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Order of Canada Investiture Ceremony

*Modified on September 27, 2012

September 26, 2012 

Governor General to Invest 43 Recipients into the Order of Canada

OTTAWA—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, September 28, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. The Governor General, who is chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order, will bestow the honour on 27 Members, 15 Officers and 1 Companion.

The Order of Canada was created in 1967, duringCanada’s centennial year, to recognize a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Since its creation, more than 5 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.

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

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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.

Media information
Marie-Pierre Bélanger 
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-998-9166
marie-pierre.belanger@gg.ca 

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CEREMONY SCHEDULE

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

(Members first, followed by Officers and Companion)

12 p.m.:

Interviews with recipients


RECIPIENTS
 

MEMBERS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

Miriam Adams, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Cheryl Bartlett, C.M.

Sydney, N.S.

Margaret Bloodworth, C.M.

Ottawa, Ont.

Pierre Bruneau, C.M., O.Q.

Montréal, Que.

John Buhler, C.M.

Winnipeg, Man.

France Chrétien Desmarais, C.M.

Westmount, Que.

Jocelyne Côté-O’Hara, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Tom Dawe, C.M.

Conception Bay South, N.L.

Daphne E. Dumont, C.M.

Charlottetown, P.E.I.

John T. Ferguson, C.M.

Edmonton, Alta.

Mary Ferguson-Paré, C.M.

Lakefield, Ont.

Noël Pattison James, C.M.

Kingston, Ont.

Pierre Lavoie, C.M., C.Q., M.S.M.

Saguenay, Que.

Ana Paula Lopes, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Leslie (Les) Manning, C.M.

Medicine Hat, Alta.

Michael Meaney, C.M., C.Q.

Beaconsfield, Que.

Samantha Joan Nutt, C.M., O. Ont.

Toronto, Ont.

Ratna Omidvar, C.M., O. Ont.

Toronto, Ont.

Marian Packham, C.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Samuel Pierre, C.M., C.Q.

Saint-Laurent, Que.

Sean Riley, C.M.

Antigonish, N.S.

Pierrette Robitaille, C.M.

Longueuil, Que.

Kathleen Sendall, C.M.

Calgary, Alta.

Louise Sicuro, C.M.

Montréal, Que.

Cyril Simard, C.M., O.Q.

Québec, Que.

Claude St-Laurent, C.M.

Saint-Lambert, Que.

Garnette Sutherland, C.M.

Calgary, Alta.


OFFICERS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

Jean Bissonnette, O.C.

Montréal, Que.

Lieutenant-General Joseph Jacques Charles Bouchard, O.C., C.M.M., M.S.C., C.D. (Ret’d)

Ottawa, Ont.

General Rick J. Hillier, O.C., C.M.M., M.S.C., C.D. (Ret’d)

Ottawa, Ont.

P. Thomas (Tom) Jenkins, O.C.

Waterloo, Ont.

The Honourable Kevin G. Lynch, P.C., O.C.

Ottawa, Ont.

Ermanno Mauro, O.C.

Mississauga, Ont.

James A. McEwen, O.C.

Vancouver, B.C.

Stuart McLean, O.C.

Toronto, Ont.

Charles Pachter, O.C.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Toronto, Ont.

Catherine Robbin, O.C.

Tottenham, Ont.

Seymour Schulich, O.C.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Willowdale, Ont.

Calvin Ralph Stiller, O.C., O. Ont.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Arva, Ont.

Gilles Tremblay, O.C., O.Q.

Montréal, Que.

Ronald Worton, O.C.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Ottawa, Ont.

Tim Wynne-Jones, O.C.

Perth, Ont.


COMPANION OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

Natalie Zemon Davis, C.C.

Toronto, Ont.

 

RECIPIENTS’ CITATIONS

MEMBERS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA                                                 

Miriam Adams, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

Miriam Adams has been instrumental in preserving the history of dance in Canada. As co-founder and director of Dance Collection Danse, a national archive, publishing house and resource centre, she has rescued, collected and preserved historical and contemporary information on Canadian dance. Her work has safeguarded a legacy of artifacts that include film and video, choreographic notes, photographs and costumes, which she has made accessible to the public through virtual and live exhibitions, and in the published works of dance historians and writers.

