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Governor General announces 60 new appointments to the Order of Canada

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July 1, 2009

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, announced today 60 new appointments to the Order of Canada. The new appointees include five Companions (C.C.), 18 Officers (O.C.), and 37 Members (C.M.). Among them are two honorary members. These appointments were made on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada.

Recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date.

Awarded for the first time in 1967, during Canada’s Centennial Year, the Order of Canada launched the creation of our country’s own system of honours. For more information on the Canadian Honours System, please consult the Web site: http://www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=67&lan=eng.

The list of recipients (Annex A), citations (Annex B) and an Order of Canada backgrounder (Annex C) are attached.

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ANNEX A - RECIPIENTS

On the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada, the Governor General is pleased to announce the following appointments:

HONORARY OFFICER

Sima Samar, O.C.

Kabul, Afghanistan

Social Service

HONORARY MEMBER

Zachary Richard, C.M.

Montréal, Que.

Arts/Music

COMPANIONS

The Honourable Michel Bastarache, C.C. 

Ottawa, Ont.

Law

Wayne Gretzky, C.C.

(This is a promotion within the Order)

Thousand Oaks, CA, U.S.A. and Brantford, Ont.

Sports

Harley Norman Hotchkiss, C.C., A.O.E.
(This is a promotion within the Order)

Calgary, Alta.

Voluntary Service

Robert Lepage, C.C., O.Q.
(This is a promotion within the Order)

City of Québec, Que.

Arts/Stage

Chantal Petitclerc, C.C., C.Q.

Montréal, Que.

Sports

OFFICERS

George H. Beaton, O.C.

North York, Ont.

Health Care

Ian Bruce, O.C.

Dorval, Que.

Sailboat Design

John W. Crow, O.C.

Etobicoke, Ont.

Public Service

Laurence Freeman, O.C., O.S.B.

London, England and Montréal, Que.

Religion

Crawford S. Holling, O.C.

Nanaimo, B.C.

Science

Peter Jaffe, O.C.

London, Ont.

Social Service

Donald K. Johnson, O.C.
(This is a promotion within the Order)

Toronto, Ont.

Voluntary Service

Anita Kunz, O.C.

Toronto, Ont.

Arts/Visual

The Honourable Sterling R. Lyon, O.C., O.M.

Winnipeg, Man.

Public Service

The Honourable John P. Manley, P.C., O.C.

Ottawa, Ont.

Public Service

The Honourable A. Anne McLellan, P.C., O.C.

Edmonton, Alta.

Public Service

The Honourable R. Roy McMurtry, O.C., O.Ont.

Toronto, Ont.

Law

Wajdi Mouawad, O.C.

Montréal, Que.

Arts/Writing

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, O.C.
(This is a promotion within the Order)

Vancouver, B.C.

Architecture

Jack Rabinovitch, O.C., O.Ont.
(This is a promotion within the Order)

Toronto, Ont.

Voluntary Service

Françoise Sullivan, O.C., C.Q.
(This is a promotion within the Order)

Montréal, Que.

Arts/Visual

Donald Thompson, O.C.

Toronto, Ont.

Arts/Music

MEMBERS

Carroll Baker, C.M.

Guelph, Ont.

Arts/Music

Stan Bevington, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Communications

Melvin J. Boutilier, C.M.

Halifax, N.S.

Voluntary Service

Deane Cameron, C.M.

Etobicoke, Ont.

Arts/Music

Savvas Chamberlain, C.M.

Waterloo, Ont.

Engineering

Archie Charles, C.M.

Agassiz, B.C.

Social Sciences

Victor Cicansky, C.M.

Regina, Sask.

Arts/Visuals

Ian D. Clark, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Public Service

Hélène Desmarais, C.M.

Montréal, Que.

Industry/Commerce/Business

Maureen Doherty, C.M.

Bragg Creek, Alta.

Social Service

Patrick Doherty, C.M.

Bragg Creek, Alta.

Social Service

George Gate, C.M.

Pointe-Claire, Que.

Sports

Daniel Germain, C.M., C.Q.

Boucherville, Que.

Social Service

A. Alan Giachino, C.M.

Ottawa, Ont.

Health Care

Susan Jane Glass, C.M.

Winnipeg, Man.

Voluntary Service

Shirley E. Greenberg, C.M.

