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Media Advisory: Governor General to Invest 42 Recipients into the Order of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 11/19/14 -- His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will preside over an Order of Canada investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Friday, November 21, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. The Governor General, who is chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order, will bestow the honour on 2 Companions, 18 Officers and 22 Members.

The Order of Canada was created in 1967, during Canada's centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Since its creation, more than 6 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.

A schedule for the investiture ceremony, the list of recipients with citations, and a backgrounder on the Order of Canada are attached.

Media interested in covering this event and interviewing recipients are asked to contact the Rideau Hall Press Office and must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 10:15 a.m. on the day of the ceremony.

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

9:45 a.m.:   Media arrive at Rideau Hall
10:30 a.m.:  Ceremony begins
             The Governor General speaks
             The Governor General presents the insignia
             (Companions first, followed by Officers and Members)
11:45 a.m.:  Interviews with recipients



General A. John G. D. de Chastelain, C.C., C.M.M.,     Ottawa, Ont.
C.D., C.H. (Ret'd)
This is a promotion within the Order.
The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C., O.N.B.    Toronto, Ont.
This is a promotion within the Order.


Michael Bliss, O.C.                                    Toronto, Ont.
This is a promotion within the Order.
Murray Costello, O.C.                                  Ottawa, Ont.
Frances Cutler, O.C.                                   Ottawa, Ont.
Colm Feore, O.C.                                       Stratford, Ont.
Nancy Jane Hermiston, O.C.                             Vancouver, B.C.
Thomas J. Hudson, O.C.                                 Toronto, Ont.
Daniel Ish, O.C.                                       Saskatoon, Sask.
Patrick Lane, O.C.                                     North Saanich, B.C.
Joseph Macerollo, O.C.                                 Mississauga, Ont.
Eliot A. Phillipson, O.C.                              Toronto, Ont.
Glenn Pushelberg, O.C.                                 Toronto, Ont.
Keren Rice, O.C.                                       Toronto, Ont.
Hartley T. Richardson, O.C., O.M.                      Winnipeg, Man.
This is a promotion within the Order.
The Honourable J. J. Michel Robert, P.C., O.C.         Montreal, Que.
Michael A. Rudnicki, O.C.                              Ottawa, Ont.
Daniel Walter Smith, O.C.                              Edmonton, Alta.
Bramwell Tovey, O.C., O.M.                             Vancouver, B.C.
This is an honorary appointment.
George Yabu, O.C.                                      Toronto, Ont.


Louis Audet, C.M.                                      Westmount, Que.
The Honourable Gordon L. Barnhart, C.M., S.O.M.        Saskatoon, Sask.
Jeanne Beker, C.M.                                     Toronto, Ont.
Dennis Cochrane, C.M.                                  Moncton, N.B.
Eleanor Collins, C.M.                                  Surrey, B.C.
Marie-Eva de Villers, C.M., C.Q.                       Montreal, Que.
Marc Dutil, C.M.                                       Saint-Georges-de-
                                                       Beauce, Que.
Phil Dwyer, C.M.                                       Fredericton, N.B. and
                                                       Qualicum Beach, B.C.
N. Murray Edwards, C.M.                                Calgary, Alta.
Lucinda Flemer, C.M.                                   Toronto, Ont. and St.
                                                       Andrews, N.B.
Peter E. Gilgan, C.M., O.Ont.                          Toronto, Ont.
Michael Goldbloom, C.M.                                Montreal and
                                                       Sherbrooke, Que.
Edward S. Goldenberg, C.M.                             Ottawa, Ont.
Philip R. Gosling, C.M.                                Guelph, Ont.
Bernard Grandmaitre, C.M.                              Ottawa, Ont.
Sylvain Lafrance, C.M.                                 Montreal, Que.
Francine Lelievre, C.M., C.Q.                          Montreal, Que.
Ross Porter, C.M.                                      Toronto and
                                                       Huntsville, Ont.
Barbara Reid, C.M., O.Ont.                             Toronto, Ont.
Albert Schultz, C.M.                                   Toronto, Ont.
Robert Silverman, C.M.                                 Vancouver, B.C.
Marie-Jose Turcotte, C.M.                              Montreal, Que.



