Governor General to invest 41 recipients into the Order of Canada
May 2, 2007
OTTAWA––Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will preside an Order of Canada investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall on Friday, May 4, 2007, at 10:30 a.m.
The Governor General will present 41 recipients with their insignia of membership. Three Companions, 9 Officers and 29 Members will be invested.
This year marks an important anniversary for the Order of Canada. Awarded for the first time in 1967, it has since become the centrepiece of our country’s System of Honours. 2007 is a celebration of 40 years of outstanding achievements and excellence in all sectors of society.
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. The motto of the Order is DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (They desire a better country).
A media schedule for the investiture ceremony (Annex A), a complete list of recipients (Annex B), a backgrounder (Annex C), as well as citations (Annex D) are attached. Media interested in covering this event and in interviewing recipients are asked to contact the Rideau Hall Press Office.
ANNEX A – SCHEDULE
Members of the media are asked to observe the following schedule:
ANNEX B - LIST OF RECIPIENTS
ANNEX C - ORDER OF CANADA BACKGROUNDER
ANNEX D - CITATIONS
Bertha Allen, C.M.
Bertha Allen is a champion of social, political and economic equality for Aboriginal and Northern women. An elder whose counsel is continually sought, she is a former president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada and helped found the NWT Training Centres in Yellowknife and Inuvik. Grounded in her traditions and community, she was appointed to the Council of Grandmothers, which advises the territorial government on health, wellness and social development issues. After serving as president of the Status of Women Council of the Northwest Territories, she is now a member of the steering committee of its Women’s Voices in Leadership initiative to increase the participation of women at all levels of government.
Reverend Sister Kathrine Bellamy, C.M., O.N.L.
Kathrine Bellamy is one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most influential music educators. For decades, she has made music an integral part of a child’s education, establishing school-based choirs that have challenged, inspired and enriched generations of young singers. Her impact has also been felt in the broader community, as she served for many years as the organist and choir director of the Basilica Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. In addition, she has been actively involved in community outreach programs, founding Emmaus House, a local food bank, and co-founding Voices for Justice in Housing and the Community Food Sharing Association.
Henry John Bergen, C.M.
Thanks to Henry Bergen’s ingenuity, farmers battling drought, soaring fuel costs and a challenging economic climate are finding much-needed relief. This inventor and entrepreneur has designed equipment that increases crop yields while minimizing labour and production costs. His company, GEN Manufacturing, is a multi-million dollar industry leader specializing in the production of durable tillage tools for the agricultural sector. Mindful of his good fortune, he is a quiet philanthropist and committed volunteer. He serves as chair of the local police commission, has endowed a scholarship at the University of Lethbridge and is a valued member of its senate.
André Caillé, C.M.
André Caillé is respected and admired not only for his administration skills, but because of his commitment to the community. A leader in the energy sector, he first made his mark as a manager at Gaz Métro inc., which he greatly helped to expand. Then, as president and chief executive officer of Hydro-Québec, he played a significant role in reviving the company and worked hard to promote Quebec’s hydroelectric resources. He is chair of the World Energy Council and active in community organizations. He is especially dedicated to higher education and is chancellor of the Université de Montréal.
Jan de Vries, C.M.
A veteran of the Second World War, Jan de Vries is committed to teaching our youth about the importance of remembrance. As a founding member of the Living History Speakers Bureau and as a member of the Memory Project, he has kept alive the stories of Canadian veterans by visiting schools, youth groups and cadet units. Highly respected for his ability to bridge generations, he has connected with young people through his honest, candid and thoughtful presentations. The 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion Association, the Juno Beach Centre Association and the Corporal Fred Topham VC Fundraising Campaign have all benefited from his determination and leadership.
David Fraser, C.M.
A nationally renowned scientist and scholar, David Fraser is a pioneer in the field of animal welfare science. Professor and chair of industrial research in animal welfare for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada at the University of British Columbia, he has applied a scientific approach to the humane management of food animals. His groundbreaking research has examined topics such as mother-young interactions in livestock and the causes of abnormal animal behaviour. In addition, through his work with groups and institutes such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, he has helped to develop national and international animal welfare standards for the livestock industry.
Ferguson (Fergie) Jenkins, C.M.
One of our most celebrated baseball players, Fergie Jenkins was a major-league pitcher with the Texas Rangers and the Chicago Cubs during the 1970s and 1980s. A member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, he was the first Canadian to win the Cy Young Award for pitching and to be inducted into the United States’ National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. As chair of the St. Catharines-based Fergie Jenkins Foundation, he has raised funds and awareness for the Canadian Special Olympics, Camp Maple Leaf, and West Niagara Second Stage Housing. He has also been an active supporter of amateur sport as a guest instructor at baseball clinics for youth.
