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Mary J. May Simon, O.C., O.Q., LL.D.

Full Name Honour Received Residence
Mary J. May Simon, O.C., O.Q., LL.D. O.C. Manotick
Honour Appointment Investiture
Officer of the Order of Canada November 17, 2005 October 6, 2006
Mary Simon has played a leading role in strengthening ties between Canada's Northern people and the people of Arctic regions around the globe. As Ambassador for Circumpolar Affairs, she was the principal architect of the Canadian northern policy. Her leadership, perseverance, and ability to build consensus were instrumental in securing international cooperation and in creating the Arctic Council and the University of the Arctic. In addition, she has been deeply committed to young people in her roles as Chair of the Arctic Children and Youth Foundation and as Chancellor of Trent University. This is a promotion within the Order.
Member of the Order of Canada November 1, 1991 April 29, 1992
President of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, she is an exceptional leader who has devoted her life to working for the recognition of aboriginal rights. Her integrity, diplomacy and firmness of purpose have won her the respect of heads of governments and international organizations. She is becoming a respected adviser in dealing with such important issues as the environment, human rights, scientific research and development and peace.
Updated: 2018-03-26
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