General A. John G. D. de Chastelain, C.C., C.M.M., C.D., C.H. (Ret'd)
                               Ottawa, Ontario

John de Chastelain has dedicated his life to the promotion of peace and
security around the world. Upon the completion of his second term at the
helm of the Canadian Armed Forces, he was sought to assist with the multi-
party peace negotiations in Northern Ireland. For over a decade, he played a
key role in the negotiations that led to the signing of the Northern Ireland
peace agreement and was subsequently selected to chair the independent body
tasked with decommissioning paramilitary arms held by various factions of
the conflict, which ultimately helped to bring stability to the region.

This is a promotion within the Order.

            The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C., O.N.B.
                              Toronto, Ontario

Margaret McCain is making a profound impact on society through her
philanthropy and advocacy. From funding programs at universities and
hospitals, to supporting initiatives that empower women and promote early
childhood education, she has been a hands-on leader, providing strategic
guidance to countless organizations. Her contributions to the Centre for
Addiction and Mental Health have had a powerful effect on its patients and
have set an example for future donors to follow. She is also a highly
regarded champion of early childhood development and has long advocated for
greater social justice, diversity and fairness throughout our nation.

This is a promotion within the Order.


Michael Bliss, O.C.
                              Toronto, Ontario

Michael Bliss has shed light on the triumphs and pitfalls of our past.
Professor emeritus at the University of Toronto, he is recognized as one of
Canada's eminent historians. Well known for his work of political history
Right Honourable Men, he has authored studies of 20th-century medical
luminaries and breakthroughs that provide a glimpse into the progression of
health science in North America. In addition, his ability to apply insights
from history to current affairs has made him an esteemed commentator on
political and social issues.

This is a promotion within the Order.

                           Murray Costello, O.C.
                               Ottawa, Ontario

Murray Costello has built a solid foundation for the development of hockey
in Canada. As president of Hockey Canada, he focused on building players'
skills, leading to international championships for junior, women's and men's
national teams. His long-time promotion of women's hockey was crucial to its
introduction as an Olympic event and in getting more girls playing in rinks
across the country. For the International Ice Hockey Federation, he has
advocated for increased health and safety measures, and took a lead role in
the first-ever Symposium on Concussion in Sports.

                            Frances Cutler, O.C.
                               Ottawa, Ontario

Frances Cutler is a model of determination and volunteer service. A producer
and executive producer at the CBC for more than 30 years, she mentored
journalists and broadcasters while helping to make the workplace sensitive
to people with physical challenges. The first woman with vision loss to
serve as chair of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, she was
also a founding director of Voiceprint, our national broadcast reading
service. Leading by example, she has helped many people who are blind or
partially sighted lead full and independent lives.

                              Colm Feore, O.C.
                             Stratford, Ontario

Colm Feore is a brilliant actor and master of his craft. Classically
trained, he began his career on the stages of the Stratford Festival, to
which he regularly returns to enthrall audiences with his talent and
versatility. His outstanding work on Broadway, television and film
encompasses both Canadian and international productions, several of which
have featured him working in French. He has also volunteered with such
organizations as Reel Canada, which engages youth in recognizing and
promoting Canada's unique cultural identity.

                         Nancy Jane Hermiston, O.C.
                         Vancouver, British Columbia

Nancy Hermiston has enriched Canada's operatic scene. A versatile singer and
director, she has performed in leading coloratura roles in Canada, the
United States and Europe. Head of the Voice and Opera Division at the
University of British Columbia, she went on to found the university's opera
group and created opportunities for young performers by establishing an
ensemble for children. A devoted and enthusiastic educator, she has nurtured
the development of young singers, many of whom have gone on to great

                           Thomas J. Hudson, O.C.
                              Toronto, Ontario

Thomas Hudson is a global leader in genome science and a driver of Canadian
medical research. A renowned geneticist, he led the team that built the
first physical map of the human genome at the Massachusetts Institute for
Technology. He later founded the McGill University and Genome Quebec
Innovation Centre, where he led the Canadian portion of the International
Haplotype Map Consortium, a multi-country effort to identify genetic
variations that impact health and disease. He is now the president and
scientific director of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research where he is
galvanizing the research community to advance the fight against cancer.

