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Governor General to invest 48 recipients into the Order of Canada

October 3, 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, October 6 2006, at 10:30 a.m.

The Governor General, who is Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order, will present 48 recipients with their insignia of membership. 13 Officers and 35 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. To obtain the citations for the recipients, please click down at the end of the document.

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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)

Noon   
Media interviews with recipients

ANNEX B LIST OF RECIPIENTS

OFFICERS

Parzival Copes, O.C., C.D.

West Vancouver, British Columbia

Frank C. Hawthorne, O.C.

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Maggie Hodgson, O.C.

Edmonton, Alberta

Mike Lazaridis, O.C.

Waterloo, Ontario

Margaret Olwen MacMillan, O.C.

Toronto, Ontario

Frederick P. Mannix, O.C.

Calgary, Alberta

Gudrun J. B. Parker, O.C.

Montreal, Quebec

Timothy R. Parsons, O.C.

Brentwood Bay, British Columbia

Susan A. Point, O.C.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Vithal Rajan, O.C.

Hyderabad, India, and Montreal, Quebec

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

Manotick, Ontario

Pierre Viens, O.C.

Neuville, Quebec

John H. Wedge, O.C.

Toronto, Ontario

MEMBERS

Peggy Baker, C.M., O.Ont.

Toronto, Ontario

Walter Borden, C.M.

Stratford, Ontario and Halifax, Nova Scotia

Bruce Buchanan, C.M.

West Vancouver, British Columbia

Jack Chiang, C.M.

Kingston, Ontario

Sam John Ciccolini, C.M., O.Ont.

Woodbridge, Ontario

F. Ronald Cleminson, C.M., C.D.

Ottawa, Ontario

Jon S. Dellandrea, C.M.

Oxford, England, and Toronto, Ontario

Louise Dennys, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

W. Paterson Ferns, C.M.

Victoria, British Columbia

Anne Archibald Fraser, C.M.

Victoria, British Columbia, Calgary, Alberta, and Halifax, Nova Scotia

Richard Garneau, C.M., C.Q.

Montreal, Quebec

Mary Gordon, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

Sonny Greenwich, C.M.

Vaudreuil, Quebec

Christopher Harris, C.M.

Ottawa, Ontario

Peter Jennings, C.M. (deceased)

New York, U.S.A. and Ottawa, Ontario

Wanda Koop, C.M.

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Jacques Lacoursière, C.M., C.Q.

Beauport, Quebec

Vincent Lemieux, C.M., O.Q.

Quebec, Quebec

Michael K. Macklem, C.M.

Ottawa, Ontario

Jean-Louis Major, C.M.

Saint-Isidore, Ontario

Daphne Marlatt, C.M.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Randall Moffat, C.M.

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Sister Susan M. Moran, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

A. Willy Norris, C.M.

Calgary, Alberta

Cornelius Nutarak Sr., C.M.

Pond Inlet, Nunavut

Bruce S. Oland, C.M.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Laurence G. Pathy, C.M.

Westmount, Quebec

Susan H. Patten, C.M., O.N.L.

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

Daniel N. Paul, C.M., O.N.S.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Assunta (Suzanne) Pedicelli, C.M.

LaSalle, Quebec

Marc Renaud, C.M.

Lisbon, Portugal and Ottawa, Ontario

Clayton C. Ruby, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

Margaret Anne (Peggy) Sanders, C.M.

Sioux Lookout, Ontario

Gordon C. Slade, C.M.

Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador

Frederick M. Wiegand, C.M.

Westmount, Quebec

 

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, the 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

Citations:

Officer of the Order of Canada:

Parzival Copes, O.C., C.D.
West Vancouver, British Columbia

An international expert in fisheries economics, Parzival Copes has been working on the sustainability of the fishing industry for decades. He established the Department of Economics and the Institute of Social and Economic Research while at Memorial University of Newfoundland in the late 1950s. Professor Emeritus and founding director of the Institute of Fisheries Analysis at Simon Fraser University, he is the author of a number of insightful and influential reports on Canada’s Atlantic and Pacific fisheries. Widely sought after nationally and internationally as a consultant, he has also lent his support to professional organizations.