Pearl Keenan, C.M.
Pearl Keenan is an invaluable source of wisdom for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the North. A respected elder of the Teslin Tlingit First Nation, she has actively worked to preserve and teach the Tlingit language, emphasizing the importance of culture and tradition in the midst of significant social change. She served as a member of the First Nations Education Commission and as chancellor of Yukon College. She was also a visiting elder in the University of Regina’s Faculty of Education. An important role model for Northern youth, she has worked diligently to keep her heritage strong.
Zaheer M. Lakhani, C.M.
Zaheer Lakhani is a distinguished cardiologist who has demonstrated a deep commitment to multiculturalism and international development. Soon after his arrival in Canada, he became a representative of the local Ismaili Muslim community and advocated for programs to assist in the settlement and integration of these new Canadians. He then promoted a proactive model of community policing as chair of the Edmonton Police Commission and founding president of the Canadian Association of Police Boards. A former director of Aga Khan Foundation Canada, he has also helped to establish a non‑invasive cardiac program in Tanzania and continues to volunteer his professional expertise to countries in East Africa.
Ann C. Macaulay, C.M.
Ann Macaulay is committed to improving health care in Aboriginal communities. A family physician in Kahnawake, Quebec, for more than 35 years and a McGill University professor, she has played a key role in a successful University-Kahnawake research project. The collaborative team has developed innovative programs aimed at reducing Type 2 diabetes in Aboriginal peoples. These incorporate Aboriginal traditions and the promotion of healthy lifestyles by Khanawake members in schools and within the broader community. Recognized around the world, this model is now being offered to other communities across Canada. As well, she is the author or co-author of many publications and a highly respected teacher and mentor.
Natalie MacMaster, C.M.
Natalie MacMaster is an internationally renowned fiddler and one of Canada’s most dynamic musical ambassadors. Along with her lively renditions of Cape Breton fiddling tunes, she has artfully blended traditional Celtic music with other genres, such as bluegrass and Latin rhythms, to create new and innovative music. Through her inspirational benefit concerts, she has supported charitable causes and communities across the nation. With commitment and compassion, she has also raised awareness of development issues in Africa, Asia and Latin America. By combining her enormous talent with her generous spirit, she has touched the lives of people around the world.
Mary Majka, C.M., O.N.B.
For more than 40 years, Mary Majka has championed nature conservation, environmental advocacy and heritage preservation in New Brunswick. A determined and passionate volunteer, she played a key role in the designation of Mary’s Point in the Bay of Fundy as Canada’s first Western Hemisphere shorebird reserve. As president of the New Brunswick Federation of Naturalists and the Albert County Heritage Trust, she helped to protect and preserve her province’s wildlife and historic and natural sites. With the donation of a parcel of family land to the Nature Conservancy of Canada, she leaves an environmental legacy that will benefit generations of New Brunswickers.
The Honourable W. Kenneth Moore, C.M.
Leadership, fairness and innovation are hallmarks of Kenneth Moore’s 50-year career as a lawyer and judge. During his tenure as chief justice for the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, he spearheaded reforms such as alternative dispute resolution and mini-trials, as well as changes in case management that improved public access to the judicial system. He is also greatly respected for his service to the Canadian Bar Association and to the Canadian Judicial Council. Beyond his professional commitments, he has provided leadership to the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede, St. Mary’s College and Scouts Canada.
Avrum Morrow, C.M.
Quietly generous, Avrum Morrow is a strong believer in giving back to the community. He is a successful businessman who is also an eclectic philanthropist and volunteer. An amateur artist, he has found creative ways of supporting new artists and charitable organizations. These include creating a private gallery that is open to community groups for fundraising and other events. True to his belief that every child deserves to experience joy, he also assists young people in need, creating opportunities for them to grow. As well, the Montreal Heart Institute and the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University, among many other organizations, have benefited from his generosity and his leadership.
Timothy M. Murray, C.M.
Professor emeritus at the University of Toronto, Timothy Murray has made significant contributions to osteoporosis research and education in Canada. His clinical studies have contributed to the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of this disease. He is a former director of the Metabolic Bone Clinic at St. Michael’s Hospital and also served as director of the Toronto Centre for the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study. Moreover, as a founding member of the Osteoporosis Society of Canada, he has helped raise public awareness on the risks and prevention of this condition.
John Neville, C.M., O.B.E.
