Media Advisory - Governor General to Invest 47 Recipients into the Order of Canada

OTTAWA, Feb. 10, 2016 /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 Friday, February 12, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. The Governor General, who is chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order, will bestow the honour on 1 Companion, 7 Officers and 39 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.

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

Media wishing to cover the event are asked to confirm their attendance with 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.

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 insignia of the Order of Canada

(Companion first, then Officers, followed by Members)

11:45 a.m.:

Interviews with recipients

 

RECIPIENTS

COMPANION OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

 

The Honourable Robert Keith Rae, P.C., C.C., O.Ont.

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Toronto, Ont.

 

OFFICERS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

 

Mary Gospodarowicz Evans, O.C.

Toronto, Ont.

Magella Gros-Louis, O.C., O.Q.

Wendake, Que.

Norman Emilio Marcon, O.C.

Toronto, Ont.

Julio Montaner, O.C., O.B.C.

Vancouver, B.C.

Linda F. Nazar, O.C.

Waterloo, Ont.

The Honourable Louise Otis, O.C., O.Q.

Montréal, Que.

Donald John Taylor, O.C.

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Calgary, Alta.

 

MEMBERS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

 

Ida Albo, C.M.

Winnipeg, Man.

Aubie Angel, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Pierre Bergeron, C.M.

Gatineau, Que.

Denis Brott, C.M.

Saint-Sauveur, Que.

Christina Stuart Cameron, C.M.

Ottawa, Ont.

Martin Chernin, C.M.

Sydney, N.S.

A. Gordon Craig, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

John W. Crichton, C.M.

Manotick, Ont.

Rollande Desbois, C.M., C.Q.

Montréal, Que.

James F. Dinning, C.M.

Calgary, Alta.

Madeleine Dion Stout, C.M.

Tsawwassen, B.C.

Ivan Kenneth Eyre, C.M., O.M.

Winnipeg, Man.

Michèle Fortin, C.M.

Montréal, Que.

Douglas Edgar Fregin, C.M.

Waterloo, Ont.

James K. Gordon, C.M.

Sudbury, Ont.

Ted Grant, C.M.

Victoria, B.C.

John Grew, C.M.

Montréal, Que.

Carolyn Hansson, C.M.

Waterloo, Ont.

Thomas Jon Harle, C.M., C.D.

Ottawa, Ont.

Frank Hasenfratz, C.M.

Guelph, Ont.

Leah Hollins, C.M.

Victoria, B.C.

Sandra Irving, C.M.

Saint John, N.B.

Tetsuo Theodore Itani, C.M., O.M.M., C.D. (Ret'd)

Ottawa, Ont.

Jean-Marc Lalonde, C.M.

Rockland, Ont.

Judy Loman, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

John G. McAvity, C.M.

Ottawa, Ont.

Lynn McDonald, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

John Morden, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Ervin Podgorsak, C.M.

Montréal, Que.

Vivian Morris Rakoff, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Garry Rempel, C.M.

Waterloo, Ont.

Mary Rozsa de Coquet, C.M.

Calgary, Alta.

Sandra Scarth, C.M.

Brentwood Bay, B.C.

Barbara Kristina Schmidt, C.M.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. and Burlington, Ont.

François Schubert, C.M.

Montréal, Que.

P. Kim Sturgess, C.M.

Calgary, Alta.

Don Tapscott, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Lorraine Vaillancourt, C.M.

Montréal, Que.

Helen Vari, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Martin Yaffe, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

 

RECIPIENTS' CITATIONS

COMPANION OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

The Honourable Robert Keith Rae, P.C., C.C., O.Ont.
Toronto, Ontario

Bob Rae is deeply engaged in advancing the public good in Canada and abroad. Insightful, diplomatic and charismatic, he is renowned for taking on some of our nation's most complex issues and working to find resolutions. His work with First Nations communities, particularly in the area of treaty renewal, is helping to bring about reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples. He has also been sought out by governments in Kenya, Iraq and Sri Lanka for his expertise in mediation and federalism. As a parliamentarian, he was known for his eloquence, good humour and passionate commitment to good governance and consensus building throughout our country.