Ottawa, Ont.

Law

David G. Helwig, C.M.

Belfast, P.E.I.

Arts/Writing

Jack Hodgins, C.M.

Victoria, B.C.

Arts/Writing

Jay Ingram, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Communications

Winston Kassim, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Voluntary Service

Krishna Kumar, C.M., S.O.M.

Regina, Sask.

Health Care

Claude LeBouthillier, C.M.

Caraquet, N.B.

Arts/Writing

Roderick R. McInnes, C.M., O.Ont.

Toronto, Ont.

Health Care

Sylvio Michaud, C.M.

Montréal, Que.

Social Services

Mahmood Naqvi, C.M., O.N.S.

Sydney, N.S.

Health Care

Jean O’Neil, C.M., C.Q.

Paris, France and Montréal, Que.

Arts/Writing

Roland Priddle, C.M.

Ottawa, Ont.

Public Service

The Honourable Edward M. Roberts, C.M.

St. John’s, Nfld.

Public Service

Paul Stubbing, C.M.

Ottawa, Ont.

Health Care

Peter R. Taylor, C.M.

West Vancouver, B.C.

Engineering

Ian M. Thom, C.M.

Vancouver, B.C.

Arts/Visual

Marvin Tile, C.M.

North York, Ont.

Health Care

Nancy Turner, C.M., O.B.C.

Victoria, B.C.

Science

Jeanne M. Wolfe, C.M.

Westmount, Que.

Architecture

Donald A. Young, C.M.

Fredericton, N.B.

Science

Madeline Ziniak, C.M., O.Ont.

Toronto, Ont.

Communications

ANNEX B – CITATIONS

HONORARY OFFICER

Sima Samar, O.C.
Kabul, Afghanistan
Honorary Officer of the Order of Canada

For her worldwide contributions to human rights, and to women’s rights in particular, as chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.

HONORARY MEMBER

Zachary Richard, C.M.
Montréal, Quebec
Honorary Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as an author, composer, singer and poet, and for his important role in defending and promoting the French language and the "Cadian" and Acadian identity.

COMPANIONS

The Honourable Michel Bastarache, C.C.
Ottawa, Ontario
Companion of the Order of Canada

For his lifelong commitment to the promotion of linguistic duality and the protection of minority rights, as a law professor and a judge.

Wayne Gretzky, C.C.
Thousand Oaks, California, U.S.A. and Brantford, Ontario
Companion of the Order of Canada

For his continued contributions to the world of hockey, notably as one of the best players of all time, as well as for his social engagement as a philanthropist, volunteer and role model for countless young people.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Harley Norman Hotchkiss, C.C., A.O.E.
Calgary, Alberta
Companion of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a philanthropist who has supported innovative health care research, and as a respected sports leader, notably with the National Hockey League.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Robert Lepage, C.C., O.Q.
City of Québec, Quebec
Companion of the Order of Canada

For his international contributions to the performing arts, particularly in film, theatre and opera, as an actor, producer and director.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Chantal Petitclerc, C.C., C.Q.
Montréal, Quebec
Companion of the Order of Canada

For her achievements as a Paralympic champion known internationally as an inspiration, and for her commitment to developing sports for athletes with a disability.

OFFICERS

George H. Beaton, O.C.
North York, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

For his role in enhancing Canada’s international reputation in the field of nutritional sciences, and for his contributions to the improvement of nutritional requirements for children in developing countries.

Ian Bruce, O.C.
Dorval, Quebec
Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to the sport of sailing in Canada and abroad, notably for the design and development of high-performance crafts for young sailors.

John W. Crow, O.C.
Etobicoke, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

For his leadership in the area of Canada’s monetary policy, notably as governor of the Bank of Canada, and for his involvement with the International Monetary Fund.

Laurence Freeman, O.C., O.S.B.
London, England and Montréal, Quebec
Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as the spiritual leader and director of the World Community for Christian Meditation, and as a proponent of peace and inter-religious dialogue and understanding.

Crawford S. Holling, O.C.
Nanaimo, British Columbia
Officer of the Order of Canada

For his pioneering contributions to the field of ecology, notably for his work on ecosystem dynamics, resilience theory and ecological economics.

Peter Jaffe, O.C.
London, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

For his influential work and extensive voluntarism in improving the response of Canada’s legal, educational and social service systems to family violence and the abuse of women and children.

