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Media Advisory: Governor General to Invest 44 Recipients Into the Order of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 11/21/12 -- 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 23, 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, 16 Officers and 1 Companion.

The Order of Canada was created in 1967, during Canada'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.

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                      
            (Members first, followed by Officers and Companion)             
11:45 a.m.: Interviews with recipients                                      



Carolyn Acker, C.M.                                         Toronto, Ont.   
Patsy Anderson, C.M.                                        Toronto, Ont.   
Allan Gordon Bell, C.M.                                     Cochrane, Alta. 
Robert B. Bourne, C.M.                                      London, Ont.    
Silver Donald Cameron, C.M., O.N.S.                         Halifax, N.S.   
Franklin Delaney, C.M.                                      Beaconsfield,   
Wadih M. Fares, C.M.                                        Halifax, N.S.   
Anthony (Tony) Fields, C.M.                                 Edmonton, Alta. 
Alia Hogben, C.M.                                           Gananoque, Ont. 
Greg Hollingshead, C.M.                                     Edmonton, Alta. 
Nancy Kilgour, C.M.                                         Calgary, Alta.  
Henry Kloppenburg, C.M.                                     Saskatoon, Sask.
Merril Knudston, C.M.                                       Calgary, Alta.  
Louis LaPierre, C.M.                                        Dieppe, N.B.    
William Laskin, C.M.                                        Toronto, Ont.   
Monique F. Leroux, C.M.                                     Montreal, Que.  
Kenneth Maybee, C.M., O.M.M., C.D. (deceased)               Fredericton,    
Elizabeth McWeeny, C.M.                                     Thunder Bay,    
Bernice Morgan, C.M.                                        St. John's, N.L.
Daniel Nestor, C.M.                                         Toronto, Ont.   
                                                            Nassau, Bahamas 
Aaju Peter, C.M.                                            Iqaluit, NU     
Gordon Rawlinson, C.M.                                      Calgary, Alta.  
                                                            Prince Albert,  
Jean-Guy Rioux, C.M.                                        Shippagan, N.B. 
Michele Rouleau, C.M., C.Q.                                 Montreal, Que.  
Marie Saint Pierre, C.M., C.Q.                              Montreal, Que.  
Steven Schipper, C.M.                                       Winnipeg, Man.  
Margaret Spoelstra, C.M.                                    Toronto, Ont.   


Elizabeth Dowdeswell, O.C.                                  Toronto, Ont.   
Gordon Guyatt, O.C.                                         Dundas, Ont.    
Chantal St-Cyr Hebert, O.C.                                 Montreal, Que.  
Paul F. Hoffman, O.C.                                       Victoria, B.C.  
Maryse Lassonde, O.C., C.Q.                                 Montreal, Que.  
John Last, O.C.                                             Ottawa, Ont.    
Jean-Francois Lepine, O.C.                                  Montreal, Que.  
Hadi-Khan Mahabadi, O.C.                                    Toronto, Ont.   
Marianne McKenna, O.C.                                      Toronto, Ont.   
Jean-Jacques Nattiez, O.C., C.Q.                            Montreal, Que.  
This is a promotion within the Order.                                       
Craig Oliver, O.C.                                          Ottawa, Ont.    
John Brian Patrick (Pat) Quinn, O.C.                        Vancouver, B.C. 
The Honourable John D. Richard, O.C.                        Ottawa, Ont.    
Cecil H. Rorabeck, O.C.                                     London, Ont.    
Gordon Semenoff, O.C.                                       Surrey, B.C.    
The Honourable Marilyn Trenholme Counsell, O.C., O.N.B.     Sackville, N.B. 


The Honourable William Ian Corneil Binnie, C.C.             Toronto, Ont.   



Carolyn Acker, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

Carolyn Acker has worked tirelessly to break the cycle of poverty in Canada. A nurse by profession, she championed social programs for disadvantaged and homeless individuals as the former executive director of the Regent Park Community Health Centre. She is also the founder of Pathways to Education, a program that provides financial assistance, tutoring, advocacy and mentorship to youth living in poverty. Her groundbreaking work has resulted in decreased drop-out rates, increased post-secondary studies and the replication of the program across the country.