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OFFICERS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

Mary Gospodarowicz Evans, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario

Mary Gospodarowicz is an international leader in cancer treatment. For over 30 years, she has maintained a clinical practice while conducting research in the treatment of lymphomas and genitourinary cancers. Concurrently, she has been a guiding force at the helm of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, where she has built a highly advanced radiation medicine program and one of the most comprehensive cancer centres in the world. Most recently, she placed Canada at the centre of global efforts to combat cancer when she ascended to the presidency of the Union for International Cancer Control.

Magella Gros-Louis, O.C., O.Q.
Wendake, Quebec

Max Gros-Louis has dedicated his life to building a strong and proud Indigenous people. Formerly grand chief of the Huron-Wendat Nation in Wendake for over 25 years, he shaped his community into a model for others to follow. He has also championed First Nations' rights and was one of the founding members of the National Indian Brotherhood (today known as the Assembly of First Nations) and the Indians of Quebec Association, for which he served as spokesperson and vice-president. A man of dialogue, he has also raised awareness of the reality and culture of Indigenous peoples through various international forums.

Norman Emilio Marcon, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario

Norman Marcon has popularized several minimally invasive techniques used across Canada to treat digestive diseases. A specialist for over 40 years, he was the head of gastroenterology at the Wellesley Hospital and is now the director of the advanced therapeutic endoscopy training fellowship program at St. Michael's Hospital. He initiated the use of flexible endoscopes as an alternative to open surgical procedures to treat gastrointestinal cancers. Also a gifted educator, he founded the world's premier international course in therapeutic endoscopy, which has disseminated the latest developments in the field for over a quarter century.

Julio Montaner, O.C., O.B.C.
Vancouver, British Columbia

Julio Montaner has helped set the global standard of care for HIV/AIDS. He is the director of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, the Chair in AIDS Research at the University of British Columbia, and the former president of the International AIDS Society. His groundbreaking clinical trials identified combination antiretroviral drug therapy as the first effective treatment for preventing HIV transmission, the progression of the virus to AIDS, and premature death. In his province, he initiated a comprehensive strategy known as Treatment as Prevention that has recently been adopted by the United Nations as the cornerstone for the control of HIV/AIDS.

Linda F. Nazar, O.C.
Waterloo, Ontario

Linda Nazar is helping to create the next generation of batteries. A Canada Research Chair and professor in the departments of chemistry and electrical engineering at the University of Waterloo, she is one of the world's leading experts in the design of energy storage materials. She is renowned for advancing rechargeable lithium batteries and for developing a new type of battery using lithium sulfur. Her efforts are contributing to breakthroughs in the design of electric vehicles and other clean-energy technology.

The Honourable Louise Otis, O.C., O.Q.
Montréal, Quebec

With a forward-thinking approach, Louise Otis helped expand the administration of justice in Canada and abroad. A retired justice of the Quebec Court of Appeal, she instituted the first integrated judicial mediation system in Canada, thereby easing and expediting the dispute resolution process. In addition to being a mediator, arbitrator and judge in international courts, she founded such organizations as the Canadian Conference of Judicial Mediation. She is also renowned as an outstanding educator in McGill University's Faculty of Law.

Donald John Taylor, O.C.
Calgary, Alberta

Don Taylor is among Canada's most generous and principled philanthropists. He founded an ingenious engineering business that has been successful across North America, giving him the opportunity to enhance important public causes. His passion for improving the arts, education and health care has resulted in world-class facilities being built at the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University and the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. At the international level, he has funded an integrative medicine centre in California and an eye hospital in Ghana. His determination to use philanthropy to change people's lives has been a model and an inspiration for other benefactors to follow.