                              Daniel Ish, O.C.
                          Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Daniel Ish has contributed to the advancement of social justice in Canada.
Professor emeritus and former dean of law at the University of Saskatchewan,
he is highly regarded for his work as an educator, mediator and arbitrator,
notably in the field of labour law. In addition, as chief adjudicator of the
Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat, he created a process
with integrity that provides a supportive environment for former students of
the school system. His efforts have helped bring redress to numerous First
Nations individuals and their families.

                             Patrick Lane, O.C.
                       North Saanich, British Columbia

Patrick Lane is a powerful voice in Canadian poetry. Conveying a sensitivity
to nature and depicting the struggles of ordinary people, his poems, short
stories, essays and novel resonate with Canadians. His award-winning memoir,
There Is A Season, addresses his own battle with addiction and has been a
source of strength for those in recovery. Throughout a career that spans
five decades, he has taught and mentored many young writers, and has
supported a variety of causes, from adult literacy to ending child poverty.

                           Joseph Macerollo, O.C.
                            Mississauga, Ontario

Joseph Macerollo has brought the classical accordion to Canada's music
scene. Known for his virtuosic playing, he has performed alongside major
orchestras worldwide and has helped to build a modern repertoire for his
instrument. As an educator, he was instrumental in establishing study
programs in free bass accordion at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Queen's
University and the University of Toronto, and continues to mentor aspiring
young musicians.

                         Eliot A. Phillipson, O.C.
                              Toronto, Ontario

Eliot Phillipson has advanced Canada's health and science innovation agenda.
In his early career as a clinical investigator, he made significant
contributions to the field of sleep medicine, paving the way for
breakthrough treatments for sleep disorders. Later, he demonstrated
effective leadership at Mount Sinai Hospital and the Department of Medicine
at the University of Toronto, where he fostered an environment of
excellence. Most recently, as president of the Canada Foundation for
Innovation, he bolstered the research capacity of academic institutions
across Canada.

                Glenn Pushelberg, O.C. and George Yabu, O.C.
                              Toronto, Ontario

Glenn Pushelberg and George Yabu have left an indelible mark on the global
interior design industry. For more than 30 years, as founders of their own
firm, they have been transforming public spaces in the luxury retail,
hospitality and restaurant sectors. Now regarded as one of the top design
firms in the world, they have created beautiful, timeless and modern
designs, often featuring original contemporary art installations. Committed
champions of this industry in Canada, they fund an annual scholarship at
Ryerson University and frequently hire its graduates. As philanthropists,
they have also supported initiatives for gay, lesbian and transgender youth.

                              Keren Rice, O.C.
                              Toronto, Ontario

Keren Rice has helped to renew, preserve and record Canada's Aboriginal
languages. One of our foremost scholars in linguistics and Aboriginal
studies, she has helped to sustain Athapaskan languages, notably Slavey, a
dialect spoken by the Dene people in the Northwest Territories. She was
instrumental in developing a standardized writing system and grammar guide
for teachers. As a founder of the Aboriginal studies program and the Centre
for Aboriginal Initiatives at the University of Toronto, she has helped to
foster a better understanding of Indigenous knowledge.

                     Hartley T. Richardson, O.C., O.M.
                             Winnipeg, Manitoba

Hartley Richardson has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to building a
better community for future generations. As president and CEO of James
Richardson & Sons Limited, he has overseen the growth of the firm's
agriculture, energy and financial services divisions, and has shared his
leadership proficiency as chair of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.
His generosity has benefited numerous philanthropic projects across Canada,
including the redevelopment of Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, and the
completion of the Trans Canada Trail.

This is a promotion within the Order.

