Governor General to invest 45 recipients into the Order of Canada
May 12, 2009
OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will preside over an Order of Canada investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Friday, May 15, 2009, at 10:30 a.m.
The Order of Canada, our country’s highest civilian honour, was created in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation. Over the last 40 years, more than 5 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.
The Governor General, who is Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order, will bestow the honour on three companions, 13 officers and 29 members.
A media schedule for the investiture ceremony (Annex A), a list of recipients with citations (Annex B) and a backgrounder (Annex C) are attached. Media interested in covering this event and interviewing recipients are asked to contact the Rideau Hall Press Office.
ANNEX A — SCHEDULE
ANNEX B – RECIPIENTS
Constance Backhouse, C.M.
Constance Backhouse is a renowned scholar and prominent advocate for human rights. Distinguished university professor and research chair at the University of Ottawa, she teaches in the areas of criminal law, human rights, legal history, and feminist law. She co-wrote one of the first books in North America on sexual harassment in the workplace, and has won numerous awards for other books on discrimination. She has served as an adjudicator or mediator between victims of abuse or racism and the provincial and federal governments. She has also served as a dedicated volunteer with numerous organizations, including funding bodies and support centres.
Peter Boneham, C.M.
One of the longest-serving artistic directors in Canadian contemporary dance, Peter Boneham is known as a visionary leader. Since his beginnings with Le Groupe de la Place Royale, he has been highly influential and is revered as a choreographer, trainer and teacher. He is the founder and former artistic director of Ottawa’s Le Groupe Dance Lab. There, he was the first person in the world to provide choreographers with a dedicated centre to develop and rework their pieces. He has also introduced this concept abroad and, over the years, has contributed to the advancement of numerous careers and to the creation of countless original works.
Judith Chernin Budovitch, C.M.
Judith Budovitch is dedicated to enriching the cultural and social fabric of her community and province. An energetic and committed volunteer, she has taken on important leadership roles with heritage, community and cultural groups across New Brunswick and with several universities in the Maritimes. Notably, she is highly regarded for her contributions to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, where she was instrumental in establishing educational programs and in promoting the Gallery’s world-class collection of art.
Marcel A. Desautels, C.M.
A talented businessman, Marcel Desautels is also a visionary philanthropist. This former president and CEO of Creditel of Canada Ltd., is committed to promoting the training of future generations of managers and entrepreneurs across the country. He established the Canadian Credit Management Foundation primarily to stimulate and support management education in Canadian universities. His alma mater, the University of Manitoba, as well as the Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface, McGill University and the University of Toronto, have all benefited from his generosity.
John Fanning, C.M.
A superb baritone known for his generosity and kindness, John Fanning has become a premier musical ambassador for Canada. He has graced stages across the continent, notably at the opening of Toronto’s new opera house, and as a regular performer with the prestigious Metropolitan Opera in New York. As well, he regularly offers his time and talent for worthy causes, and is a respected teacher and mentor to younger artists. A consummate professional with an infectious joie de vivre, he is admired by peers and fans alike.
Marcien Ferland, C.M.
Marcien Ferland has spent over 50 years working to preserve and promote French and Métis culture in Manitoba. His collection of songs, entitled Chansons à répondre du Manitoba, as well as his book, Au temps de la Prairie, represent an invaluable compilation of traditional music and the history and culture of the Métis. A talented playwright, he received the first Riel Prize for his musical comedy, Les Batteux, part one of his historical trilogy, Manitoba. As a composer of symphonic music, among other genres, and founder of the Chorale des Intrépides, he has delighted and inspired audiences with his music. With a driving passion, he has showcased the wealth of Manitoba’s cultural and community life.
The Honourable Myra A. Freeman, C.M., O.N.S.