Frank C. Hawthorne, O.C.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Frank Hawthorne is one of the world’s foremost authorities in mineralogy and crystallography. Distinguished Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Manitoba, he has developed several innovative approaches and methods that have generated a new appreciation for the processes that underlie the formations of crystals. A respected mentor to young scientists, he has also served with distinction in many professional organizations, including the Mineralogical Association of Canada, the Canadian Geoscience Council, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Maggie Hodgson, O.C.
Edmonton, Alberta

A member of the Carrier First Nation, Maggie Hodgson is a leader in the fields of Aboriginal health and justice, and reconciliation. Her profound commitment to addiction awareness has guided people to wellness and has influenced communities, in Canada and abroad, to address this vital social issue. For 15 years, she served as Chief Executive Officer of the Nechi Training, Research and Health Promotions Institute, which launched the first Healing Our Spirit Worldwide gathering in 1992. Since then, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States have hosted this important international movement.

Mike Lazaridis, O.C.

Waterloo, Ontario

A visionary and innovator, Mike Lazaridis is President and Co‑Chief Executive Officer of Research In Motion, a company he founded while a student at the University of Waterloo. Known as the creator of the BlackBerry™, he has pioneered a number of technological innovations that have enhanced mobile communications worldwide. A passionate advocate of higher education and research, he has been a generous benefactor to his alma mater, where he founded the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in 1997.

Margaret Olwen MacMillan, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario

What makes Margaret MacMillan such an innovative historian and educator is her gift for storytelling. Provost of the University of Trinity College and a professor at the University of Toronto, she has captivated generations of students with her engaging lectures laced with intriguing anecdotes. Her talent for popularizing history led to her internationally renowned bestseller, Paris, 1919: Six Months that Changed the World. This book provided fresh insight into historical and geopolitical developments that continue to have currency in our modern world. Warden designate of St. Antony’s College at Oxford University, she is considered one of Canada’s leading public intellectuals.

Frederick P. Mannix, O.C., C.D.
Calgary, Alberta

A leading figure in the business world, Frederick Mannix has been a passionate advocate of the Canadian Armed Forces. Dedicated to enhancing the role of our military at home and abroad, he has lent his vision to the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, the University of Calgary’s Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, and the Canadian Forces Liaison Council. He has also helped preserve our rich heritage through his unstinting support of the Museum of the Regiments. Held in high regard, he has worked within his community to assist worthwhile causes through his generosity.

Gudrun J. B. Parker, O.C.
Montreal, Quebec

A pioneer in the Canadian film industry, Gudrun Parker began a remarkable career at the National Film Board in 1942. Starting in the editing room, she quickly moved on to writing, directing, and producing, firmly establishing the place of women in film. Important projects such as Maps We Live By, produced for the United Nations, Royal Journey, and The Stratford Adventure were entrusted to her. In 1957, she co-founded Parker Film Associates to focus attention on social justice issues, among others. During her long and fruitful career, she produced more than 50 documentaries and to this day her work is still praised for its influence on style and movement.

Timothy R. Parsons, O.C.
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia

An internationally renowned oceanographer, Tim Parsons has greatly contributed to the sustainability of the ocean for the benefit of future generations. Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia and Honorary Research Scientist at the Institute of Ocean Sciences, he has pioneered new approaches to fisheries management based on the relationship between marine life and its environment. The founding editor of Fisheries Oceanography, he has co-authored many seminal textbooks in his field. He was the first Canadian recipient of the prestigious Japan Prize in 2001, and in 2005, Fisheries and Oceans Canada established an award named in his honour.

Susan A. Point, O.C.
Vancouver, British Columbia

An internationally acclaimed artist, Susan Point has played a prominent role in the renewal of the Coast Salish First Nation’s cultural heritage. Combining traditional symbols with a wide range of materials, she has produced inventive and distinctive works that have been exhibited in Canada and abroad. Notably, her large-scale sculptures welcome visitors to the Vancouver International Airport and to the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington. Widely admired for her creativity and vision, she has served as a director of the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and is a source of inspiration for young artists.