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MEMBERS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

Ida Albo, C.M.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Ida Albo has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the well-being of her community. A respected business and civic leader, she has contributed to the vitality of her city and to its hospitality industry, notably by restoring the Fort Garry Hotel, an iconic landmark in the heart of Winnipeg that she co-owns and operates. She also participates extensively in the life of her community, sharing her energy and business expertise with many organizations including Centre Venture Development Corporation and the Cancer Care Manitoba Foundation.

Aubie Angel, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

Aubie Angel is a builder and champion of health care organizations in Canada. A leading endocrinologist and former head of internal medicine at the University of Manitoba, he co-founded the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism to enable collaboration amongst specialists in his field. Later, he was a driving force in the establishment of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, as well as the Friends of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, an organization dedicated to sharing the benefits of health research with Canadians.

Pierre Bergeron, C.M.
Gatineau, Quebec

Pierre Bergeron is a model of community involvement and a great champion of the Francophonie, education and regional news. Former publisher and editorialist for Le Droit, he used this forum to spearhead efforts to save the French-language Hôpital Montfort and to establish the Fondation de La Cité collégiale in Ontario. He also championed French-language education as director general of the Réseau des cégeps et des collèges francophones du Canada. In addition, he has also dedicated himself to numerous other organizations, including the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the Michener Awards Foundation, which he chaired.

Denis Brott, C.M.
Saint-Sauveur, Quebec

Denis Brott has made lasting contributions to Canada's cultural life. An acclaimed cellist and pedagogue, he has performed and taught around the world. He is a founding member of the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank, which gives artists the opportunity to play on one-of-a-kind string instruments in the early years of their professional careers. He continues to share his passion for music with the public as the founder and artistic director of the internationally acclaimed Montreal Chamber Music Festival.

Christina Stuart Cameron, C.M.
Ottawa, Ontario

Christina Stuart Cameron is a passionate champion of heritage conservation in Canada. As an executive with Parks Canada, she played a key role in developing the world's first computerized national inventory of historic buildings, an innovation that has been adopted by other countries. Her pioneering work on tangible and intangible heritage has benefited such organizations as UNESCO, where her expertise was critical in developing and implementing its World Heritage Convention. Currently a professor and Canada Research Chair on Built Heritage at the Université de Montréal, she is shaping the next generation of heritage leaders.

Martin Chernin, C.M.
Sydney, Nova Scotia

Martin Chernin has left an indelible mark on Cape Breton Island. His wide array of commercial investments has been influential in driving the region's economy, particularly through his commitment to revitalizing properties in downtown Sydney. He is highly regarded for his advocacy in challenging fellow business leaders and governments to keep investing in the region. He has also generously supported the non-profit sector and has been a key contributor to Cape Breton University and the United Way of Cape Breton, as well as to regional and national Jewish communities.

A. Gordon Craig, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

Gordon Craig began his career in a mailroom and retired as one of Canadian broadcasting's most influential players. In addition to having created The Sports Network and Réseau des sports, he is credited with a number of pioneering contributions to sports broadcasting, including the introduction of the "wall-to-wall" sports coverage model for Olympic games in Canada, and the popularization of curling as a national sport. Also the creator of Canada's Discovery Channel, he has been the man behind some of Canadian television's most successful enterprises.

John W. Crichton, C.M.
Manotick, Ontario

John Crichton has made transformative contributions to aviation. A pilot by training, he went on to a leadership role at First Air, and then served as CEO of both the Air Transport Association of Canada and NAV CANADA, the world's first private air navigation service. He has been instrumental in improving air service to northern communities, in pioneering the use of new and efficient polar routes, in modernizing air traffic control services in Canadian airspace, and in marketing NAV CANADA's technology on an international scale. At NAV CANADA, he continues to foster a culture that serves as a model of corporate social philanthropy.

