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Governor General Announces New Appointments to the Order of Canada

December 28, 2007

OTTAWA — Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, announced today 61 new appointments to the Order of Canada. The new appointees include three Companions (C.C.), 18 Officers (O.C.), and 40 Members (C.M.). These appointments have been in effect since October 25, 2007. 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.

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

COMPANIONS

The Honourable Louise Arbour, C.C.

Geneva, Switzerland and Montreal, Que.

Law

Michael Snow, C.C.
(This is a promotion within the Order)

Toronto, Ont.

Arts/Visual

Margaret E. Southern, C.C., L.V.O., A.E.O.
(This is a promotion within the Order)

Calgary, Alta.

Sports

OFFICERS

Marie Chouinard, O.C.

Montreal, Que.

Arts/Stage/Dance

David A. Dodge, O.C.

Ottawa, Ont.

Public Service

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

Calgary, Alta.

Industry/Commerce/Business

Deborah Grey, O.C.

Edmonton, Alta.

Public Service

Clara Hughes, O.C., O.M.

Calgary, Alta. and Winnipeg, Man.

Sports

Douglas Gordon (D.G.) Jones, O.C.

North Hatley, Que.

Arts/Writing

The Honourable E. Leo Kolber, O.C.

Montreal, Que.

Industry/Commerce/Business

Donat Lacroix, O.C.

Caraquet, N.B.

Arts/Music

Jean Lemire, O.C.

Montreal, Que.

Science

Joanne MacDonald, O.C., O.N.L.

St. John’s, N.L.

Social Service

Grant Munro, O.C.

Westmount, Que.

Arts/Films

Stephen (Steve) Nash, O.C., O.B.C.

Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A. and Victoria, B.C.

Sports

Alex Neve, O.C.

Ottawa, Ont.

Social Service

Adrianne Pieczonka, O.C.

Toronto, Ont.

Arts/Music

Richard Puddephatt, O.C.

London, Ont.

Science

Muriel Smith, O.C.

Winnipeg, Man.

Social Service

Steven Staryk, O.C.

Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.A. and Toronto, Ont.

Arts/Music

Lawrence M. (Larry) Tanenbaum, O.C.

Toronto, Ont.

Philanthropy

Jeff Wall, O.C.

Vancouver, B.C.

Arts/Visual

MEMBERS

Garry W. Anderson, C.M.

Cranbrook, B.C.

Heritage

Tony Aspler, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Communications

Peter Aucoin, C.M.

Halifax, N.S.

Education

Larry Audlaluk, C.M.

Grise Fiord, Nun.

Voluntary Service

John Barron, C.M.

Komoka, Ont.

Arts/Music

Margaret Becklake, C.M.

Montreal, Que.

Health Care

Carol Gay Bell, C.M.

Regina, Sask.

Arts/Stage

Hélène-Andrée Bizier, C.M.

Montreal, Que.

Heritage

Thea Borlase, C.M.

Moncton, N.B.

Voluntary Service

Peter G. Buckland, C.M.

North Vancouver, B.C.

Engineering

Michael Clague, C.M.

Vancouver, B.C.

Social Service

Armand de Mestral, C.M.

Montreal, Que.

Law

Marcien Ferland, C.M.

La Salle, Man.

Arts/Music

Mallory Gilbert, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Arts/Stage

Frieda Graniot, C.M.

Vancouver, B.C.

Education

Walter Gretzky, C.M., O.Ont.

Brantford, Ont.

Voluntary Service

Valerie Hussey, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Communications

John E. (Jack) Irving, C.M.

Saint John, N.B.

Industry/Commerce/Business

Antoine Landry, C.M.

Caraquet, N.B.

Heritage

The Honourable Patrick LeSage, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Law

Karen Letofsky, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Social Service

The Honourable René J. Marin, C.M., O.M.M., O.Ont., C.D.

Ottawa, Ont.

Public Service

Dick North, C.M.

Dawson City, Y.T.

Heritage

Patricia O’Connor, C.M.

Yellowknife, N.W.T.

Health Care

Irene Pfeiffer, C.M.

Okotoks, Alta.

Voluntary Service

Kenneth Poyser, C.M.

Edmonton, Alta.

Voluntary Service

Derek A. Price, C.M.

Westmount, Que.

Philanthropy

Bruce Pullan, C.M.