Cheryl Bartlett, C.M.
Sydney, Nova Scotia

Cheryl Bartlett is pioneering a new approach to post-secondary science education. Director of Integrative Science at Cape Breton University, she has partnered with local Elders to create a science curriculum that incorporates Mi’kmaq learning traditions. Her work has helped to increase participation and graduation rates of Aboriginal students earning science degrees. She has also helped Mi’kmaq Elders preserve the language and culture of their people, ensuring that educators have access to this important traditional resource for generations to come.

Margaret Bloodworth, C.M.
Ottawa, Ontario

Margaret Bloodworth has made important contributions to public administration in Canada. She served as the deputy minister for the departments of Transport Canada and National Defence, and was the first deputy minister of Public Safety. Her leadership within the Transport department was instrumental throughout Canada’s response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States. She was widely respected both nationally and internationally as Canada’s national security advisor, the first woman in the country’s intelligence community to hold such a prominent position.

Pierre Bruneau, C.M., O.Q.
Montréal, Quebec

A journalist with TVA for over 35 years, Pierre Bruneau is admired equally for his work as a news anchor as for his efforts to improve the lives of children diagnosed with cancer. When his son, Charles, was diagnosed with leukemia, he decided to become actively involved in his community. Notably, he co-founded the Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau, where he served as president for over two decades and with which he is still very active. Throughout his ongoing dedication, he has continuously inspired others to persevere in the face of adversity, and has become a guiding light and role model for parents of sick children.

John Buhler, C.M.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

John Buhler is a committed philanthropist who has left his mark on the Manitoba landscape. A successful entrepreneur in farm machinery manufacturing, he has supported a wide variety of community organizations and capital campaigns in Manitoba. Health care projects, educational facilities and museums have all benefitted from his philanthropic zeal.

France Chrétien Desmarais, C.M.
Westmount, Quebec

Through her dedication and philanthropy, France Chrétien Desmarais has become a pillar of her community. Involved in several causes and organizations, she is helping to fight poverty and making a difference in the areas of health care, education, the arts and sport. Of note, she served as founding chair of the Canadian Olympic Foundation. Known for her ability to mobilize others to get involved and to give generously, she is considered a role model and an inspiration.

Jocelyne Côté-O’Hara, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

Jocelyne Côté-O’Hara is admired and respected for her talents as a manager and for her efforts to promote the cause of women in the workplace. She has left her mark in telecommunications, notably as vice-president of BCTel and founding president of Stentor. Putting her experience in both the public and private sectors to use on several corporate and community boards, she has always been a champion of appointing women to senior management positions.

Tom Dawe, C.M.
Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador

As a poet, administrator and teacher, Tom Dawe has helped to shape the literary scene in Newfoundland and Labrador. His poetry and fiction deal with folklore, resettlement and the natural environment, and evoke the distinctive lilt of Newfoundland’s spoken word. He has also supported the development of fellow writers as co-founder of both the publishing house Breakwater Books and the literary magazine TickleAce. A gifted teacher, he was beloved by the generations of students he taught at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Daphne E. Dumont, C.M.
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Daphne Dumont has made lasting contributions to Canada’s legal system. A small-firm general practitioner, she is highly regarded for her long-standing volunteer work with the Canadian Bar Association (CBA). As its president, she worked to expand and strengthen legal aid programs, improving access to justice for the disadvantaged. She has also promoted equality rights for women as a founder of the national test-case organization the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, and as a member of the CBA’s task force on gender equality in the legal profession.

John T. Ferguson, C.M.
Edmonton, Alberta

John Ferguson’s corporate and community leadership have benefited his region for decades. A businessman, he has been sought out by numerous corporations for his commitment to corporate social responsibility. As chairman of Suncor Energy, he was instrumental in overseeing the merger between Petro-Canada and Suncor that created Canada’s largest energy company. He is also engaged in his community and is highly regarded for his contributions to the governance of the University of Alberta as board chair and chancellor.