John Neville is a renowned actor and an esteemed artistic director. In addition to performing roles in many theatre, film and television productions, he earned a reputation as an artistic director willing to take risks and able to challenge and motivate actors. The Stratford Festival of Canada, as well as the Citadel and Neptune theatres, flourished under his skillful directorship. He also co-founded the Young Neptune Company travelling troupe, which has reached over 350,000 students across Nova Scotia. His talent and passion have contributed to the development and strengthening of performing arts communities across the country.
Hanna Newcombe, C.M.
Hanna Newcombe is a lifelong activist who has dedicated herself to promoting world peace. As editor of the Peace Research Abstracts Journal for the past four decades, and as editor and publisher of the Peace Research Reviews, she has influenced and motivated generations of leaders in the peace movement. She has chaired, presided over or been a member of more than 20 associations, committees and councils, including Operation Dismantle, Project Ploughshares and the United Nations Association in Canada. Her dedication and commitment to equal rights and justice have earned her the United Nation’s Peace Messenger Award, and the Pearson Peace Medal, among others.
Elizabeth Pacey, C.M.
Elizabeth Pacey has been a pivotal figure in Nova Scotia’s heritage conservation movement for more than 30 years. Renowned as a persuasive and determined activist, she has been involved in community development and planning issues aimed at protecting the historic face of Halifax. Both individually and as a member of various groups, she has helped to preserve landmarks such as the Halifax Public Gardens and the Old Town Clock. As a popular historian, she has documented some of Halifax’s most remarkable examples of built heritage, providing an important record of the city for future generations of community leaders.
David S. Precious, C.M.
David Precious is an internationally renowned teacher and oral surgeon who has advanced the care of patients with dental and facial deformities. Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at Dalhousie University, he has developed surgical techniques that have resulted in dramatic improvements for people with cleft lip and palate. He has also led medical missions to Vietnam, Brazil and Tunisia to offer free care to children born with these disfigurements. As a founding member of the International Cleft Lip and Palate Foundation, he has provided training to oral surgeons in developing countries. For decades, he has brought relief and new hope to his patients at home and abroad.
Joseph D. Robertson, C.M.
Joseph Robertson has spent a lifetime contributing to the preservation of wildlife and historical artifacts in Manitoba. He developed a protection program for polar bears, conceived the province’s first wolf control program, and reintroduced certain species in areas depleted by over-trapping. Throughout his career, he has also fostered the active involvement of First Nations people in all aspects of wildlife and fisheries protection and management. His discoveries of archaeological sites and artifacts, and his efforts to ensure their preservation, have resulted in legislation to protect them and the creation of museums to showcase them.
Oren Robison, C.M.
Oren Robison celebrates the spirit of the people of rural Saskatchewan while contributing to the development of his region. After working for various newspapers elsewhere in Canada, he returned to his hometown. He purchased and published the The Nipawin Journal and turned it into one of Canada’s most critically acclaimed weekly newspapers. In 1992, he launched The Nipawin Bridge, a monthly magazine that chronicles Saskatchewan’s oral history, helping readers keep in touch with their Prairie roots and with each other. In addition, he served as mayor of the town, chair of the sports and community centre and director of the chamber of commerce. He was also involved in fundraising projects that enabled the purchase of medical equipment and the creation of housing that fosters independent living for seniors.
Charles S. Scranton, C.M.
For more than 60 years, Charles Scranton has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the agricultural industry in Prince Edward Island. His impact as a farmer, senior manager with Agriculture Canada and founder of the Scranton Park Ranch, which is renowned for its award-winning purebred Hereford cattle, has benefited many. The Prince Edward Island Provincial Exhibition, the Canadian Hereford Association and the Baptist Federation of Canada have all experienced his enthusiasm and generosity of spirit. In addition, he is highly respected for spearheading the founding of Camp Segunakadeck, a Christian camp for youth, which he faithfully continues to support.
Evelyn Shapiro, C.M.
Evelyn Shapiro is an internationally respected researcher on aging and health care who has helped to improve the quality of life of Canadians. Widely known for having developed and implemented the first provincial home care program, she has been a catalyst for the development of similar programs and services in other parts of the country. A valued professor and senior researcher at the University of Manitoba, she has advised governments and professional organizations for many years. She remains a wise and passionate advocate for Canada’s seniors.
Janice Gross Stein, C.M.
Janice Gross Stein is recognized at home and abroad as an authority on Middle East politics, negotiation processes and international security. One of our pre-eminent scholars and the director of the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto, she has shared her expertise with governments, non-governmental organizations and community groups in the development of public, foreign and defence policy in Canada. In addition, she has made significant contributions to public dialogue and debate, helping Canadians to broaden their knowledge and understanding of international affairs.
Robert O. Stephens, C.M.
