Luncheon with Her Majesty The Queen
Monday, October 14, 2002
Rideau Hall Ballroom Ottawa, Canada
“Over the past 50 years Her Majesty
The Queen has witnessed Canada’s coming of age as a dynamic, creative
and inclusive society. From celebrated artists and scientists, to renowned
athletes and dedicated nation-builders, the Canadians invited to celebrate
Thanksgiving with The Queen represent achievements that make us proud
to be Canadian. ”
Governor General Adrienne Clarkson
Source Department: The Office of the Secretary to the
Governor General, Ottawa, Canada
Extraordinary Canadians (scroll
down for details)
Mr. Norman Jewison, C.C.
In 1952, Norman Jewison joined the brand new CBC Television,
created the same year. The early days of television put Mr. Jewison on
a creative path to international stardom as a film producer, director
and television innovator. After eight years at the CBC, he went to the
big screen, gaining critical acclaim for movies like Fiddler on the
Roof, the Academy Award-winning In the Heat of the Night, Moonstruck,
and The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming! Winner
of three Emmy Awards, the TV Directors Award and the Golden Globe Award,
he has produced and directed over 70 films and TV programs. In 1986, he
established the Canadian Film Centre to help aspiring film-makers reach
the highest levels of their art.
The Honourable Gordon Robertson, P.C., C.C.
Gordon Robertson began his remarkable public service
career in 1953 as Commissioner of the Northwest Territories and as the
first Deputy Minister of the Department of Northern Affairs. During his
tenure, Gordon Robertson brought forward a new vision of Canada's North
– a plan that eventually led to the creation of Nunavut in 1999. Mr. Robertson
went on to become the highest public servant in the land, the Clerk of
the Privy Council, and advisor to four of Canada's great political leaders
– Prime Ministers King, St-Laurent, Pearson and Trudeau.
Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret’d) Edgar Herbert Hollyer, M.C., C.D.
By 1954, the Korean War was over and a new phase -- monitoring
the armistice -- had begun. Many Canadian troops of the Commonwealth Division
in Korea stayed on, exchanging their combat role for a very different
one, peacekeeping, which was just in its infancy. Among those soldiers
who served in both roles in Korea was Colonel Edgar Hollyer, commanding
7 Platoon of the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment. Having earned
the Military Cross for his courageous acts under enemy fire during the
conflict, Colonel Hollyer became one of Canada's first peacekeepers, helping
to ensure that the integrity of the truce was kept. Now retired, Mr. Hollyer
is a second violinist with the Kanata Symphony Orchestra, Ottawa.
Mr. Jean Béliveau, C.C., C.Q.
Jean Béliveau was one of the greatest hockey players
in the history of the National Hockey League. In 1955, Mr. Béliveau helped
the Montréal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup and was awarded the Art Ross
Trophy as the top scorer and the Hart Trophy as the most valuable player.
He became renowned for his talent, finesse and leadership. Off the ice,
his gentlemanly conduct earned him universal respect and esteem. Mr. Béliveau
retired in 1971 after a brilliant career. He remains a role model and
an inspiration for all young people aspiring to become sport professionals.
Mr. Farley Mowat, O.C.
Translated into 25 languages, Farley Mowat's novels,
memoirs and non-fiction are reflections of his remarkable life. In 1956,
he won the Governor General's Literary Award for Lost in the Barrens.
His experiences in the Arctic and in the Canadian army during World War
II were enormously influential, spurring the intensity and passion that
he has brought to books such as And No Birds Sang and Never
Ms. Doris H. Anderson, C.C.
In the Canada of the 1950s, few believed that a woman's
magazine could be anything more than recipes and sewing patterns. And
even fewer believed that one woman alone could break this mould. Doris
Anderson did in 1957 when she became first woman editor-in-chief of Chatelaine
magazine, increasing its circulation almost fourfold to 1.8 million by
the late 1960s. Ms. Anderson brought the real issues of modern women to
the fore: pay equity, family violence, the struggle to balance family
and career. A lifelong activist for women's rights, she has been President
of the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women and President
of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women.