Donald K. Johnson, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

For his key role in changing Canada’s tax laws to eliminate the capital gains tax on gifts of publicly traded securities to registered charities, and for his support of health care research and the arts.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Anita Kunz, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

For her contributions as an illustrator whose insightful works have graced publications around the world.

The Honourable Sterling R. Lyon, O.C., O.M.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a judge and long-time politician in Manitoba, where, as premier, he led the expansion of community-based health and social services, and modernized governmental financial procedures.

The Honourable John P. Manley, P.C., O.C.
Ottawa, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to Canadian politics, notably as a cabinet minister, and as a business and community leader who has played an important role in the promotion of international aid and co-operation.

The Honourable A. Anne McLellan, P.C., O.C.
Edmonton, Alberta
Officer of the Order of Canada

For her leadership and dedication as a politician and law professor, and for her contributions as a community volunteer.

The Honourable R. Roy McMurtry, O.C., O.Ont.
Toronto, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

For his distinguished career of public service, notably as chief justice of Ontario, and for his extensive volunteer involvement in many social and multicultural initiatives.

Wajdi Mouawad, O.C.
Montréal, Quebec
Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a writer, actor, stage director and playwright known internationally for the quality and scope of his theatrical creations.

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, O.C.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Officer of the Order of Canada

For her influence and contributions as a landscape architect who sets new standards of excellence through her environmentally responsible landscape designs.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Jack Rabinovitch, O.C., O.Ont.
Toronto, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

For his continued dedication to the Giller Prize, one of Canada’s top literary awards, as well as to institutions focussed on scientific innovation and governance.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Françoise Sullivan, O.C., C.Q.
Montréal, Quebec
Officer of the Order of Canada

For her influence as a leading figure in Canada’s contemporary art scene as a painter, choreographer, teacher and mentor whose body of work continues to have an impact abroad.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Donald Thompson, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

For his exceptional and wide-ranging contributions to jazz, as a multi-faceted musician, composer, arranger, producer and teacher.

MEMBERS

Carroll Baker, C.M.
Guelph, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For her achievements as a Canadian country music singer and songwriter.

Stan Bevington, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as founder of Coach House Press, and for his role in the development of literary publishing in Canada.

Melvin J. Boutilier, C.M.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Member of the Order of Canada

For his outstanding leadership and commitment as a community volunteer in Halifax.

Deane Cameron, C.M.
Etobicoke, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to the Canadian recording industry, and for his commitment to copyright protection for performers and composers.

Savvas Chamberlain, C.M.
Waterloo, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to Canada’s reputation as a global leader in high-performance imaging and semiconductors.

Archie Charles, C.M.
Agassiz, British Columbia
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to the promotion of community infrastructure development, Aboriginal self-government and cross-cultural reconciliation as an Elder of the Stó:lô Nation.

Victor Cicansky, C.M.
Regina, Saskatchewan
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as an educator, mentor and sculptor, recognized for his imaginative pieces depicting scenes and elements from Saskatchewan’s agricultural heritage and daily life.

Ian D. Clark, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For his sustained commitment to the advancement of Canadian public policy, public sector management and higher education in Ontario.

Hélène Desmarais, C.M.
Montréal, Quebec
Member of the Order of Canada

For her contributions to the development of health care, education and arts organizations, and for her dynamic role in promoting entrepreneurship.

Maureen Doherty, C.M.
and Patrick Doherty, C.M.
Bragg Creek, Alberta
Members of the Order of Canada

For their contributions as co-founders of Our Lady Queen of Peace Foundation, which provides funding and support for those in need throughout Alberta and in several developing countries.

George Gate, C.M.
Pointe-Claire, Quebec
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to the development of competitive swimming in Canada, as well as for his work with novice swimmers and persons with disabilities.

Daniel Germain, C.M., C.Q.
Boucherville, Quebec
Member of the Order of Canada

For his dedication and commitment to improving the lives of children and youth, notably as founder of the Quebec Breakfast Club and Breakfast Clubs of Canada.

A. Alan Giachino, C.M.
Ottawa, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to improving the availability and quality of health care in developing countries as a volunteer orthopaedic surgeon with Health Volunteers Overseas and World Orthopaedic Concern.

