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Order of Canada Investiture Ceremony

November 2, 2011

Governor General to Invest 39 Recipients into the Order of Canada

OTTAWA—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, November 4, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. The Governor General, who is chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order, will bestow the honour on 28 Members, 10 Officers and one Companion.

The Order of Canada was created in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Since its creation, more than 5 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.

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

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Media interested in covering this event and interviewing recipients are asked to contact the Rideau Hall Press Office and must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 10:15 a.m. on the day of the ceremony.

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

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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 insignia

(Members first, followed by Officers and Companion)

12 p.m.:

Interviews with recipients


RECIPIENTS

MEMBERS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

Arnold Aberman, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Patricia Aldana, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Shirley Bear, C.M.

Tobique, Maliseet Reserve, N.B.

Jeanne Besner, C.M.

Calgary, Alta.

Anita Best, C.M.

Norris Point, N.L.

John M. W. Bradford, C.M.

Brockville, Ont.

Anthony and Elizabeth Comper, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Joan Donald, C.M.

Red Deer, Alta.

Mary Lou Fallis, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Jean-Claude Fouron, C.M., O.Q. 

Montréal, Que.

Marie Gignac, C.M.

Québec, Que.

Monique Giroux, C.M.

Montréal, Que.

Dorothy Griffiths, C.M., O. Ont.

Welland, Ont.

Michael Hayden, C.M., O.B.C.

Vancouver, B.C.

Frederic Langford Rowell Jackman, C.M., O. Ont.

Toronto, Ont.

Patrick Jarvis, C.M.

Calgary, Alta.

Eugene Levy, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Trevor Linden, C.M., O.B.C.

Vancouver, B.C.

Robert Y. McMurtry, C.M.

Picton, Ont.

Alvaro Morales, C.M.

Kingston, Ont.

Gwyn Morgan, C.M.

Calgary, Alta. and North Saanich, B.C.

Larry Nelson, C.M.

Moncton, N.B.

Nino Ricci, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

David William Shannon, C.M., O. Ont.

Thunder Bay, Ont.

Tricia Smith, C.M.

Vancouver, B.C.

David Staines, C.M., O. Ont.

Ottawa, Ont.

Robert H. Taylor, C.M.

Vancouver, B.C.


OFFICERS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

William J. Buyers, O.C.

Deep River, Ont.

The Honourable Herménégilde Chiasson, O.C., O.N.B.

Grand-Barachois, N.B.

Lorna Crozier, O.C.

Saanich, B.C.

Richard (Rick) L. George, O.C.

Calgary, Alta.

Alain Lefèvre, O.C., C.Q.

Montréal, Que.

Bob McDonald, O.C.

Toronto, Ont.

Maureen O’Neil, O.C.

Ottawa, Ont.

Viola Robinson, O.C., O.N.S.

Yarmouth, N.S.

Maureen Sabia, O.C.

Toronto, Ont.

Hayley Wickenheiser, O.C.

Calgary, Alta.


COMPANION OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

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

Québec, Que.


RECIPIENTS’ CITATIONS

MEMBERS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

Arnold Aberman, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

Arnold Aberman has contributed to the advancement of medicine for more than 30 years. As co-director of the Intensive Care Unit at Mount Sinai Hospital, he was instrumental in securing recognition for the field of critical care medicine as an independent discipline in Canada. He contributed to the founding of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and was also dean of medicine at the University of Toronto.

Patricia Aldana, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

Patricia Aldana is a pivotal figure in children’s publishing. Founder and publisher of Groundwood Books, she has mentored many emerging writers, including First Nations authors and recent immigrants. She has also volunteered in Canada and internationally in establishing policy that encourages reading and the publication of children’s books everywhere in the world, including countries affected by war. She has served in numerous pro bono positions, and is the second Canadian president of the International Board on Books for Young People, a position she held for two terms.

Shirley Bear, C.M.
Tobique, Maliseet Reserve, New Brunswick
Member of the Order of Canada

Shirley Bear has made influential contributions to New Brunswick’s cultural landscape. As an activist, curator and artist, she has helped to raise the public profile of Aboriginal artists. Her own paintings are admired for celebrating the wisdom, strength and spirituality of First Nations women. She is also a long-time advocate for the rights of Indigenous women in Canada, and is a role model and inspiration to members of her community.