Ms. Lucille Wheeler-Vaughan, C.M.
Canada had never produced a gold medallist in world skiing
competition until Lucille Wheeler stunned the athletic world in 1958 at
the World Ski Championship in Bad Gastein, Austria, by speeding to gold
in the downhill and giant slalom as well as silver in the combined event.
This fine athlete from Quebec made her debut at the Winter Olympics in
Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, in 1956, winning the bronze medal in the women's
downhill. Lucille Wheeler's medal-winning exploits inspired a new generation
of top-class Canadian women skiers. She won the Lou Marsh Trophy in 1958
as Canada's Athlete of the Year and is a member of the Canadian Sports
Hall of Fame.
Mr. Joseph-Armand Bombardier (posthumous)
by his daughter, Mrs. Claire Beaudoin
Mr. Joseph-Armand Bombardier was a visionary. He dreamt
of building a snowmobile, a fast, easy-to-handle and versatile vehicle
for travelling on snow. In 1959, this revolutionary bright yellow vehicle,
which became the trademark of Bombardier, was commercially marketed. Joseph-Armand
Bombardier's invention is used in many countries around the world and
particularly throughout Canada. The company founded by Mr. Bombardier
has extensively diversified its activities, building trains, airplanes
and a variety of sports vehicles.
Mr. Paul Gérin-Lajoie, C.C., O.Q.
The year 1960 brought change of political power in Quebec.
In the decade that followed, Quebec society itself changed as never before,
largely through brilliantly drafted legislation. The period became known
as the Quiet Revolution. Paul Gérin-Lajoie, a prominent figure in the
government of Premier Jean Lesage, played a key role. As Minister of Education,
he was the driving force behind profound changes made to Quebec's education
system. An expert in international co-operation, Mr. Gérin-Lajoie was
also a pioneer in the creation of La Francophonie.
The Honourable Allan Emrys Blakeney, P.C., O.C., S.O.M.
Universal access to health services did not exist in
Canada at the beginning of the 1960s. Allan Blakeney, as Health Minister
in the Saskatchewan provincial government, was instrumental in changing
that. Inspired by Tommy Douglas' belief that every person had the right
to receive medical care based on their need, not their ability to pay,
he convinced the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly in 1961 to adopt the
Medicare Act. This legislation ultimately paved the way to Canada's
Health Care Act and universal health care for all Canadians.
First elected in 1960, Mr. Blakeney was Premier of Saskatchewan from 1971
to 1982, and has contributed enormously over the past four decades to
the study and practice of public administration and constitutional law.
Mr. Donald George Jackson, C.M.
In 1962, Donald Jackson's outstanding
performance at the World Championships in Prague won him an indisputable
first place. He received seven perfect marks for free skating – an achievement
never matched by any competitor before or since. This five-time figure
skating champion was the first to successfully land a triple lutz in a
world championship. After four decades, his outstanding competitive record
still stands in the Guinness Book of Records. Known as "Canada's
Ambassador on Ice", Mr. Jackson has been inducted into the World Figure
Skating Hall of Fame. In 1962, he won the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's
Outstanding Athlete of the Year.
Mr. Graham Westbrook Rowley, C.M.
Geographer and archaeologist Graham Rowley is one of
the last of the great Arctic explorers. In the 1930s, he travelled and
lived among the Inuit, discovering new islands and mapping areas of Hudson
Bay, Foxe Basin and Baffin Island uncharted since Frobisher's time 500
years earlier. He was part of a team that excavated the first major site
of the Dorset culture on Baffin Island. In recognition of his remarkable
contribution to Canada's knowledge of Arctic geography and culture, Mr.
Rowley was awarded in 1963 the Massey Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographical
Society. He has recounted his time spent exploring the Canadian North
in two books, The Circumpolar North and Cold Comfort: My
Love Affair with the Arctic.
Mr. Oscar E. Peterson, C.C., C.Q., O.Ont.