Mary Ferguson-Paré, C.M.
Lakefield, Ontario

Mary Ferguson-Paré has enhanced the nursing profession and the quality of care for patients. A role model and a leader, she has drawn on her professional experience in acute and long-term care to fill a range of senior positions, notably as chief nurse executive of the University Health Network. She is also engaged in transforming nursing education, through programs at Nipissing and York universities, that link professional experience with scholarship and patient-centered care.

Noël Pattison James, C.M.
Kingston, Ontario

Noël James is one of Canada’s outstanding geologists. He is an expert on the origin of modern marine carbonate sediments and their ancient counterparts worldwide, rocks which contain most of the earth’s fossil record, and much of the nation’s hydrocarbon resources. He is credited with pioneering the use of research submersibles in reef studies, discovering how carbonates form in cold oceans, and deciphering their record in deep time. Professor of geology at Queen’s university, he has written extensively on carbonate facies models and remains an admired scholar, mentor and teacher.

Pierre Lavoie, C.M., C.Q., M.S.M.
Saguenay, Quebec

Pierre Lavoie brings people together, embodying courage and a desire to reach beyond one’s limits. An internationally ranked triathlete, he decided to give meaning to the deaths of his children and created the Défi Pierre Lavoie: cycling across 650 km in 24 hours as a fundraiser to support research into lactic acidosis. He later created the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie, and launched several projects to encourage young people to adopt healthier lifestyles and stay in school. To help achieve this objective, he has partnered with schools and takes his caravan throughout Quebec, even visiting summer camps.

Ana Paula Lopes, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

Ana Paula Lopes has given back to her community as a philanthropist and volunteer. Known for sharing her time, talent and personal resources, she led transformational fundraising initiatives in support of Trent University, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Women’s College Hospital, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She was also instrumental in revitalizing the Toronto Symphony Orchestra by introducing improved governance structures and re-establishing its financial stability and sustainability.

Leslie (Les) Manning, C.M.
Medicine Hat, Alberta

Les Manning is one of our foremost ceramic artists and educators. His ceramic forms, which are inspired by the landscape of western Canada, have been exhibited in solo and group shows nationally and internationally. As director of the ceramics program at the Banff Centre, he rejuvenated and transformed it into one of the leading residency programs in the world. As an arts advocate, he has inspired other artists and has cultivated relationships between Canadian and international practitioners to promote ceramics to the broader arts community.

Michael Meaney, C.M., C.Q.
Beaconsfield, Quebec

Michael Meaney has pushed forward the frontiers of epigenetics, the study of the impact our environment can have on our genes. His research looks at how early adversity, particularly through parental care, can change gene expression at the molecular level and influence the development of psychiatric disorders later on. He is a gifted communicator as well as an original thinker, and his findings have sparked scientific and public policy debates on early childhood development.

Samantha Joan Nutt, C.M., O. Ont.
Toronto, Ontario

A compassionate physician and activist, Samantha Nutt has worked with women and children in the world’s most dangerous and impoverished countries. Her commitment to peace, human rights and social justice led her to establish War Child Canada, which provides humanitarian support and hope to young people in war-torn countries. A passionate and articulate speaker and writer, she shares her human stories of war, shedding light on global issues and inspiring others to make a difference.

Ratna Omidvar, C.M., O. Ont.
Toronto, Ontario

Ratna Omidvar is a devoted advocate for settlement and integration. Having overcome her own struggles as an immigrant, she is dedicated to improving the way Canada treats its newcomers. As president of the Maytree Foundation and co-founder of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, she has worked with various levels of government and with corporations to develop programs that promote diversity in the workplace. Her commitment to integrating immigrants into Canadian society has helped families build brighter futures for themselves.

Marian Packham, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

For over five decades, Marian Packham has been advancing medical research in Canada. A professor at the University of Toronto, she was a highly cited scientist at a time when there were few women in biomedicine. She is known for her contributions to the study of blood platelets, notably for her research on blood clotting, which led to critical breakthroughs in the prevention of strokes and heart attacks. Recently, she has penned books documenting major figures and events in Canadian medical history from an insider’s perspective. 