For more than 35 years, Myra Freeman has been inspiring Nova Scotians with her enthusiasm, energy and enduring commitment to community service. This dedicated volunteer and educator is highly regarded for re-invigorating the role of lieutenant-governor. She undertook various activities to engage her fellow citizens, opening up Government House to the public and implementing many initiatives to showcase the talents and leadership capabilities of Nova Scotia’s young people. She continues to champion causes in support of education, youth, culture and heritage, and is actively involved in strengthening the relationships between the Canadian Navy and the broader community.
Vladimir Hachinski, C.M.
A world-renowned neurologist, Vladimir Hachinski is a recognized leader in the study of stroke and dementia. In the 1970s, he co-founded Canada’s first intensive care unit for stroke patients at Sunnybrook Medical Centre, in Toronto. He also devised a scale to distinguish between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia caused by small strokes. Widely respected by his peers, he is the first president of the International Society for Vascular Behavioural and Cognitive Disorders, editor-in-chief of the medical journal Stroke, and distinguished university professor at the University of Western Ontario. He continues to advance knowledge in preventing stroke and delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Elke Inkster, C.M. and Tim Inkster, C.M.
Elke and Tim Inkster have made an important and enduring contribution to Canadian literature. They founded and continue to run The Porcupine’s Quill (PQL). This publishing house is known for its excellence in design and production, and for taking risks with new and unpublished writers. Many of Canada's internationally renowned authors got their start with PQL and credit the Inksters with being integral to their development. Recognized for attention to detail and uncompromising quality in literary and other works, their small press has won numerous awards and has served as an example of publishing excellence at home and abroad.
Patrick J. Keenan, C.M., O.Ont.
As a businessman and philanthropist, Patrick Keenan exemplifies the true spirit of giving. Former chief executive officer of Patino N.V., an international mining company, he has been a benefactor to a myriad of organizations and causes over the years. He has contributed to and raised funds for St. Michael’s Hospital, where he served as director and chairman. The University of Toronto, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Yonge Street Mission and the David Suzuki Foundation have also benefited from his commitment and generosity. Through his philanthropic endeavours, he has helped to build a stronger and more vibrant community.
Suzanne Lapointe, C.M.
For more than 50 years, Suzanne Lapointe has held a special place in the artistic community and in the heart and soul of Quebec society. She distinguished herself mainly as the host and co-host of a number of radio and television programs that have been described as “the people’s morning education”. Notably, she co-hosted the daily show, “Les Démons du Midi”, which had almost all of Quebec glued to the television between noon and one o’clock. Her sense of humour, her infectious laugh and her unaffectedness are legendary. She is also known as the author of a series of very successful cookbooks. Involved in a number of causes, she is a member of the board of the Fondation de l’Hôpital régional de Saint-Jérôme, has led fundraising campaigns and has travelled all across Quebec as a spokesperson for the breast cancer screening program.
Norman Levine, C.M.
Norman Levine raised the profile and reputation of paediatric dentistry and dentistry for persons with disabilities in Canada. He is a caring and compassionate professional who has instituted numerous innovative initiatives. These include a mobile dental clinic to provide services for children and individuals with special needs in Northern Ontario. At the University of Toronto, where he is professor emeritus, he set the standard for education and practice in paediatric dentistry, and instituted one of the first Canadian programs to help foreign-trained dentists practice in Canada. Numerous professional and not-for-profit organizations have benefited from his dedication and leadership.
Sister Christine Leyser, C.M.
For more than 25 years, Christine Leyser has served as a pillar of her community and a beacon of hope for those marginalized in our society. She founded a network of facilities that provides social services, accommodation and a sense of community to those in need. Beginning with the Drop-In community centre, she expanded the organization to include the Dwelling Place, a long-term, shared support housing centre, and the Stepping Stone and Elizabeth Place, emergency shelters for men and women respectively. With seemingly boundless energy, she remains the inspiration and drive behind all of these projects.
R. Gordon M. Macpherson, C.M.
Gordon Macpherson is the premier heraldic artist in Canada and is among the best in the world. For more than 60 years, he has been at the vanguard of heraldic art as a designer and illustrator of coats of arms, flags and badges. He has been an artist with the Canadian Heraldic Authority since its creation in 1988, helping to establish its reputation for excellence at the international level. Renowned as a bookplate designer, he is a founding member and fellow of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada, and also served as the honorary art editor of Heraldry in Canada for more than 30 years.