A musician of the highest order, Oscar Peterson announced
his musical genius in 1964 with his first major composition, Canadiana
Suite. Assuming his place in the pantheon of jazz greats, Mr. Peterson's
unmistakable style at the piano has graced many recordings and concert
halls. Renowned for the rich tone and dexterity that are his trademarks,
audiences around the world enthusiastically welcome his recordings and
performances. Mr. Peterson has won seven Grammyes and a Juno.
Ms. Joan O’Malley
It was just a favour for her father, but it became a
pivotal moment in Canadian history. On a Friday in 1964, Kenneth Donovan,
a member of the all-party committee appointed by Prime Minister Lester
B. Pearson to design a new flag for Canada, was asked to assemble a prototype.
He frantically gathered a few trusted colleagues to prepare the design
and asked his daughter, Joan, to sew it together. The single, red maple
leaf flag that Joan O'Malley (née Donovan) made was raised on Parliament
Hill in Ottawa, on February 15, 1965, at the stroke of noon, when Canada
officially adopted our new flag.
Mr. Russell S. Jackson, O.C.
Celebrated star player of the Ottawa Rough Riders from
1958 to 1969, Russ Jackson is still lauded as the Canadian Football League's
best quarter-back of all time. In 1966, he won Schenley Awards for Most
Outstanding Player and Most Outstanding Canadian, to join the five Schenley
Awards he won in other years. Mr. Jackson played in four Grey Cup games
(winning three -- in 1960, 1968 and 1969) and is a member of the Canadian
Football Hall of Fame. Head of Mathematics at Rideau High School in Ottawa
while still playing professional football, he went on to become principal
of secondary schools in Ottawa, Brampton and Mississauga, Ontario.
Ms. Nancy Greene Raine, O.C.
The year was 1967, Canada's Centennial Year, and the
occasion was the World Cup skiing circuit where Nancy Greene won the overall
title. It made her a favourite for the alpine events heading into the
1968 Olympics in Grenoble, France, where she won gold in the giant slalom
in record time and silver in the slalom. In the 1960s, Nancy Greene was
Canadian skiing. Her tenacity and toughness earned her the nickname "Tiger".
A two-time recipient of the Lou Marsh Trophy for Canadian Athlete of the
Year, she was also voted Canada's Female Athlete of the Century.
Dr. Phil Gold, C.C., O.Q.
Dr. Phil Gold is one of the pioneers of onco-developmental
biology in the treatment of cancer. In 1968, he and his colleague, Dr.
Sam Freedman, discovered the carcino-embryonic antigen, the blood test
most frequently used in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cancer.
This antigen has served as the prototype for the discovery of many other
human tumors, and is still the standard against which all other tumor
markers are measured. Dr. Gold is a member of the Royal Society of Canada
and the recipient of the Isaak Walton Killam Award in Medicine.
Mr. Bruce Kirby
In 1969, Bruce Kirby changed the face of sport sailing
with his sleek new vessel, the Laser. This Canadian-made, 13-foot, high-performance
sailboat has since become a favourite of sailors throughout the world,
drawing the highest number of entries in all major events and becoming
one of the 10 Olympic-class racing boats in 1996. Mr. Kirby competed as
a member of Canada's sailing team in the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia,
and the 1964 Olympics in Rome, Italy.
Mr. Michael Ondaatje, O.C.
Michael Ondaatje has captivated readers the world over
with his poetic imagery, the exuberance of his storytelling and intelligence
of his language. Acclaimed for his poetry, prose and essays, he has won
four Governor General's Literary Awards, the first in 1970 for The
Collected Works of Billy The Kid. With his novel, The English
Patient, he became in 1992 the first Canadian to win the prestigious
Booker Prize. The movie made from The English Patient won the Academy
Award for Best Picture in 1996.
Stompin’ Tom Connors, O.C.
