Order of Canada marks 50 years of honouring Canadian contributions – Diversity analysis


Two charts contrasting the 2013-16 baseline with the latest appointments, which should start reflecting some of the changes and additional funding announced in Budget 2015 to improve under-represented sectors, understood as Western Canadian and business-related appointments (see my earlier article in Policy Options The Order of Canada and diversity).

Given that these are only part-year appointments, full-year numbers may or may not confirm these apparent changes in diversity and provincial representation:

The Order of Canada marks its 50th anniversary this year with 99 new appointments on its Canada Day honours list, including renowned figures from the fields of law, government, entertainment and sport, as well as Canadians whose contributions are less widely known.

The list includes soccer star Christine Sinclair, television host Alex Trebek, actor Catherine O’Hara and Globe and Mail editorial cartoonist Brian Gable.

Three people were named to the highest rank, Companion of the Order of Canada: former Supreme Court Justice Marshall Rothstein, National Arts Centre president Peter Herrndorf and The Prince of Wales.

Nineeteen people were named Officers of the Order of Canada, including former spymaster Richard Fadden, hockey player Mark Messier and actor Michael Myers. There were 77 people named as members of the Order, including opera singer Tracy Dahl, historian Bill Waiser, public health nurse Cathy Crowe and Indigenous leader Terrance Paul.

The Order of Canada is considered one of the country’s highest civilian honours. It was created in the centennial year of 1967 to recognize outstanding achievement and service to the community. More than 6,700 people have been named to the Order in its 50 years.

Source: Order of Canada marks 50 years of honouring Canadian contributions – The Globe and Mail

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