Jeanne Besner, C.M.
Calgary, Alberta
Member of the Order of Canada

Jeanne Besner is a highly regarded medical administrator and researcher. Her work has focused on optimizing the role of nurses and other members of the health care team in a collaborative approach to patient-centered care. Her commitment to excellence has contributed to the professional development of nurses and to improved health services for Canadians.

Anita Best, C.M.
Norris Point, Newfoundland and Labrador
Member of the Order of Canada

Anita Best has been instrumental in safeguarding Newfoundland’s traditional oral culture. As a singer, storyteller and archivist, she has been active in collecting and performing the songs and tales of her ancestors, ensuring this priceless cultural legacy is not lost to future generations. She also brings Newfoundland’s customs and verbal arts to life at music festivals and on radio programs, and is a highly regarded mentor to her fellow musicians and folklorists.

John M. W. Bradford, C.M.
Brockville, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

John Bradford is one of Canada’s leading forensic psychiatrists. Widely known for his innovative research on the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders, he has advocated for increased health care services for mentally ill offenders. A professor at both the University of Ottawa and Queen’s University, he is the founder of the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group’s Sexual Behaviours Clinic, as well as the Canadian Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. A mentor to many young psychiatrists, he continues to promote excellence in education and clinical practice.

Anthony and Elizabeth Comper, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Members of the Order of Canada

Through their volunteerism, philanthropy and social activism, Anthony and Elizabeth Comper have made significant and lasting contributions to their community. For decades, they have been actively and passionately involved as leaders and supporters of an array of organizations, including the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews; the University of Toronto; the Necessary Angel Theatre Company; and the Royal Conservatory of Music. They are also highly regarded for co-founding Fighting Anti-Semitism Together (FAST), a coalition of business and community leaders who speak out against discrimination and who fund education programs.

Joan Donald, C.M.
Red Deer, Alberta
Member of the Order of Canada

Joan Donald has spent decades contributing to the social and economic development of her community. A dedicated volunteer and philanthropist, she supports a variety of initiatives, primarily in the areas of health care and education, and encourages others in the community to join her in giving back. She is also an experienced business leader who has served on various public and corporate boards, and has mentored young people through their successful entry into the business world.

Mary Lou Fallis, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For more than 30 years, Mary Lou Fallis has brought classical music to audiences in Canada and abroad. A soprano, she is well-known for bringing her comedic, one-woman shows that lovingly poke fun at opera divas to small, large and remote venues across Canada and around the world. She promotes opera music through her work as a radio and television broadcaster, and has taught many young performers at universities and in master classes across the country.

Jean-Claude Fouron, C.M., O.Q.
Montréal, Quebec
Member of the Order of Canada

Jean-Claude Fouron is a leader in pediatric cardiology. Renowned for using ultrasound Doppler technology to examine fetal cardiac disorders, he founded the first fetal cardiac unit in Canada, at the Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine. He has mentored several generations of pediatricians as a professor at the Université de Montréal, while also contributing to medical training programs in perinatal and pediatric care in Haiti. His extensive research has earned him numerous national and international awards.

Marie Gignac, C.M.
Québec, Quebec
Member of the Order of Canada

Marie Gignac helps the performing arts to thrive and grow. An actress on stage, in film and on television, she is also a director and playwright. She has notably collaborated on major theatrical projects, including La Trilogie des dragons. Artistic director of Québec’s Carrefour international de théâtre, she gives audiences the opportunity to discover both Canadian and international works, as well as works by emerging artists.

Monique Giroux, C.M.
Montréal, Quebec
Member of the Order of Canada

Monique Giroux celebrates and promotes Francophone song in Canada and internationally. A host with Radio-Canada, and for the 20th season of Espace Musique, she was the driving force behind and host of such flagship programs as “Les refrains d’abord” and “Fréquence libre,” where she introduced delighted audiences to music legends and emerging artists. She also developed and staged numerous shows and produced several albums. This advocate of Francophone voices from every region of Canada is highly respected in her field and has been invited overseas to collaborate on programs and host various shows. Moreover, she is dedicated to a number of organizations, including Gai Écoute and Young Musicians of the World.