His cowboy boots, signature Stetson and unforgettable
presence have graced the stages of the small-town watering holes and vast
urban musical stages of Canada for three decades. In 1971, he broke the
house record at the famous Horseshoe in Toronto, when he played to packed
houses for nine consecutive weeks. Stompin' Tom Connors is celebrated
and loved all over the country for such memorable songs as Bud the
Spud, Sudbury Saturday Night and The Hockey Game. This man
knows Canada like no one else and all Canadians know him. In 2000, he
was awarded the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for lifetime
Mr. Paul Henderson
Paul Henderson's winning goal on September 28, 1972,
was one of hockey's greatest moments. In the last 34 seconds of the final
game in the "Series of the Century" between Canada and the Soviet Union,
Mr. Henderson carried Canada to victory. In fact, he scored the winning
goals of each of the last three games in this memorable series -- crowning
moments in an exceptional hockey career that spanned 18 years with the
Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Mr. Henderson is a member
of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Mr. Ronald Turcotte, C.M.
No greater horse has thundered down the straight than
Secretariat, the best thoroughbred of all time. And it was Ron Turcotte
from Drummond, New Brunswick, who rode him to victory in 1973, winning
the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes and becoming the first
jockey in 25 years to win the most coveted prize in racing – the Triple
Crown. He was also the first jockey in 70 years to win back-to-back Kentucky
Derbies and the only one to win five of six consecutive Triple Crown races.
In his career, Mr. Turcotte won over 3,000 races. He is a member of the
Canadian Racing Hall of Fame and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Mr. Dennis Lee, O.C.
"Alligator pie, alligator pie...if I don't get some,
I think I'm gonna die." Adults and children
alike still can't get enough of Dennis Lee's award-winning children's
book Alligator Pie. This zany collection of poems, written with
a decidedly Canadian slant, won the 1974 Book of the Year for Children
Award from the Canadian Association of Children's Librarians. He also
wrote most of the song lyrics for the popular children's TV program, Fraggle
Rock. Mr. Lee won the 1972 Governor General's Literary Award for his collection,
Civil Elegies and Other Poems.
Dr. Billy Diamond, O.Q.
Dr. Billy Diamond was instrumental in bringing about
great change to Aboriginal land claims in the modern age. He was the prime
mover in the litigation and negotiations between the Grand Council of
Crees and the federal government, which resulted in the 1975 James Bay
and Northern Quebec Agreement. Dr. Diamond also spearheaded the establishment
of policies to ensure Aboriginal and treaty rights were protected in the
Canadian Constitution. In addition to his significant leadership at the
national and international level, Dr. Diamond has forged innovative and
successful business ventures that have vitalized the Northern economy.
Mr. Greg Joy
In 1976, millions of Canadians and spectators all over
the world sat entranced by the gripping duel unfolding in the final of
the men's high jump competition. Despite the pouring rain, Greg Joy's
thrilling leap (2m23) earned him a silver medal and the recognition that
Canada not only had a major competitor in this difficult sport, but also
an athlete with great style and character. Carrying the flag for Canada
at the Closing Ceremonies, he symbolized for many Canadians the true meaning
of the Games.
The Honourable Thomas Rodney Berger, O.C.
As Commissioner of the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry
from 1974-1977, the Honourable Thomas Berger travelled to every settlement
in the Northwest Territories, meeting with northerners in community halls,
tents and fishing camps. He became known as the man who listened, hearing
the distress of Aboriginal peoples about the effect of the proposed pipeline
on land claims and on the very survival of their way of life. In response,
his ground-breaking 1977 report, Northern Frontier, Northern Homeland,
called for a 10-year moratorium on pipeline construction, allowing time
to settle the land claims of the Inuvialuit, Dene and Métis of the Mackenzie
Valley. Judge Berger has served as a Member of Parliament, a Member of
the British Columbia Legislature and Justice of the Supreme Court of British
The Honourable Jacques Hébert, O.C.
Jacques Hébert had a dream -- to create an organization
where young people learn, share and make discoveries through a variety
of projects and environments. In 1978, he celebrated the first year of
Katimavik, a program which enables young people aged between 17 and 21
from every region of Canada to live together, learn their second official
language and become part of Canadian community life. To date, more than
22,000 young people have taken part in Katimavik, Canada's largest national
The Honourable Antonine Maillet, P.C., C.C., O.Q.