Samuel Pierre, C.M., C.Q,
Saint-Laurent, Quebec

Scientist, teacher and volunteer, Samuel Pierre is a role model in his community. A professor in the École Polytechnique de Montréal’s department of computer and software engineering, he is considered a specialist in cable and wireless communication networks. In addition to his successful academic career, he is a leader within Quebec’s Haitian community, notably founding organizations that encourage youth education.

Sean Riley, C.M.
Antigonish, Nova Scotia

Sean Riley has made influential contributions to Canada as an academic, business and community leader. President and vice-chancellor of St. Francis Xavier University, he has spearheaded the school’s revitalization by enhancing academic programs, funding campus renewal, and promoting The Coady International Institute, a world-renowned centre for community-based development. Engaged and sought-after as a mentor, he has served with such organizations as the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and Canada World Youth.

Pierrette Robitaille, C.M.
Longueuil, Quebec

A stage, television and movie actress, Pierrette Robitaille quickly became an artist beloved by the people of Quebec. Multi-talented, she can stir emotions with drama and provoke laughter with comedy. She has also distinguished herself through her talent as a singer, which she showcased in her one-woman show Pierrette est enchantée. Moreover, she is known for her involvement in various causes and organizations, including l’Itinéraire, which provides assistance to those most in need.

Kathleen Sendall, C.M.
Calgary, Alberta

Kathleen Sendall is a role model for women in business and engineering. A former senior executive with Petro-Canada, she has been influential in opening doors for women in the corporate sector. She has also encouraged women to study engineering; she was instrumental in establishing the Chair for Women in Science and Engineering at the University of Calgary, and has participated in various mentoring programs. In addition, many arts, business and professional organizations in her community have benefited from her vision, commitment and leadership.

Louise Sicuro, C.M.
Montréal, Quebec

For over 30 years, Louise Sicuro has devoted herself to the development of the arts and culture. She founded Culture pour tous, an organization dedicated to democratizing culture and encouraging cultural participation in Quebec. One of her most notable initiatives has been the Journées de la culture: three days of free artistic, heritage and cultural activities open to all. She is also an active volunteer on the boards of various organizations, including the Société de la Place des arts, the Université du Québec à Montréal, and Culture Montréal.

Cyril Simard, C.M., O.Q.
Québec, Quebec

Cyril Simard has devoted his life to preserving and showcasing our heritage. An architect by training, but also a designer and ethnologist, he created the economuseology concept and founded the International ECONOMUSEUM Network Society, which comprises artisanal business operations that are open to the public. The society is dedicated to ensuring the continued existence and transmission of traditional trades from a modern perspective. Under his leadership, the network has developed here in Canada and abroad. The first to hold the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Heritage at Université Laval, he is also leaving his mark on the heritage community through his teachings, publications and involvement within various organizations.

Claude St-Laurent, C.M.
Saint-Lambert, Quebec

Claude St-Laurent has devoted his career to the evolution of French-language print and broadcast journalism in Canada. At La Presse, he promoted the expansion of political and international coverage. As information programs director at Société Radio-Canada, he brought modern and stringent journalistic policies to the news service. He made numerous innovations, driving the creation of the Réseau de l’information (RDI) and several public affairs programs, and introducing daily special programs covering hot topics of the day.

Garnette Sutherland, C.M.
Calgary, Alberta

Garnette Sutherland’s innovation has contributed to dramatic improvements in the safety and success of brain surgeries. Professor at the University of Calgary’s Department of Neurosurgery and a leading practitioner, he developed a computerized surgical system that uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and robotic arms to map and treat brain disease. Respected by his peers, he has also served the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, chaired a review committee for Novo Nordisk, and founded three Canadian companies.

 

OFFICERS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

Jean Bissonnette, O.C.
Montréal, Quebec

Jean Bissonnette is a pioneer and visionary in the television and entertainment industries. A director for nearly 35 years with Radio-Canada, he is considered the father of French-Canadian variety television shows, and his career is filled with flagship programs, including “Les Couche-tard,” “Moi et l’autre” and “Bye Bye.” He later co-founded Productions Avanti Ciné Vidéo, and his name is associated with such unforgettable programs as “La petite vie” and “Un gars, une fille,” which have been sold around the world.  He has also produced and directed a number of shows for singers and humorists, and helped a great many artists in the early stages of their career.

