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Governor General to invest 38 recipients into the Order of Canada

December 11, 2006

OTTAWA––Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will preside at an Order of Canada investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall on Friday, December 15, 2006, at 10:30 a.m.

The Governor General, who is Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order, will present 38 recipients with their insignia of membership. One Companion, nine Officers and 28 Members will be invested.

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) and a backgrounder (Annex C) are attached. The citations are attached (ANNEX D). Media interested in covering this event and interviewing recipients are asked to contact the Rideau Hall Press Office.

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ANNEX A

Members of the media are asked to observe the following schedule:

10:00 a.m. 
Media arrive at Rideau Hall

10:30 a.m. 
Ceremony begins
Entrance of Their Excellencies
The Governor General speaks
The Governor General presents the insignia (Members first, followed by Officers and one Companion)
Noon   
Media interviews with recipients

ANNEX B

LIST OF RECIPIENTS

COMPANION

David T. Suzuki, C.C., O.B.C.
This is a promotion within the Order

Vancouver, B.C.

OFFICERS

Frederick Andermann, O.C.

Hampstead, Que.

The Reverend Brother Jean-Paul Desbiens, O.C., C.Q. (deceased)

Château-Richer, Que.

Bernard M. Dickens, O.C.

Toronto, Ont.

The Honourable Constance R. Glube, O.C., O.N.S.

Halifax, N.S.

Norman Horrocks, O.C.

Dartmouth, N.S.

William L. Marshall, O.C.

Inverary, Ont.

John W. (Jack) Poole, O.C., O.B.C.

Vancouver, B.C.

Endel Tulving, O.C.

Toronto, Ont.

Sheila Watt-Cloutier, O.C.

Iqaluit, Nun.

MEMBERS

Margaret-Ann Armour, C.M.

Edmonton, Alta.

Ralph MacKenzie Barford, C.M.

North York, Ont.

Frederick P. Blackstein, C.M.

Pembroke, Ont.

Esther Braden, C.M.

Yellowknife, N.W.T.

M. Suzanne Bradshaw, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

David M. Campbell, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Frederick T. Cenaiko, C.M., S.O.M.

Wakaw, Sask.

Steven Cummings, C.M.

Westmount, Que.

John Herbert Dirks, C.M

Toronto, Ont.

Clifford H.C. Edwards, C.M.

Winnipeg, Man.

The Honourable Jean-Robert Gauthier, C.M.

Ottawa, Ont.

Marguerite (Grete) Hale, C.M.

Ottawa, Ont.

James B. Hunter, C.M.

Sherwood Park, Alta

Lorie Kane, C.M.

Stratford, P.E.I.

Reverend Sister Estelle Lacoursière, C.M., O.Q.

Trois-Rivières, Que.

The Honourable Aldéa Landry, P.C., C.M.

Moncton, N.B.

Helmut H. Lanziner, C.M.

North Vancouver, B.C.

George F. MacDonald, C.M.

Cantley, Que.

The Honourable Lorna R. Marsden, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Donald E. Meeks, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Ron O’Donovan, C.M.

Winnipeg, Man.

Dennis G. Osmond, C.M.

Manotick, Ont.

Nazmudin Rayani, C.M.

Victoria, B.C.

John D. Redfern, C.M.

Beaconsfield, Que.

Otto Tucker, C.M., O.N.L.

St. John’s, , N.L.

Roy Henry Vickers, C.M., O.B.C.

Hazelton, B.C.

Sheila Weatherill, C.M.

Edmonton, Alta.

The Reverend Norman J. Whitney, C.M.

Fredericton, N.B.

ANNEX C

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)
    • The Honourable Thomas R. Berger, O.C.
    • Dr. Patricia A. Demers, President, the Royal Society of Canada : The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada
    • Mr. Richard Francis Haskayne, O.C.
    • 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. 
    • Ms. Bonnie M. Patterson, Chairman of the Board, 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

ANNEX D - CITATIONS

COMPANION

David T. Suzuki, C.C., O.B.C.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Companion of the Order of Canada

David Suzuki is renowned both for his unwavering dedication to sustainable development and for his criticism of human activities that threaten our planet. For more than three decades, he has been one of our foremost science broadcasters, environmentalists, and grassroots activists. He has increased public awareness of a multitude of issues as the host of the long-running television series “The Nature of Things and as the author of several books, including From Naked Ape to Superspecies. In 1990, he established the David Suzuki Foundation to promote resource conservation and environmental protection. Always forthright and thought provoking, he continues to reflect on the impact of our behaviour on the natural world that sustains us.

