OTTAWA, ON–Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada has announced 120 new appointments to the Order of Canada. The new member list includes 5 Companions (C.C.), 38 Officers (O.C.), and 77 Members (C.M.). Recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date.

Fourteen of the recipients are being recognized for their philanthropic work and/or their fundraising and volunteer efforts to help Canadians.

Created in 1967, the Order of Canada is one of our country’s highest honours. Presented by the governor general, the Order honours people whose service shapes our society, whose innovations ignite our imaginations, and whose compassion unites our communities.

Close to 7 500 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order of Canada. Their contributions are varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of others and have taken to heart the motto of the Order: DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (“They desire a better country”). The striking, six-point white enamel insignia they wear symbolizes our northern heritage and our diversity, because no two snowflakes are alike.

Appointments are made by the governor general on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada.

The full list of recipients, with short citations, and a backgrounder on the Order of Canada can be seen here.

The philanthropic leadership recognition list, which includes work done by the individual which is also outside philanthropy, is as follows:


David Osborn Braley, O.C.
Hamilton, Ontario

For his contributions to the Canadian Football League, and for his entrepreneurial and philanthropic leadership in his community.

Heather Maxine Reisman, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario

For her contributions to Canadian book publishing and children’s literacy, and for her transformational philanthropy.

This is a promotion in the Order.

Mathew Baldwin, C.M.
Edmonton, Alberta

For his philanthropy and entrepreneurship, and for his prowess as a champion curling skip.

T. Robert Beamish, C.M.
Mississauga, Ontario

For his leadership of and contributions to industry and for his philanthropic support for causes related to education and health care.

Maurice Brisson, C.M.
Montréal, Quebec

For his recognized expertise in designing electrification plans and for his philanthropic contributions to promoting electrical engineering education.

Berna Valencia Garron, C.M. and Myron Austin Garron, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

For their ongoing philanthropy in pediatric health care in Canada and the Caribbean.

Gordon J. Hoffman, C.M., Q.C.
Calgary, Alberta

For his community engagement, leadership and philanthropy in support of charities and community organizations throughout Alberta.

John S. Hunkin, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

For his active governance and philanthropic commitment to education, health and mental health.

Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia, C.M., O.B.C.
Vancouver, British Columbia

For her entrepreneurial and philanthropic leadership in British Columbia, notably in the autism community.

Isabelle Marcoux, C.M.
Montréal, Quebec

For her role in promoting diversity within Quebec’s economic community and for her involvement in numerous fundraising campaigns.

Michael U. Potter, C.M.
Ottawa, Ontario

For his vision as the head of Cognos Inc., for his contributions to preserving Canada’s aviation heritage and for his philanthropy.

Kourken Sarkissian, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

For his involvement with the Armenian community as a businessman, philanthropist and educational leader.

Jennifer Tory, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario

For her commitment to advancing women and minorities in the banking industry and for her extensive community work.

Lynn Margaret Zimmer C.M.
Peterborough, Ontario

For her contributions to protecting victims of violence and for her advocacy of women’s rights.

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