Vithal Rajan, O.C.
Hyderabad, India, and Montreal, Quebec

Vithal Rajan has applied Canadian values to the promotion of human rights and sustainable development in rural India. Concerned with high levels of illiteracy and poverty in the state of Andhra Pradesh, he co-founded the Deccan Development Society in 1983 to assist women in becoming self-reliant. He encouraged them to pool their resources to buy and cultivate land and he promoted literacy and community health programs. An agent for social change, he has partnered with non-governmental organizations in Canada and Europe to apply innovative ideas and solutions to developing communities in India.

Mary J. May Simon, O.C., O.Q.
Manotick, Ontario

Mary Simon has played a leading role in strengthening ties between Canada’s Northern people and the people of Arctic regions around the globe. As Ambassador for Circumpolar Affairs, she was the principal architect of the Canadian northern policy. Her leadership, perseverance, and ability to build consensus were instrumental in securing international cooperation and in creating the Arctic Council and the University of the Arctic. In addition, she has been deeply committed to young people in her roles as Chair of the Arctic Children and Youth Foundation and as Chancellor of Trent University.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Pierre Viens, O.C.
Neuville, Quebec

Professor and physician specializing in infectious and parasitic diseases, Pierre Viens has over 200 papers and publications to his credit in the fields of health and international cooperation. He led numerous special missions to Africa under the umbrella of international organizations and provided health care and counselling to the citizens of many African countries. He also was a medical consultant to the Institut Cardinal Léger contre la Lèpre in Haiti. In 1993, the Regroupement des étudiantes et étudiants en médecine de l’Uniersité Laval set up the Prix Pierre‑Viens pour projet humanitaire, to recognize humanitarian projects. A genuine altruist, he spent the first 10 years of his retirement volunteering with palliative care patients at the Maison Michel‑Sarrazin.

John H. Wedge, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario

An international authority on reconstructive surgery of the hip, John Wedge has used his knowledge and skills to improve the lives of young patients. He is also known for his expertise in the management of cerebral palsy. A former chair of the departments of Surgery at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Toronto, he is now Surgeon-in- Chief at The Hospital for Sick Children. As a professor, he has enhanced the education and training of young surgeons from around the globe.

Member of the Order of Canada:

Peggy Baker, C.M., O.Ont.
Toronto, Ontario

An icon of Canadian dance, Peggy Baker has evolved from student to dancer to teacher with grace and nobility. She is a gifted performer and choreographer whose ability to transform her inner feelings into movement creates powerful visual metaphors that captivate audiences in Canada and abroad. The first artist-in-residence at the National Ballet School of Canada, she worked collaboratively to create the school’s modern dance program. In 1990, she founded her own dance company where she continues to share her energy and passion with her students.

Walter Borden, C.M.
Stratford, Ontario, and Halifax, Nova Scotia

An actor, playwright and activist, Walter Borden is a cultural force in Nova Scotia. His stage performances are characterized by intensity and passion, and his dynamic presence and unforgettable voice have touched audiences across the country. His original play Tightrope Time, with its exploration of the resiliency of the human spirit, remains an influential contribution to African‑Canadian literature. He has also guided many young actors and has promoted the recognition and growth of Nova Scotia’s Black culture for more than three decades.

Bruce Buchanan, C.M.
West Vancouver, British Columbia

Concerned with the viability of the Pacific salmon industry, Bruce Buchanan has championed the principles of conservation and sustainability. While a senior executive with British Columbia Packers, he was an early advocate of the Salmonid Enhancement Board and provided strong leadership to the Pacific Salmon Commission and the Fisheries Council of Canada. His tireless efforts have earned him a reputation based on credibility and integrity among all segments of the fishing industry. He also demonstrated a commitment to the wider community while chair of the Vancouver Foundation and the G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre.

Jack Chiang, C.M.
Kingston, Ontario

A popular columnist with The Kingston Whig‑Standard, Jack Chiang is also an invaluable volunteer. He spends many hours a week helping charities in the greater Kingston area and is particularly devoted to the Salvation Army, the United Way, and the Boys and Girls Club. He has been chair or honorary chair of most major fundraising campaigns in his community, helping to raise millions of dollars. A vital contributor to Canadian culture, he is also recognized for his superb photographs, which have been published in four books, including Images of Kingston and Celebrating Ontario.