Patsy Anderson, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

Patsy Anderson is a dedicated volunteer leader and philanthropist known for her energy, business expertise and commitment. Through her leadership and fundraising initiatives on behalf of several major charities supporting health care and the arts, she has helped these organizations to flourish. SickKids Foundation, the Aldeburgh Connection and the Corporation of Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall are just a few of the organizations that have benefited from her generosity and service.

Allan Gordon Bell, C.M.

Cochrane, Alberta

Allan Bell is a champion of Canadian musicians and their music. As a composer and as a professor of music at the University of Calgary, he has created original and evocative compositions for orchestra, opera, chamber groups, choirs and electro-acoustic media. His dedication to music education led to the creation of the Young Composers program, which taps into the creativity of Calgary's elementary students. He also served twice as president of the national board of the Canadian Music Centre, fostering the development of our composers and promoting our artists nationally and internationally.

Robert B. Bourne, C.M.

London, Ontario

Robert Bourne is a leading expert in the field of orthopedic surgery. Former surgeon at the London Health Sciences Centre, he has advanced hip and knee replacement procedures and prosthetics, improving the long-term outcomes of these surgeries for countless Canadians. He played a key role in the establishment of the Ontario and Canadian joint replacement registries and has led several Canadian orthopedic associations. He volunteers his time with Operation Walk Canada, which provides joint replacement surgery and care to patients living in developing countries.

Silver Donald Cameron, C.M., O.N.S.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Silver Donald Cameron's prose is powerful, thoughtful and brave. Over the course of his prolific career as an author, educator and journalist, he has demonstrated a remarkable versatility, having written more than 17 books and 500 articles on a wide range of topics. His latest venture is The Green Interview, an innovative journalism website focused on the environment. He has also championed community development on Nova Scotia's Isle Madame, promoting cultural, tourism and business initiatives to strengthen the community's humane values and sustainable way of life.

Franklin Delaney, C.M.

Beaconsfield, Quebec

Franklin Delaney has made significant contributions to radio and television, and has done a great deal to assist his community of origin, the Magdalen Islands. He has held several management positions with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, Societe Radio-Canada and TV5. He was the founding president of TV5, through which he highlighted and promoted the cultural diversity of Canada's Francophone communities. As chair of the Fondation Madeli-Aide, he oversees the distribution of scholarships to students who must leave the Islands to pursue their studies. He also spearheaded the deployment of an undersea telecommunications cable to link the archipelago to the mainland.

Wadih M. Fares, C.M.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Wadih Fares exemplifies entrepreneurial spirit and community service. Escaping the civil war in Lebanon as a teenager, he came to Nova Scotia, learned English, graduated from university and founded his own company. A talented innovator, he combined architecture, engineering, construction and property management into one company that has transformed Halifax's landscape and helped boost the local economy. His community engagement has benefited many local institutions and organizations, and he is highly regarded for building bridges between Canadian and Lebanese communities regionally and nationally.

Anthony (Tony) Fields, C.M.

Edmonton, Alberta

Tony Fields is a leader in the development of strategies to fight cancer in Canada. An oncologist, professor and former director of the Cross Cancer Institute, he has long been an advocate for cancer patients, and was instrumental in the expansion of cancer treatment, diagnosis and research programs, and facilities across Alberta. In addition, he has helped to design and implement our national cancer control strategy, and has held leadership roles with several professional and advocacy groups, including the Alberta Cancer Foundation, the National Cancer Institute of Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society.

Alia Hogben, C.M.

Gananoque, Ontario

Alia Hogben is a champion of the rights of women and of understanding between faiths. A devoted social worker, she has been a long-standing member of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women and currently serves as its executive director. She is an articulate spokesperson for the humane, tolerant and equality-based interpretation of Islam and for interfaith dialogue. With persistence and reason, she has contributed to a broader understanding of women and Islam, in Canada and abroad.

Greg Hollingshead, C.M.

Edmonton, Alberta

Greg Hollingshead is one of Canada's literary talents. His award-winning books, which explore the human condition with wit, intelligence and psychological insight, have enriched Canada's literary canon. Professor emeritus at the University of Alberta and director of the Writing Studio program at the Banff Centre, he is a highly regarded teacher of emerging writers, many of whom have gone on to great acclaim. His devotion to Canadian writers has also been reflected in his work as chair of the Writers' Union of Canada.