Mick Mallon, C.M.
Mick Mallon has played a pivotal role in preserving and revitalizing the Inuktitut language. As a respected teacher and linguist, he has created various learning materials that are widely used to facilitate the teaching of one of the world’s most challenging languages to students of all levels and abilities. He has also been devoted to making Inuktitut a living language by advocating its use in the home, where it can be naturally transmitted from generation to generation. Over the last four decades, Inuit and non-Inuit people alike have benefited from his commitment to safeguarding the culture and traditions of the people of Canada’s North.
Judith Mappin, C.M.
With vision, passion and perseverance, Judith Mappin has played a major role in the promotion and development of Canadian literature. In the 1970s, she opened the Double Hook Book Shop, a store that was entirely devoted to Canadian authors. For more than 30 years, she supported the growth of modern Canadian literature, and championed emerging and established writers by hosting book launches, signings and readings. Her cultural involvement has also reached into the community, where she has supported and given her time to libraries and literary associations.
Axel Meisen, C.M.
A renowned chemical engineer and academic administrator, Axel Meisen has made significant contributions to education in Canada. Among his many accomplishments as dean of the Faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia, he led the creation of a new doctoral program in nursing and the establishment of five chairs in engineering. As president of Memorial University of Newfoundland, he was an agent of renewal. Thriving under his presidency, Memorial saw a significant increase in enrolment, unprecedented funding and enhanced research capacity in all academic disciplines. Realizing Memorial’s important place in the province’s economy, he also helped build bridges and strengthen links between the university and business, industry and community groups.
Philip W. Owen, C.M.
A former city councillor and mayor of Vancouver, Philip Owen has served his community with dedication and determination. Among his most important legacies is the Four Pillar Approach. This daring and comprehensive community-oriented initiative is aimed at preventing drug addiction, minimizing its dangers and providing assistance to those seeking rehabilitation. Thanks to this and other community renewal projects, he has helped bring about a significant improvement to the quality of life of Vancouver’s residents. Since retiring from municipal politics, he has lent his time and talents to a variety of charitable organizations, notably as director of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.
Father André Poilièvre, C.M.
A compassionate champion of social justice, André Poilièvre spends much of his time on the streets of Saskatoon, providing moral and social support to marginalized Aboriginal and inner-city youth. He works with former gang members, mentoring and mobilizing them to help at-risk youth in his community. Through these efforts, he works to steer young people away from the pitfalls of substance abuse and gang culture, and helps them to gain a more positive sense of self through involvement in the arts and in social activities. A former coordinating chaplain of the Saskatoon Correctional Centre, he helped inmates develop life and employment skills, and continues to offer street ministry to ex-offenders, supporting those coping with problems of violence and addiction.
The Honourable Brenda Robertson, C.M., O.N.B.
Brenda Robertson is a trailblazer and role model for women in politics. In 1967, she became the first woman elected to the New Brunswick Legislature and later served as the province’s first female cabinet minister. As minister of health, she played a key role in the implementation of significant social policy such as the landmark Extra-Mural Program, which provides comprehensive health care services for individuals in their homes. Later, she was appointed to the Senate, where she championed health care and social issues. An inspiring leader, she remains a steadfast advocate for her fellow Atlantic Canadians.
Kenneth C. Sauer, C.M., C.D.
A committed and tireless volunteer, Kenneth Sauer is a cornerstone of his community. For more than 50 years, he has been making outstanding contributions to health care, sport and community service at the local and provincial levels. A former educator and city alderman, he has taken on leadership roles with groups such as the Palliser Health Authority, ParticipAction and the Kiwanis Club. He was instrumental in securing Medicine Hat as host for the 2002 Alberta Winter Games and the 2008 Alberta Summer Games. As well, he played a key role as chair of the Alberta Safety Codes Council, overseeing its growth into a respected regulatory body.
