Governor General to Invest 41 Recipients into the Order of Canada

November 16, 2018
UPDATED - November 21, 2018

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will invest 2 Companions, 15 Officers and 24 Members into the Order of Canada on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, at 10:30 a.m., at Rideau Hall. The investiture ceremony will be streamed live online at www.gg.ca/en/live.

About the Order of Canada
The Order of Canada is one of our country’s highest honours. Its Companions, Officers and Members take to heart the motto of the Order: DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (“They desire a better country”).

Created in 1967, the Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Close to 7 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order. Those who bear the Order’s iconic snowflake insignia have changed our nation’s measure of success and, through the sum of their accomplishments, have helped us build a better Canada.

Appointments are made by the governor general on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada. For more information about the Order of Canada or to nominate someone, visit www.gg.ca/en/honours.

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

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Media wishing to cover the event are asked to confirm their attendance with the
Rideau Hall Press Office, and must arrive no later than 10:15 a.m. on the day of the ceremony.

 

Media information:

Sara Régnier-McKellar
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-993-2569 (office)
613-301-2465 (cell)
sara.regnier-mckellar@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 insignias of the Order of Canada

11:45 a.m.:

Interviews with recipients

 

RECIPIENTS
 

COMPANIONS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA
 

Frank C. Hawthorne, C.C.
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Winnipeg, Man.

The Honourable Louis LeBel, C.C.

Québec, Que.

OFFICERS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA
 

Michael Anthony Church, O.C.

Vancouver, B.C.

Sophie D’Amours, O.C.

Québec, Que.

Elizabeth Ann Eisenhauer, O.C.

Kingston, Ont.

Suzanne Fortier, O.C.

Montréal, Que.

Carol Hopkins, O.C.

Delaware Nation, Ont.

Kenneth Lum, O.C.

Vancouver, B.C. and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Joseph B. Martin, O.C.

Montréal, Que. and Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Terence Hedley Matthews, O.C., O.B.E.

Ottawa, Ont.

Catherine O’Hara, O.C.

Toronto, Ont. and Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

André Parent, O.C., O.Q.

Québec, Que.

Ronald Kerry Rowe, O.C.

Kingston, Ont.

Molly S. Shoichet, O.C., O.Ont.

Toronto, Ont.

David Sinclair, O.C.

Ottawa, Ont.

Vianne Timmons, O.C.

Regina, Sask.

Janet F. Werker, O.C.

Vancouver, B.C.


MEMBERS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

 

Allan Andrews, C.M.

Cornwall, P.E.I.

Rod Beattie, C.M.

Stratford, Ont.

Jacques Boucher, C.M.

Saint-Lambert, Que.

Mark Breslin, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Janine Brodie, C.M.

Edmonton, Alta.

The Honourable Andrée Champagne, P.C., C.M.

Saint-Hyacinthe, Que.

Chief David Crate, C.M.

Fisher River Cree Nation, Man.

Elizabeth Cromwell, C.M.

Shelburne, N.S.

Marie Yvonne Delorme, C.M.

Calgary, Alta.

Jocelyn Downie, C.M.

Halifax, N.S.

Gérard Duhaime, C.M.

Québec, Que.

Lynn Factor, C.M., O.Ont.

Toronto, Ont.

Peter John Fowler, C.M.

London, Ont.

Howard Vance Gimbel, C.M., A.O.E.

Calgary, Alta.

Richard G. Henriquez, C.M.

Vancouver, B.C.

Judy Illes, C.M.

Vancouver, B.C.

Liz Ingram, C.M.

Edmonton, Alta.

André Maltais, C.M.

Québec, Que.

Morton S. Minc, C.M.

Montréal, Que.

Karen Rochelle Mock, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Karim Wade Nasser, C.M., S.O.M.

Saskatoon, Sask.

Annabel Slaight, C.M., O.Ont.

Roches Point, Ont.

Valerie Tryon, C.M.

Ancaster, Ont.

David P. Werklund, C.M., A.O.E.

Calgary, Alta.