Lieutenant-General Joseph Jacques Charles Bouchard, O.C., C.M.M., M.S.C., C.D. (Ret’d)
Ottawa, Ontario

Throughout his distinguished military career, Charles Bouchard made a significant contribution to global peacekeeping efforts. This experienced pilot notably served as NORAD deputy commander, strengthening Canadian-American ties with respect to aerospace control for North America, particularly in the wake of the events of September 11, 2001. Furthermore, he skilfully handled NATO’s military intervention in Libya, helping to support the Libyan people and underscoring the importance that Canada places on protecting human rights.

General Rick J. Hillier, O.C., C.M.M., M.S.C., C.D. (Ret’d)
Ottawa, Ontario

Rick Hillier served his nation with distinction for more than 35 years. As an army commander, he provided strong leadership both at home, during domestic challenges such as the 1998 ice storm, and abroad, leading multinational forces in Bosnia-Herzegovina and in Afghanistan. As chief of the Defence Staff, he embodied the values of duty and honour, inspiring pride in our military. His leadership continues in his role as chancellor of Memorial University of Newfoundland.

P. Thomas (Tom) Jenkins, O.C.
Waterloo, Ontario

Tom Jenkins is a champion of Canadian innovation. A pioneer in enterprise content management, he is executive chair and chief strategy officer of Open Text, Canada’s largest software company. His commitment to collaboration among industry, government and academic spheres has led to initiatives that promote technology entrepreneurship in Canada. He was also instrumental in the creation of the Canadian Digital Media Network, as well as the Stratford Institute, a centre that brings students, researchers and businesses together to create and market opportunities in digital media.

The Honourable Kevin G. Lynch, P.C., O.C.
Ottawa, Ontario

Kevin Lynch has made significant contributions to public policy in Canada. As the deputy minister of the departments of Industry and of Finance, he promoted economic development, tax policy and innovation. His commitment to the modernization of the public service was a hallmark of his time as clerk of the Privy Council. Now retired, he continues to build partnerships and encourage innovation among governmental, business, academic and not-for-profit communities.

Ermanno Mauro, O.C.
Mississauga, Ontario

Ermanno Mauro has made undeniable contributions to the operatic scene. An acclaimed tenor, he has sung in a variety of leading roles, such as Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut and Manrico in Il Trovatore. His voice, musicality and passion for opera have garnered him invitations to appear at some of the world’s most prestigious opera houses, including Milan’s La Scala and New York’s Metropolitan Opera. He also gives generously of his time and accumulated wisdom by encouraging young singers across Canada.

James A. McEwen, O.C.
Vancouver, British Columbia

James McEwen is committed to developing technology that improves the quality of health care while reducing its cost. Adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia’s faculties of applied science and medicine, he designed an innovative automatic tourniquet system that is now widely used across North America and around the world. Also an entrepreneur, he has established several successful companies and was the founder and a director of the Medical Device Development Centre, a not-for-profit body that develops and assesses new medical technologies.

Stuart McLean, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario

Author, journalist and humorist, Stuart McLean has been informing and entertaining Canadians for more than 30 years. Host of the popular radio series “The Vinyl Cafe,” he engages his audience with timeless stories that resonate both at home and abroad, showcasing small communities and the talents of local musicians. He is a warmly regarded mentor to aspiring journalists and a generous supporter of community and charitable causes, particularly those aiding abused and underprivileged women and children.

Charles Pachter, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario

Charles Pachter’s iconic work is a celebration of Canada. His passion for our history and culture is reflected in his art, as well as in his engagement in the community. His distinctive home and studio often serve as venues for events supporting Canadian artists and non-profit organizations, particularly those that focus on children and at-risk youth. He is also well-known for generously donating many of his works to charitable causes.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Catherine Robbin, O.C.
Tottenham, Ontario

Catherine Robbin has graced concert stages around the world as an accomplished mezzo-soprano. A specialist in Baroque and Romantic repertoire, she is best known for her ability to find the emotional centre of a piece of music. After more than 30 years of singing, she has become an inspiration for our artists of tomorrow. She has established herself as a leading teacher of singing and professor at York University, where she has earned praise for her mentorship, guidance and support of the next generation of Canadian singers.