Rollande Desbois, C.M.
Montréal, Quebec

For nearly 50 years, Rollande Desbois has helped develop the culinary arts. Trained in Europe, she brought a modern culinary flair back to Canada. Through her writings and teaching, notably at the Institut du tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec, she showed that it was possible to be innovative while preserving traditions. An inspiration to many chefs, she also co-founded the Alliance des femmes professionnelles des métiers de bouche, and remains in demand as a mentor.

James F. Dinning, C.M.
Calgary, Alberta

James Dinning is devoted to building a better province. For 11 years, he served in Alberta's legislative assembly, notably as provincial treasurer, where he was widely credited with bringing the province's finances in line and eliminating its deficit. Respected for his civic-mindedness, he has chaired many corporate and community boards, notably the Calgary Health Region, the Canada West Foundation and Export Development Canada. Recently, he served as the 12th chancellor of the University of Calgary.

Madeleine Dion Stout, C.M.
Tsawwassen, British Columbia

A Cree born and raised on the Kehewin First Nation in Alberta, Madeleine Dion Stout has played a major role in the development of Aboriginal health care and education. After working in the field for over a decade and becoming one of the first Aboriginal university-educated nurses, she joined the federal Department of Health and Welfare. As a special policy advisor to the Minister, she played a key role in initiatives such as the devolution of health powers to Indigenous communities in the late 1980s. Now the president of Dion Stout Reflections Inc., she adopts a Cree lens in her research, writing and lectures on First Nations health.

Ivan Kenneth Eyre, C.M., O.M.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Ivan Eyre has captivated audiences with his craft. Professor emeritus at the University of Manitoba, he is a multidisciplinary visual artist who has coupled creativity with technical mastery. He is best known for his large-scale paintings inspired by the vast prairie landscape, and for his mythological drawings and sculptures. His work has been featured in both public and private collections across Canada and abroad. He has also provided Canadians with a lasting legacy by donating over a thousand of his pieces to galleries across the country.

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Michèle Fortin, C.M.
Montréal, Quebec

A passionate and determined manager, Michèle Fortin has been contributing to the vitality of French-language, cultural and educational television for over 25 years. She left her mark on Radio-Canada where, as vice-president, she developed a more diversified television experience for French Canadians, notably through the creation and development of the ARTV channel. As president and CEO of Télé-Québec, she applied an innovative approach to ensure the organization's sustainability by promoting quality programming, particularly for young audiences, and by focusing on culture.

Douglas Edgar Fregin, C.M.
Waterloo, Ontario

One of the co-founders of Research In Motion (RIM), Doug Fregin has revolutionized the global telecommunications industry and changed the face of Ontario's Kitchener-Waterloo region. As RIM's vice-president of operations, he pushed the envelope in state-of-the-art cellphone design by adopting new printed circuit board and component packaging technologies for fabrication in the first smart phones. Known for his modesty, he has used his success, often anonymously, to support several initiatives in Africa and to fund the creation of the University of Waterloo's Nanotechnology Program. As the managing director of Quantum Valley Investments, he has continued his support for innovation and for the next generation of high-technology entrepreneurs.

James K. Gordon, C.M.
Sudbury, Ontario

Jim Gordon has made visionary contributions to the social and economic fabric of his community. As Sudbury's longest-serving mayor, he was instrumental in changing the region's business landscape from a mining town to a more economically diverse area that now includes new sectors such as cancer treatment, retail, science and technology. He continues to champion such causes as access to health care, notably by helping to establish the first medical school in northern Ontario.

Ted Grant, C.M.
Victoria, British Columbia

Ted Grant has captured a visual record of Canadian history through his lens. Known as the "father of Canadian photojournalism," he has photographed everything from catastrophic disasters to sporting events, to the everyday life of Canadians. He has produced an immense body of work, and has contributed close to 300 000 photographs to our national archives – the largest collection in our history. He has been equally generous with his time, as an instructor and mentor to young, aspiring photographers.