Joseph Schatzker, C.M.
Joseph Schatzker, who is professor emeritus at the University of Toronto, is a renowned orthopaedic surgeon and teacher. In 1968, he introduced to North America the method of operative fracture treatment that has become standard practice. Since then, he has developed a classification of fractures of the proximal tibia that is accepted universally. In addition, he has mentored countless specialists in many countries, and co-authored several text books, including the standard reference, The Rationale of Operative Fracture Care.
Reginald Lorne Scott, C.M.
A committed environmentalist long before “thinking green” became popular, Lorne Scott has devoted his life to nature conservation in Saskatchewan and across Canada. Actively involved with organizations such as the Wascana Centre Authority, the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation and the Nature Conservancy of Canada, he also served four years as provincial minister of environment and resource management. During his tenure, he significantly strengthened Saskatchewan’s environmental policy, and is renowned throughout Western Canada as a staunch defender of wildlife and natural habitats.
T. Clayton Shields, C.M.
Clayton Shields has had a profound impact on Canadian theatre. As the master wig-maker and make-up artist of the Stratford Festival of Canada for more than 35 years, he has built the Festival’s department into one of our nation’s best. His creativity and development of innovative techniques have made him a legend in the field; people come from across the country and abroad to train with him. He has mentored several generations of young artists, many of whom are now internationally renowned and hold prominent positions in theatres across Canada and around the world.
John S. Speakman, C.M.
A caring and dedicated professional, John Speakman has been at the forefront of providing eye care services in remote northern communities. For more than four decades, he served as an ophthalmologist with the J.A. Hildes Northern Medical Unit of the University of Manitoba, travelling to such areas as Sanikiluag, Rankin Inlet and Arviat. As ophthalmologist-in-chief at Sunnybrook Hospital for many years, he was instrumental in making the Eye Department one of the major teaching units at the University of Toronto, where he is professor emeritus. Throughout his career, he has been a source of inspiration to generations of ophthalmologists.
James C. Temerty, C.M.
James Temerty is an innovative business leader who has made significant contributions to Canadian cultural life. In addition to founding and heading an energy company that operates thermal, electric and wind power production facilities, he serves as chair of the board of governors at the Royal Ontario Museum, where his leadership has helped transform the institution and build a strong foundation for its future success. He also supports the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Hnatyshyn Foundation, which provides grants to young and emerging artists. As founding chair of the Kyiv Mohyla Business School and a benefactor of the Children’s Hospital of the Future in Kyiv, he works to strengthen ties between Ukraine and Canada.
José Verstappen, C.M.
José Verstappen has spearheaded the renewal of early music in British Columbia and greatly contributed to its vitality across Canada. For three decades, he has served as head of Early Music Vancouver. His efforts have preserved the early music genre during periods of relative obscurity and helped raise it to prominence. Through a vibrant program of workshops, performances and concert series, he has also worked to integrate Canada into the international early music scene, inviting renowned musicians to Vancouver and showcasing Canadian talent to international audiences.
George A. Zarb, C.M.
George Zarb has raised the international profile of Canadian dentistry. Professor emeritus at the University of Toronto, he is known for his work on the diagnosis and management of jaw disorders. He has also been a leader and innovator in the specialty of implant, æsthetic and reconstructive dentistry. In the 1980s, he introduced dental implantology to North America and was instrumental in establishing prosthodontics as a recognized specialty in Ontario. Co-founder of the Association of Prosthodontists of Canada, he served in leadership roles with a number of other professional and academic organizations.
Randolph C. (Randy) Bachman, O.C., O.M.
An icon of Canadian rock music, Randy Bachman has written, performed and produced hit records and singles for more than four decades. As a founding member of two of Canada’s most acclaimed rock groups, The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, he was one of the first Canadian artists to break into foreign consumer markets and bring international attention to our music industry. He continues to support and promote Canadian musicians as the host of a popular national radio show and as a producer of emerging artists.