Susan Jane Glass, C.M.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Member of the Order of Canada

For her commitment to and support of the arts in Western Canada, and for her leadership roles with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Shaw Festival and the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Shirley E. Greenberg, C.M.
Ottawa, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For her contributions as a lawyer who has advocated for equality and women’s rights, and for her generous philanthropy in support of organizations in the arts, health care and legal sectors.

David G. Helwig, C.M.
Belfast, Prince Edward Island
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to Canadian literature as a writer, poet, editor and professor, and for his role in the creation of the Best Canadian Stories anthology.

Jack Hodgins, C.M.
Victoria, British Columbia
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to Canadian literature as a writer whose work celebrates the people and landscape of Vancouver Island, and for his leadership as a teacher and mentor to many.

Jay Ingram, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions towards making complex science accessible to the public as a broadcaster, public speaker and author, and for his leadership of future generations of science journalists.

Winston Kassim, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a community volunteer who played a key role in establishing several community and religious centres that provide outreach services to refugees and immigrants.

Krishna Kumar, C.M., S.O.M.
Regina, Saskatchewan
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a clinical professor and researcher in neurosurgery, and for the development of innovative brain and spinal implants used for the treatment of chronic pain.

Claude LeBouthillier, C.M.
Caraquet, New Brunswick
Member of the Order of Canada

For his influence on and contributions to the Canadian literary scene as an author, columnist and poet, and for his role in the renaissance of the Acadian novel.

Roderick R. McInnes, C.M., O.Ont.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a human geneticist and leader in the fields of eye development and inherited eye disease.

Sylvio Michaud, C.M.
Montréal, Quebec
Member of the Order of Canada

For supporting, comforting and defending the homeless for many years, and for his leadership of la Maison du Père, in Montréal.

Mahmood Naqvi, C.M., O.N.S.
Sydney, Nova Scotia
Member of the Order of Canada

For introducing major improvements to health care services for the people of Cape Breton as a surgeon and administrator for over 40 years.

Jean O’Neil, C.M., C.Q.
Paris, France and Montréal, Que.
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contribution as a novelist, poet and playwright, notably for his skill in describing Quebec and its people with humour and lyricism.

Roland Priddle, C.M.
Ottawa, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For his leadership role in the energy sector as a consultant at both the national and international levels, specializing in oil industry deregulation and policy development.

The Honourable Edward M. Roberts, C.M.
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a former cabinet minister and lieutenant governor of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Paul Stubbing, C.M.
Ottawa, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to the people of Iqaluit, as a physician and anaesthesiologist, and for his continued advocacy for the recruitment and retention of health care workers in Canada’s North.

Peter R. Taylor, C.M.
West Vancouver, British Columbia
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to innovative developments in bridge engineering, notably as an expert on cable-stayed bridges.

Ian M. Thom, C.M.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a curator of Canadian art and as an advocate for British Columbia artists.

Marvin Tile, C.M.
North York, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a clinical orthopaedic surgeon, teacher and groundbreaking researcher.

Nancy Turner, C.M., O.B.C.
Victoria, British Columbia
Member of the Order of Canada

For her contributions to the field of ethnobotany (the scientific study of relationships between people and plants), and notably for her leadership in documenting the traditions of First Nations peoples.

Jeanne M. Wolfe, C.M.
Westmount, Quebec
Member of the Order of Canada

For her contributions as a leading scholar and mentor in the field of urban planning in Canada and abroad.

Donald A. Young, C.M.
Fredericton, New Brunswick
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as an agrologist and for his role in the development of new crop varieties.

Madeline Ziniak, C.M., O.Ont.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For her contributions as the major driving force behind the development and growth of multilingual and multicultural television in Canada.

ANNEX C – ORDER OF CANADA BACKGROUNDER

The Order of Canada was established in 1967 to recognize outstanding achievement and service in various fields of human endeavour. It is our country’s highest civilian honour for lifetime achievement. Three different levels of membership—Companion, Officer and Member—honour people whose accomplishments vary in degree and scope.

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.

The governor general is the Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order. Members of the Advisory Council for 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.

Any group or individual is welcome to nominate deserving individuals as candidates for appointment.

Any Canadian may be nominated for the Order of Canada. The only exceptions are federal and provincial politicians and judges, who may not be appointed while holding office.

People who are not Canadian may be considered for honorary appointments.