Dorothy Griffiths, C.M., O. Ont.
Welland, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For more than 30 years, Dorothy Griffiths has been an advocate for people with dual diagnosis, in which a person has both a mental illness and a co-occurring developmental disability. A professor at Brock University, she has worked to improve the quality of life for persons with intellectual disabilities and mental health needs. Through her research, program development and teachings, she has raised awareness of the issue, and continues to defend the human rights of persons with intellectual disabilities.

Michael Hayden, C.M., O.B.C.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Member of the Order of Canada

Michael Hayden is a leading human genetic researcher and specialist in genetic medicine, focusing on Huntington’s disease. Director and senior scientist at the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics, and a professor in the Department of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia, he has analyzed the molecular structure of the defective gene that leads to Huntington’s. His lab has developed a program that uses DNA analysis to test whether one is carrying this gene. As well, he has made important discoveries on lipid disorders, coronary artery disease and adverse reactions to drugs. A humanitarian and entrepreneur, he is committed to translating discoveries into treatments for patients, and is the founder of three Canadian biotechnology companies.

Frederic Langford Rowell Jackman, C.M., O. Ont.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

A psychologist, businessman and philanthropist, Eric Jackman is also a consummate volunteer. Over the years, he has provided unstinting support to a host of organizations, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Atlantic Council of Canada and the Psychology Foundation of Canada. Moreover, he spearheaded the creation of the Canadian Journalism Foundation and served as chancellor of the University of Windsor.

Patrick Jarvis, C.M.
Calgary, Alberta
Member of the Order of Canada

For decades, Patrick Jarvis has empowered people with disabilities to seek their full potential through sport. As an athlete and team manager, he represented Canada at several international paralympic sporting events. During his presidency of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, he led its transformation into a powerful force within the paralympic movement, and spearheaded the implementation of athlete-focussed services, initiatives and programs. His inspirational and dynamic leadership has also benefited such organizations as the International Paralympic Committee and WinSport.  He remains a model of excellence in sport.

Eugene Levy, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

A renowned comedic actor, director, producer and writer, Eugene Levy has won over audiences throughout the world. A Second City alumnus, he has since starred in more than 50 films. He is still in touch with his Canadian roots as a mentor of Humber College’s comedy students, and through his engagement with such organizations as Shalom Village, in Hamilton; the Autism Society; and the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

Trevor Linden, C.M., O.B.C.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Member of the Order of Canada

Throughout his career in the National Hockey League, Trevor Linden established a reputation for community engagement and sportsmanship. A gifted forward, he played for nearly two decades, notably with the Vancouver Canucks and the Montreal Canadiens, and represented Canada at several international tournaments. Recognized for his leadership and humanitarian contributions, he also created the Trevor Linden Foundation. This organization supports, among other initiatives, pediatric cancer care, research and preventative campaigns, and has been particularly dedicated to helping underprivileged and terminally ill children.

Robert Y. McMurtry, C.M.
Picton, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

Professor emeritus at the University of Western Ontario, Robert McMurtry has been instrumental in strengthening health care delivery in Canada. An orthopedic surgeon, he created Canada’s first trauma unit at Sunnybrook Hospital. In his work as a health policy advisor, notably with the Romanow Commission, he has contributed to the long-term sustainability of Canada’s health care system.

Alvaro Morales, C.M.
Kingston, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

Alvaro Morales has advanced the field of urology, notably in the areas of oncology and andrology. He is best known for spearheading the use of Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) as a bladder cancer treatment in the 1970s; he has also advanced the knowledge of testosterone deficiency. At Queen’s University, he headed the Department of Urology for 15 years, and is the founding director of the Centre of Applied Urological Research.

Gwyn Morgan, C.M.
Calgary, Alberta and North Saanich, British Columbia
Member of the Order of Canada

Gwyn Morgan has made important contributions as a business and community leader in Alberta. Founding chief executive officer of Alberta-based EnCana Corporation, he was instrumental in creating one of the most successful oil and gas companies in the world. He is also recognized for his commitment to broadening public policy discourse in Canada, which he has helped to advance through his participation in organizations such as the Canadian Public Policy Forum and the Manning Centre for Building Democracy. As well, his philanthropic support has benefited health care and educational initiatives across Canada.

