Governor General to invest 44 recipients into Order of Canada
March 3, 2005
OTTAWA––Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada, will preside at an investiture ceremony of the Order of Canada at Rideau Hall on Friday, March 11, 2005, at 10:00 a.m.
The Governor General will present 44 recipients with their insignia of membership. One Companion, 11 Officers, and 32 Members will be invested. The Governor General is Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order.
The Order of Canada recognizes people who have made a difference to our country. From local citizens to national and international personalities, all Canadians are eligible for the Order of Canada, our country's highest honour for lifetime achievement. Three different levels of membership honour people whose accomplishments vary in degree and scope: Companion, Officer and Member.
The Order of Canada was established in 1967 to recognize outstanding achievement and service in various fields of human endeavour. Appointments are made on the recommendation of an advisory council, chaired by the Chief Justice of Canada. The motto of the Order is Desiderantes meliorem patriam–They desire a better country.
A media schedule for the investiture ceremony (Annex A), a complete list of recipients (Annex B), a backgrounder (Annex C) and the citations (Annex D) are attached.
Members of the media are asked to observe the following schedule:
LIST OF RECIPIENTS
Order of Canada Backgrounder
Ian Hacking is considered one of the world's greatest philosophers. His work, which has been widely translated, is known and taught around the globe. He is recognized as a bridge builder, linking disciplines such as philosophy, history, sociology and anthropology. His interdisciplinary scholarship has had a profound effect on current thinking about the nature of scientific inquiry and the place of science in culture. University Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, he has also been elected to a permanent Chair at the Collège de France. He is known as a generous mentor to other scholars, warmly regarded for his kindness and candour as well as for his intellect.
David Crombie has made a broad and lasting contribution to public life. He is fondly remembered in Toronto as the "tiny perfect mayor." Federally, he served with distinction for a decade, holding several important cabinet posts. His concern for the natural and built environment is reflected in his roles as a commissioner with the Royal Commission on the Future of the Toronto Waterfront and as founding chair of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust. As well, he was the first Chancellor of Ryerson Polytechnic University and currently heads the Canadian Urban Institute and the board of directors of Ontario Place.
A respected businessman both at home and abroad, Paul Desmarais Jr. is highly regarded as well for his social and philanthropic work. Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Power Corporation of Canada, he also contributes to the development of various national and international companies and organizations through his vision and leadership. His numerous community commitments are a testament to his exceptional generosity and dedication. He works with a number of organizations in the areas of education, health care, culture and various social causes. The list is long, but includes in particular UQAM (Université du Québec à Montreal), Sainte-Justine Hospital and Le Phare, Enfants et Familles.
René-Daniel Dubois is a leading light in our cultural universe. A prominent playwright and stage director, he is also an actor, script writer, teacher, translator and lecturer. Several of his works have been translated and published in various languages, including Never Blame the Bedouins and Being at Home with Claude, which was made into a film. They have also earned him awards and international acclaim. He has written for radio and television and was founding president of the Association québécoise des auteurs dramatiques [Quebec playwrights' association]. Through his outrageousness and his corrosive humour, this spirited polemicist and free thinker seduces or disturbs us, but never leaves us indifferent.
The youngest member of the avant-garde group of Saskatchewan artists known as the "Regina Five," Ted Godwin first rose to prominence in the early 1960s. The "Tartan" series secured his place as a leading modern abstract painter. His large-scale interpretations of the Canadian landscape, distinctive in their rich colours and complex composition, are the product of his vivid imagination and keen recollection. While a professor of Fine Arts at the University of Regina, he enjoyed an excellent rapport with students. Turning his energies to writing, he shares his poignant personal journey from a virtual unknown to one of this nation's most celebrated artists in his book Messages From the Real World: A Professional Handbook for the Emerging Artist.
Robert Grenier is a leading figure in the world of archaeology and underwater conservation. Among other achievements as Chief of Parks Canada's Underwater Archaeology section, he is known for his work in the discovery of North America's oldest heritage wreck off the coast of Labrador. The innovative methods he developed there made the Red Bay site an international model for scientific research. A great communicator and renowned consultant, he has been associated with a number of films and projects, particularly the protection of the Titanic and the Empress of Ireland. Through his many commitments, such as the chairmanship of an international UNESCO scientific committee, he helps us understand the importance of preserving our underwater heritage so that he can continue to reveal its secrets to us.