               The Honourable J. J. Michel Robert, P.C., O.C.
                              Montreal, Quebec

Michel Robert has earned the highest respect and admiration throughout his
legal career. He first made his mark practising as a lawyer for over 30
years, earning a reputation as one of the greatest litigants of his
generation. He then distinguished himself as a judge on the Quebec Court of
Appeal and then as chief justice of Quebec and of the Court of Appeal, where
he excelled through his talents as a jurist and administrator, and was
acclaimed for his vision of the law anchored in contemporary social
realities. He has also long been involved in various professional
organizations, including the Canadian Judicial Council and the Barreau du
Quebec, on which he served as president.

                         Michael A. Rudnicki, O.C.
                               Ottawa, Ontario

Michael Rudnicki is a global leader in stem cell science. A professor at the
University of Ottawa and director of stem cell research at the Ottawa Health
Research Institute, he has made major contributions to our understanding of
muscle generation and repair. His seminal findings include discovering the
first adult muscle stem cells and identifying properties of these cells that
hold promise for the development of therapies for neuromuscular disorders.
He has also nurtured the broader research community as the scientific
director of the Canadian Stem Cell Network.

                         Daniel Walter Smith, O.C.
                              Edmonton, Alberta

Daniel Smith is the principal authority on environmental engineering in the
coldest parts of Canada. As a professor at the University of Alberta for
several decades, he has addressed the engineering challenges of distributing
drinking water and removing waste water in extremely low temperatures.
Notably, he has helped establish the principles of municipal infrastructure
design in northern climates, and developed technology to remove disease-
causing agents from water. He has also lent leadership to a range of
professional organizations including the Canadian Society for Civil

                         Bramwell Tovey, O.C., O.M.
                         Vancouver, British Columbia

Bramwell Tovey's achievements as a composer and conductor have enriched
Canada's cultural life. Former artistic director of the Winnipeg Symphony
Orchestra for more than a decade and co-founder of its New Music Festival,
he has long been committed to promoting and composing new music. His
artistic depth and charisma make him a favourite guest conductor, and he has
appeared before some of the world's most prestigious orchestras. A driving
force behind the creation of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of
Music, he will become the Orchestra's longest-serving music director in

This is an honorary appointment.


Louis Audet, C.M.
                            Westmount, Quebec

Recognized as a bold and visionary businessman, Louis Audet is also admired
for his community involvement. As the president and CEO of COGECO, he has
turned the family business into a Quebec telecommunications flagship. He has
also played an active role within the industry, notably as the vice-
president of the Television Council of the Board of Directors of the
Canadian Association of Broadcasters. In addition, for over 30 years, his
volunteer and philanthropic activities, as well as his participation in
numerous fundraising campaigns, have benefited a wide range of charitable,
educational and cultural organizations.

             The Honourable Gordon L. Barnhart, C.M., S.O.M.
                         Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Gordon Barnhart has demonstrated exemplary service to his province and
country. As clerk of the Saskatchewan legislature and of the Canadian
Senate, he has long been committed to strengthening democratic governance in
Canada. He is equally an accomplished academic; over the years, he has
authored several books on prairie history and Saskatchewan's political
figures. More recently, he served with great distinction as Saskatchewan's
lieutenant governor and was named interim president of the University of

                            Jeanne Beker, C.M.
                             Toronto, Ontario

Style icon Jeanne Beker is a leading figure in the fashion industry. A
broadcaster, journalist and author, she is best known as the force behind
"Fashion Television", which ran for more than 25 years, and the Fashion
Television Channel. Throughout her career, she has championed Canadian
designers, helping to build television and Web forums to showcase their
designs to the world. In addition, she is front of house and behind the
scenes for a variety of events in support of such charities as Gilda's Club
Greater Toronto, FashionCares and Dress for Success.