Maria Campbell, O.C., S.O.M.
A writer, playwright, filmmaker and educator, Maria Campbell is one of Canada’s most influential Aboriginal artists. Through works such as her autobiography, Halfbreed, and Flight, the first all-Aboriginal theatre production in Canada, she has played a seminal role in documenting the daily experience and oral history of contemporary Aboriginal peoples, notably the Métis. Her daring and candid style has helped sensitize the Canadian public to many social issues relating to our Aboriginal communities. A dynamic lecturer, she continues to promote awareness and understanding between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples around the world.
Martha Jodrey, O.C.
As a volunteer and philanthropist, Martha Jodrey has made important contributions to the advancement of many educational, health care and charitable causes in the Atlantic provinces. She is highly regarded for her commitment to supporting youth with learning disabilities and has been instrumental in establishing special education academic programs at the primary, secondary and post-secondary levels. In particular, she played an integral role in the creation of the first endowed chair in learning disabilities in Canada. A persuasive and determined fundraiser, she has been involved in numerous capital campaigns in support of a variety of schools, hospitals, museums and community groups.
Claude R. Lamoureux, O.C., O.Ont.
Claude Lamoureux is one of the Canadian business and investment community’s greatest executives. An actuary by training, he was a financial executive with Metropolitan Life for more than 25 years before becoming the president and CEO of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. He is a co-founder of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance and an ardent defender of business ethics. Sought after for his counsel, he sits on the board of several Canadian companies.
Victor Ling, O.C., O.B.C.
Victor Ling has had a profound influence on cancer research. His groundbreaking work has helped the scientific community to better understand why certain cancers become drug resistant, and has launched new areas of research internationally. An esteemed leader, he headed the Division of Molecular and Structural Biology at the Ontario Cancer Institute and served as vice-president of research at the BC Cancer Agency. This multi-award winner currently serves as founding scientific director of a national research institute initiated by the Terry Fox Foundation.
The Honourable Allan J. MacEachen, P.C., O.C.
Born of a poor coal-mining family in Cape Breton, Allan MacEachen emerged from these humble beginnings to become a great parliamentarian. One of the most influential policy makers in Canada, he was an architect of our social security system. He held a succession of cabinet posts and played a central role in major progressive social legislation passed through Parliament over the past three decades. He is also well known for his outstanding contributions to the Atlantic region as a long-serving senator and as an avid supporter of such organizations as St. Francis Xavier University and the North-South Institute.
Carolyn McAskie, O.C.
Carolyn McAskie serves as an inspiring and influential model of Canadian values in the international community. A former senior executive with the Canadian International Development Agency and high commissioner to Sri Lanka during a time of civil war, she has also served as one of the top-ranked women at the United Nations. Fearless in her determination to bring peace and human rights to the fore throughout the world, she has done so as head of the UN’s peacekeeping mission in Burundi and as assistant secretary general for Humanitarian Affairs and then Peacebuilding Support. She is also an unceasing advocate of gender equality and, in countries where rights were limited, has helped bring about major changes for women.
Piers McDonald, O.C.
A visionary leader and volunteer, Piers McDonald has given a lifetime of service to Yukon. He served in the Territorial Legislature for 18 years, including a term as premier of Yukon. He was instrumental in organizing the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, which marked the first time the Canada Games were held above the 60th parallel. In addition, he spearheaded a pan-northern marketing campaign, using the Games as a catalyst for promoting all of Canada’s northern regions. As chair of Northern Vision Development Corporation, he continues to actively contribute to the economic development of Canada’s North.
Timothy R. Oke, O.C.
Timothy Oke is an internationally recognized expert on urban microclimates. Professor emeritus in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia, he has studied how urban development affects weather patterns. He has developed scientific techniques to measure localized changes in atmospheric conditions and has contributed to meteorological organizations nationally and internationally. He is the author of the seminal book Boundary Layer Climates and the founder of the International Association of Urban Climate. Over the years, he has been a role model for several generations of young geographers and a respected mentor.