Nancy Kilgour, C.M.

Calgary, Alberta

Nancy Kilgour is one of Canada's most inspiring and influential dance educators. For more than 50 years, she has been teaching ballet to young students in Canada and abroad, and has mentored many of our best-known dancers and prima ballerinas. She is highly regarded as a gifted pedagogue known for her teaching techniques and for talking to teens about life beyond ballet. Now with the School of Alberta Ballet, she continues to bring her passion and nurturing approach to building confidence and artistry in her dancers.

Henry Kloppenburg, C.M.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Henry Kloppenburg's generosity reflects his passion for his community. A lawyer by profession, he is a collector of Canadian and Native art, much of which he has donated for public display. From scholarships and art donations to the establishment of the Kloppenburg Wildlife Refuge, his contributions have enriched the educational and cultural landscape of his province. He has also provided leadership to many organizations, including the University of Saskatchewan's Biomedical Ethics Committee, the Kidney Foundation of Canada (Saskatchewan), the Mendel Art Gallery and the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra.

Merril Knudtson, C.M.

Calgary, Alberta

Merril Knudtson has made outstanding contributions to the field of interventional cardiology. A professor of medicine and a cardiologist, he pioneered the use of angioplasty for treatment of heart attacks in Canada. He has also been instrumental in the conceptualization and implementation of APPROACH, a registry that monitors and tracks the long-term health outcomes of cardiac patients. Adopted throughout the country, the registry has significantly improved response times for heart attack treatment and continues to promote accountability in the use of new technology and therapies.

Louis LaPierre, C.M.

Dieppe, New Brunswick

Louis LaPierre is a passionate advocate of environmental conservation in New Brunswick. Professor emeritus in biology at the Universite de Moncton, he has held major positions within several environmental organizations at the provincial and national levels. Notably, he developed an integrated strategy for the protection of natural areas in New Brunswick. In addition, this gifted communicator has helped the general public to understand how climate change is affecting our planet, and has succeeded in engaging and involving his fellow citizens in helping to protect nature.

William Laskin, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

William Laskin has made exceptional contributions to Canada's music community. A man of boundless energy and creativity, he is a professional luthier, artist, author, musician and songwriter. He is internationally known for the intricate inlay work and masterful construction of his instruments. Devoted to the promotion of Canada's folk music heritage, he founded the Association of String Instrument Artisans, and was a co-founder of the Canadian Folk Music Awards and Borealis Records.

Monique F. Leroux, C.M.

Montreal, Quebec

Monique Leroux is an influential woman in Canada's financial sector. She was the first female president of the Ordre des comptables agrees du Quebec and the first woman to head a major financial institution in Canada when she became president and CEO of the Desjardins Group. Under her leadership, this co-operative financial group has earned several national and international awards for its quality management and financial performance. She is also actively involved in the community and is a mentor for many women inspired by her talent and vision.

Kenneth Maybee, C.M., O.M.M., C.D. (deceased)

Fredericton, New Brunswick

Kenneth Maybee was a strong contributor to improved respiratory health. President and CEO of the New Brunswick Lung Association for over 17 years, he spearheaded several initiatives that transformed the association into a national leader in public education and in advocacy for clean air. He was the former chair of Smoke-Free New Brunswick and former co-chair of a national air quality management committee, which developed a health-based air quality index that is in widespread use across Canada. He was also an active volunteer in his local community of Fredericton.

The insignia will be presented to his spouse, Mrs. Joan Maybee.

Elizabeth McWeeny, C.M.

Thunder Bay, Ontario

Elizabeth McWeeny has been a passionate supporter of refugees. Her involvement with sponsorship work in her hometown established Thunder Bay as a centre for refugee resettlement. She soon became a recognized authority on resettlement and human rights issues, eventually serving two terms as president of the Canadian Council for Refugees. In this role, she was an articulate spokesperson, promoting dialogue and understanding on the challenges faced by Canada's newcomers.

Bernice Morgan, C.M.