This is a promotion within the Order.

OFFICERS

Frederick Andermann, O.C.
Hampstead, Quebec
Officer of the Order of Canada

Frederick Andermann is a paediatric neurologist who has made significant contributions to the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. At the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, he has developed new strategies for the management of this disorder and has advanced the understanding of other neurological conditions. He has been on the editorial boards of several international journals and has served in leadership roles with the International League Against Epilepsy. A professor at McGill University, he continues his lifelong dedication to improving the quality of life of those living with seizure disorders.

The Reverend Brother Jean-Paul Desbiens, O.C., C.Q. (deceased)
Château-Richer, Quebec
Officer of the Order of Canada

The insignia awarded to Reverend Brother Desbiens will be received by Reverend Brother Paul-André Lavoie.

As a writer, teacher, administrator, and editorialist, Jean‑Paul Desbiens had a profound impact on Quebec’s social reforms. In 1960, he published Les insolences du Frère Untel, which became the first bestseller of contemporary Quebec publishing. It raised awareness and sparked controversial debates, and called, in particular, for massive reforms to the education system. A man of action, he was also involved in the establishment of CEGEPs and in the reform of secondary education programs when he worked as a director in Quebec’s Ministry of Education. Renowned for his knowledge and insight, he was chief editorial writer for La Presse and a member of the board of directors of the CBC’s information channels.

Bernard M. Dickens, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

Bernard Dickens, a professor emeritus in the faculties of Law and Medicine at the University of Toronto, is a pioneer in the field of health law in Canada. He is renowned nationally and internationally as an authority on the legal and ethical issues that have arisen due to the development of new medical knowledge and technologies. His seminal scholarship has examined topics such as cloning, the use of human embryos for research, and new reproductive technologies. A world figure in bioethics, he has worked with teaching hospitals, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the World Health Organization to develop ethical standards for medical research.

The Honourable Constance R. Glube, O.C., O.N.S.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Officer of the Order of Canada

Constance Glube is a retired chief justice of Nova Scotia (Court of Appeal) who has made enduring contributions to the administration of justice for more than four decades. A trailblazer, she was the first woman appointed as a chief justice in Canada when, in 1982, she served in this position on the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. Praised for her integrity, fairness and sound judgment, she strove to make the courts more efficient and accessible. An advocate for continuing education for judges, she has advanced this cause as a member of various judicial associations. She continues to be a role model for women of all ages and professions.

Norman Horrocks, O.C.
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Officer of the Order of Canada

Norman Horrocks has made outstanding contributions to library science nationally and internationally. Professor emeritus at the School of Information Management at Dalhousie University, he has inspired students and colleagues with his passion for books and librarianship. His expert advice has been sought by organizations in the fields of education, publishing and the humanities, and his broad knowledge and wise counsel have helped to build library associations worldwide. Moreover, he is highly regarded for creating and fostering professional networks that allow librarians, from rural Canada to urban Australia, to exchange ideas and advance the field of library science.

William L. Marshall, O.C.
Inverary, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

William Marshall is an international authority on the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders. Correctional institutions throughout North America, Europe and Australasia have modelled their programs based on his research and advice. A professor emeritus of psychology and psychiatry at Queen’s University and the director of Rockwood Psychological Services, he has also headed sex offender programs at a number of correctional institutions since the 1970s. His groundbreaking research has helped criminal justice systems throughout the world to develop more effective therapeutic programs.

John W. (Jack) Poole, O.C., O.B.C.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Officer of the Order of Canada

Jack Poole’s personal integrity and strength of character are the hallmarks of his leadership. He has applied his entrepreneurial acumen to building real estate development companies such as Concert Properties. With eloquence and determination, he forged a coalition of disparate interests into a united team and overcame significant challenges as he directed Vancouver’s successful bid to host the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. In his current role as chair of the organizing committee, he is working to ensure that the Games will merit the pride of all Canadians.