Sam John Ciccolini, C.M., O.Ont.
Woodbridge, Ontario

A well-respected and successful entrepreneur, Sam Ciccolini has had an enormous impact on his community. Masters Insurance Ltd., Finch Hardware Ltd., Ontario Satellite Inc., and the Canadian Italian Savings and Credit Union figure prominently among his many ventures. A philanthropist and volunteer, he has led numerous fundraising campaigns designed to fight childhood cancer and other illnesses. Dozens of community-based organizations, including the Ontario and Canadian hockey associations, the Canadian Cancer Society and Alternatives, a support group for developmentally challenged young adults, have benefited from his generosity.

F. Ronald Cleminson, C.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario

Through his unfailing commitment and dedication, F.  Ronald Cleminson has helped to establish Canada as a leader in the promotion of international disarmament. He used his expertise to establish and direct the Canadian Verification Research Program at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. As a member of the College of Commissioners of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission, he continues to contribute to our nation’s influence in arms control.

Jon S. Dellandrea, C.M.
Oxford, England, and Toronto, Ontario

Jon Dellandrea is recognized as one of Canada’s most outstanding fundraisers. He is credited with playing a critical role in the University of Toronto’s campaign that raised $1 billion, an unprecedented feat for a university in Canada. Now Pro‑Vice‑Chancellor of Development and External Relations at Oxford University in England, he is highly regarded for his exceptional contribution to higher education. He has offered his expertise and leadership to various cultural programs and organizations as well as to health-care and business institutions.

Louise Dennys, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

Louise Dennys is a passionate promoter of Canadian writers. After more than 10 years of heading her own publishing house, she established Knopf Canada in 1991. She is known for providing opportunities to emerging writers as well as for encouraging veteran authors. She has served as editor and publisher for dozens of Canadians, and she was one of the first publishers to spearhead the sale of authors’ book rights internationally. Having helped so many to appreciate and celebrate our uniqueness and diversity, she has twice received the Canadian Booksellers Association’s Editor of the Year Award and is widely admired by authors and publishing colleagues alike.

W. Paterson Ferns, C.M.
Victoria, British Columbia

For decades, Pat Ferns has helped to ensure that a vibrant independent production community is present in the Canadian film and television industry. Beginning his career in 1968 with the CBC as Director of Research for The Public Eye, he went on to write, direct, and produce a number of highly rated shows. In 1981, he founded Primedia Productions Limited and produced a host of successful programs including Billy Bishop Goes to War, Waiting for the Parade and Glory Enough for All. While President of the Association of Canadian Film and Television Producers and Chair of the Banff Television Festival, he raised the calibre and visibility of Canadian content on the global scene.

Anne Archibald Fraser, C.M.
Victoria, British Columbia; Calgary, Alberta; and Halifax, Nova Scotia

Renowned for her energy and dedication, Anne Fraser inspires others to give of their time and talents. Held in high esteem by the staff and students at the University of Calgary, she has been involved in many facets of campus life and has played the role of ambassador for the university in the community. She has also developed innovative courses and initiatives for the University of Victoria’s Continuing Education Program and served as National Chair of Elderhostel Canada. The NeuroScience Canada Foundation, the Glenbow Museum, the Junior League of Victoria, and the Pier 21 Foundation are only a few of the many organizations that have benefited from her guidance and support.

Richard Garneau, C.M., C.Q.
Montreal, Quebec

Held in high regard by his peers and by Canadians in general, Richard Garneau is known for his eloquence and knowledge of sport. A radio and television journalist, he is perhaps best known for his 23 years as host of the wildly popular La Soirée du hockey. In addition to covering the Quebec and Canada Summer and Winter Games, he became a noted ambassador for international sporting events. He has covered numerous Olympic Games, as well as several Pan-American Games and Commonwealth Games. He has also covered cycling competitions, including the Tour de France, and tennis tournaments at Wimbledon. Inducted into two halls of fame, he is the author of five books, including À toi, Richard…, a humorous account of the radio and television broadcasting world.

Mary Gordon, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

Children, parents and educators across Canada and beyond our borders have benefited from the vision, wisdom and commitment of Mary Gordon. A teacher by training, she has pioneered innovative educational programs that promote early childhood development, such as the Parenting and Family Literacy Centres for the Toronto District School Board. As founder and president of Roots of Empathy, she created a program that fosters emotional intelligence and empathy in children, with the goal of reducing aggression and bullying in our schools. She is sought after by organizations throughout the world for her leadership and experience in shaping youth into caring citizens.

