One of Canada's most successful experimental writers, his work blends the factual and the imaginary in poetry and prose and is extraordinarily visual, which accounts for his interest in film as a complement to literature. But he is first and foremost a poet whose talent is recognized throughout the English-speaking world.
Companion of the Order of Canada
Awarded on: November 18, 2016
Invested on: August 25, 2017
Michael Ondaatje continues to be one of Canada’s most treasured and celebrated
contemporary authors. A poet, novelist and editor, he has published well-regarded
collections of poetry and several critically acclaimed novels, including Anil’s Ghost
and The English Patient, which was later made into an award-winning film.
His international stature has brought attention to Canadian literature and helped raise
its profile worldwide. He serves as an exemplary role model, and his ongoing support
and editorial work within the literary community have had a profound influence on
aspiring Canadian authors.
This is a promotion within the Order.