A leading scholar and researcher, Phillip Halloran has advanced our knowledge of the factors that influence successful organ grafts. Professor in the departments of Medicine and Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Alberta, he is Director of the Alberta Transplant Institute. Serving in leadership positions in medical organizations both in Canada and abroad, he has been Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Roche Organ Transplant Research Foundation. As well, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Transplantation. Setting new standards for care in transplant medicine, he continues to train and guide young researchers and physicians in this specialized field.
One of Canada's eminent historical geographers, Cole Harris has been uncovering history's imprint for many years. Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia, he has written seminal works on the early European settlement in Canada, on the geographies of colonialism in early British Columbia and on the relations between European immigrants and First Nations. In addition to his teaching and researching, he served as editor of the first volume of the widely acclaimed Historical Atlas of Canada. Contributing to our understanding of the evolution and special character of our nation, he has illuminated the past so that we can better understand how to move toward the future.
Bernard Labadie's gift for music was apparent at a young age. Since then, he has become an internationally renowned orchestra conductor. Founder and artistic and musical director of the chamber ensemble Les Violons du Roy and the choir La Chapelle de Québec, he has recorded with them and toured both within Canada and abroad, to the great delight of music lovers. His talent and musical intelligence have been saluted by admiring critics and have won him many prizes. A specialist in the Baroque and Classical repertoires, he also has a passion for opera. He took over as the artistic director of the Opéra de Québec with great success, and since 2002, has been the artistic director of the Opéra de Montreal. He appears, as well, as a guest conductor in Canada and abroad.
Robert Lalonde's artistic career bears witness to his incredible versatility and impressive creativity. In the theatre, he performs everything from Molière and Shakespeare to Gauvreau, and he has given life to characters in several television series. He has also demonstrated excellence as an artistic director, especially in the Théâtre de Quat'Sous, and as a theatre and creative writing teacher. This accomplished artist is also one of our greatest writers, winning awards for many of his works, including Le Petit aigle à tête blanche. Novelist, poet, essayist and playwright, he is a lover of nature and literature, in touch with his Amerindian roots and reflective on the world around him.
As a professional and volunteer, Carol Loughrey champions women's issues. A chartered accountant, she held various academic positions at the University of New Brunswick and served as the first woman comptroller of a provincial government. The first woman chair of the Canadian Institute for Chartered Accountants, she led the development of national policies and practices to promote diversity and equity in her profession. Her wise counsel, business acumen and leadership also benefited organizations such as the Canadian Women's Foundation and the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation. A breast cancer survivor, she co-founded local, provincial and national advocacy and support groups to assist women living with breast cancer.
University Research Professor at Memorial University and Director of the Patient Research Centre at the Health Care Corporation of St. John's, Patrick Parfrey is an internationally renowned scientist and clinical epidemiologist. A leading expert on cardiac disease in kidney patients, he is also known for his innovative research on end-stage renal disease. An advocate of multidisciplinary research, he has been involved in important collaborative studies, including CANPREVENT. In addition, he has provided outstanding leadership to the sport of rugby, coaching teams at the local, provincial and national levels and serving as president of Rugby Canada.
A compassionate and caring pediatrician, Jack Armstrong has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the well-being of First Nations people. He has tirelessly promoted improved medical services for Aboriginal communities through his participation on local, provincial and national committees. As a result, he played a key role in the creation of the Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre in Winnipeg and the Canadian Medical Foundation's Aboriginal Bursary Awards program. Moreover, he has provided outstanding leadership to his profession, serving as president of both the Manitoba and Canadian medical associations.
Talented designer, scientific popularizer and high-level manager, Claude Benoit has a remarkable sense of innovation. She played a key role in establishing several major museum projects, such as Montreal's Biosphere and Biodome, and Quebec City's Musée de la civilisation. She also designed and established the Montréal Science Centre, an unprecedented national success story. This dynamic woman, who has also served as Director of the McCord Museum, is currently President and CEO of the Old Port of Montréal Corporation. Involved in various organizations, such as The Canadian Association of Science Centres and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, she continues to promote intelligent leisure time and opportunities to learn while having fun.
A highly respected entrepreneur, Morton Brownstein is also a remarkable volunteer and philanthropist. CEO of Brown's Shoe Shops Inc., he took a one-store family business and helped it grow to national prominence, positioning it at the top of the industry. His generosity with time, energy and money is legendary. He has been particularly active in fundraising activities for the Jewish General Hospital and the Montreal Association for the Blind, among others. In addition, his company regularly donates an exceptionally generous percentage of its profits to various community organizations.
