Order of Ontario Investiture

The Lieutenant Governor, the Premier, and new Members of the Order of Ontario

As Chancellor of the Order of Ontario, the Lieutenant Governor invested 26 appointees to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour, during a ceremony at Queen’s Park.

New Members of the Order of Ontario

Peter A. Adamson, Toronto – surgical specialist in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

He is an internationally recognized facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon whose techniques are taught worldwide and who regularly leads teams of plastic surgeons on medical missions through his Face the Future Foundation.

Mehran Anvari, Hamilton – surgical robotics pioneer

He was one of the first surgeons in Canada to use robotics in surgery and is the founding director of the world-renowned Centre for Surgical Invention and Innovation, supporting the development of a new generation of medical robotics for early detection and treatment of cancers.

Donovan Bailey, Toronto – global track and field icon

He is a legendary sprinter, a two-time Olympic champion in the 100-metre and 4×100-metre relay, three-time world record holder and three-time world champion.

Jennifer Bond, Ottawa – professor of law and human rights advocate

Recently named Chair of the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative, she is an associate professor in the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law who has used her legal expertise to effect meaningful changes to refugee policy and implementation.

Angèle Brunelle, Thunder Bay – advocate for northwest Ontario’s Francophone community

She is the director of the l’Acceuil francophone de Thunder Bay and has dedicated her life to promoting Francophone rights in the health and education sectors.

Ronald F. Caza, Ottawa – lawyer and ardent defender of Francophone linguistic rights

He has championed the preservation of French language and culture in Ontario, successfully arguing before the highest courts against attempts to eliminate or undermine essential institutions.

Anthony Kam Chuen Chan, Hamilton – prominent pediatric hematologist and scientist

He is a professor of pediatrics at McMaster University who has advanced the care of children with thrombosis and stroke, including the use of clot-resistant catheters which may prevent childhood thrombosis worldwide.

Ethel Côté, Ottawa – entrepreneur, volunteer and community leader

Founder of MécènESS, the first French-language crowdfunding platform, she has supported Francophone community economic development in Ontario and Canada for 35 years.

Jim Estill, Guelph – entrepreneur and philanthropist

He is the CEO of Danby Appliances who has sponsored and is resettling over 50 Syrian refugee families in his community.

Carol Finlay, Cobourg – Anglican priest and education advocate

She is the founder and director of Book Clubs for Inmates, a charity that operates book clubs in federal penitentiaries across Canada, building the literacy, communication, and social skills inmates need as they transition back into their communities.

Cheryl Forchuk, Brantford – leading scholar in the fields of homelessness, poverty and mental health

She is a distinguished nursing and psychiatry professor at Western University/Lawson Health Research Institute, whose pioneering transitional discharge approach has dramatically improved outcomes for psychiatric patients.

Dorothée Gizenga, Orléans – international development expert and human rights advocate

She is the founding executive director of the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) and has dedicated her work to international development and the eradication of blood diamonds.

Shirley Greenberg, Ottawa – lawyer and prominent women’s rights advocate

A proud feminist, she co-founded the National Association of Women and the Law and is credited with helping to achieve historic strides for women in Canada.

Robert Pio Hajjar, London – acclaimed “transformative” motivational speaker

Born with Down syndrome, he founded IDEAL WAY, a charity helping persons with intellectual disabilities and others to feel IDEAL: Included, Deserving, Equal, Appreciated, and Loved.

Greta Hodgkinson, Toronto – internationally renowned prima ballerina

She is a celebrated principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada who has raised the bar for quality within her art form and become a mentor to a new generation of dancers.

Dorothy Anna Jarvis, Oakville – distinguished pediatrician

She is a professor emerita at the University of Toronto’s Department of Paediatrics and an international authority on emergency health care for children.

Lisa LaFlamme, Toronto – national broadcast journalist

She is the chief anchor and senior editor of Canada’s CTV National News who has used her influence to promote human rights, including improving access to education for Afghan women.

M. G. Venkatesh Mannar, Gloucester – international expert in food science technologies and nutrition

A chemical engineer and founder and president of the Micronutrient Initiative, he championed the fortification of salt with iron and iodine, directly improving the lives of hundreds of millions of the world’s poorest people.

Ernest Matton (Little Brown Bear), Minesing – community capacity builder and spiritual ambassador

He is a well-respected Métis Elder who blends Aboriginal teachings with Western information to provide holistic healing/therapy approaches for Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members and professional disciplines.

The Hon. Dennis O’Connor, Toronto – former Associate Chief Justice of Ontario

He is a highly regarded judge who presided over the Walkerton Commission of Inquiry and the Maher Arar Inquiry, both of which remain models for public inquiries to this day.

David Pearson, Sudbury – professor and promoter of science communication

He was the founding director of Science North, whose pioneering interactive approach has become a model for public science engagement.

Fran Rider, Mississauga – women’s hockey advocate for 50 years

An icon of Canadian women’s hockey, she helped establish the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association, the women’s hockey world championships, and the acceptance of women’s hockey as an official Olympic sport.

Beverley Salmon, Toronto – prominent anti-racism and community activist

Toronto’s first black female municipal councillor and founding chair of the Toronto Board of Education’s Black Liaison Committee, she championed an inclusionary curriculum and anti-racism training for teachers.

The Hon. Hugh Segal, Toronto – distinguished public servant

He has served in the public, private, academic and not-for-profit sectors for 40 years, including as a senator, as a chief of staff to a prime minister, and as associate Cabinet secretary in Ontario.

Helga Stephenson, Toronto – arts administrator and human rights activist

She was executive director of Toronto’s Festival of Festivals, transforming it into the world-renowned Toronto International Film Festival. She also helped establish the Canada Committee of Human Rights Watch and the annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival.