Delta, B.C.

Arts/Music

Ray V. Rajotte, C.M., A.O.E., M.S.M.

Edmonton, Alta.

Health Care

Joseph Schatzker, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Health Care

Michael D. (Mike) Scott, C.M.

Sooke, B.C.

Industry/Commerce/Business

Yoshio Senda, C.M.

Lethbridge, Alta.

Voluntary Service

Paul Shaffer, C.M.

Bedford, NY, U.S.A. and
Thunder Bay, Ont.

Arts/Music

Douglas A. Smith, C.M.

Gore Bay, Ont.

Industry/Commerce/Business

Reverend Sister Margaret Smith, C.M.

North Bay, Ont.

Health Care

Jeffrey Spalding, C.M.

Calgary, Alta. and Jeddore, N.S.

Arts/Visual

T. Kenneth Thorlakson, C.M.

Winnipeg, Man.

Voluntary Service

Reverend Sister Margaret Vickers, C.M.

Vancouver, B.C. and St. John, N.B.

Health Care

Anne H. Wieler, C.M.

Ottawa, Ont.

Health Care

Richard B. Wright, C.M.

St. Catharines, Ont.

Arts/Writing

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ANNEX A – CITATIONS

The Honourable Louise Arbour, C.C.
Geneva, Switzerland and Ottawa, Ontario
Companion of the Order of Canada

For her contributions to the Canadian justice system and for her dedication to the advancement of human rights throughout the world.

Michael Snow, C.C.
Toronto, Ontario
Companion of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to international visual arts as one of Canada’s greatest multidisciplinary contemporary artists.
This is a promotion within the Order.

Margaret Southern, C.C., L.V.O., A.O.E.
Calgary, Alberta
Companion of the Order of Canada

For her continued leadership and service as a volunteer and philanthropist, notably in the areas of professional and amateur sport.
This is a promotion within the Order.

Marie Chouinard, O.C.
Montreal, Quebec
Officer of the Order of Canada

For her contributions to modern dance as an internationally renowned dancer and choreographer.

David A. Dodge, O.C.
Ottawa, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to public service, notably for his leadership in Canadian monetary policy.

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

For his leadership in the development of Canada’s natural resources sector, for his efforts to provide economic opportunities to Aboriginal communities, and for his commitment to sustainable development.

Deborah Grey, O.C.
Edmonton, Alberta
Officer of the Order of Canada

For her distinguished record of public service and for her advocacy on behalf of youth and education, as a foster parent, teacher, parliamentarian and public speaker.

Clara Hughes, O.C., O.M.
Glen Sutton, Quebec and Winnipeg, Manitoba
Officer of the Order of Canada

For her achievements in sport, notably as Canada’s only athlete to win medals at both the summer and winter Olympic Games, and for her contributions as an engaged and influential humanitarian.

Douglas Gordon (D.G.) Jones, O.C.
North Hatley, Quebec
Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to Canadian literature as an influential poet, mentor, editor and translator.

The Honourable E. Leo Kolber, O.C.
Westmount, Quebec
Officer of the Order of Canada

For his wide-ranging contributions to Canadian society as a businessman, philanthropist and volunteer.

Donat Lacroix, O.C.
Caraquet, New Brunswick
Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to the promotion of Acadian culture and traditions, through his songs and poetry.

Jean Lemire, O.C.
Drummondville, Quebec
Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions, as a filmmaker and biologist, to raising public awareness of key environmental issues, notably the vulnerability of marine and polar ecosystems.

Joanne MacDonald, O.C., O.N.L.
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Officer of the Order of Canada

For her contributions as an elite wheelchair athlete, and for her efforts as a social activist committed to improving accessibility for disabled persons and to making Canada more inclusive.

Grant Munro, O.C.
Westmount, Quebec
Officer of the Order of Canada

For his innovative contributions in the fields of animation and filmmaking throughout his 45-year career with the National Film Board of Canada.

Stephen (Steve) Nash, O.C., O.B.C.
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A. and Victoria, British Columbia
Officer of the Order of Canada

For his charitable and humanitarian work, notably as the founder of the Steve Nash Foundation, as well as for his outstanding career as a professional basketball player. 

Alex Neve, O.C.
Ottawa, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

For his leadership in the field of human rights at the national and international levels, notably through Amnesty International Canada.