Antonine Maillet, a native of Bouctouche in the heart
of Acadia, is a distinguished professor, novelist, playwright and lecturer.
She became widely known and respected in 1972 with her play, La Sagouine.
In 1979, she made history by becoming the first writer outside of France
to win the Goncourt for her novel, Pélagie-la-Charrette. Her
works are internationally renowned.
Mr. Scott Abbott
Question, for a piece of the pie: What Canadian sportswriter
developed the concept for the world’s most popular board game? Answer:
Scott Abbott. With the help of his colleague, Chris Haney, and the financial
support of other interested shareholders, Mr. Abbott began production
in 1980 of Trivial Pursuit. This hugely entertaining game that
tests one's command of facts and ephemera is found the world over, each
edition being specially tailored to the country in which it is produced.
Its sales have run into the millions.
Mr. John D. MacNaughton, O.C.
The Canadarm, one of space exploration's greatest tools,
is the brainchild of Canadian scientist John MacNaughton. First envisioned
in the late 1970s, Mr. MacNaughton's remarkable invention – the new Shuttle
Remote Manipulator System – became a reality through the combined efforts
of the National Research Council of Canada and NASA. The Canadarm took
its maiden voyage aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1981 and has since
become a required feature on all space missions.
Ms. Denise Filiatrault, O.C., O.Q.
Denise Filiatrault is one of the best known stars on
the Quebec arts scene. She became very popular through her roles in television
series such as Moi et l'autre. In 1982, she won a Genie Award
for her role in the movie Les Plouffe. She also has had a distinguished
career in theatre and film as a writer, comedienne, actor and producer.
Mme Filiatrault has shown another aspect of her great talent in directing
theatre, and the plays and films that she has produced have been acclaimed
by the public.
Mr. Louis Garneau, O.C., C.Q.
It was in his father's garage that Louis Garneau set
up his own business in 1983. Behind him was a brilliant cycling career
during which he won more than 150 races, making him well placed to produce
his own brand of sportswear. His dynamic and creative firm, specializing
in the design of top-of-line sportswear, has constantly expanded, most
recently into the manufacture of bicycles and fitness equipment.
Dr. Marc Garneau, O.C., C.D.
In 1984, Marc Garneau became the first Canadian astronaut
to fly in space, first as a payload specialist and then as a mission specialist.
In his third and last mission aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger,
he operated the Canadarm to install solar panels on the International
Space Station. Mr. Garneau has logged more than 677 hours in space. He
has received numerous honours, including the NASA Space Flight Medal for
exceptional service. In November 2001, Mr. Garneau became President of
the Canadian Space Agency.
Ms. Margaret Atwood, C.C.
Margaret Atwood is considered to be among the best novelists
in the English language today with such novels as The Edible Woman, Alias
Grace and The Blind Assassin. In 1985, she won her second
Governor General's Literary Award for her futuristic novel, The Handmaid's
Tale. She has helped to establish a Canadian literary identity and
inspire a new generation of writers. In 2000, Ms. Atwood was awarded the
Booker Prize for her novel The Blind Assassin.
The Honourable John C. Polanyi, P.C., C.C.
In 1986, Dr. John Polanyi shared with two other scientists
the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. His discoveries have increased our understanding
of how chemical reactions take place and opened a new field of research
in chemistry. Dr. Polanyi's brilliance in science is complemented by a
wide range of interests and a keen social conscience. In addition to the
Nobel Prize, he has received the Medal of the Royal Society of London.
He is a founding member of the Committee on Scholarly Freedom of the Royal
Society and the Canadian Committee for Scientists and Scholars, of which
he is President.
Dr. Ian Shelton
On February 24, 1987, from the University of Toronto's
Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, Canadian astronomer Ian Shelton observed
the awesome power of a supernova – a cosmic explosion of energy signalling
the death of a star. The rare event had not been witnessed since 1604,
when astronomer Johannes Kepler watched a supernova shining in the night
sky with only the naked eye. Professor Shelton's discovery generated huge
excitement among international experts and sparked a lively public interest
Dr. David Suzuki, O.C., O.B.C.