                          Dennis Cochrane, C.M.
                          Moncton, New Brunswick

Dennis Cochrane's integrity, his passion for learning and his skills as an
administrator have made him one of Canada's most compelling educational
advocates. He has been a junior high school teacher, a principal, a district
superintendent, a university president and a deputy minister of education in
two different provinces. In his every role, he has enriched Atlantic
Canada's educational landscape. His leadership was particularly integral to
implementing early childhood development programming in the Maritimes.

                          Eleanor Collins, C.M.
                         Surrey, British Columbia

Eleanor Collins is a supremely talented vocalist who changed the face of
race relations in mid-20th century Vancouver. In 1948, she was ostracized
upon moving into one of the city's predominantly white neighbourhoods. She
responded by fostering the values of equality and acceptance within her
community-and consequently became a civic leader and pioneer in the
development of British Columbia's music industry. Celebrated for her
extensive career as a jazz singer with CBC Radio and Television, she became
the first Black artist in North America to host a nationally broadcast
television series.

                      Marie-Eva de Villers, C.M., C.Q.
                              Montreal, Quebec

As a linguist and lexicographer, Marie-Eva de Villers has greatly promoted
and defended a vibrant, high-quality French language. At the Office
quebecois de la langue francaise, she played a key role in shaping
management terminology and the feminization of position titles. She is also
the author of major reference works, including the renowned
Multidictionnaire de la langue francaise. In addition, at HEC Montreal,
where she established and led the communication quality division, she
implemented a policy that has inspired other academic institutions in the

                              Marc Dutil, C.M.
                      Saint-Georges-de-Beauce, Quebec

More than a seasoned entrepreneur, Marc Dutil is a devoted community leader
and a model for young entrepreneurs. As the president and CEO of the family
business Canam Group, he has helped to make it one of the largest
manufacturers of steel construction products in North America. He is
especially known as the founding president of the Ecole d'Entrepreneurship
de Beauce, a school that helps Quebec entrepreneurs hone their leadership
skills and accelerate the growth of their businesses. In addition, he lends
his financial support and personal involvement to various community
organizations in his region, including the Moisson Beauce food bank.

                              Phil Dwyer, C.M.
      Fredericton, New Brunswick and Qualicum Beach, British Columbia

Pianist and saxophonist Phil Dwyer has inspired audiences across the globe
with his dynamism and versatility. He has distinguished himself as one of
the great jazz performers of his generation, and has shared the stage with
some of the world's jazz giants in top concert halls and jazz clubs. As a
composer, producer and instrumentalist, he has contributed to several award-
winning recordings. In addition, he has mentored countless aspiring
musicians and established musical scholarships for school-age children in
his community.

                          N. Murray Edwards, C.M.
                              Calgary, Alberta

Murray Edwards is lauded as one of Canada's most successful entrepreneurs.
With a wide array of thriving business interests ranging from natural
resources to mining, aerospace to tourism, and banking to sports, he is best
known as co-founder and chair of Canadian Natural Resources, one of Canada's
largest energy companies. He is widely sought out by policy makers
provincially and nationally for his strategic advice on business issues
facing the country. Also a generous philanthropist, he has supported
educational, health care and cultural organizations, notably the Alberta
Children's Hospital.

                            Lucinda Flemer, C.M.
               Toronto, Ontario and St. Andrews, New Brunswick

Lucinda Flemer's philanthropy has had an immense impact on the Charlotte
County region of New Brunswick. As president of The Tecolote Foundation, she
serves non-profit community organizations from Ontario to New Brunswick.
Also founder of the world-renowned Kingsbrae Garden in Saint Andrews, she
created a tourism focal point that not only boosts regional revenue, but
also provides a transformative employment opportunity for many at-risk and
long-term unemployed persons. A patron of the arts and benefactor of marine
science and education, she galvanizes the community to achieve progress and

                       Peter E. Gilgan, C.M., O.Ont.
                              Toronto, Ontario

Peter Gilgan is a philanthropist whose gifts have transformed numerous
Canadian organizations. As the founder and CEO of Canada's largest new home
builder, he both creates and invests in many of our communities across the
country. He has supported health care and educational institutions, notably
endowing the new Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at Toronto's
Hospital for Sick Children. Additionally, he funded the restoration of the
hockey rink at Maple Leaf Gardens, as Ryerson University converted the
historic complex into an athletic facility.