Endel Tulving, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

Endel Tulving is a senior scientist at the Rotman Research Institute of Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care and one of Canada’s most influential cognitive psychologists. His lifelong research has made him a world authority on human memory function. His ideas and discoveries have influenced memory theory as well as clinical practice in the diagnosis and treatment of people with memory disorders. Former chair and now professor emeritus of the University of Toronto’s Psychology Department, he continues to research and provide insight into how memory governs people’s lives.

Sheila Watt-Cloutier, O.C.
Iqaluit, Nunavut
Officer of the Order of Canada

Sheila Watt-Cloutier is a passionate and untiring leader for the Arctic’s Indigenous peoples. As chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, she has raised awareness of the impact of climate change and pollution on the health and cultural survival of the Inuit people, as well as on the fragile Arctic environment. As a spokesperson, she persuaded the international community to agree to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. She also served as coordinator of the Nunavik Educational Task Force, which produced an influential report on the education system in northern Quebec. Over the years, she has consistently demonstrated a commitment to Canada’s North and its people.

MEMBERS

Margaret-Ann Armour, C.M.
Edmonton, Alberta
Member of the Order of Canada

Margaret-Ann Armour is untiring in her quest to encourage young Canadian women to pursue careers in science and engineering. Associate dean of Science (Diversity) at the University of Alberta, she is internationally recognized as an expert on bio-safety and the disposal of hazardous waste. A gifted communicator, she has given scores of talks in schools across the country, imparting to her audiences her enthusiasm and passion for her vocation. Her achievements as a teacher, scholar and founding member of WISEST (Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology) are igniting a new interest in the world of science and sculpting the next generation of budding scientists.

Ralph MacKenzie Barford, C.M.
North York, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

Ralph Barford is known and respected for his business acumen and his generous contributions to the educational and health sectors. As president, then chair, of GSW Incorporated, he positioned the firm as a leading manufacturer. Valued for his ability to analyze and simplify complex issues, he has provided guidance to government, corporations and private institutions, notably BCE and the Joint Committee on Corporate Governance. A fundraiser and benefactor, he also established the R.A. Barford Professorship in Marketing Communications at the University of Western Ontario. His availability and generosity have created opportunities for many of his fellow Canadians.

Frederick P. Blackstein, C.M.
Pembroke, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

Frederick Blackstein has been steadfast in his commitment to enhancing the quality of life of his fellow citizens. For over 30 years, he has assisted a myriad of Renfrew County organizations in sustaining a vital and engaged community. This retired engineer leads by example and has been a catalyst for a number of large-scale projects such as the International Plowing Match, the City of Pembroke’s waterfront redevelopment and the fundraising campaign for the Miramichi Lodge. Embracing service to others as a guiding principle, he exemplifies the true spirit of volunteerism.

Esther Braden, C.M.
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Member of the Order of Canada

A dedicated volunteer, Esther Braden has been a strong advocate for informed and enlightened social policy to protect some of the most vulnerable members of society. While president of the YWCA in Yellowknife, she expanded its services to include a shelter for battered women and their children. As a director of the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, she safeguarded the health, welfare and rights of senior citizens. Recognizing that education is the cornerstone of abuse prevention, she initiated workshops, developed public service announcements and established a seniors’ information line, the first service of its kind to be offered in the region.

M. Suzanne Bradshaw, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

Suzanne Bradshaw has fostered the development of musical talent and promoted Canadian performers for over three decades. Known for her enthusiasm, fairness and generosity, she managed the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus for close to 15 years. In addition, she has provided valuable volunteer support to many organizations, including the Toronto International Choral Festival, the Ontario Arts Council and the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall. Her passionate guidance of young talent and her practical assistance to cultural institutions have enriched Canada’s artistic landscape.

David M. Campbell, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

David Campbell was a successful entrepreneur in the cable television industry and created one of the country’s first paging companies. In 1987, he established a foundation to support a multitude of cultural, educational and health organizations. In particular, his sustained generosity has benefited the Art Gallery of Ontario, the University of Toronto and the Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Sciences Centre. He also helped steer the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for over two decades. An avid art collector, he has donated dozens of pieces from his personal collection to Canadian public institutions, many of them in smaller centres.