Larry Nelson, C.M.
Moncton, New Brunswick
Member of the Order of Canada

For decades, Larry Nelson has been a model of volunteerism and community service. A business leader, he is highly regarded for his volunteer and philanthropic support of initiatives and organizations in health care, education, athletics and the arts. He has also played a pivotal role in fostering positive relationships between Moncton’s Anglophone and Francophone communities, and has been a champion of bilingualism throughout New Brunswick.

Nino Ricci, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

Nino Ricci is an internationally acclaimed writer. He burst onto the Canadian literary scene with his hugely successful novel, Lives of the Saints, which documents the immigrant experience. His provocative works have garnered him numerous literary honours and have been translated into several languages. He has served as a writer-in-residence and writing instructor at institutions across North America, and is recognized as a generous and caring mentor.

David William Shannon, C.M., O. Ont.
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

David Shannon is a champion of the rights of people living with disabilities. After suffering a spinal cord injury at the age of 18, he devoted his legal career to promoting disability rights and raising awareness of accessibility issues. He has influenced policy-makers in shaping legislation that has removed barriers and improved the lives of individuals living with disabilities. He was also the first person with paraplegia to reach the North Pole.

Tricia Smith, C.M.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Member of the Order of Canada

Tricia Smith is devoted to giving back to sport, specifically to the sport of rowing, which she loves. A lawyer and four-time Olympian with medals in rowing, she has given generously of her time, notably in the areas of women in sport and sports administration. As a member of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport and the executive committee of the International Rowing Federation, she has used her expertise to help ensure equitable opportunities for athletes and for women in particular. She is also senior vice-president of the Canadian Olympic Committee.

David Staines, C.M., O. Ont.
Ottawa, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

A literary critic and scholar, David Staines is a champion of Canadian literature and an advocate for young writers. He co-founded Canada’s two most prestigious literary awards, the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. He is a staunch supporter of Canada’s classic literary works, ensuring that they will be available for future generations of readers.

Robert H. Taylor, C.M.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Member of the Order of Canada

A caring and compassionate physician, Robert Taylor has brought humanitarian medical relief, as well as surgical training, to underserved populations around the world. Undertaking assignments with the Canadian Baptist Ministries, and later, with the International Red Cross, he travelled the remote rivers of Bolivia to minister to Indigenous peoples, and to rural missions in the Congo to provide surgical care and training. He has established courses to teach essential surgical skills to health care practitioners in Malawi, Zambia, Haiti and Guyana. He also founded the outreach International Surgery Committee of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons.

OFFICERS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

William J. Buyers, O.C.
Deep River, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

William Buyers is internationally renowned for his work in condensed matter physics, particularly in the field of magnetism, and as a leader in the development of the Canadian Neutron Beam Centre. Within his community, he has enhanced the music scene of the Upper Ottawa Valley as a director of various orchestras and choirs. Although retired from the National Research Council Canada, he continues to pursue research on quantum magnetism and superconductors.

The Honourable Herménégilde Chiasson, O.C., O.N.B.
Grand-Barachois (New Brunswick)
Officer of the Order of Canada

Herménégilde Chiasson is an extraordinary advocate for the arts and culture. For more than 40 years, this prolific, renowned artist has donned several hats: poet, playwright, filmmaker, painter, printmaker and professor. In addition, as lieutenant governor of New Brunswick, he dedicated himself to strengthening ties between Francophone, Anglophone and Aboriginal communities. His extensive career has helped to create a more contemporary vision of Acadian culture and to promote Acadia here in Canada and around the world.

Lorna Crozier, O.C.
Saanich, British Columbia
Officer of the Order of Canada

Lorna Crozier is one of our country’s pre-eminent poets. Over the past 35 years, her award-winning work, which frequently celebrates the prairie landscape and its people, has enriched the Canadian literary scene and has been published in several languages. As an educator she has helped young writers achieve excellence and recognition. She also generously employs her talents in support of various social causes, including literacy, animal rights and the environment.

Richard (Rick) L. George, O.C.
Calgary, Alberta
Officer of the Order of Canada

As president and CEO of Suncor Energy, Rick George has demonstrated a deep commitment to providing economic opportunities for Aboriginal communities and has steered the company to become an industry leader in the area of sustainable development. A former chair of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, he is recognized as a model of responsible corporate leadership. He is also an engaged volunteer with several community organizations, including the Calgary Committee to End Homelessness, the United Way of Calgary and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Alain Lefèvre, O.C., C.Q.
Montréal, Quebec
Officer of the Order of Canada

Alain Lefèvre is a world-renowned virtuoso pianist and a passionate promoter of Canadian music. Notably, he is credited with reviving and bringing recognition to the work of the late composer André Mathieu. Moreover, he is a remarkable communicator, introducing young students in Canada and abroad to classical music. He also hosts an influential radio program on Radio-Canada.