Dr. David Suzuki has devoted his life to de-mystifying
and promoting understanding of the potential impact of the powerful forces
shaping our lives. For 25 years, he has brought science to the general
public through his television program, The Nature of Things,
which is now broadcast in more than 30 countries around the world, and
through the radio series, It's a Matter of Survival and From
Naked Ape to Superspecies. In 1988, Dr. Suzuki received the United
Nations Environment Program Medal for his internationally renowned environmental
series, A Planet for the Taking. He has served as a member of
the Science Council of Canada and Science for Peace, and was a founding
member of Scientists for Social Responsibility.
Mr. Douglas J. Cardinal, O.C.
Douglas Cardinal designs buildings that are truly Canadian.
With the unveiling of the Canadian Museum of Civilization in 1989, he
captivated the public with a structure that united the landscape and spirit
of a northern country. His Aboriginal background informs the natural organic
feeling of his buildings. Mr. Cardinal's architectural artistry has been
recognized far and wide, earning him the Canada Council Molson Prize for
the Arts and the 2001 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts.
Mr. George Chuvalo, C.M.
Famous for his endurance and determination, George Chuvalo
faced many of the 20th century's best boxers. Ranked among the world's
top ten fighters longer than any other heavyweight and Canada's heavyweight
boxing champion for 11 consecutive years, his achievements were recognized
in 1990 with his induction into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. Today,
Mr. Chuvalo travels the country in a hard-hitting campaign to bring to
public attention the devastating consequences of drug use and addiction.
Mr. Paul-André Crépeau, C.C., O.Q.
Eminent and internationally renowned jurist, he left
an enduring mark on legal education in Canada, especially in the fields
of comparative law and medical law. Professor Paul-André Crépeau, in addition
to distinguishing himself through his teaching and research, was the co-author
of the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms and played a key role
in the adoption of the modernized Civil Code of Quebec in 1991.
Dr. Roberta Bondar, O.C., O.Ont.
In 1992, Roberta Bondar became the first Canadian woman
in space, aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. She participated
in the mission's International Microgravity Laboratory project as a payload
specialist. A celebrated neurology research scientist and physician, Dr.
Bondar was awarded the NASA Space Medal and is a member of the Canadian
Medical Hall of Fame. An accomplished photographer, she was invited by
the National Gallery of Canada to participate in its 1997 exhibit, Science
and Photography: Beauty of Another Order.
Lieutenant-General (Ret’d) Roméo Dallaire, C.M.M., M.S.C.,
Under extremely difficult circumstances, this man of
sang-froid, courage and compassion did everything in his power to draw
the attention of the world to the genocide in Rwanda and to stop it. In
1993, General Roméo Dallaire commanded, in succession, the United Nations
Observation Mission in Uganda/Rwanda, and the United Nations Assistance
Mission in Rwanda. The situation in Rwanda was a catastrophe of proportions
beyond the actions of one man, but General Dallaire persisted and pleaded
for assistance from the international community. Still haunted by this
terrible experience, he nevertheless continues to tell his story, warning
the world against ever again abandoning a whole people to their deaths,
as it did in Rwanda.
Mr. Atom Egoyan, O.C.
Atom Egoyan has pushed the boundaries of convention to
produce films memorable for their haunting beauty, complex imagery and
disturbing dialogue. His 1994 film Exotica was the first English
Canadian film at Cannes in over a decade, where it was awarded the International
Critics Prize for Best Film. His other films include Felicia's Journey,
Ararat and The Sweet Hereafter, which earned him a second
International Critics Prize in Cannes in 1997 as well as Academy Award
nominations for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. In addition
to cinema, Mr. Egoyan has written and directed television and opera.
Mr. Craig Kielburger, M.S.M.
In 1995, at the age of 12, Craig Kielburger founded the
organization (Kids Can) Free The Children (KCFTC), an advocacy
campaign to rid the world of child labour that today has grown into a
major international program, with young people participating from over
35 countries. Youth members of KCFTC have raised funds for the
construction of more than 300 primary schools in rural areas of developing
nations, providing education every day to over 15,000 children. In 2001,
KCFTC was selected by the UN and The Office of the Special Representative
for Children in Armed Conflict as the lead non-governmental organization
to coordinate youth outreach for the International Decade for a Culture
of Peace and Non-violence towards Children.