Sonny Greenwich, C.M.
Vaudreuil, Quebec

A jazz guitarist, Sonny Greenwich has the rare ability to touch people through his innovative interpretation of classical and original compositions. Known for his improvisational skills, he has played with some of the greatest names in jazz and is a sought-after collaborator for musicians in Canada and abroad. His contributions to music are matched by his compassion for others. Early in his career, he formed support groups to help people overcome their addictions. One of Canada’s finest ambassadors of jazz, he continues to influence aspiring guitarists all over the world.

Christopher Harris, C.M.
Ottawa, Ontario

For more than 40 years, Christopher Harris has advocated for the equitable treatment of visible minorities. A founding member of the Jamaican Ottawa Community Association, the Community Police Action Committee, and the Ottawa-Carleton Immigrant Services Organization, he has assisted a myriad of social agencies in becoming more reflective of the communities they serve and protect. As a volunteer, he works in collaboration with the Ottawa Police Service and the RCMP to promote compassion, understanding and mutual respect between police and visible minorities.

Peter Jennings, C.M. (deceased)
New York, U.S.A., and Ottawa, Ontario

The insignia awarded to Mr. Jennings will be received by his children, Ms. Elizabeth Jennings and Mr. Christopher Jennings.

Peter Jennings was one of North America’s best-known broadcast journalists. As anchor and senior editor of ABC’s World News Tonight, he was recognized for his commitment  to excellence and to setting the highest standards in his field. For decades, he tackled the most difficult news stories from around the globe with his trademark compassion, wisdom and integrity. At every opportunity, he was a proud spokesperson for our country and lent his unwavering support to many Canadian organizations. Throughout his career, he was one of our most outstanding ambassadors.

Wanda Koop, C.M.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Wanda Koop is one of the most renowned visual artists working in Canada today. Her paintings have been collected and exhibited by many prestigious institutions at home and abroad. As well, she presented a multimedia installation entitled In Your Eyes at the 2001 Venice Biennale. A long-time resident of the West Broadway area of Winnipeg, she has been the driving force behind Art City, a storefront arts centre. By generously giving of her time, she has provided an outlet for inner-city youth to explore their creativity and has helped to restore a sense of hope, meaning and pride within her community.

Jacques Lacoursière, C.M., C.Q.
Beauport, Quebec

For more than 40 years, Jacques Lacoursière has dedicated his career to communicating the highlights of our history, particularly to show us the link between past events and today’s current events. Author of numerous publications, including a remarkable historical series in four volumes, Histoire populaire du Québec, he is also a renowned radio and television host. As well, he has an enviable reputation as a columnist, notably with Histoire à la une and as a respected lecturer. Valued for his talents as a researcher and for his ability to communicate with the lay person, he has shared his knowledge with the Musée de la Civilisation à Québec, with Pointe-à-Caillère, Montreal’s museum of archaeology and history, and with the McCord Museum.

Vincent Lemieux, C.M., O.Q.
Quebec, Quebec

For more than four decades, Vincent Lemieux has been studying the various facets of Quebec and Canadian political life. This professor emeritus from l’Université Laval has published a number of works and is considered an authority on electoral reform, political parties, public opinion, patronage, as well as health and social services sector management. Held in high regard for the integrity of his research, he is regularly called upon by various organizations and royal commissions for his sound advice.

Michael K. Macklem, C.M.
Ottawa, Ontario

The founder and managing editor of Oberon Press, Michael Macklem has spent the last three decades nurturing and promoting Canadian authors who are now nationally and internationally acclaimed. He has been the guiding force behind the successful creation of two influential anthologies, Best Canadian Stories and Coming Attractions, and he has been responsible for the design, publishing and marketing of over 500 books. In addition, he has contributed significantly to French-English understanding by publishing some 40 works of French-Canadian fiction and by introducing many of Quebec’s best writers to the rest of Canada.