Frederick T. Cenaiko, C.M., S.O.M.
Wakaw, Saskatchewan
Member of the Order of Canada

Frederick Cenaiko has been the epitome of the dedicated and compassionate rural physician for over 50 years. The sole physician in Wakaw for many of those years, he set high standards for patient care and was instrumental in establishing the Wakaw Union Hospital as well as housing for seniors. His commitment to the community was also evidenced by his service as mayor and as chair of the local school board. Known for his exemplary generosity and humanity, he has also cared for patients in developing countries such as Honduras, Pakistan, Tanzania and Kenya.

Steven Cummings, C.M.
Westmount, Quebec
Member of the Order of Canada

For decades, Steven Cummings has demonstrated a remarkable sense of leadership and responsibility to his community. President and chief executive officer of Maxwell Cummings and Sons Holdings, he is an ever-present force in community affairs, sharing his vision and expertise with organizations such as Federation CJA, the Jewish General Hospital Foundation Board and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. As founding chair of the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre, he has ensured that future generations will learn about the Holocaust, as well as the importance of human rights, social justice and citizenship.

John Herbert Dirks, C.M
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

John Dirks has contributed to the enhancement of both medical education and health care and has promoted Canada’s commitment to scientific research. As a nephrologist, he has been deeply committed to improving renal care and treatment for patients throughout the world. To this end, he has worked diligently with the International Society of Nephrology to set up outreach educational programs. Professor emeritus and former dean of Medicine at the University of Toronto, he held senior positions at McGill University, the University of British Columbia and the Aga Khan University in Pakistan. As current president of the Gairdner Foundation, he has worked diligently to recognize innovation and excellence in biomedical research.

Clifford H.C. Edwards, C.M.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Member of the Order of Canada

Clifford Edwards has played a decisive role in the evolution of legal education and law reform in Manitoba. During the 1960s, he oversaw the Manitoba Law School’s integration with the University of Manitoba and, as founding dean, he was the driving force behind the construction of Robson Hall to house the new faculty. As head of the Manitoba Law Reform Commission, he has been instrumental in improving and modernizing the province’s legal framework. Throughout his career, he has continued to teach and inspire generations of students who have benefited greatly from his expertise.

The Honourable Jean-Robert Gauthier, C.M.
Ottawa, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

Jean-Robert Gauthier helped to put language rights on the map in Canada. Since arriving on the federal political scene in 1972, and until his retirement from the Senate in 2004, he played an important role in advancing issues of vital concern for the future of the Francophonie. In recognition of his commitment, he was appointed honorary chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages. Throughout his career, he has been deeply committed to the Franco-Ontarian community while contributing to a renewed dialogue between Canada’s linguistic communities.

Marguerite (Grete) Hale, C.M.
Ottawa, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

Grete Hale is known for her lifelong dedication to helping others. Emeritus chair of Morrison Lamothe Inc., she is a respected businesswoman who has generously given of her time and expertise to an array of cultural, charitable and educational organizations. Over the years, the Community Foundation of Ottawa, Friends of the National Library, the University of Ottawa and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society have all benefited from her vision and leadership. As a pillar of her community, she continues her unwavering support of initiatives aimed at improving and promoting the quality of life of her fellow citizens.

James B. Hunter, C.M.
Sherwood Park, Alberta
Member of the Order of Canada

James Hunter has positively influenced our perception of mental illness. As an advocate for people living with schizophrenia, he has promoted the importance of equal access to employment and housing. Through his volunteer efforts, he has sensitized us to the need for society to develop ethical responses to the day-to-day challenges faced by people coping with mental disorders. Active within the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta, he has helped to implement strategies that assist adults with severe mental illnesses to integrate into the workplace, empowering them with life skills that enable them to assume their rightful place as full members of society.

Lorie Kane, C.M.
Stratford, Prince Edward Island
Member of the Order of Canada

One of Canada's premier golfers, Lorie Kane is renowned for her skill, patience, tenacity and composure on the golf course. A role model and an inspiration to young athletes, she is highly respected for her friendly, accessible style and her infectious positive attitude. A proud Islander and Canadian, she is a well-known volunteer who participates in many fundraising events in Prince Edward Island. She is also a supporter and promoter of organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities and the KidSport Program.