The Honourable Louise Arbour
In 1996, as Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal
Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Louise Arbour was the first legal
official to indict a serving Head of State for war crimes and crimes against
humanity. She affirmed a great principle: criminal responsibility is personal,
not collective. An eminent jurist, Mme Arbour was appointed to the Supreme
Court of Ontario in 1987 and to the Ontario Court of Appeal in 1990. She
has been a Judge of the Supreme Court of Canada since 1999.
Mr. Bernard Voyer, O.C., C.Q.
Explorer and mountaineer, Bernard Voyer has 30 years
of expeditions and adventures to his credit. In 1992, he was the first
to cross Ellesmere Island on skis. In 1994, he reached the North Pole
and, in 1996, the South Pole. In 1997, he conquered Mount Aconcagua, the
highest point in the Americas, followed by Mount Everest in 1999. Two
years later, in 2001, Mr. Voyer fulfilled his dream by reaching the world's
coldest peak, Mount Vinson in Antarctica. He had completed his world tour,
having scaled the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.
The Honourable Jean-Louis Roux, C.C., C.Q.
After a career as an actor, author, stage director and
artistic director, Jean-Louis Roux was appointed as Chairman of the Canada
Council for the Arts in 1998. In 1950, he founded the Théâtre d'Essai
de Montréal and in 1951 co-founded Le Théâtre du Nouveau Monde. He later
became Director of L'École nationale de théâtre. As a stage and television
actor, Mr. Roux has performed in more than 250 plays; he has produced
over 50 plays, some of which he translated into French. A freelance actor
since 1987, he retains a consuming passion for the theatre.
Mr. John Amagoalik
John Amagoalik, born at a seasonal camp near Inukjuaq
in northern Quebec, was a key player in the settlement of land claims
prior to the creation of Canada's newest territory, Nunavut, on April
1, 1999. As Chief Commissioner of the Nunavut Implementation Commission,
he spearheaded the preparation of a working government for the territory.
Mr. Amagoalik has spent most of his working life involved in public affairs,
Aboriginal rights and public administration, serving as President of the
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Co-chair of the Inuit Committee on National Issues
and Chair of the Nunavut Constitutional Forum.
Dr. Joseph Gosnell, O.C., O.B.C.
The signing of the Nisga'a Final Agreement in 2000 marked
the first modern land claims agreement between a First Nations people
and provincial authorities in British Columbia's history. It immediately
became a beacon of hope for Aboriginal people in Canada and throughout
the world. And it was the result of 20 years of hard work and persistence
by Dr. Joseph Gosnell, the principal negotiator and inspiration behind
this landmark treaty. Dr. Gosnell, President of the Nisga'a Nation, has
received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Aboriginal Achievement
Foundation and the Award for Contribution to Humanity from the Canadian
Mr. Zacharias Kunuk
Love, jealousy, murder and revenge the world's first
feature film in Inuktitut revealed an image of the Arctic the public had
seldom seen. Zacharias Kunuk's film, Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner),
winner of the Caméra d'Or at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, gave an intense,
enthralling vision of a legend in Inuit life that has been received with
enthusiasm all over the world. Mr. Kunuk's work is aesthetically accomplished
and infused with a passion to preserve and disseminate Inuit culture.
His other films include Qaggiq (Gathering Place), Nunaqpa (Going Inland)
and Nunavut (Our Land), as well as the film documentary, Nanugiurutiga
(My First Bear). He is also a carver of repute.
Lieutenant-Colonel Pat Stogran, C.D.
Following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the
Canadian Forces mounted "Operation Apollo", Canada's military contribution
to the international effort against terrorism. Colonel Patrick Stogran
commanded the Third Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry,
which became the Immediate Reaction Force (Land) deploying to Afghanistan
in February 2002. This marked the first time that Canada has committed
to ground combat operations since the Korean War.