RECIPIENTS’ CITATIONS

COMPANIONS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA


Frank C. Hawthorne, C.C.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Frank Hawthorne is widely recognized as the world’s most accomplished mineralogist of all time. Distinguished professor of geological sciences and Canada Research Chair at the University of Manitoba, he is at the origin of fundamental research that has revolutionized our understanding of crystal structures and the behaviour of atomic arrangements. His influence on the field of Earth sciences has continued to grow through his groundbreaking and lasting contributions. He has shared his expertise and leadership with numerous organizations and publications, including the International Mineralogical Association.

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The Honourable Louis LeBel, C.C.
Québec, Quebec

With his intellectual curiosity and extraordinary dedication to the administration of justice, Louis LeBel improved the Canadian judicial system. A retired justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and the Quebec Court of Appeal, he is known for his distinguished contributions, particularly for advancing Canadian labour, civil and criminal law. His thirst for knowledge and generous support of legal education have also inspired numerous jurists.

OFFICERS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

Michael Anthony Church, O.C.
Vancouver, British Columbia

Michael Church is one of Canada’s pre-eminent earth scientists. Professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia and a foremost Canadian fluvial geomorphologist, he examines river systems and the impact of sediment transport and deposition. His research and field work has helped protect ecologically sensitive terrains through sound river management, notably through a unique study of the Peace River that spanned more than 40 years. He is also recognized for his profound influence as a mentor, having trained two generations of specialists in his field.

Sophie D’Amours, O.C.
Québec, Quebec

The spirit of innovation that drives Sophie D’Amours has had a positive impact on her community. She began her career as a researcher in forestry engineering, where she successfully led transdisciplinary projects. She then distinguished herself in leadership roles, notably as Université Laval’s vice rector of research and innovation, and currently serves as the university’s first female rector. Able to clarify complex issues and bring people together in common cause, she has received numerous awards and honours in recognition of her talent.

Elizabeth Ann Eisenhauer, O.C.
Kingston, Ontario

Elizabeth Eisenhauer is an international leader in clinical cancer research. Professor emerita at Queen’s University and former director of the Canadian Cancer Trials Group investigational drug program, she has played an influential role in helping shape cancer treatment through key advancements in clinical trials. Notably, she led the design of criteria to evaluate the response of tumours to therapy, and evaluated numerous new drugs now used routinely in cancer treatment. Renowned for her experience and expertise, she has served on numerous international professional and institutional committees, benefiting oncology research worldwide.

Suzanne Fortier, O.C.
Montréal, Quebec

Suzanne Fortier is one of our country’s most influential figures on the science and technology scene, contributing to the advancement of knowledge and innovation every day. As a respected researcher and professor at Queen’s University, she connected the worlds of chemistry, mathematics and artificial intelligence. Through her presidency of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, as principal and vice-chancellor of McGill University, and through her ongoing, active participation in numerous organizations, she has demonstrated her enduring commitment to the research community and to advocacy for women in science.

Carol Hopkins, O.C.
Delaware Nation, Ontario

Carol Hopkins is a landmark influencer in the field of addictions and mental health. Executive director of the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, she advocates for a holistic approach to healing and wellness for Indigenous people. Adept at traversing the worlds of traditional knowledge and academia, she has been instrumental in advancing national policy that blends western medicine with traditional healing practices, and which incorporates the use of Indigenous knowledge and customs taught by Elders. Her work is helping to improve outcomes for people affected by mental health issues and addictions.

Kenneth Lum, O.C.
Vancouver, British Columbia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Ken Lum is an influential figure on the contemporary art scene. Chair of fine arts at the University of Pennsylvania, he is best known for his innovative work that challenges ideas of  identity, language and space. For decades, his photography and installations have been exhibited in Canada and abroad, and his public art has garnered international praise. Co-curator of several large, historically themed exhibitions including Shanghai Modern: 1919-1945 and Monument Lab: A Public Art and History Project, he is also a noted writer on art, culture and politics.