                          Michael Goldbloom, C.M.
                      Montreal and Sherbrooke, Quebec

A lawyer, newspaper publisher and university administrator, Michael
Goldbloom is best known for his dedication to the people and city of
Montreal. He was credited with the revival of its YMCA in the early 90s, and
he has helped establish and give impetus to countless other civic
organizations. His compassion and diplomacy have also helped foster
linguistic duality in Montreal and throughout Quebec. He is a leader who
naturally effects positive change; his governance has thus benefited the
Toronto Star and Montreal's The Gazette, as well as McGill and Bishop's

                         Edward S. Goldenberg, C.M.
                              Ottawa, Ontario

Edward Goldenberg is deeply committed to the public good. Throughout his 30
years as an effective and trusted political advisor, he helped steer public
policy, notably as a champion of research excellence, innovation and deficit
reduction. Since leaving the public sector, he has contributed his valuable
skills and insights as a lawyer, as the author of the best-selling book, The
Way It Works: Inside Ottawa, and as a board member of the Canadian
International Council, an independent body that works to strengthen Canada's
role in international affairs.

                          Philip R. Gosling, C.M.
                              Guelph, Ontario

Philip Gosling has lived a life connected to nature. In 1960, he took a
leave of absence from his real estate brokerage to lead teams of volunteers
in blazing an 800-kilometre public footpath across the Niagara Escarpment,
thus realizing the Bruce Trail Committee's dream. Now known in Guelph as the
founder of the Wellington Brewery, he continues to support many conservation
initiatives. Notably, he created the Gosling Research Institute for Plant
Preservation at the University of Guelph, and helps the Bruce Trail
Conservancy in its efforts to secure sensitive land areas.

                         Bernard Grandmaitre, C.M.
                              Ottawa, Ontario

Bernard Grandmaitre is a veritable legend among Francophones in Ontario.
Devoting his life to public service as the minister responsible for
Francophone affairs, he came to be known as the "father of the French
Language Services Act." Through that legislation, he afforded Francophone
communities the right to obtain government services in their own language in
key sectors and helped to preserve the vitality of French culture. Renowned
for his determination to make a difference, he also contributed to the
development of his community as the mayor of the municipality of Vanier.

                           Sylvain Lafrance, C.M.
                              Montreal, Quebec

Sylvain Lafrance has devoted his career to advancing communications and to
promoting French language and culture. He spent over 30 years with Radio-
Canada, ultimately holding senior-level positions with French Services.
Under his leadership, new music channels and websites emerged, including
TOU.TV. He also modernized the agency by integrating Internet, radio and
television services, positioning Radio-Canada as a world model. In addition,
he promoted the dissemination of French culture internationally as chair of
the Radios Francophones Publiques community.

                       Francine Lelievre, C.M., C.Q.
                              Montreal, Quebec

Francine Lelievre is a pillar of Quebec's museum sector. A specialist in
historical museology, she is best known as the executive director of Pointe-
a-Calliere, the Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History, which she
conceived and founded. Her bold vision led to the creation of the first
urban archaeology field school at the museum, which garnered international
acclaim for the institution. She is involved with numerous organizations
devoted to history and archaeology, and has also helped to develop the
Biosphere, in Montreal, and the Musee de l'audio-visuel, in Switzerland.

                             Ross Porter, C.M.
                      Toronto and Huntsville, Ontario

Ross Porter has dedicated his life to sharing his passion for jazz music
with the nation. An award-winning radio and TV broadcaster, he gained a
loyal following as the host of CBC Radio's jazz program "After Hours."
Acclaimed as the voice of jazz music in Canada, he captivated listeners with
his own encyclopedic knowledge and his insightful interviews with legends of
the genre. Now, as the president and CEO of JAZZ.FM91, he continues to be an
outspoken advocate for Canadian jazz musicians around the world, championing
their talent and creating opportunities for emerging musicians.

