microvascular surgical techniques that have improved the lives of thousands of patients. Director emeritus of the Division of Plastic Surgery and the Residency Program at McGill University, he also founded the burn unit at the Montreal General Hospital. He is regarded by his colleagues as the embodiment of compassion in patient care, and has also led numerous medical organizations, notably the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

ORDER OF CANADA BACKGROUNDER

Established in 1967, by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada is the cornerstone of the Canadian Honours System, and recognizes 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 national pre-eminence or international service or achievement;
Officer – Post-nominal: O.C.
recognizes national service or achievement; and
Member – Post-nominal: C.M.
recognizes outstanding contributions at the local or regional level or in a special 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 the Royal Crown. It is struck in fine silver and is composed of three individual pieces: the snowflake, annulus and maple leaf. The colour is added by hand through a unique application of opaque and translucent viscous enamel.

The design of the insignia of the Order of Canada dates from 1967, and is credited to Bruce Beatty, C.M., S.O.M., C.D. The technical drawings used by the Royal Canadian Mint in this new generation of the insignia were developed by the Canadian Heraldic Authority at the Chancellery of Honours, part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General. The insignia is manufactured by the Mint at its Ottawa facility.

Eligibility
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.

Nominations
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 our website at
www.gg.ca/honours.

 

SOURCE Governor General

For further information: Media wishing to cover the event are asked to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office, and must arrive at the residence's main entrance no later than 10:15 a.m.; Media information, Marie-Pierre Bélanger, Rideau Hall Press Office, 613-998-9166, marie-pierre.belanger@gg.ca

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