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Author Bernice Morgan has made an indelible contribution to Newfoundland's literary scene. She is best-known for her novels Random Passage and Waiting for Time, which are beloved for their portrayals of the women and men who struggled to survive in the outports during the 19th century. Her works have been influential in transmitting Newfoundland's unique history and character to a wider audience, and she is highly regarded for her long-standing mentorship of her fellow writers.

Daniel Nestor, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario and Nassau, Bahamas

As Canada's best-known tennis player, Daniel Nestor has distinguished himself as an ambassador and role model for the sport. Having won more than 70 major doubles tournaments since turning professional in 1991, he is one of the world's most decorated players. He has represented our country as a player and coach of the Canadian Davis Cup team, and his charity exhibition matches have promoted the game and increased the participation among children. Moreover, he established the Daniel Nestor Celebrity Charity Event, which raises funds for Tennis Canada and the North York General Hospital.

Aaju Peter, C.M.

Iqaluit, Nunavut

Aaju Peter is an ardent defender of the rights of Canada's northern Indigenous people. An Inuk clothing designer, lawyer and activist, she is committed to preserving Inuit culture and language. Travelling internationally, she has raised global awareness of the challenges confronting Canada's most northern inhabitants. She also speaks about issues related to sustainability and resources, and their impact on the traditional way of life.

Gordon Rawlinson, C.M.

Calgary, Alberta and Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

Gordon Rawlinson is a model of corporate and personal philanthropy. As head of Rawlco Radio, a chain of radio stations in western Canada, he encourages his employees to promote and support initiatives that help to improve their local communities. His philanthropy has benefited educational, health care and arts organizations in Saskatchewan and Alberta. As well, he has initiated a program and funded scholarships at the University of Saskatchewan to encourage and support Aboriginal post-secondary students.

Jean-Guy Rioux, C.M.

Shippagan, New Brunswick

For over 40 years, Jean-Guy Rioux has dedicated himself to shining a spotlight on the Acadian people. This volunteer, former teacher and university administrator is renowned as an advocate for equality between the linguistic communities of his province. As president of the Societe de l'Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick, he played a key role in the review of New Brunswick's new Official Languages Act, thereby ensuring that essential services were provided in French. In addition, as president of the Federation des communautes francophones et acadienne du Canada and of the World Acadian Congress, he promoted a sense of pride and spirit of solidarity that continue to inspire his fellow citizens.

Michele Rouleau, C.M., C.Q.

Montreal, Quebec

For over 30 years, Michele Rouleau has been defending the rights of Aboriginal people and particularly the rights of women. Among other things, she has served as president of the Quebec Native Women's Association and has been actively involved in supporting claims for the right to equality. Notably, she spoke out and led the first awareness campaign against family violence in Aboriginal communities in Quebec. Today, as a consultant and president of Wabanok Productions, she continues to raise awareness about the realities and contributions of First Nations.

Marie Saint Pierre, C.M., C.Q.

Montreal, Quebec

At the height of her 25-year career, Marie Saint Pierre is a leading figure on Canada's fashion scene. Ever the avant-garde designer, she creates versatile, unconventional clothing that is designed and made in Montreal, and her line has garnered international renown. Furthermore, she combines fashion and social involvement, working to benefit causes that are dear to her, including the Sous Zero fund, which she created to provide underprivileged children on Montreal Island with warm, new winter clothing.

Steven Schipper, C.M.

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Steven Schipper has been a creative force in Manitoba for more than 20 years. As artistic director of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, he is credited for ensuring the institution's financial stability and bolstering its reputation for creative excellence. He is a champion of Canadian plays and local talent, providing opportunities for actors and audiences alike through such venues as the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, the Master Playwright Festival, an annual regional tour, and youth programming. His commitment has helped to build a vibrant theatre presence in Manitoba.

Margaret Spoelstra, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario

Margaret Spoelstra is a compassionate and respected advocate for people with autism spectrum disorder and their families. As executive director of Autism Ontario, she developed key strategic partnerships, spearheaded new initiatives and raised awareness of complex issues. A trusted advisor to government and an inspirational agent of change, she has given hope to many families.


Elizabeth Dowdeswell, O.C.

Toronto, Ontario

Elizabeth Dowdeswell is dedicated to improving public policy in Canada and around the world. A policy leader in fields as diverse as culture, education and the environment, she played a key role in establishing the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and served as executive director of the UN Environment Programme. She went on to shape domestic nuclear policy as the founding president of Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organization. She has been called upon to chair several public inquiries and is currently the president of the Council of Canadian Academies.

