Governor General announces 135 new appointments to the Order of Canada (Dec 2021)

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December 29, 2021 / Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, announced 135 appointments to the Order of Canada. The new appointees include 2 Companions (C.C.), 39 Officers (O.C.), 1 honorary Member and 93 Members (C.M.).

The following are the music and arts related appointments:

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  • Yann Martel, C.C., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, For his contributions to literature and for his philanthropic commitment to the betterment of his region. Read interview in La Scena.


  • Neil Devindra Bissoondath, O.C., C.Q., Québec, Quebec. For his contributions to Canadian literature through his groundbreaking examinations of multiculturalism and diversity.
  • Liona Boyd, O.C., O.Ont., Toronto, Ontario. For her significant and sustained contributions to Canada’s musical landscape as “The First Lady of Guitar.” This is a promotion within the Order.
  • Tomson Highway, O.C., Gatineau, Quebec. For his sustained and distinguished contributions to theatre and Canadian culture as one of our foremost playwrights and novelists. This is a promotion within the Order.
  • J. Roger Léveillé, O.C., Winnipeg, Manitoba. For his innovative literary achievements, and for supporting generations of Franco-Manitoban artists, thus contributing to the cultural enrichment of Canada.
  • Helga Stephenson, O.C., O.Ont., Toronto, Ontario. For her enduring contributions to Canadian film and television as a leader, advocate and ambassador.
  • Ian Tamblyn, O.C., Chelsea, Quebec. For his enduring contributions as a folk music icon, adventurer and cultural ambassador for Canada.


  • Jackie Richardson, C.M., Thornhill, Ontario. For her contributions as a Canadian jazz legend, and as a leader and mentor to young performers in her community. This is an honorary appointment.


  • Francine Bois, C.M., Laval, Quebec. For her dedicated leadership at the helm of the Salon du livre de Montréal, and for her promotion of its innovative programs.
  • Janis Dunning, C.M. and Jacques Lemay, C.M., Victoria, British Columbia. For their numerous contributions to the arts and to young artists in Canada.
  • John Estacio, C.M., Edmonton, Alberta. For his expertise as a composer and for his contributions to Canadian opera.
  • Patricia M. Feheley, C.M., Toronto, Ontario. For her long-standing contributions to the Canadian art scene, and for her promotion of Inuit art and culture.
  • Jane Heyman, C.M., Vancouver, British Columbia. For her long-lasting contributions to Vancouver’s cultural landscape through her various roles within the theatre sector.
  • Jean Houde, C.M., Québec, Quebec. For his leadership in the financial sector, and for his generous support for numerous causes related to the arts and culture in Quebec.
  • Olga Eliza Korper, C.M., Toronto, Ontario. For her contributions to the visual arts through her impassioned promotion and exhibition of Canadian and international contemporary art.
  • Marc Labrèche, C.M., Saint-Lambert, Quebec. For his unique sense of humour and his great talent as an actor, which have made him an icon of Quebec’s cultural landscape.
  • Gilbert Lacasse, C.M., Québec, Quebec. For his contributions to the print media and book industries, and for his leadership as an administrator and volunteer.
  • Yves Lambert, C.M., Sainte-Mélanie, Quebec. For his role in the revival, modernization and promotion of traditional French-Canadian music.
  • Jacques Lemay, C.M. and Janis Dunning, C.M., Victoria, British Columbia. For their numerous contributions to the arts and to young artists in Canada.
  • Andrew Paul MacDonald, C.M., Sherbrooke, Quebec. For his contributions to contemporary Canadian classical, jazz and electronic music, as an educator, composer and performer.
  • Nona Macdonald Heaslip, C.M., Toronto, Ontario. For her ongoing philanthropic contributions to the Canadian arts sector and for supporting numerous academic scholarships across the country.
  • Duff David Mostoway Roman, C.M., Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. For his contributions to the Canadian music industry as a broadcaster and executive, and for his steadfast promotion of Canadian talent.
  • Janice O’Born, C.M., O.Ont., Toronto, Ontario. For her generous leadership and philanthropic contributions, both personal and corporate, notably in support of the arts and health care.
  • Barbara A. Paterson, C.M., Edmonton, Alberta. For her contributions to visual arts and for creating some of the most celebrated monumental sculptures in Canada.
  • Robin Poitras, C.M., Regina, Saskatchewan. For her creative contributions to contemporary dance in Canada, and for her leadership as artistic director of New Dance Horizons.
  • David Roche, C.M., Roberts Creek, British Columbia. For his pioneering contributions to the field of disability art, and for promoting acceptance, inclusion and diversity across Canada and the United States.
  • Reginald Schwager, C.M., Toronto, Ontario. For his indelible contributions to the Canadian jazz scene as a leading guitarist and composer.

See the full list here.

The Order of Canada is one of Canada’s highest civilian honours. Its Companions, Officers and Members take to heart the motto of the Order: DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (“They desire a better country”).

Created in 1967, the Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. More than 7,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order. Those who bear the Order’s iconic snowflake insignia have changed our nation’s measure of success and, through the sum of their accomplishments, have helped us build a better Canada.

Appointments are made by the governor general on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada. For more information about the Order of Canada or to nominate someone, visit

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