Robert Stephens has greatly contributed to Canada’s reputation as a caring and giving nation. For over 50 years, he has tirelessly worked to provide health care and medical treatment for the world’s most needy. In 1949, as a young doctor, he went to the Belgian Congo, and, over the next decade, set up a local hospital with nursing and midwifery schools as well as satellite clinics. Throughout his career, he provided leadership to the Evangelical Medical Aid Society and the Christian Medical and Dental Society, expanding and participating in their outreach programs in developing countries. Now retired, he continues to help those in need as a member of the board of directors of Health Partners International of Canada.
A. Jonathan Stoessl, C.M.
A leader in the field of movement disorders neurology, Jon Stoessl has been working to improve the lives of patients with Parkinson's disease. Professor of neurology and director of the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre at the University of British Columbia, he holds the Canadian Research Chair in Central Nervous System Disorders. His innovative research has used positron emission tomography, a specialized imaging technique, to investigate the causes of Parkinson’s disease and its effects on the brain. More recently, he has found a formerly unknown mechanism in the brain that attempts to compensate for the damage done by this debilitating disease.
Anthony P. Toldo, C.M., O.Ont.
Anthony Toldo consistently displays his entrepreneurial flair and commitment to excellence as one of Ontario’s leading manufacturers. In 1964, he founded his first company, Telso. Since then, he has gone on to launch Centoco Manufacturing and Peter Anthony Design, which manufactures furniture for some of North America’s largest fast‑food franchises. Proud of his origins, he helped to fund the Italian Senior Citizen Centre and was involved with the Caboto Gala Festival. He also generously supports the University of Windsor, the United Way, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and various children’s charities.
Lorne Trottier, C.M.
Engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Lorne Trottier has poured his passion for science into research, technological development and education in Quebec. In 1976, he co-founded Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd., a company known for its innovative computer graphics products. Through his vision and keen business sense, Matrox has become a Quebec-based world-leading multinational company in the field of high tech. He is also unfailing in support of his alma mater, McGill University, in addition to supporting Polytechnique Montréal and the Montréal Science Centre.
Melvin N. Zajac, C.M.
A tireless champion for those in need, Melvin Zajac has distinguished himself by sharing his success and good fortune with his community. A man of great vision, he has sponsored the construction of a school for children with disabilities, a facility for children and adults with neurological disorders and a centre for seniors and people with special needs. As well, he has established an annual golf tournament that raises millions of dollars for organizations that benefit children. A ranch for children and youth with life‑threatening illnesses is currently being built by the Mel Jr. and Marty Zajac Foundation, which was created to honour his two sons.
Ross Campbell, O.C., D.S.C.
In the course of his distinguished public service career and through his business achievements, Ross Campbell has helped to enhance Canada’s reputation in the international community. Following his service with the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II, he joined the Department of Foreign Affairs. For 30 years, he held a number of key positions, including as ambassador to Yugoslavia, Algeria, NATO, Japan and Korea. His skills were called into play during many historic events that influenced Canada’s foreign policy. As well, as chair of the Atomic Energy Board, he raised the profile of Canadian nuclear technology abroad. Upon retiring, he launched a consulting company that specializes in high-technology space communications and allows him to continue to promote our country in global markets.
Paul Gendreau, O.C.
Paul Gendreau has made seminal contributions to correctional theory and practice that have had an impact on criminal justice systems around the world. A psychologist and professor emeritus at the University of New Brunswick, he has used evidence-based research to develop rehabilitation programs for offenders. A highly sought-after consultant and advisor, he has shared his broad knowledge with government agencies, private sector organizations and universities across North America and in England, Australasia and Jamaica. He has also earned accolades as an educator who has influenced a generation of criminology and psychology students and inspired them to become leaders in their field.
M. Daria Haust, O.C.
A legend in the field of modern pathology, Daria Haust is a distinguished scientist and medical educator who is recognized as one of the founders of pediatric pathology as a discipline. Equally impressive is the seminal research that she has conducted on atherosclerosis, which has revolutionized the diagnosis and treatment of this potentially life-threatening condition. Widely respected for her teaching ability, she is a revered mentor whose passion and devotion to duty have greatly influenced many of her colleagues and students at the University of Western Ontario and at Queen’s University.
Arthur Hiller, O.C.
Arthur Hiller began his career with the CBC with the advent of television. The high calibre of his work attracted the attention of NBC, where he went on to direct popular series like “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and “Gunsmoke”. He later directed more than 30 films, including Love Story. Held in high esteem by his peers, he served as president of the Academy of Motion Pictures and of the Directors Guild of America. A quiet philanthropist, he is a leading benefactor of the University of Toronto’s Cinema Studies Program, among others. Always working behind the scenes to promote opportunities for Canadians in the entertainment industry, he is one of Canada’s most effective goodwill ambassadors.