Jean-Louis Major, C.M.
Saint-Isidore, Ontario

Jean-Louis Major is a tireless promoter of Quebec and French-Canadian literature in Canada and abroad. A professor emeritus at the University of Ottawa, he has led the Corpus d’éditions critiques for over 20 years. The goal of this inter-university project is to prepare and publish significant works of Quebec literature, from its origins until today. He was also the driving force behind the Bibliothèque du Nouveau Monde, which has today become the standard for critical editions. The author of several books and of the collection of stories entitled Mailles à l’envers, he has also had a hand in numerous collective works. His erudition and generous spirit have contributed to enriching Canada’s cultural heritage.

Daphne Marlatt, C.M.
Vancouver, British Columbia

An influential and daring writer, Daphne Marlatt has boldly set her own course. For over three decades, she has explored different narrative structures and experimented with language and grammar to challenge literary customs as well as her readers’ expectations. Her long poem Steveston and her novel Ana Historic are considered classics of the Canadian canon. A founding editor of the bilingual journal Tessera, she is also admired for her contribution to feminist theory. Through her teaching and as a writer-in-residence at several universities, she has guided many aspiring writers.

Randall Moffat, C.M.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Highly respected in his community, Randall Moffat is renowned for his outstanding generosity and commitment to social and economic development. Former president of Moffat Communications, he championed the advancement of women in the broadcasting industry, notably through his involvement in launching the Women’s Television Network and its foundation. A noted philanthropist, he has funded, through the United Way of Winnipeg, programs that help young people. In 2001, he and his family created a substantial endowment at the Winnipeg Foundation in support of initiatives that enrich the lives of disadvantaged children and their families.

Sister Susan M. Moran, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

Susan Moran has dedicated herself to helping disenfranchised people across Ontario. Responding to the tragic death of a homeless man in 1988, she rallied her students at St. Michael’s College to join her in her mission. With their help, she founded Out of the Cold, a volunteer-driven program that provides homeless people with overnight shelter, food, and warm clothing. She also founded Lazarus House, Trellis Gardens, and Mary’s Home, a short-term emergency shelter for abused women and their children. Continuing to awaken the social consciousness of others, she encourages Canadians to assume responsibility for aiding their fellow citizens.

A. Willy Norris, C.M.
Calgary, Alberta

Willy Norris was born in northern Alberta at the Little Red River Fur Trading Post. To survive, this young Métis learned to hunt and fish, gaining valuable skills that served him well later in life. After wartime service, he obtained his doctorate and, in 1955, was recruited by the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC). As he embarked on dangerous fieldmapping projects to identify vital reserves of natural resources, he explored some of the country’s most remote areas. In recognition of his contribution to the GSC, he was named Emeritus Research Scientist. Today, his name is synonymous with the Devonian Age among scientists and aspiring paleontologists around the world.

Cornelius Nutarak Sr., C.M.
Pond Inlet, Nunavut

Cornelius Nutarak is a role model within his community and a guardian of Inuit customs. As a teenager, he began collecting stories from his family and elders and has since amassed a record of local life dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. He has visited classrooms to teach time-honoured skills such as how to recognize and interpret weather patterns, how to locate and hunt wildlife and how to prepare skins used for traditional clothing. He has also shared his knowledge through his frequent presentations on the radio. This respected elder has played a vital role in preserving the Inuit language and in celebrating the culture of Arctic peoples.

Bruce S. Oland, C.M.
Halifax, Nova Scotia

For more than 60 years, Bruce Oland has served his community with outstanding dedication and leadership. He is a veteran of the Second World War, a retired master brewer and a successful businessman who has championed initiatives in support of youth, people with disabilities and heritage preservation. The Canadian Association for Community Living, the Sir Frederick Fraser School for the Blind and several universities in Atlantic Canada have benefited from his guidance and generosity. In addition, he helped to establish the largest naval reference library in Canada. Located at the Maritime Command Museum, this library is named in his honour.

Laurence G. Pathy, C.M.
Westmount, Quebec

The President and Chief Executive Officer of Fednav Ltd., Laurence Pathy is known among his peers as a leader in the marine industry as well as an innovator in the sector of Arctic region shipping. His sustained commitment to Canada’s transportation infrastructure has helped many industries and businesses to improve their capacity to reach vast domestic and international markets. A discreet philanthropist, in 2000 he co-founded the Foundation for Charitable Excellence, which provides assistance to benevolent organizations.