Gordon Guyatt, O.C.

Dundas, Ontario

Gordon Guyatt has advanced medical decision making worldwide. A distinguished professor at McMaster University, he played a major role in defining the concept of and developing the methods for evidence-based medicine. He led its application to clinical practice guidelines, playing a key role in the development of the widely adopted GRADE approach to rating quality of evidence and strength of recommendations. Also concerned with social justice, he was a founder of the Medical Reform Group.

Chantal St-Cyr Hebert, O.C.

Montreal, Quebec

Chantal St-Cyr Hebert is one of Canada's most talented journalists and political columnists. Working equally well in English and in French, she offers a particularly acute view of events, shedding light on our country's two solitudes. She covers national politics for the Toronto Star, Le Devoir and L'Actualite, and contributes to both television and radio as a commentator on various newscasts and current affairs programs. A leading member of Canada's most-watched political panel, "At Issue," she also advances debate as a lecturer in Canadian universities.

Paul F. Hoffman, O.C.

Victoria, British Columbia

Paul Hoffman's groundbreaking observations have shaped contemporary views of Earth's history. As a research scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada, he spent 25 years mapping vast tracts of the northwestern Canadian Shield and produced pioneering research on plate tectonics during the Precambrian era. Later, while teaching at Harvard University, he gained worldwide recognition for field research conducted in sub-Saharan Africa that established the "snowball Earth" hypothesis, which suggests the planet was, at one point, entirely covered in ice.

Maryse Lassonde, O.C., C.Q.

Montreal, Quebec

An internationally renowned researcher, Maryse Lassonde has advanced our knowledge of the brain. A professor at the Universite de Montreal, she is an innovator in neuropsychology. Her scientific work, notably on infant epilepsy, has been published in scientific journals around the world. She is also known for her research into the long-term effects of concussions in athletes. As the long-time neuropsychologist for the Montreal Canadiens, she developed a diagnostic approach and method for investigating these effects, and her results have been shared with medical and paramedical sectors. Her outstanding commitment to the scientific and university communities continues today.

John Last, O.C.

Ottawa, Ontario

John Last is an authoritative voice in public health. Professor emeritus of epidemiology and community medicine at the University of Ottawa, he has shaped the field of public health through his influential publications. Many of his books, including Public Health and Human Ecology and A Dictionary of Epidemiology, are used by practitioners, scholars and students alike; some of his publications have been translated into several languages. Also active in his professional community, he led an initiative of the International Epidemiological Association to develop ethical guidelines for the discipline.

Jean-Francois Lepine, O.C.

Montreal, Quebec

Jean-Francois Lepine is a distinguished journalist. One of our top foreign correspondents, he is renowned as an extraordinary analyst with an ability to simplify complex issues. A proponent of quality information, he hosted such public affairs television programs for Radio-Canada as "Enjeux," "Le Point" and "Zone libre." While producing and presenting in-depth reports with sensitivity and diligence, he also had a hand, as a journalist-presenter, in creating the international affairs program "Une heure sur terre." The excellence of his work, as both a reporter and a host, has been honoured with several awards.

Hadi-Khan Mahabadi, O.C.

Toronto, Ontario

Hadi-Khan Mahabadi has been at the forefront of global innovation in the print industry. He is the former vice-president and director of the Xerox Research Centre of Canada, and is a renowned authority in polymer engineering. Over 80 of his patents represent significant breakthroughs in commercial toner technology that are used by millions around the globe. Known as a passionate advocate for scientific development, he is a former chair of the Chemical Institute of Canada and has been highly involved with Let's Talk Science, Shad Valley and the Ontario Centres of Excellence.

Marianne McKenna, O.C.

Toronto, Ontario

Marianne McKenna has crafted architecture that enriches the public experience. A founding partner of KPMB Architects, she is responsible for a number of innovative structures, including the Royal Conservatory of Music's acclaimed Koerner Concert Hall, in Toronto. Whether designing an integrated campus for Concordia University in downtown Montreal, or the environmentally sustainable Jackson-Triggs Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, she is committed to creating edifices that weave into the fabric of the community.