Adrianne Pieczonka, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

For her contributions as one of the top opera singers of her generation and as an artistic ambassador for Canada.

Richard J. Puddephatt, O.C.
London, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to the advancement of organometallic chemistry, as well as for his inspirational leadership of generations of researchers.

Muriel Smith, O.C.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Officer of the Order of Canada

For her efforts in promoting social justice in Canada and around the world, notably as a leader and as a long-time volunteer with local, national and international organizations.


Steven Staryk, O.C.
Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.A. and Toronto, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a musician, concertmaster and teacher, and as one of Canada’s most-recorded violinists.

Lawrence M. (Larry) Tanenbaum, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a businessman, volunteer and philanthropist, notably in the field of medical research in Canada.

Jeff Wall, O.C.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Officer of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as an influential art photographer whose work has been exhibited around the world, and for his mentorship of a generation of young artists.

Garry W. Anderson, C.M.
Cranbrook, British Columbia
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to heritage conservation, notably as the driving force behind the creation of the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel and the Cranbrook Archives, Museum and Landmark Foundation.

Tony Aspler, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a leading authority on Canadian wines who has been key to the development of the Canadian wine industry.

Peter Aucoin, C.M.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a leading political scientist and advisor to government bodies, specializing in the areas of public administration and political governance.

Larry Audlaluk, C.M.
Grise Fiord, Nunavut
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a leader and ambassador for Grise Fiord, the world’s northernmost civilian community.

John Barron, C.M.
Komoka, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to music education and choral development for young people in Canada.

Margaret Becklake, C.M.
Montreal, Quebec
Member of the Order of Canada

For her pioneering work in respiratory medicine and epidemiology, and for her research on the occupational and environmental determinants of lung diseases.

Carol Gay Bell, C.M.
Regina, Saskatchewan
Member of the Order of Canada

For her contributions as an artistic director who has promoted and developed young actors, singers and dancers in Saskatchewan.

Hélène-Andrée Bizier, C.M.
Montreal, Quebec
Member of the Order of Canada

For her contributions to promoting Quebec’s history and culture through her books and multimedia products.

Thea Borlase, C.M.
Moncton, New Brunswick
Member of the Order of Canada

For her contributions to culture in New Brunswick, particularly for her role in developing artists from the province’s two cultural and linguistic communities.

Peter G. Buckland, C.M.
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a pre-eminent civil engineer, notably in the field of bridge design, construction and rehabilitation.

Michael Clague, C.M.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions and commitment to social planning and action, particularly in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Armand de Mestral, C.M.
Montreal, Quebec
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to teaching and to the development of Canadian constitutional law and international economic law.

Marcien Ferland, C.M.
La Salle, Manitoba
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to the preservation and promotion of the Franco-Manitoban and Métis cultures, as choir director, composer and founder of the Chorale des Intrépides.

Mallory Gilbert, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For her contributions to the success of Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre, and for helping foster a vibrant national theatre scene.

Frieda Granot, C.M.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Member of the Order of Canada

For her contributions as a leader, role model and catalyst for change in the areas of university administration and graduate studies.

Walter Gretzky, C.M., O.Ont.
Brantford, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to minor hockey in Canada, and for his dedication to helping a myriad of local, provincial and national charities.

Valerie Hussey, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For her contributions to the development of Canadian children’s fiction and non-fiction as head of a major children’s publishing house, and for her work as a dedicated volunteer with industry and non-profit organizations.

John E. (Jack) Irving, C.M.
Saint John, New Brunswick
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions throughout the Atlantic region to economic development and to philanthropic support of education and the arts.

Antoine Landry, C.M.
Caraquet, New Brunswick
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to the development of New Brunswick’s Acadian communities, and for his leading role in the development of the Village Historique Acadien.

The Honourable Patrick J. LeSage, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to the Ontario judiciary, notably as Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Ontario, and for his ongoing dedication to public service.

Karen Letofsky, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For her professional and voluntary contributions to suicide prevention in Canada, including the development of community-based assistance programs for people at risk or in distress.

The Honourable René J. Marin, C.M., O.M.M., O.Ont., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to the promotion and development of the Franco-Ontarian community, and to the increased use of French in the administration of the Ontario justice system.

Richard P. (Dick) North, C.M.
Dawson City, Yukon
Member of the Order of Canada

For his ongoing commitment to the preservation and promotion of the history of the Yukon territory, as an author, journalist and historian.