Joseph B. Martin, O.C.
Montréal, Quebec and Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Joseph Martin is one of North America’s pre-eminent administrators in academic medicine. Early in his career, he made his mark through influential publications as a professor and chair of neurology and neurosurgery at McGill University, before advancing broader excellence in health care as dean of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and at Harvard University. Over the course of three decades, he has emphasized cutting-edge patient care and established numerous research centres, spurring advances in Huntington’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and HIV/AIDS.

Terence Hedley Matthews, O.C., O.B.E
Ottawa, Ontario

An industrialist, entrepreneur and investor, Terence Matthews has demonstrated exceptional leadership in the IT and communications industries. Known for his business acumen, he has been a founder and funder of more than 100 successful companies in the high-technology sector, notably Mitel Corporation and Newbridge Networks. Lauded as a mentor, he has helped numerous young entrepreneurs launch their own companies. Through the philanthropic arm of his company, he has spearheaded and contributed to several beneficial projects in the National Capital Region, notably the development of Wesley Clover Parks.

Catherine O’Hara, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario and Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Catherine O’Hara is a cultural trailblazer. A renowned Canadian actor, she first garnered attention for her writing and acting in the groundbreaking comedy series “SCTV” before moving on to a film career that now spans decades. Her remarkable talent has engendered many memorable performances in such blockbusters as Beetlejuice and Home Alone; additionally, she is lauded for her television roles, most recently in the hit series “Schitt’s Creek.” Her international success has inspired many artists and helped pave the way for the next generation of women in comedy.

André Parent, O.C., O.Q.
Québec, Quebec

André Parent is a world authority on brain anatomy. A neuroscientist and professor at Université Laval, he has established the fundamental standard in the field of neurobiology. In particular, his groundbreaking research on basal ganglia has shed light on how dysfunction in these brain structures may contribute to the onset of neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases. One of the most-cited researchers in neuroscience worldwide, he is recognized as a committed mentor to emerging health scientists.

Ronald Kerry Rowe, O.C.
Kingston, Ontario

Kerry Rowe is a passionate leader in the safeguarding of Canada’s natural resources. A professor at Queen’s University and a pioneer in geoenvironmental engineering, he is responsible for many of the designs, techniques and materials now used to manage waste disposal in the developed world. His seminal research on landfills has led to critical advancements in protecting land and water from contamination. Renowned for his dedication to the advancement of this field, he has served at the helm of numerous professional societies and institutional committees.

Molly S. Shoichet, O.C., O.Ont.
Toronto, Ontario

At the intersection of engineering, science and health, Molly Shoichet is making innovative progress in regenerative medicine. A Canada Research Chair and professor at the University of Toronto, she leads an internationally renowned research program in tissue engineering. She is noted for developing biomaterials that can deliver cells and drugs into the nervous system to treat a range of conditions, including blindness,   cancer, stroke and spinal cord injury. A passionate champion of scientific knowledge and public engagement, she is also a trusted advisor to government and academia.

David Sinclair, O.C.
Ottawa, Ontario

David Sinclair is broadening our understanding of the universe through his study of elementary particles. This world-leading expert in experimental sub-atomic physics has been lauded for his work as a research scientist at TRIUMF and for his mentorship as a professor at Carleton University. He played a critical leadership role in the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory experiment, the results of which led to a scientific breakthrough recognized with the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics. As the creator and founding director of SNOLab, the internationally renowned underground facility, he has helped place Canada at the global forefront of particle physics.

Vianne Timmons, O.C.
Regina, Saskatchewan

Vianne Timmons has enriched her community through her bold and compassionate leadership. An accomplished and prolific researcher in the fields of literacy and inclusive education, she is now president and vice-chancellor of the University of Regina, where she has overseen the institution’s growth, reaffirmed its ties with Indigenous students and connected with marginalized communities. An advocate for women in leadership roles, she has also given voice to and created opportunities for people with disabilities, both at home and abroad.