A caring and compassionate physician, Margaret Casey has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to patient-centered health care. As Director of the North End Community Health Association Clinic, she was highly regarded for her listening skills, deep social conscience and dedication to her patients' overall well-being. Former Director of Admissions for Dalhousie University's Faculty of Medicine, she also volunteered at medical clinics in St. Lucia and Haiti. In addition, her leadership has benefited organizations such as the Children's Aid Society of Nova Scotia and the Home of the Guardian Angel.
For over 50 years, Tom Casey has selflessly served those in need in his province and abroad. From the beginning of his career and prior to the existence of public medicare, this thoracic surgeon offered pro bono services to Nova Scotians unable to afford medical treatment. Renowned and respected for his clinical skills, he shared his knowledge and concern for others as an instructor at Dalhousie University's Department of Surgery. Throughout his professional life, he has also volunteered with medical clinics in developing nations such as Haiti, Guyana and Nigeria, demonstrating the depth of his humanitarianism.
Thomas Condon has made lasting contributions to the cultural and academic life of Saint John. As president of the Imperial Theatre, he provided tireless and determined leadership in the restoration and modernization of this historic playhouse and vaudeville theatre. His voluntarism has also benefited the 1985 Jeux du Canada Games, the Festival-by-the-sea/sur-mer and the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick. Vice President Emeritus of the University of New Brunswick, he played a key role in the growth of the Saint John campus, overseeing the construction of eight new buildings and a significant increase in enrolment.
More than a great thinker and philosopher, Thomas De Koninck awakens minds. This professor and former dean of the faculty of philosophy at Université Laval has authored works that received international acclaim, including De la dignité humaine and La nouvelle ignorance et le problème de la culture. He is also well-known for the excellence of the courses he gives and the interest he takes in his students. A strong believer in the liberating potential of knowledge, he is eager to disseminate the fruits of his research by participating in various public forums. Also committed to promoting philosophy, he is an active member and past president of the Canadian Philosophical Association.
Michael Decter has significantly contributed to improved health care for Canadians. A former cabinet secretary in the Government of Manitoba, he later served as deputy minister of Health for Ontario and was instrumental in negotiating the 1991 framework agreement between the Government and the Ontario Medical Association. A leading authority on health policy and reform, he is currently chair of the newly created Health Council of Canada and has served as chair of the Canadian Institute for Health Information. His advice and perspective are widely sought after by senior decision makers in Canada and abroad.
He has championed practical applications for scientific innovations. Researcher Emeritus with the National Research Council of Canada, Jerzy Dobrowolski was instrumental in the development of the optical thin film technique applied to our paper currency, which safeguards it against forgery and counterfeiting. As one of the world's most successful anti-counterfeiting devices, his optical thin films technology has also found applications in the telecommunications and information technology sectors, as featured on drivers' licences and compact discs. A generous mentor, he has influenced and inspired generations of young scientists.
One of Canada's most distinguished civil engineers, Roger Dorton is renowned for his expertise in bridge design. Throughout his career, he has been involved in the design and refit of many famed Canadian bridges, including the A. Murray MacKay Suspension Bridge in Halifax and the Champlain Bridge in Montreal. While working at the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, he was instrumental in introducing the first performance-based bridge code. Currently a sought-after consultant, he continues to improve Canada's civil infrastructure.
He has dedicated his career to the development of the performing arts in Saskatchewan. Over the past two decades, Tibor Feheregyhazi has transformed Saskatoon's Persephone Theatre into a vibrant and highly successful company. In his role as artistic director, he has not only introduced his audience to important works from the international repertoire, but he has also displayed a strong commitment to local playwrights. In addition, he has served as a valued mentor to young people through his summer workshops and has provided opportunities to Aboriginal artists to tell their stories.
She has made an enormous, enduring contribution to the musical life of Vancouver. June Goldsmith founded and heads the Music in the Morning concert series, which features performers playing a wide range of music, from early classical to the most contemporary works. Committed to educating as well as entertaining, she schedules time for artist-audience interaction and offers a well-attended lecture series. Her commitment to nurturing Canadian talent is evident in her creation of artist-in-residence and composer-in-residence programs. As well, she has shared her energy, imagination and musical knowledge as a volunteer board member with many local organizations.