Seymour Schulich, O.C.
Willowdale, Ontario

A respected entrepreneur, Seymour Schulich gives back to his community by sharing his success. His innovative formula for giving, which requires commitments by both the private and public sectors, has raised awareness of our collective role in supporting our institutions. He has awarded thousands of scholarships and endowed facilities for schools of business, dentistry, education, law, engineering, medicine and music. His generosity has enriched Canada’s post-secondary landscape, fostering the development of the next generation of leaders.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Calvin Ralph Stiller, O.C., O. Ont.
Arva, Ontario

Physician, scientist and entrepreneur, Calvin Stiller is a driving force behind the development of biomedical research and its infrastructure in Canada. He has co-founded science-based venture capital funds, as well as several of Canada’s largest medical and scientific research organizations, including the Ontario Genomics Institute (Genome Canada), the MaRS Discovery District and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. His leadership and vision as a medical entrepreneur have enriched the research landscape in Canada and contributed enormously to scientific innovation.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Gilles Tremblay, O.C., O.Q.
Montréal, Quebec

Gilles Tremblay has shaped the evolution of contemporary music. A pianist by training, he is one of our leading composers and has created an internationally renowned body of work, blending modernity with tradition. He has produced compositions in a wide range of styles, from orchestra and chamber ensemble to electroacoustic music, which have earned him commissions the world over. A skilled educator and talented administrator, he has had a significant impact on the development of music in Quebec, as a teacher at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec and as former president of the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec.

Ronald Worton, O.C.
Ottawa, Ontario

A distinguished scientist and leader in biomedical science, Ronald Worton has promoted leading-edge research and innovation in Canada.  Former CEO and scientific director of the Ottawa Health Research Institute (now the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute), he was instrumental in developing the organization into one of the foremost Canadian hospital-based research institutes. An advocate for health research, he has also provided leadership to Canada’s Stem Cell Network and, at the international level, the Human Genome Organisation.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Tim Wynne-Jones, O.C.
Perth, Ontario

Tim Wynne-Jones has captured the hearts of children across the country for three decades. Two-time winner of the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature, he writes stories of adventure and discovery that depict the trials and tribulations of youth. His books have been published all over the world, in a dozen languages. A gifted teacher of creative writing, he has fostered the development of some of Canada’s newest talent.

 

COMPANION OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

Natalie Zemon Davis, C.C.
Toronto, Ontario

Natalie Zemon Davis is one of the most celebrated historians of our time. Professor emerita at Princeton University and now associated with the History Department at the University of Toronto, she has gained international acclaim for her creative approach to social and cultural history in the early modern period. Her focus on the lives of everyday women, labourers, artisans and peasants has advanced the field of history and influenced such disciplines as anthropology and film studies. She is best-known for her 1982 classic The Return of Martin Guerre, which captured the public’s imagination and has been translated into more than 20 languages.
 

ORDER OF CANADA BACKGROUNDER

Established in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada is the centrepiece of the Canadian Honours System, and recognizes a lifetime of 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 a lifetime of outstanding achievement and merit of the highest degree, especially in service toCanadaor to humanity at large

Officer – Post-nominal: O.C.

Recognizes a lifetime of achievement and merit of a high degree, especially in service toCanadaor to humanity at large

Member – Post-nominal: C.M.

Recognizes a lifetime of distinguished service in or to a particular community, group or 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 St. Edward’s Crown.

Eligibility

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. They may be considered for outstanding achievement that reflects honour onCanada and/or lifetime contributions to humanity at large. 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 toCanada. Usually, promotions are considered five years after the first appointment.

Nominations

Any person or group is welcome to nominate a deserving individual as a candidate for appointment to the Order ofCanada. Appointments are made on the recommendations of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada, an independent council chaired by the chief justice ofCanada. Members of the Advisory Council on the Order ofCanadareflect 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 www.gg.ca/honours