John Grew, C.M.
Montréal, Quebec

John Grew has been at the forefront of organ music in Canada for over 50 years. A performer, adjudicator and educator, he served as the dean of the Faculty of Music at McGill University, where he established its renowned early music program and organ academy. As the founder of Musique Royale, he has helped bring world-class music to historic venues throughout Nova Scotia. More recently, he launched the Canadian International Organ Competition, one of the largest and most prestigious music competitions in the world.

Carolyn Hansson, C.M.
Waterloo, Ontario

Carolyn Hansson has helped create sustainable habitats by improving our ability to build and maintain concrete infrastructure. She is a professor and former vice-president of research at the University of Waterloo, and is a materials engineer who has made innovative contributions to identifying and preventing the corrosion of metals and alloys in cement and concrete. Notably, she pioneered a monitoring system for evaluating the integrity of concrete structures that is used in bridges and marine structures in several provinces.

Thomas Jon Harle, C.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario

Thomas Harle has placed his professional expertise at the service of the less fortunate. A prosthodontist, he has inspired his fellow dentists and hygienists to join him in providing free dental services to those in need. In Ottawa, he founded a full-service dental clinic at a homeless shelter, as well as a portable dental clinic that makes it easier to reach vulnerable populations. He also leads multidisciplinary health missions in developing countries to provide free medical, dental, vision and hearing services to the disadvantaged.

Frank Hasenfratz, C.M.
Guelph, Ontario

Frank Hasenfratz is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. Starting from a one-room machine shop in his basement, he successfully expanded his business into one of Canada's most successful manufacturing companies. He earned global success by being at the forefront of cutting-edge technology in the auto parts sector. His philanthropic support has also benefited the Guelph region by providing funding for new hospital equipment and by founding a program that invites school-aged children to attend professional performances of theatre, dance and music to help launch their interest in arts and culture.

Leah Hollins, C.M.
Victoria, British Columbia

Leah Hollins' catalytic leadership has improved health care for many Canadians. A former deputy minister of health in British Columbia, she led the province's implementation of a regionalized health care delivery system that enhanced patients' access to care. Since then, she has focused on organ donation and transplantation, turning what was a fragmented system into an integrated, national model under the umbrella of Canadian Blood Services. As its chair, she has created new services, including patient registries designed to improve organ-sharing across the country.

Sandra Irving, C.M.
Saint John, New Brunswick

Sandra Irving is a community leader in Atlantic Canada. She strongly supports education through student scholarships, mentorship and exchange programs, and has been a key figure in helping Junior Achievement raise financial support for entrepreneurial business studies, which prepare the next generation for business leadership. As advisory council chair of the Royal Society of Canada, she highlighted the importance of supporting Canada's leading scholars and researchers, and was instrumental in establishing the organization's Atlantic chapter. She also plays an important role in supporting the business and community initiatives of Irving Oil.

Tetsuo Theodore Itani, C.M., O.M.M., C.D. (Ret'd)
Ottawa, Ontario

Ted Itani is a role model of service to people in crisis around the world. Following a distinguished military career, he became an advisor to the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre, where he drew on his own experiences to help design peacekeeping training courses conducted by the centre around the world. A committed humanitarian, he led responses to major natural disasters, including the earthquakes and floods that ravaged Pakistan in the last decade. He is also a senior volunteer with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Jean-Marc Lalonde, C.M.
Rockland, Ontario

Jean-Marc Lalonde is a leading figure in Ontario's French-speaking community. Engaged in municipal and provincial politics for more than 40 years, including 15 years as mayor of Rockland, he has worked tirelessly to promote and protect the vitality of the French language. He has many accomplishments to his credit, including co-founding the Francophone Association of Municipalities of Ontario and founding the Parlement jeunesse francophone de l'Ontario. He has also helped instill a sense of pride among Franco-Ontarians through his successful efforts to have the Franco-Ontarian flag recognized as the official emblem of the community.