He is called the "Father of film studies in Canada." At Queen's University, Peter Harcourt headed the first department in the country devoted to this field. He is revered as an educator and mentor at Queen's, as well as at other universities where he has taught. Highly knowledgeable about filmmaking throughout the world, he is particularly known for instilling a sense of excitement about Canadian cinema. Equally enthusiastic about English and French productions, he is a consistent and passionate proponent of Canadian films. He is a founding member of the Film Studies Association of Canada and has also helped to steer the Canadian Film Institute.
Considered one of the world's top art collectors, she generously shares her collection with the public through her Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation. Perceptive, dedicated and passionate, she is admired as an innovative curator, concentrating on living artists and endeavouring to help people understand themselves and their culture through art. Widely respected, she serves on the international council of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and was the first Canadian member of the international council of the Tate Gallery in London, England.
A geologist, Bill James has played an integral role in securing a healthy future for the mining industry and its employees. While president of Falconridge Limited and Denison Mines, he faced serious financial challenges head-on, successfully leading both companies to an economic recovery. In addition to his accomplishments in the resource sector, he is credited with guiding the growth of many of Canada's largest companies. He has served with distinction on the board of directors of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Clarica, among others.
This tireless and devoted volunteer has spent more than 30 years giving back to his community. A journalist by trade, Sultan Jessa is renowned for his outstanding fundraising abilities, boundless energy, leadership and commitment. Organizations such as the Children's Treatment Centre, the Cornwall Regional Art Gallery and the Big Brothers and Big Sisters, among many others, have benefited from his volunteerism. As president of the Cornwall Multicultural Council and the Ontario Folk Arts Multicultural Council, he promoted understanding among Canada's various ethnic and cultural groups.
Vern Krishna has made remarkable contributions to the legal profession. A professor at the University of Ottawa, he is one of Canada's leading tax scholars, renowned for making tax law accessible to a general audience. An engaging teacher, he has brought leadership, commitment and diplomacy to his professional and voluntary endeavours. As treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada, he was instrumental in negotiating a national mobility agreement that allows lawyers to practice inter-provincially. He also contributed to a reform of Ontario's bar admission process and has been a leading figure in the evaluation of lawyers with foreign credentials who want to practice in Canada.
Jack London is greatly admired for his staunch commitment to First Nations people. As legal counsel and trusted advisor to the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and to the Assembly of First Nations, he has shown exceptional leadership on a multitude of Aboriginal and constitutional issues. He has also distinguished himself through his contributions to his profession and to legal education. Notably, he has served as dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba, as founding chair of the Manitoba Law Foundation and as an advisor to the Canadian Law Teaching Clinic.
John MacNaughton has shown outstanding leadership in the financial services industry as well as in the voluntary and public sectors. He has served as president of Nesbitt Burns, chairman of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada and founding president and chief executive officer of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. He has also served as president of the Empire Club of Canada and as chairman of the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. Throughout his career, he has been regarded as a long-term thinker, a consensus builder and a role model for responsible citizenship.
Teresa MacNeil is an ardent promoter of lifelong learning. She spent over 35 years at
Known for her captivating and evocative music, this harpist and singer-songwriter founded her own record company in 1985, armed with only a how-to book and a small loan. Since then, Loreena McKennitt has sold over 13 million albums worldwide and has earned national and international awards. Constantly giving back, she has initiated projects as diverse as a family centre in her community, a national water search and safety fund and earthquake relief efforts in Turkey and Greece. She regularly performs in benefit concerts and donates portions of her record sales to worthy causes, serving as an inspiring example of caring, creativity, tenacity and immense musical talent.
His is one of the most colourful and passionate voices in Canadian literature. A writer whose work has been featured in numerous anthologies and literary journals, John Metcalf is also an editor known for his consistent encouragement and championing of up-and-coming writers. He has compiled dozens of anthologies of Canadian fiction, giving voice for the first time to some of Canada's greatest short story writers. As senior editor at The Porcupine's Quill press, a job he does on a voluntary basis, he continues to bring emerging writers to the fore. Although as a critic he is often blunt, he is nonetheless broadly respected for his dedication to excellence in Canadian publishing.
For over 50 years, William Mingo has given back to his city and his province professionally and as a volunteer. A distinguished corporate and commercial lawyer, he is also known as a driving force for change. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Law Foundation of Nova Scotia, which supports reforms that make laws more compassionate. He also played a key role in the introduction of legal aid in the province. In addition, organizations such as the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies and Minas Basin Holdings Limited have benefited from his leadership and business acumen. A strong supporter of educational institutions, notably Dalhousie and Saint Mary's universities, he is also respected as a true patron of the arts.