Jean-Jacques Nattiez, O.C., C.Q.

Montreal, Quebec

Professor emeritus and musicology researcher at Universite de Montreal, Jean-Jacques Nattiez is a leader in his field. His research integrates the history of music, ethnomusicology, and musical analysis and aesthetic. He is a prolific writer and is credited with creating the "new style" encyclopedia Musiques, Une encyclopedie pour le XXIe siecle, considered the bible of the music sciences.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Craig Oliver, O.C.

Ottawa, Ontario

Craig Oliver is one of Canada's most respected and recognized political journalists. A reporter and television host for more than 55 years, he has covered major political events and news stories, interpreting and explaining key issues of the day with insight, candour and skill. Having lost his sight as a result of glaucoma, he serves as an inspiration to visually impaired persons, and has been a devoted supporter of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and the Ottawa Eye Institute.

John Brian Patrick (Pat) Quinn, O.C.

Vancouver, British Columbia

A player, coach and manager, Pat Quinn is passionate about the game of hockey. He served behind the bench of five National Hockey League teams and was twice named Coach of the Year for his work with the Vancouver Canucks and the Philadelphia Flyers. At the international level, he led Team Canada to an Olympic gold medal in 2002, brought home the World Cup in 2004, and won world titles with the under-20 and under-18 teams. Off the ice, he supports a variety of charitable causes.

The Honourable John D. Richard, O.C.

Ottawa, Ontario

A distinguished jurist, John Richard is a renowned leader in the Canadian legal system. For over a decade, he served as the chief justice of the Federal Court of Appeal, guiding the institution through a period of reorganization and improving access to justice. His personal commitment to society is also evident in his service with various institutions and charitable organizations, including Carleton University, Reach Canada and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Cecil H. Rorabeck, O.C.

London, Ontario

Cecil Rorabeck has expanded the boundaries of orthopedic care. Former chief surgeon at the London Health Sciences Centre, he has advanced hip and knee replacement procedures and prosthetics, improving the long-term outcomes of these surgeries for countless Canadians. He is lauded for his leadership within the broader medical community, notably as president-elect of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. A committed volunteer, he founded Operation Walk Canada, which provides joint replacement surgery and patient care in developing countries.

Gordon Semenoff, O.C.

Surrey, British Columbia

Gordon Semenoff is an internationally renowned theoretical physicist. A professor at the University of British Columbia, he investigates nature at its most fundamental level and has made seminal contributions to highly technical fields, including condensed matter physics, string theory and quantum field theory. He has garnered global recognition in the scientific community for his brilliant theorizing on the properties of graphene, a material with the potential to revolutionize electronics.

The Honourable Marilyn Trenholme Counsell, O.C., O.N.B.

Sackville, New Brunswick

Marilyn Trenholme Counsell has made outstanding contributions to public life in New Brunswick and in Canada. From her early beginnings in medicine, to her distinguished career as a provincial politician, lieutenant governor and senator, she has continuously advocated for early childhood development and literacy. She was instrumental in establishing Born to Read, an initiative of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire (IODE) that provides gifts of books to new parents. She has also provided leadership to several organizations, including the Vanier Institute of the Family.


The Honourable William Ian Corneil Binnie, C.C.

Toronto, Ontario

Ian Binnie has made enduring contributions to law in Canada. Following a brilliant career as an advocate, he was appointed directly from the bar to the Supreme Court, where he served with wisdom and dedication for 14 years. His public service, which also included four years as associate deputy minister of Justice, was marked by superb intellect and superior writing, analysis and wit. As a constitutional expert, he demonstrated an abiding concern for issues affecting Canada's Aboriginal peoples and was instrumental in developing the country's jurisprudence in this area. Committed to legal education, he is a gifted speaker who has addressed law students across the country, sharing his passion for the rule of law and his desire for a just society.


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 to Canada or to humanity at large

Officer - Post-nominal: O.C.

Recognizes a lifetime of achievement and merit of a high degree, especially in service to Canada or 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.


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 on Canada 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 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 www.gg.ca/honours.