Reverend Sister Estelle Lacoursière, C.M., O.Q.
Trois-Rivières, Quebec
Member of the Order of Canada

Estelle Lacoursière has helped to popularize the natural sciences and to defend the environmental cause in Quebec. The first woman in her province to earn a master’s degree in forestry in 1969, she is known today as la Sœur verte, (the Green Sister). This extraordinary communicator and former professor at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières has enthusiastically striven to educate others about the biological diversity of the world around us and the need to preserve it. She is the author and co-author of a number of works on nature and has organized workshops and eco‑classrooms for young people. She has also developed many teaching tools, including L’arbrier québécois and L’étang apprivoisé, which are still used in schools. Through her commitment and many achievements, this science popularizer will leave behind an important heritage for future generations.

The Honourable Aldéa Landry, P.C., C.M.
Moncton, New Brunswick
Member of the Order of Canada

Aldéa Landry has made an extraordinary contribution to the socioeconomic advancement of her province. The first Acadian woman to be appointed to Cabinet, she later served as deputy premier and president of the Executive Council. Increasing the level of education in the Acadian Peninsula has been one of her greatest passions. She was also the first woman to chair the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council and, since 1994, she has been the president of a consulting firm specializing, among other things, in economic and community development. With a deep desire to see New Brunswick grow and thrive, she continues to embrace a number of causes, acting as a mentor to many businesswomen, and devotes her talents and pioneering spirit to serving various organizations.

Helmut H. Lanziner, C.M.
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Member of the Order of Canada

A pioneer in the development of electronic charting technology, Helmut Lanziner has worked to enhance maritime navigational safety. Former chairman of Xenex Innovations and founder and former president of Offshore Systems International Limited, he has more than 25 years of experience in research and development. He has served as a Canadian delegate to many organizations, including the International Maritime Organization. The recipient of Transport Canada’s 2005 Marine Safety Award, he continues to advance technological innovations to support both commercial and leisure mariners.

George F. MacDonald, C.M.
Cantley, Quebec
Member of the Order of Canada

George MacDonald is a renowned museologist and anthropologist who has raised Canada’s stature within the international heritage community. Director emeritus and former president and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, he played a key role in the conception and development of this world-class institution, known for its collections and cutting-edge ideas. In addition, he has not only fostered an intercultural understanding of our rich heritage, but he has also highlighted the exceptional contributions of Aboriginal people to Canadian identity and culture. Widely sought for his expertise, he has served on national and international advisory boards and has provided leadership to museums abroad. His passion and dedication have truly enhanced our country’s collective memory and sense of identity.

The Honourable Lorna R. Marsden, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

An inspiring educator, Lorna Marsden stands as a model for women across Canada. Beginning her academic career in 1972 at the University of Toronto, she served as president and vice-chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University prior to assuming this role at York University in 1997. As a sociologist and former senator, she has made significant contributions to the public debate surrounding gender equality, youth, and accessibility to post-secondary education. Professional, business, and non-profit organizations have benefited from her wisdom and leadership.

Donald E. Meeks, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

Donald Meeks has been a powerful force in the areas of race relations, addiction treatment and recovery. An emeritus professor with the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Social Work, he founded and chaired the Anti-Racism, Multiculturalism and Native Issues project and served on other committees aimed at fostering understanding and equality. With the Addiction Research Foundation, he served as director of the Department of Social Work and the School of Addiction Studies as well as coordinator of international programs. Known for his compassion and his commitment, he helped to establish addiction treatment and training programs in Canada and abroad.

Ron O’Donovan, C.M.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Member of the Order of Canada

Ron O’Donovan has lived a life of service to others. Since the 1950s, he has volunteered with organizations such as the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities and the Red River Exhibition Association. However, it was the simple act of donating surplus potatoes from the family garden to a local food bank that led to the creation of “Grow-A-Row.” The program, which encourages gardeners to plant an extra row of vegetables and to share their harvest with local food banks and soup kitchens, has taken root and blossomed across Canada and the United States. He embodies the best of the human spirit. Thanks to his efforts, over a million kilograms of produce have been donated and a heightened awareness of this great need has been cultivated.