The Honourable Landon Pearson, O.C.
For more than 40 years, Landon Pearson has served as a powerful voice on behalf of young people in Canada and around the world. She was a founding member and former chair of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children and a former president and chair of the Canadian Council on Children and Youth. As a senator, she played a significant role in crafting a national plan of action to promote and protect children’s rights and to improve the lives of youth at home and abroad. At Carleton University, where she has established a centre for the study of childhood and children’s rights, she continues to inspire a new generation of Canadians to champion children and youth.
John N. Smith, O.C.
For more than 35 years, John N. Smith has been making films that are enriching and deeply challenging. During a career with the National Film Board of Canada, and as an independent filmmaker, he has produced, written and directed a multitude of distinctly Canadian films, both documentary and fiction, often based on real events in our history. His highly regarded body of work has received numerous national and international awards. Films such as Sitting in Limbo, The Boys of St. Vincent, Dieppe and The Englishman’s Boy remain important and provocative contributions to Canadian cinema.
Steven Staryk, O.C.
Steven Staryk is regarded as one of Canada’s great violinists. He has been concertmaster with four world-famous orchestras, is one of the most-recorded Canadian classical musicians, and was a prolific performer in both North America and Europe for over 50 years. An eminent advocate of Canadian composers, he premiered numerous works for solo violin and orchestra and, as a celebrated teacher and mentor, he helped many young musicians take their place on the world stage.
Audrey Thomas, O.C.
Audrey Thomas is one of our nation’s most accomplished fiction writers. Particularly renowned for her short stories, she has also written novels and radio dramas in a career that has spanned four decades. Her prose has been described as “evocative”, “unpretentious” and “flawless”. Equally known for her generosity of spirit, she has supported and mentored countless other writers, and was revered by students at the numerous universities where she taught or served as writer-in-residence. In addition, she has been active in founding and running professional associations, notably the Writers’ Union of Canada.
G. Wallace F. McCain, C.C., O.N.B.
Wallace McCain is a legend in Canadian business and one of our country’s outstanding philanthropists. Co-founder of McCain Foods Limited and chair of Maple Leaf Foods Incorporated, he serves as a leader and model of Canadian ingenuity and success on the international stage. His entrepreneurial zest and his forthright managerial style are also hallmarks of his considerable philanthropy. The National Ballet School, Mount Allison University and the Saint John Regional Hospital are but a few of the many artistic, educational and health care organizations that he has supported. He has also been a dedicated fundraiser and has inspired others to match his contributions. His generosity will benefit Canadians for generations.
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Michael Snow, C.C.
Innovative, versatile and prolific, Michael Snow is a legend in contemporary art. An internationally renowned artist, he is widely admired for creating experimental and influential art in various disciplines, including film, photography, sculpture and music. His work has been featured in museums, galleries and festivals all over the world, and his pioneering installations have inspired a new generation of artists. His cutting-edge creativity continues to push the envelope and to generate new artistic directions internationally.
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Margaret E. Southern, C.C., L.V.O., A.O.E.
Margaret Southern has demonstrated passionate leadership and commitment to sport as a professional and volunteer. Under her direction, Spruce Meadows has become the world’s top venue for equestrian sport, earning the Fédération Équestre Internationale’s highest rating on three occasions. She has served as a volunteer organizer of international and national sports competitions, including the World Figure Skating Championships and equestrian events at the Canada Summer Games. In addition, she is a generous benefactor to several organizations dedicated to health care, including the United Way, as well as to academic institutions such as the universities of Calgary and Alberta.
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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 civilian 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 recommendations of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada, an independent council chaired by the chief justice of Canada.
The governor general is the Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order. Members of the Advisory Council on the Order of Canada reflect the diversity and excellence in Canadian society. Certain members are appointed by virtue of their office; others are appointed for a fixed term to achieve a balanced representation of the various regions of the country.
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.
People who are not Canadian may be considered for honorary appointments.