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Whether you're a startup or a 100 year old enterprise, the Internet of Things offers a variety of new capabilities for your business. IoT style solutions can help you get closer your customers, launch new product lines and take over an industry. Some companies are dipping their toes in, but many have already taken the plunge, all while dramatic new capabilities continue to emerge. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Reid Carlberg, Senior Director, Developer Evangelism at salesforce.com, to discuss real-world use cases, patterns and opportunities you can harness today.
All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices – computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors – connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades. With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo in Silicon Valley. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be!
Noted IoT expert and researcher Joseph di Paolantonio (pictured below) has joined the @ThingsExpo faculty. Joseph, who describes himself as an “Independent Thinker” from DataArchon, will speak on the topic of “Smart Grids & Managing Big Utilities.” Over his career, Joseph di Paolantonio has worked in the energy, renewables, aerospace, telecommunications, and information technology industries. His expertise is in data analysis, system engineering, Bayesian statistics, data warehouses, business intelligence, data mining, predictive methods, and very large databases (VLDB). Prior to DataArchon, he served as a VP and Principal Analyst with Constellation Group. He is a member of the Boulder (Colo.) Brain Trust, an organization with a mission “to benefit the Business Intelligence and data management industry by providing pro bono exchange of information between vendors and independent analysts on new trends and technologies and to provide vendors with constructive feedback on their of...
Software AG helps organizations transform into Digital Enterprises, so they can differentiate from competitors and better engage customers, partners and employees. Using the Software AG Suite, companies can close the gap between business and IT to create digital systems of differentiation that drive front-line agility. We offer four on-ramps to the Digital Enterprise: alignment through collaborative process analysis; transformation through portfolio management; agility through process automation and integration; and visibility through intelligent business operations and big data.
There will be 50 billion Internet connected devices by 2020. Today, every manufacturer has a propriety protocol and an app. How do we securely integrate these "things" into our lives and businesses in a way that we can easily control and manage? Even better, how do we integrate these "things" so that they control and manage each other so our lives become more convenient or our businesses become more profitable and/or safe? We have heard that the best interface is no interface. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Co-Founder & CTO at Octoblu, Inc., will discuss how these devices generate enough data to learn our behaviors and simplify/improve our lives. What if we could connect everything to everything? I'm not only talking about connecting things to things but also systems, cloud services, and people. Add in a little machine learning and artificial intelligence and now we have something interesting...
Last week, while in San Francisco, I used the Uber app and service four times. All four experiences were great, although one of the drivers stopped for 30 seconds and then left as I was walking up to the car. He must have realized I was a blogger. None the less, the next car was just a minute away and I suffered no pain. In this article, my colleague, Ved Sen, Global Head, Advisory Services Social, Mobile and Sensors at Cognizant shares his experiences and insights.
We are reaching the end of the beginning with WebRTC and real systems using this technology have begun to appear. One challenge that faces every WebRTC deployment (in some form or another) is identity management. For example, if you have an existing service – possibly built on a variety of different PaaS/SaaS offerings – and you want to add real-time communications you are faced with a challenge relating to user management, authentication, authorization, and validation. Service providers will want to use their existing identities, but these will have credentials already that are (hopefully) irreversibly encoded. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Peter Dunkley, Technical Director at Acision, will look at how this identity problem can be solved and discuss ways to use existing web identities for real-time communication.
Can call centers hang up the phones for good? Intuitive Solutions did. WebRTC enabled this contact center provider to eliminate antiquated telephony and desktop phone infrastructure with a pure web-based solution, allowing them to expand beyond brick-and-mortar confines to a home-based agent model. It also ensured scalability and better service for customers, including MUY! Companies, one of the country's largest franchise restaurant companies with 232 Pizza Hut locations. This is one example of WebRTC adoption today, but the potential is limitless when powered by IoT. Attendees will learn real-world benefits of WebRTC and explore future possibilities, as WebRTC and IoT intersect to improve customer service.