Bob McDonald, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

Bob McDonald makes science more interesting and understandable. Without a university education, he has nonetheless become one of this country’s most respected science journalists and is highly regarded by scientific societies around the world. Known for his enthusiasm and for simplifying complex concepts, he is host of CBC Radio’s “Quirks & Quarks,” and is the science correspondent for “The National.” In addition, his influential programming for children has garnered him numerous awards.

Maureen O’Neil, O.C.
Ottawa, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

Throughout her distinguished public service career, Maureen O’Neil has demonstrated a deep commitment to social justice and equality. As a dynamic and respected leader, most notably of Status of Women Canada and the International Development Research Centre of Canada, she has played a key role in shaping and implementing programs that have improved the lives of many, both at home and abroad.

Viola Robinson, O.C., O.N.S.
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
Officer of the Order of Canada

A role model and an inspirational leader, Viola Robinson has advanced the rights of First Nations peoples across Canada. She was instrumental in negotiating a process for the implementation of governance and treaty rights for Mi’kmaq communities in Nova Scotia, and has worked to end discrimination against Aboriginal women nationally. As well, her commitment to fostering a just and inclusive society guided her work as a member of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.

Maureen Sabia, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

Maureen Sabia is a role model for women in the corporate sector. Over the past 30 years, she has been a pioneering force behind the ever-increasing participation of women in corporate Canada. Known for her integrity and as an advocate of sound corporate governance, she has served on the boards of directors of various national and international corporations. As well, a variety of educational and health care institutions have benefited from her leadership and commitment.

Hayley Wickenheiser, O.C.
Calgary, Alberta
Officer of the Order of Canada

Hayley Wickenheiser is a celebrated female hockey player, admired for her exceptional determination and dedication. As one of the top scorers in women’s hockey, she and her team captured three Olympic gold medals, as well as six gold medals at the women’s world championships. She is the first woman to play professional hockey in a position other than goalie, and was the first to score a goal in a men’s professional league. Off the ice, she serves as a role model through initiatives promoting women in sport, youth, and the environment.


COMPANION OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

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

Actor, playwright and director of film and stage, Robert Lepage is known internationally for his creative genius. He took the road less travelled and created impressive theatrical events, and stage and audiovisual productions, such as The Dragons’ Trilogy, The Far Side of the Moon and The Image Mill, the largest architectural projection ever achieved. His works are performed and presented around the world and have earned him international critical acclaim. Because of his renown, he is invited by the world’s leading opera houses and theatres to produce and direct large-scale productions. And although his artistic activities take him around the world, he continues to be involved in his community. He develops his projects in his hometown, contributing to the City of Québec’s economic and artistic development.

This is a promotion within the Order.


ORDER OF CANADA BACKGROUNDER

Established in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada is the centrepiece of the Canadian Honours System, and recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. The Order recognizes people in all sectors of Canadian society. Their contributions are varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of others and made a difference to this country.

Motto and Levels

The Order of Canada’s motto is DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM(They desire a better country). Her Majesty The Queen is the Sovereign of the Order, and the governor general is the chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order.

Companion – Post-nominal: C.C.

Recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement and merit of the highest degree, especially in service to Canada or to humanity at large

Officer – Post-nominal: O.C.

Recognizes a lifetime of achievement and merit of a high degree, especially in service to Canada or to humanity at large

Member – Post-nominal: C.M.

Recognizes a lifetime of distinguished service in or to a particular community, group or field of activity

Insignia Description

The insignia of the Order is a stylized snowflake of six points, with a red annulus at its centre, which bears a stylized maple leaf circumscribed with the motto of the Order, DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM(They desire a better country), surmounted by St. Edward’s Crown.

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. They may be considered for outstanding achievement that reflects honour on Canada and/or lifetime contributions to humanity at large. There are no posthumous appointments.

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

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 the Honours section of our website at www.gg.ca