Janet F. Werker, O.C.
Vancouver, British Columbia

Janet Werker has provided profound insight into the cognitive development of young children. A professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia, she is one of the world’s foremost experts on language acquisition and infant speech perception. Her research on the benefits of exposing infants to speech during the first year of life has become a cornerstone of developmental psychology. She has also documented widely used milestones to chart the process of language development and uncovered unique features of language acquisition in a bilingual setting.


MEMBERS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

Allan Andrews, C.M.
Cornwall, Prince Edward Island

Generations of athletes have benefited from Allan Andrews’ wisdom both on and off the ice. Founder of a renowned hockey school, he has mentored and coached thousands of players of all levels. His innovative curriculum, which has been emulated across the country and beyond, focuses on technical skills as well as lifelong lessons in sportsmanship and team spirit. Known for his generosity, he has been actively involved in many sports and wellness organizations in his community.

Rod Beattie, C.M.
Stratford, Ontario

Actor Rod Beattie is a singular figure on the Canadian theatre scene. A veteran of the Stratford Festival, he is best known for his heartwarming performances in the beloved Wingfield series, one of the longest-running stage productions in the country. For more than 30 years, his compelling portrayals have captured the essence of pastoral life and have appealed to both urban and rural audiences. His commitment to performing in small communities has helped enliven rural theatre and generated artistic opportunities outside Canada’s major urban centres.

Jacques Boucher, C.M.
Saint-Lambert, Quebec

A passionate musician and important figure in Canadian music, organist Jacques Boucher has served as producer and director of musical programming for Radio-Canada’s French-language radio network; as artistic and general manager of the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada; and as dean of the Faculty of Music at Université de Montréal. As a performer, he has recorded 40 albums and given numerous concerts throughout the Americas and Europe. He has produced a large number of programs featuring the organ, which have showcased the Quebec organ tradition and instrument-making heritage. He continues to advocate for the genre and to promote Quebec organists and composers.

Mark Breslin, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

Mark Breslin has built a platform for Canadian comedy. Founder and CEO of Yuk Yuk’s, the country’s largest comedy chain, he is credited with helping to launch the careers of renowned Canadian comedians. With an open-door policy, his clubs are known for cutting-edge content that tackles controversial issues and fights censorship, while maintaining a commitment to promoting Canadian talent. He is also the co-founder of Humber College’s Comedy Writing and Performance program, where he continues to mentor and advise emerging comics.

Janine Brodie, C.M.
Edmonton, Alberta

Janine Brodie has gained renown as an influential expert on the study of social governance and women in politics. Distinguished professor of political science and Canada Research Chair at the University of Alberta, she has conducted prolific and multi-faceted research that has informed public policy in such areas as social equality, gender politics and issues relating to globalization. Recognized as an outstanding teacher and mentor, especially to women scholars, she has inspired future generations of political scientists.

The Honourable Andrée Champagne, P.C., C.M.
Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec

Before entering the political arena, Andrée Champagne made her mark on the emerging world of television. Many will remember her performance as the gentle and pious Donalda Poudrier in “Les belles histoires des pays d’en haut.” As a parliamentarian in the House of Commons and Senate, she was known for her civic engagement and hard work, particularly on official languages and Francophonie files. Her passion has never wavered, as evidenced by her efforts in founding Le Chez-nous des artistes.

Chief David Crate, C.M.
Fisher River Cree Nation, Manitoba

David Crate’s vision and leadership have brought pride and prosperity to the Fisher River Cree Nation for close to three decades. As chief, he has been instrumental in promoting long-term planning, facilitating partnerships that promote economic development, and improving education opportunities for his constituents. He spearheaded the creation of Fisher Bay Provincial Park, which has set the standard for community involvement in protecting and managing traditional lands and waters. He serves on many boards, where he advocates for technology and education development within the province’s Indigenous communities.

Elizabeth Cromwell, C.M.
Shelburne, Nova Scotia

With a strong vision and tireless determination, Elizabeth Cromwell has dedicated herself to the preservation and dissemination of Black history in Nova Scotia. Recognized as humble and passionate, she has been involved with various cultural and heritage organizations in the province, notably as a founding member and president of the Black Loyalist Heritage Society. She was instrumental in establishing the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre, a museum housing artifacts, stories and the collective history of Black Loyalists in Canada.