From telemedicine to smart cars, digital homes and industrial monitoring, the explosive growth of IoT has created exciting new business opportunities for real time calls and messaging. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Ivelin Ivanov, CEO and Co-Founder of Telestax, will share some of the new revenue sources that IoT created for Restcomm – the open source telephony platform from Telestax. Ivelin Ivanov is a technology entrepreneur who founded Mobicents, an Open Source VoIP Platform, to help create, deploy, and manage applications integrating voice, video and data. He is the co-founder of TeleStax, an Open Source Cloud Communications company that helps the shift from legacy IN/SS7 telco networks to IP-based cloud comms. An early investor in multiple start-ups, he still finds time to code for his companies and contribute to open source projects.
The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to create new business models as significant as those that were inspired by the Internet and the smartphone 20 and 10 years ago. What business, social and practical implications will this phenomenon bring? That's the subject of "Monetizing the Internet of Things: Perspectives from the Front Lines," an e-book released today and available free of charge from Aria Systems, the leading innovator in recurring revenue management.
The Internet of Things will put IT to its ultimate test by creating infinite new opportunities to digitize products and services, generate and analyze new data to improve customer satisfaction, and discover new ways to gain a competitive advantage across nearly every industry. In order to help corporate business units to capitalize on the rapidly evolving IoT opportunities, IT must stand up to a new set of challenges.
There’s Big Data, then there’s really Big Data from the Internet of Things. IoT is evolving to include many data possibilities like new types of event, log and network data. The volumes are enormous, generating tens of billions of logs per day, which raise data challenges. Early IoT deployments are relying heavily on both the cloud and managed service providers to navigate these challenges. In her session at 6th Big Data Expo®, Hannah Smalltree, Director at Treasure Data, to discuss how IoT, Big Data and deployments are processing massive data volumes from wearables, utilities and other machines.
P2P RTC will impact the landscape of communications, shifting from traditional telephony style communications models to OTT (Over-The-Top) cloud assisted & PaaS (Platform as a Service) communication services. The P2P shift will impact many areas of our lives, from mobile communication, human interactive web services, RTC and telephony infrastructure, user federation, security and privacy implications, business costs, and scalability. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Erik Lagerway, Co-founder of Hookflash, will walk through the shifting landscape of traditional telephone and voice services to the modern P2P RTC era of OTT cloud assisted services.
While great strides have been made relative to the video aspects of remote collaboration, audio technology has basically stagnated. Typically all audio is mixed to a single monaural stream and emanates from a single point, such as a speakerphone or a speaker associated with a video monitor. This leads to confusion and lack of understanding among participants especially regarding who is actually speaking. Spatial teleconferencing introduces the concept of acoustic spatial separation between conference participants in three dimensional space. This has been shown to significantly improve comprehension and conference efficiency.
The Internet of Things is tied together with a thin strand that is known as time. Coincidentally, at the core of nearly all data analytics is a timestamp. When working with time series data there are a few core principles that everyone should consider, especially across datasets where time is the common boundary. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Scott, Director of Enterprise Strategy & Architecture at MapR Technologies, will discuss single-value, geo-spatial, and log time series data. By focusing on enterprise applications and the data center, he will use OpenTSDB as an example to explain some of these concepts including when to use different storage models.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Gridstore™, the leader in software-defined storage (SDS) purpose-built for Windows Servers and Hyper-V, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Gridstore™ is the leader in software-defined storage purpose built for virtualization that is designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Using its patented Server-Side Virtual Controller™ Technology (SVCT) to eliminate the I/O blender effect and accelerate applications Gridstore delivers vmOptimized™ Storage that self-optimizes to each application or VM across both virtual and physical environments. Leveraging a grid architecture, Gridstore delivers the first end-to-end storage QoS to ensure the most important App or VM performance is never compromised. The storage grid, that uses Gridstore’s performance optimized nodes or capacity optimized nodes, starts with as few a...
The Transparent Cloud-computing Consortium (abbreviation: T-Cloud Consortium) will conduct research activities into changes in the computing model as a result of collaboration between "device" and "cloud" and the creation of new value and markets through organic data processing High speed and high quality networks, and dramatic improvements in computer processing capabilities, have greatly changed the nature of applications and made the storing and processing of data on the network commonplace. These technological reforms have not only changed computers and smartphones, but are also changing the data processing model for all information devices. In particular, in the area known as M2M (Machine-To-Machine), there are great expectations that information with a new type of value can be produced using a variety of devices and sensors saving/sharing data via the network and through large-scale cloud-type data processing. This consortium believes that attaching a huge number of devic...