Margaret Newall's experience as an elementary school teacher sensitized her to the devastating effects of domestic violence on young children and the importance of a safe home environment. A co-founder of the Prairieaction Foundation, she has been tireless in her campaign to broaden public awareness and support for research and educational programs. Through the foundation, she has raised millions in support of the Research and Education for Solutions to Violence and Abuse (RESOLVE) network. She is also a patron of the arts, sponsoring the Honens International Piano Competition and supporting the Mount Royal College Conservatory.
Julien Payne has had a profound influence on the evolution of family law in Canada. As one of Canada's eminent family law and dispute resolution experts, he was instrumental in developing Unified Family Courts, no-fault divorce, and the guidelines governing spousal and child support. He is an outstanding scholar whose extensive works have been cited by the courts and whose expertise and counsel have been widely sought by governments and law reform agencies. For over 20 years, he taught at the University of Ottawa and later served as chair of The Law Foundation of Saskatchewan. A mentor and role model, he has left an indelible legacy of scholarship to generations of students.
Novelist and short story writer, Daniel Poliquin has spent many years fighting for the rights of Franco-Ontarians. Even as a teenager, he lent his voice and his pen to the fight for French schooling and administrative and health services in Ontario. His works, including L'Écureuil noir, confirm the existence of the Franco-Ontarian identity and express its complexity. As a translator, he exposes Francophone readers to important works of Anglophone, and especially Canadian, authors. He is also known for his political and social commitment to Canadian unity. As an author and citizen, he challenges us to think and broaden our horizons.
Professor of choral studies at the University of Alberta for over 20 years, Leonard Ratzlaff is one of Canada's foremost conductors and educators. By sharing his enthusiasm for choral music, he has mentored countless young musicians, encouraging them as they explore the full range of emotions expressed through music. He also has been the longtime conductor of the University's Madrigal Singers as well as the Richard Eaton Singers, helping to enhance Alberta's reputation as a leader in the national and international choral music scene.
Recognized by his peers for his entrepreneurial success, Kenneth Rowe has also given unstinting support to the wider community. In 1967, he founded a company that has evolved, through his leadership and vision, into the largest privately owned international conglomerate in Nova Scotia – the I.M.P. Group International Inc. Equally committed to his community, he has chaired The Halifax Board of Trade and Board of Police Commissioners, as well as the Nova Scotia Hospital Foundation. He has also been a generous benefactor to a number of organizations, including Pier 21, the IWK Health Centre and Dalhousie University.
Chancellor's Professor at Carleton University, Patricia Smart has brought new insight and understanding to the study of Quebec's culture. She wrote a pioneering work which is the touchstone for those investigating the province's literature from a feminist perspective. As well, she has shed important light on the women artists of the revolutionary automatiste movement of the 1940s and '50s. She has initiated important collaborations between francophone and anglophone writers and remains a steadfast promoter of the importance of women in Canada's artistic heritage.
Energizing and empowering others, Sam Sullivan provides a strong example of our ability to triumph over adversity. Injured in a skiing accident at age 19, he is now a Vancouver city councillor and the founder and driving force behind a number of organizations which enhance the lives of people with disabilities. The Tetra Society encourages engineers and other specialists to volunteer their time, providing people with specially created, low-cost devices to overcome obstacles in daily living. His other not-for-profit initiatives help people to sail, make music, explore the wilderness and go rock climbing and kayaking.
His legacy to the arts in Canada is beyond measure. Former principal dancer with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Vincent Warren excelled at both classical and contemporary dance and was the preferred dance partner of many prima ballerinas. Now archivist and curator of the library at Montreal's National School of Contemporary Ballet, he has helped to build one of the largest specialized collections in the world, personally donating over 1000 books. Considered one of our greatest dance historians, he shares his expertise as a teacher in Canada and abroad. He has served on juries for the Canada Council for the Arts and Québec's Conseil des Arts et des Lettres and with various professional associations.
Her stories are unabashedly Canadian, featuring characters and landscapes that we recognize as our own. A popular children's and young adults' author, Budge Wilson brings her unique voice, creative spirit and passionate love of Canada to her writing. She gives tirelessly of her time to readings and workshops, particularly in Nova Scotia schools, where she spreads the joy of reading and writing to new generations. A champion of new and established authors, she generously shares her knowledge, humour and insight. She is also a committed volunteer with organizations such as the Nova Scotia Children's Literature Roundtable and Word on the Street Halifax. She continues to be a storyteller who challenges, inspires and empowers readers of all ages.