                         Barbara Reid, C.M., O.Ont.
                              Toronto, Ontario

Illustrator and author Barbara Reid is an innovator in children's
literature. She is a pioneer in using Plasticine to create marvellous
tableaux, which are then photographed to accompany the stories in children's
books. Her detail-rich and colourful creations have helped to spark the
imagination and artistic vision of her young readers, and her award-winning
books have inspired countless children to become lifelong readers. She has
also delighted kids by providing hands-on Plasticine workshops at local
schools and libraries.

                            Albert Schultz, C.M.
                              Toronto, Ontario

Albert Schultz is the creative spirit and driving force behind the
Soulpepper Theatre Company. As its artistic director, he has overseen its
expansive growth to include more than 700 performances annually. He founded
its theatre academy to train the next generation of artists and supports the
creation of new works. He also established a partnership with George Brown
College to build the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. In addition to
being a gifted actor and inspirational director, he has volunteered with
such organizations as the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, the Nature
Conservancy of Canada, and UNICEF Canada.

                           Robert Silverman, C.M.
                        Vancouver, British Columbia

Robert Silverman has affirmed his place in the front rank of Canadian
pianists. Known for his polished technique and moving interpretations of
Beethoven, Liszt, Brahms and various Canadian composers, he has built an
extensive discography that comprises over 40 CDs. Professor emeritus at the
University of British Columbia, he has combined the talents of an
accomplished artist with those of an exceptional mentor and music educator,
inspiring the next generation of pianists.

                         Marie-Jose Turcotte, C.M.
                              Montreal, Quebec

Marie-Jose Turcotte has brought a breath of fresh air to sports journalism
and has helped to open the doors of the profession to women. She has worked
for the CBC for over 30 years, notably winning acclaim as a commentator
during the Olympic Games. As the first woman to host a television sports
program in Quebec, she revolutionized the reporting process by
systematically including a women-in-sports component in all her stories. She
also set an example by highlighting the personal side of athletes in her


Established in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada is the cornerstone of the Canadian Honours System, and recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. The Order recognizes people in all sectors of Canadian society. Their contributions are varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of others and made a difference to this country.

Motto and Levels

The Order of Canada's motto is DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (They desire a better country). Her Majesty The Queen is the Sovereign of the Order, and the governor general is the chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order.

Companion - Post-nominal: C.C.
     recognizes national pre-eminence or international service or

     Officer - Post-nominal: O.C.
     recognizes national service or achievement; and

     Member - Post-nominal: C.M.
     recognizes outstanding contributions at the local or regional level or
     in a special field of activity.

Insignia Description

The insignia of the Order is a stylized snowflake of six points, with a red annulus at its centre which bears a stylized maple leaf circumscribed with the motto of the Order, DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM ("They desire a better country"), surmounted by the Royal Crown. It is struck in fine silver and is composed of three individual pieces: the snowflake, annulus and maple leaf. The colour is added by hand through a unique application of opaque and translucent enamel.

The design of the insignia of the Order of Canada dates from 1967, and is credited to Bruce Beatty, C.M., S.O.M., C.D. The technical drawings used by the Royal Canadian Mint in this new generation of the insignia were developed by the Canadian Heraldic Authority at the Chancellery of Honours, part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General. The insignia is manufactured by the Mint at its Ottawa facility.


All Canadians are eligible for the Order of Canada, with the exception of federal and provincial politicians and judges while in office. The Order's constitution permits non-Canadians to be considered for honorary appointments. Members of the Royal Family, governors general and their spouses are appointed in the extraordinary category. There are no posthumous appointments.

Officers and Members may be elevated within the Order in recognition of further achievement, based on continued exceptional or extraordinary service to Canada. Usually, promotions are considered five years after the first appointment.


Any person or group is welcome to nominate a deserving individual as a candidate for appointment to the Order of Canada. 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. 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.

For more information about the Order of Canada or to nominate someone, visit our website at

Marie-Pierre Belanger
Rideau Hall Press Office

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