Margo Timmins, Thornbury – celebrated vocalist

She is the voice of internationally renowned Canadian alternative rock band Cowboy Junkies, whose unique sound has influenced contemporary music within Canada and throughout the world.


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As Chancellor of the Order of Ontario, I am very pleased to be the first to welcome the order’s newest members. Today, the Crown honours you with this province’s highest distinction. You join an esteemed society of merit.

What a special time this is. You are receiving this honour in the 150th anniversary of Confederation—as well as the 30th anniversary of the order’s first investiture. It may be a happy coincidence, but it speaks to the truly positive impact that you have made to our country as residents of one of Canada’s founding provinces.

Quel moment particulier! Vous recevez cet honneur en le 150e anniversaire de la Confédération, et le 30e anniversaire de la première investiture de l’Ordre. C’est peut-être une heureuse coïncidence, mais cela démontre l’incidence des plus positive que vous avez eue sur notre pays en tant que résidents de l’une des provinces fondatrices du Canada.

This is a time for Ontarians to consider who we are and wish to be as Canadians and as global citizens. It is a unique opportunity to reflect upon the contributions we will make in addressing the shared challenges facing humanity.

Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples is one such challenge, and I wish to acknowledge that we gather tonight on a traditional meeting place for the many Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island. First Peoples have stewarded these lands for millennia.

I honour the ancient and enduring history of First Nations and Métis Peoples in Ontario and pay tribute today in particular to the Mississaugas of the New Credit.

J’honore l’histoire ancienne et durable des Premières Nations et des peuples métis de l’Ontario et rend hommage aujourd’hui en particulier à la Première Nation des Mississaugas de New Credit.

Today’s new members of the Order of Ontario exemplify, individually and collectively, the best qualities of good citizenship. Through their voluntary service, unrivalled creativity and the relentless pursuit of excellence, they have demonstrated the audacity to envision a more just and sustainable future. Through their extensive generosity of spirit, each has challenged us to take an active interest in those with whom we share this earth.

I am grateful to have already met many of you and I was delighted that a number of members of the Order of Ontario responded to my invitation to participate in our office’s sesquicentennial project, 150 Stories.

In carefully chosen and heartfelt words, you described having been supported by generous teachers, volunteers, and neighbours. You acknowledge a nurturing environment that includes both our wealth of natural beauty and our openness to diversity.

When we see coverage of members of the Order of Ontario in the media, I think it is telling that their stories always intersect with the stories of their communities. Clearly, receiving this honour is not only meaningful to you personally, but also to those who have supported you over the years, to those who have followed your careers and achievements, and to those who follow in your footsteps.

Lorsque nous voyons la couverture accordée aux membres de l’Ordre de l’Ontario dans les médias, je pense que cela montre que leurs histoires entrecroisent les histoires de leurs collectivités. Recevoir cet honneur n’est pas seulement significatif pour vous personnellement, mais aussi pour tous ceux qui vous ont appuyés au fil des années, pour ceux qui ont suivi vos carrières et vos réalisations, et pour ceux qui suivent vos traces.

Each of you has left your mark in a unique way.

The citations we will soon hear describe amazing contributions. You have brought about ingenious new procedures and helpful standards, from the development of surgical technologies to improved health care for children and Indigenous communities, and to better nutrition for people around the world.

As public servants, philanthropists, and volunteers working in your communities, you have fought racism and injustice. You have achieved more and better services for those in need.

You have fought to advance human rights here in Ontario, and beyond the borders of this province and Canada, extending a much-needed hand to those who have been exploited and those who have not been able live with the same sense of dignity that we have come to take for granted in our own lives.

There are those who have so often made us feel as though we are a part of something bigger than ourselves. Through sports, music, dance, film, and literature, you have given us purpose and have nourished us with hope.

Through your courage, your initiative, and your leadership, you have showed us that one person can make a difference.

Grâce à votre courage, à votre initiative et à votre leadership, vous nous avez montré qu’une seule personne peut faire toute une différence.

Thirty years ago, one of the very first members of the Order of Ontario was the Honourable Bill Davis. If I may, I would like to read to you a brief passage from his introduction to 150 Stories:

In 2017 we should certainly celebrate our achievements ... But this does not mean being triumphal about the achievements of today or being complacent about tomorrow. This is not about perfection, but about never giving up in our continuing quest for a community where fairness, security, opportunity, and freedom mutually support and reinforce each other. Focusing on the most pressing needs of those less fortunate has never mattered more... What I have seen at home and across the province has not been perfect. But when compared with other parts of the world, it is truly exemplary of much that is good.

Today we celebrate the work of those who symbolize and embody our goodness. Long may you continue to dedicate yourselves to the pursuit of excellence, with the aim of making Ontario a better place.

Perhaps more than ever, our province and our world need your brilliance, your kindness, and your compassion.

Plus que jamais, notre province et notre monde ont besoin de votre lumière, de votre bonté et de votre compassion.

It is my pleasure and honour to invest each of you today. I join with your family, friends, and colleagues in expressing pride in your dedication and accomplishments.

As Her Majesty The Queen’s representative, and as the Chancellor of the Order of Ontario, on behalf of the people of Ontario I commend you for your contributions to your communities and for your invaluably positive impact on this province. Congratulations!

En ma qualité de représentante de Sa Majesté la Reine, et de chancelière de l’Ordre de l’Ontario, au nom de toute la population de l’Ontario, je vous félicite pour tous les gestes que vous avez posés dans vos collectivités et pour leurs répercussions positives inestimables sur notre province. Félicitations!

Thank you. Merci. Miigwetch.