Dennis G. Osmond, C.M.
Manotick, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada

Dennis Osmond’s deep commitment and contributions to medical education and research have inspired generations of students and colleagues at McGill University. For a decade, he served as chair of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, building it into one of the finest in Canada. His innovative work in immunology, establishing bone marrow as a major source of lymphocytes, has contributed to greater knowledge about the immune defenses of the body and earned him international recognition. Over the years, several professional organizations have benefited from his leadership, including the Canadian Association of Anatomists. Currently the Robert Reford Emeritus Professor of Anatomy at the university, he epitomizes the devoted and compassionate educator and scientist.

Nazmudin Rayani, C.M.
Victoria, British Columbia
Member of the Order of Canada

A pharmacist and prominent figure of Victoria’s Ismaili Muslim community, Nazmudin Rayani embodies the principles of tolerance and understanding. He has supported programs that have fostered and enhanced multiculturalism through the Victoria Foundation and the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria. A co‑founder and organizer of the Aga Khan World Partnership Walk in his city, he has worked to build bridges and to encourage people of different religious and ethnic backgrounds to participate in this annual event. In addition, he continues to make an important contribution to the University of Victoria’s Centre for Studies in Religion and Society.

John D. Redfern, C.M.
Beaconsfield, Quebec
Member of the Order of Canada

John Redfern is known for his business acumen and for his community involvement. Former chairman and CEO of Lafarge North America, he helped the company to become one of the nation’s leading suppliers of building materials. He has also played an important role in Lafarge’s commitment to supporting community endeavours throughout the country. At Carleton University, he chaired the highly successful Challenge Fund Campaign and has assisted students by funding bursaries and scholarships. In addition, he has been actively involved with organizations such as the Montreal General Hospital Foundation and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. This talented administrator is highly regarded for combining corporate leadership with an abiding social commitment.

Otto Tucker, C.M., O.N.L.
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Member of the Order of Canada

Otto Tucker is an educator, popular historian and raconteur who has made significant contributions to the cultural development of his province. A retired professor from the Faculty of Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland, he influenced teachers and students with his insight and enthusiasm. His love of history led him to co-found and serve as president of the Wessex Society of Newfoundland, where he has promoted the historical bonds between his province and England. Through his speeches and public lectures, this renowned master storyteller has celebrated the heritage and culture of his beloved Newfoundland, safeguarding its traditions and oral histories for future generations.

Roy Henry Vickers, C.M., O.B.C.
Hazelton, British Columbia
Member of the Order of Canada

Roy Vickers is a successful artist, writer and gallery owner. His work can be found at the Canadian Museum of Civilization and in public collections in British Columbia. Building on his experience and beliefs, he has given of his time for community outreach projects and for various organizations, including the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation. He is also a popular motivational speaker, sharing his personal story and his views on issues such as addiction.

Sheila Weatherill, C.M.
Edmonton, Alberta
Member of the Order of Canada

Sheila Weatherill is a leader in the complex and ever-changing health care sector. As president and CEO of Capital Health, she has earned widespread admiration and respect for her consummate professionalism. Her collaborative approach to problem solving is building strong links between the community, professionals, organizations and the government, who have all united in their mission to provide quality health care services to the more than 1.6 million residents of central and northern Alberta.

The Reverend Norman J. Whitney, C.M.
Fredericton, New Brunswick
Member of the Order of Canada

Norman Whitney is renowned for the determination and commitment he has demonstrated in mastering a variety of disciplines throughout his career. One of Canada’s leading plant and forest pathologists, he is a professor emeritus of biology, and of forestry and environmental management at the University of New Brunswick (UNB). He worked concurrently as a counsellor with Student Services at UNB and as a professor of religious studies at St. Thomas University. In addition, he has served as a United Church minister in rural parishes, where he is known for his empathy and wise counsel. Beloved by students, colleagues and the community at large, he is an inspiration and a model of intellectual and professional diversity.

Updated: 2006-12-11
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