Susan H. Patten, C.M., O.N.L.
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

Greatly admired in the corporate and voluntary sectors, Susan Patten has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to Newfoundland and Labrador. As Chair of one of the most diversified companies in the province, the A. Harvey Group of Companies, she has made major contributions to the economic growth of the region, particularly by providing stable and lasting employment opportunities for local residents. With wisdom, dedication, and generosity of spirit, she has supported organizations such as the Girl Guides of Canada, the Canadian Mental Health Foundation and the Salvation Army.

Daniel N. Paul, C.M., O.N.S.
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Daniel Paul is a powerful and passionate advocate for social justice and the eradication of racial discrimination. As an author, journalist, consultant and volunteer, he has been an outspoken champion of First Nations communities across Nova Scotia for more than 30 years. The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, the Mi’kmaq Native Friendship Centre and the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq have all benefited from his consensusbuilding skills and commitment to the community. Through his newspaper columns and his book, We Were Not the Savages, he has helped to restore the proud heritage and history of the Mi’kmaq Nation.

Assunta (Suzanne) Pedicelli, C.M.
LaSalle, Quebec

For more than 25 years, Suzanne Pedicelli has helped people living with intellectual disabilities to strengthen their confidence and self-esteem. Her tireless efforts as the founder and driving force behind Montreal Island’s southwest chapter of the Special Olympics have enabled athletes to train for, and attend, provincial, national and international competitions. As an administrator and fundraiser, she has committed herself to building an inclusive society that not only celebrates the accomplishments of Special Olympics athletes but also provides support and encouragement to their families.

Marc Renaud, C.M.
Lisbon, Portugal, and Ottawa, Ontario

Throughout his career, Marc Renaud has been an ardent advocate of the importance of research in the humanities and social sciences in Canada. An eminent sociologist and former professor at the Université de Montreal, he founded the research group at the university on the social aspects of health and prevention. With his acknowledged expertise, he was made a member of the Commission d’enquête sur les services sociaux et de santé du Québec and of the National Forum on Health. He has also played a distinguished leadership role in the Conseil québécois de la recherche sociale and in the International Association of Health Policy. Former President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, he has used his research and administrative talents to foster and support excellence in university research.

Clayton C. Ruby, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

A prominent criminal lawyer whose reputation extends across the country, Clayton Ruby has devoted his career to the promotion of justice. Equally committed as a volunteer, he has offered his talent and expertise to a host of institutions, including PEN Canada, Human Rights Watch, Earthroots and the Sierra Legal Defence Fund. His publications have benefited both lawyers and the general public, and he remains a champion of human rights and the environment, serving with unswerving passion and dedication.

Margaret Anne (Peggy) Sanders, C.M.
Sioux Lookout, Ontario

Sioux Lookout is a more inclusive and caring community thanks to the vision of Peggy Sanders. Greatly admired for bridging cultures, she has been building relationships

between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities for decades. She is renowned

throughout northern Ontario for having offered her friendship and support, on a daily basis, to pregnant First Nations women who were far from home. A founding member of the local anti-racism committee, she also played a key role in the establishment of a bicultural health centre. Moreover, she has championed literacy by founding the town’s first public library in order to encourage children to embrace the joy of reading.

Gordon C. Slade, C.M.
Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador

Gordon Slade has created important links between heritage sites and the tourism industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. Founder and managing director of the Battle Harbour Historic Trust, he has led the restoration of a traditional 19th century fishing community to its original state, bringing important economic spinoffs to Labrador. He has also played a key role in the exponential growth of cruise ship visits to the province, which has benefited the region’s cultural, natural, and historic sites. In addition, he has volunteered his expertise to the ECONOMUSEUM® Society, Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Viking Trail Tourism Association.

Frederick M. Wiegand, C.M.
Westmount, Quebec

Throughout his distinguished career at Montreal’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Frederick Wiegand has been dedicated to helping those in need at home and abroad. A skilled surgeon and devoted humanitarian, he has served in medical missions with the International Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, and CAUSE Canada in some of the most impoverished and dangerous areas of the globe. The epitome of the caring and compassionate physician, he serves as an inspiration for others.

Updated: 2006-10-05
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