Marie Yvonne Delorme, C.M.
Calgary, Alberta

Entrepreneur Marie Delorme is committed to diversity and inclusion. As she rose to the top tiers of the telecommunications industry, she led early initiatives to support the advancement of women and Indigenous employees. Now CEO of the Imagination Group of Companies, she remains committed to cross-cultural economic development and the participation of Indigenous people in Canada’s economy. Her expertise and experience have been valuable assets to many organizations including the RCMP Foundation, the Coady International Institute and the Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking.

Jocelyn Downie, C.M.
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Jocelyn Downie’s contributions to national health law and policy have been manifold. A professor of law and medicine at Dalhousie University, she has advocated for women’s health and for high-quality, end-of-life care. She made significant contributions to the Carter v. Canada case, which led to the legalization of medical assistance in dying in Canada. In addition, her expertise has been instrumental in shaping public policy to protect the reproductive rights of women.

Gérard Duhaime, C.M.
Québec, Quebec

Gérard Duhaime’s determination to improve life in northern communities has made him a leader among social scientists. Professor and Canada Research Chair at Université Laval, he has spearheaded influential research into the socio-economic conditions of those living in the North. His studies have shed light on such critical issues as the high cost of living and its impact on residents. He has also established key databanks of social and economic indicators—ArcticStat and Nunivaat—which have been instrumental in informing decision makers on how to craft public policy adapted to northern realities.

Lynn Factor, C.M., O.Ont.
Toronto, Ontario

Lynn Factor is an advocate for disadvantaged youth.  A social worker, she has demonstrated exceptional leadership in her field as a board member of Covenant House Toronto and as chair of its Sex Trafficking Committee, as well as past chair of the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada. Notably, through her work with the Boost Child and Youth Advocacy Centre, she prepares child victims and witnesses of crime to testify in criminal court. Her abiding commitment to social justice is apparent through the breadth of her community engagement and her transformative philanthropy.

Peter John Fowler, C.M.
London, Ontario

Peter Fowler is an icon in Canadian sport medicine. A renowned orthopaedic surgeon, he is recognized for contributing to the advancement of the medical treatment of athletes, notably for his innovative use of the arthroscope in treating musculoskeletal disease. He is the co-founder of the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic at Western University, which is recognized as a world-class centre of sport medicine excellence. He is now retired, but his legacy lives on through the success of the many young orthopaedic surgeons he has trained and mentored through the clinic.

Howard Vance Gimbel, C.M., A.O.E.
Calgary, Alberta

Howard Gimbel has made pioneering contributions to the field of eye care. An ophthalmologist, he developed innovative techniques, notably in cataract surgery, that have improved outcomes for patients and set new standards worldwide. Moreover, his clinic was the first to introduce laser refractive eye surgery in Canada, a service that has revolutionized vision correction. The author of bestselling textbooks, he remains committed to sharing his expertise as a teacher in Canada and abroad, as well as through his live surgery broadcasts, YouTube training videos and speaking engagements.

Richard G. Henriquez, C.M.
Vancouver, British Columbia

Architect and artist Richard Henriquez has left an indelible mark on Vancouver’s built environment. Founder of Henriquez Partners Architects, he is known for creating highly symbolic works that reflect deep respect for history and memory. His notable projects include Vancouver’s Gaslight Square, Eugenia Place Tower and the Sinclair Centre. Active in raising the profile of architecture, he has served with many professional organizations and is the driving force behind the Vancouver Urbanarium Society, a charity that promotes citizen engagement in the process of building cities.

Judy Illes, C.M.
Vancouver, British Columbia

Judy Illes is a pioneer in exploring the ethical dimensions of research on the brain. A professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia, she has conducted thought-provoking research at the vanguard of neuroethics. Known for identifying and tackling emerging issues, she has offered counsel on such subjects as stem cell use, incidental findings in neuroimaging, and the commercialization of neuroscience. Committed to expanding her field, she has led international consortiums and used her stature to promote ethical decision making in neurology.