Patricia O’Connor, C.M.
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Member of the Order of Canada

For her contributions to the field of paramedic care in the North, as the founder, owner and operator of a medical air evacuation service in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Irene E. Pfeiffer, C.M.
Okotoks, Alberta
Member of the Order of Canada

For her contributions as a dedicated volunteer who has shared her knowledge and leadership abilities with many regional and national organizations.

Kenneth F. Poyser, C.M.
Edmonton, Alberta
Member of the Order of Canada

For his lifelong dedication to improving the lives of those living with hemophilia in Canada and abroad.

Derek A. Price, C.M.
Westmount, Quebec
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions in the area of philanthropy, notably as the former chief executive officer of one of Canada’s largest philanthropic organizations.

Bruce Pullan, C.M.
Delta, British Columbia
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to the development of singers of all ages, as a professor of music and as a founder and director of numerous choirs.

Ray V. Rajotte, C.M., A.O.E., M.S.M.
Edmonton, Alberta
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions and leadership in diabetes research, notably to islet transplantation, and for his mentorship of generations of medical researchers.

Joseph Schatzker, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to orthopaedic surgery, particularly for introducing surgical procedures for the internal fixation of fractures to North American surgeons.

Michael D. Scott, C.M.
Sooke, British Columbia
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a business leader in the logistics industry, and for his dedicated service to and support of the Scouting movement in Canada.

Yoshio Senda, C.M.
Lethbridge, Alberta
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions to the development and expansion of judo in Canada, as a coach, mentor and role model for more than five decades.

Paul Shaffer, C.M.
Bedford, New York, U.S.A. and Thunder Bay, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as an internationally renowned musician who has also shared his time and talents with educational, health care and arts groups, notably as a supporter of Epilepsy Canada, the Kiwanis Music Festivals of Canada and Lakehead University.

Douglas A. Smith, C.M.
Gore Bay, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a business leader, philanthropist and champion of economic and community development in northern Ontario.

Sister Margaret Smith, C.M.
North Bay, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For her contributions as a health care executive and as an innovator who brought new programs to northern Ontario that greatly improved the delivery of health care and social services in that region.

Jeffrey Spalding, C.M.
Calgary, Alberta and Jeddore, Nova Scotia
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a champion of Canadian artists, notably as a curator who has developed popular exhibitions that have attracted new audiences to Canadian art galleries.

T. Kenneth Thorlakson, C.M.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a volunteer and fundraiser dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Icelandic heritage and culture in Manitoba.

Sister Margaret Vickers, C.M.
Vancouver, British Columbia and Saint John, New Brunswick
Member of the Order of Canada

For her contributions to improving health care for Canadians, notably in New Brunswick, where she introduced innovative hospital services that benefited patients and their families.

Anne Wieler, C.M.
Ottawa, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For her contributions as a nurse, educator and administrator who worked tirelessly to improve health care in Canada's North and throughout the world.

Richard B. Wright, C.M.
St. Catharines, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

For his contributions as a writer of modern fiction, whose many novels, including the award-winning Clara Callan, have enriched Canadian literature.

ANNEX B 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 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 recommendation of an advisory council, chaired by the Chief Justice of Canada. The Governor General is the Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order.

Membership in the Advisory Council reflects the diversity and excellence in Canadian society. Certain Advisory Council members are appointed by virtue of their office; others are appointed to the Council for a fixed term to achieve a balanced representation of the various regions of the country. The current members of the Council are: 

  • The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice of Canada (Chair)
  • Dr. Patricia A. Baird, O.C., O.B.C.
  • Dr. Patricia A. Demers, President, RSC: The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada
  • Mr. Tom Jackson, O.C.
  • Ms. Karen Kain, C.C., Chair, Canada Council for the Arts
  • Ms. Judith A. LaRocque, C.V.O., Deputy Minister, Canadian Heritage
  • Dr. Daurene E. Lewis, C.M.
  • Mr. Kevin Lynch, Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet
  • Mr. L. Jacques Ménard, O.C. 
  • Mr. J.E. Newall, O.C.
  • Ms. Bonnie M. Patterson, Chair, Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada

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.

Non-Canadians may be considered for honorary appointments.

Created: 2007-12-28
Updated: 2007-12-28
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