Judy Loman, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

Judy Loman has brought new life to a classic instrument. Principal harpist for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for four decades, she has also performed as a soloist and ensemble player worldwide, and has an extensive, award-winning discography. Over the years, she has helped to build a repertoire for her instrument by commissioning new works by Canadian composers, and by premiering these compositions internationally. She is also a highly regarded teacher and has mentored generations of young harpists at the University of Toronto, the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music.

John G. McAvity, C.M.
Ottawa, Ontario

A leader in the museum community for over four decades, John McAvity has consistently placed himself at the forefront of efforts to preserve Canada's history and to promote its art. As the executive director and CEO of the Canadian Museums Association, he has improved museum governance and funding. Particularly successful as an advocate at the federal level, he has also done much to give Canada's museums a presence on the international stage. Keenly aware of culture's role in building vibrant communities, he continues to travel across the country in an effort to inspire and assist Canadians in the promotion and protection of their heritage.

Lynn McDonald, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

Lynn McDonald has made enduring contributions as a scholar and social activist. Professor emerita of sociology at the University of Guelph, she has written extensively on the impact of women thinkers in the 18th and 19th centuries. She also served as a member of Parliament when her Non-Smokers' Health Act of 1988 led the world in enacting legislation to establish smoke-free work and public spaces. In addition, in a labour of love, she published the definitive collection of Florence Nightingale's writings, bringing renewed attention to this important female icon for a new generation.

John Morden, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

John Morden has defined what it means to be a 'good judge.' He is held in high esteem for his ability to make the law intelligible to the public and to legal practitioners alike. His work consistently demonstrated his steadfast concern for the public interest and for the proper administration of justice. A long-time member of the Ontario Court of Appeal, he served as the associate chief justice of Ontario for nine years. Now retired, he continues to make important contributions, most notably through his widely praised independent review of policing during the G-20 Summit held in Toronto in 2010.

Ervin Podgorsak, C.M.
Montréal, Quebec

Ervin Podgorsak is a medical physicist who has made important contributions to cancer treatment and education. During his 35-year career at McGill University, he developed its medical physics unit into one of the pre-eminent academic programs for graduate work in Canada. He mentored a generation of medical physicists while leading the development of pioneering techniques in radiation oncology. As a prominent member of the medical community, he has also been an outspoken advocate for high-quality and accessible health care for all Canadians.

Vivian Morris Rakoff, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

Vivian Rakoff is renowned for fusing art and science to improve patient care. A professor emeritus of psychiatry at the University of Toronto, he taught generations of students to complement scientific knowledge with humanism in clinical care, as exemplified by his pioneering work in adolescent and family psychiatry. He also acquired the first brain scanning machine used for mental health and addiction research and treatment, and co-founded the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation to operate it. In addition, he continues to lecture publicly on such topics as culture, philosophy and the dramatic arts.

Garry Rempel, C.M.
Waterloo, Ontario

Garry Rempel has made significant advances in chemical engineering and polymer research. Professor of chemical engineering at the University of Waterloo and holder of many commercial patents, he has worked closely with industry partners in developing new technologies to upgrade the chemical processes that produce high-performance rubber materials. His innovations are in everyday use; for instance, in automobiles, where they help minimize emissions and maximize fuel efficiency. Also a leader in the chemical engineering community, he is known for his commitment to mentorship, and has trained many graduate students.

Mary Rozsa de Coquet, C.M.
Calgary, Alberta

Mary Rozsa de Coquet is a passionate advocate for the arts in western Canada. As head of the Rozsa Foundation, she is helping to build the capacity of cultural leaders by creating programs, grants and awards that train arts managers on how to lead successful and sustainable cultural institutions. Her creative spirit, philanthropy and voluntarism have also benefited such organizations as the National Music Centre, Calgary Arts Development and Philanthropic Foundations Canada.