Clifford Garfield Mahood, O.C.
A long-time anti-tobacco advocate, Garfield Mahood has been a powerful agent for change. Executive director of the Non-Smokers’ Rights Association and the Smoking and Health Action Foundation, he is responsible for initiatives that helped set national and international precedents in the field of public health. These include the banning of tobacco advertising and sponsorship as well as improved warnings on packaging. A leader who motivates and mobilizes others, he has published dozens of articles in leading media outlets and made presentations around the world. The World Health Organization and the Canadian Cancer Society are among the many organizations that have honoured him for his work.
Rémi Quirion, O.C., C.Q.
Rémi Quirion plays an outstanding role in advancing our knowledge of neuroscience and mental health. His research, which focuses mainly on Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, pain and memory, has earned him a worldwide reputation as a neuroscientist. He is the scientific director of the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, and of the Douglas Hospital Research Centre, where he founded and managed the Neuroscience Division. The Division is recognized internationally for the quality of training given to its young researchers. He also played an important role in creating the Quebec mental health and neuroscience research network. A sought-after speaker, he is also an excellent mentor.
Mary V. Seeman, O.C.
Mary Seeman is a pioneer in the area of women’s mental health. Her research into gender differences in schizophrenia has garnered international recognition. At the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, she established the first outpatient clinic dedicated to women affected by psychosis. In addition, she has helped raise public awareness of the illness through her involvement with the Schizophrenia Society of Canada. Professor emerita at the University of Toronto, she also continues her lifelong dedication to improving the lives of Canadians living with mental disorders.
Ben Weider, O.C., C.Q.
A popular sports personality in Canada and abroad, Ben Weider has achieved excellence as a businessman and philanthropist. He is a leading international manufacturer and marketer of home fitness equipment, renowned for his generous support of various youth organizations. He has donated complete training gyms to sports research and training institutions in numerous countries. Moreover, in 1994, he launched the Ben Weider Children’s Foundation, which buys new teaching materials and helps students with tuition fees. His ongoing involvement in charity work and his efforts in educating people about the positive benefits of physical fitness have earned him honours worldwide.
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Lynn R. Williams, O.C.
Lynn Williams has been an influential figure in the labour movement for five decades. He began his career with what is now the Canadian Labour Congress and moved within the ranks of the United Steelworkers of America to become the first Canadian to head this international organization. Convinced that unions are more than a vehicle for collective bargaining, he has worked for global justice and has assisted people in realizing their potential. Now retired, he remains a respected figure and a source of inspiration for labour leaders.
Richard Drouin, C.C., O.Q.
Richard Drouin has distinguished himself internationally in the energy sector. A renowned administrator, he has acquired an excellent reputation for his commitment to organizations in the energy field. He is the co-founder and former chair of the e7 (now called the e8), which is comprised of large electricity companies from G8 countries. The organization addresses the particular needs of developing countries in the areas of energy and sustainable development, in the context of climate change and globalization. He also chairs the boards of a number of organizations such as the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, which governs the reliability of the bulk power system in North America. As a result of his work with the World Energy Council, Montreal was chosen as host city for the 2010 World Energy Congress. His humanism translates into steadfast community involvement, including through his work at Université Laval.
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Joseph Gosnell Sr., C.C., O.B.C.
Joseph Gosnell represents a beacon of hope, wisdom and guidance for indigenous peoples around the globe. After serving as chief negotiator and helping his people to conclude a historic treaty with the governments of Canada and British Columbia, he helped to implement the treaty as president of the new Nisga’a Lisims Government. The agreement created a comprehensive model of self-government for indigenous peoples. Aboriginal groups from the Americas, Africa, Europe and the South Pacific came to Canada to learn how the Nisga’a Nation’s experience could inform their own land claim efforts. In addition, he is sought after as a speaker at international conferences and continues to be an elder statesman within the Aboriginal community.
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Ronald D. Southern, C.C., C.B.E.
Ronald Southern is a Canadian business icon. Chair of the ATCO Group, he has displayed vision, leadership and an astute sense of business that have guided the company’s steady growth from a small trailer rental company into an international conglomerate. A Canadian success story, ATCO boasts operations in 10 countries, and provides employment to more than 7,000 people. Continuing to co-chair Spruce Meadows, an equestrian centre of international renown, he is an engaged host of its round‑table forums on world affairs. Preferring to remain a discreet philanthropist, he is a benefactor who has few parallels.
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