Liz Ingram, C.M.
Edmonton, Alberta

Liz Ingram has helped promote excellence in printmaking in Canada and abroad. A distinguished professor at the University of Alberta, she is highly regarded for her talents as a visual artist and educator who, over the past 40 years, has helped establish one of the country’s most recognized university print programs. Exhibited internationally, her extensive body of work features a variety of media, including etching, photo intaglio, digital media and installations, and explores issues related to the fragility of life and humanity’s interconnectedness with nature.

André Maltais, C.M.
Québec, Quebec

For over 30 years, André Maltais has been working tirelessly to recognize and promote the Indigenous peoples of Canada. As parliamentary secretary of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and as chief federal negotiator in the Atikamekw and Montagnais file, he gave a voice to the North Shore region. Many of his achievements helped plot a course for this part of the country, notably the creation of the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve, the founding of Radio-Canada Côte-Nord, the implementation and start-up of the Port of Sept-Îles and the modernization of the Nunavik airport network.

Morton S. Minc, C.M.
Montréal, Quebec

With keen insight, Morton Minc has helped improve access to the justice system for seniors and for the disadvantaged or marginalized in society. As chief judge of the Municipal Court of Montréal, he diverted thousands of people from the system by promoting social rehabilitation. Through his tireless efforts, he has transformed this court into a model for others across Canada and has received several awards, including the Order of Montréal and the Prix de la justice du Québec.

Karen Rochelle Mock, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

Karen Mock is a dedicated advocate for cultural diversity. A human rights consultant and educator, she promotes anti-racist and equity policies through her outreach activities and in her published work. Recognized as an expert on discrimination and hate crime, she has taught a number of courses and workshops on race relations in the public, private and volunteer sectors. Her human rights work has led to changes in Canadian workplace and educational policies, notably through her anti-oppression and diversity training, intercultural dialogue programs and integration practices.

Karim Wade Nasser, C.M., S.O.M.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Kay Nasser’s varied successes have benefited his adopted home. A newcomer to Canada from Lebanon, he was a professor of civil engineering at the University of Saskatchewan for over 30 years. Known for his research and inventions in building technology, he invented the K-Slump Tester, a device that measures the consistency of concrete and which was first used in the construction of the CN Tower. A property developer, philanthropist and engaged volunteer, he generously gives back to his community in support of education, health care and the arts.

Annabel Slaight, C.M., O.Ont.
Roches Point, Ontario

Annabel Slaight has devoted her career to opening children’s hearts and minds to the wonders of the world around them. One of Canada’s pioneers in children’s publishing, she co-founded OWL, Chickadee and Chirp magazines and, through them, encouraged a love of science and the natural world among countless readers. She has also contributed to the creation of innovative screen-based programming for young Canadians as president of the OWL Centre for Children’s Film and Television, and currently gives generously of her time to watershed conservation initiatives.

Valerie Tryon, C.M.
Ancaster, Ontario

Celebrated pianist Valerie Tryon has been gracing the stage for six decades. Known for her ability as a sight-reader of complex scores, she has a repertoire that ranges from Bach, Liszt and Debussy to contemporary composers. She has established a strong musical legacy in Europe, the United States and Canada through numerous solo and recital performances, as well as two dozen notable recordings. A teacher and builder of the classical music culture, she has taught, mentored and inspired numerous talented musicians, notably as the artist-in-residence at McMaster University.

David P. Werklund, C.M., A.O.E.
Calgary, Alberta

David Werklund has advanced initiatives in his community through his business acumen and generosity. For over 30 years, he has been a successful entrepreneur and industry leader in the oil sector. He has also devoted considerable time and resources to building and growing his foundation, which funds projects that foster education and instill leadership in youth. His engaged philanthropy has led to broader educational and agricultural opportunities at post-secondary institutions in Alberta.


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 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.