Sandra Scarth, C.M.
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia

The lives of thousands of children have been improved thanks to Sandra Scarth's untiring dedication. Active in children's social work and advocacy for over 50 years, she developed best practices for dealing with children in foster care and conducted reviews of children's services programs throughout the country. She was also the founding executive director of the Canadian Child Welfare League of Canada, an organization that, under her tenure, developed into a leading national advocacy body. A proud adoptive parent, she has been committed in recent years to legislative and policy changes to facilitate loving and supportive adoptions for children in foster care.

Barbara Kristina Schmidt, C.M.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America and Burlington, Ontario

Barbara Schmidt has made far-reaching advances in newborn medicine. She holds professorships at the University of Pennsylvania and McMaster University, and has worked tirelessly throughout her career to find ways to better treat premature infants. Notably, she has been the lead investigator of three major clinical trials that have changed how care is provided in neonatal intensive care units across North America. In addition, her novel approach to long-term patient follow-up has influenced the design of all studies involving newborns.

François Schubert, C.M.
Montréal, Quebec

François Schubert transformed the practice of pharmaceutical care in hospitals. As director of the Pharmacy Department at Montréal's Royal Victoria Hospital, he established satellite pharmacies that integrated pharmacists into the care teams on each floor. This model, which has been adopted in health care centres across Canada, improved the quality of patient care and resulted in reduced drug costs. Also recognized as an expert in pharmacoeconomics, he has held senior management positions in Canada and abroad, and has chaired various organizations including the Canadian Pharmacists Association.

P. Kim Sturgess, C.M.
Calgary, Alberta

Kim Sturgess is a driver of innovation and sustainability. After a successful career as an engineer and entrepreneur, she combined her industry experience with her passion for the environment, and founded Alberta WaterSMART. As CEO, she is helping industry and government to better manage water by developing new and collaborative approaches to sustainable use and distribution of water. In addition, she has helped pave the way for women in engineering as a trailblazer and mentor, and has lent her expertise to numerous scientific, non-profit and professional organizations.

Don Tapscott, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

Don Tapscott is an authority on innovation, media, and the economic and social impact of technology. In such best-selling books as Paradigm Shift, The Digital Economy and Wikinomics, he has introduced groundbreaking concepts that have changed our understanding of our rapidly evolving world. He is widely consulted by heads of governments, cities and corporations on the impact of technology on their country or organization. He is chancellor of Trent University, teaches management at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and is a senior advisor to the World Economic Forum.

Lorraine Vaillancourt, C.M.
Montréal, Quebec

Lorraine Vaillancourt is a prominent figure in the development and spreading of contemporary music. A distinguished professor at the Université de Montréal's Faculty of Music, she is noted for leading its contemporary music workshop for over 40 years. A conductor and pianist, she is the founder and artistic director of the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne which, under her leadership, has become world-renowned. She also inaugurated the Forum international des jeunes compositeurs and has distinguished herself by her desire to raise the profile of Canadian musical creativity.

Helen Vari, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

For decades, Helen Vari has been dedicated to serving her community. Known for her exceptional record in philanthropy and her volunteer engagement, she has been a leading supporter of many educational and cultural institutions. Her generous contributions to several universities in Ontario have advanced the pedagogy of students and helped to change the face of buildings in which students learn. She is also known as a champion of Canada-France relations, once donating thousands of maple trees to Versailles to replace those destroyed by a devastating storm.

Martin Yaffe, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

Martin Yaffe's groundbreaking contributions to medical imaging research have saved women's lives worldwide. Senior scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute and a professor of medical biophysics at the University of Toronto, he pioneered the development of digital mammography, which is now in widespread use, and helped establish breast density as a risk factor for breast cancer. An advocate for women's health, he is internationally respected for his ongoing efforts to improve breast cancer detection methods. He is sought after for his expertise and strong communication skills, which have enlightened public discussion on women's health.

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.

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SOURCE Governor General of Canada

For further information: Media information: Marie-Pierre Bélanger, Rideau Hall Press Office, 613-998-9166, marie-pierre.belanger@gg.ca


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