An­nual Or­der of Canada hon­ours ac­tors, au­thors, elec­tronic pi­o­neer

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

The man who helped cre­ate the Black­Berry, the fe­male CEOs of two pro­vin­cial public broad­cast­ers, a noted First Na­tions ac­tor and a for­mer Olympic medal­list are among the Cana­di­ans be­ing ap­pointed to the Or­der of Canada.

Rideau Hall’s Canada Day an­nounce­ment al­lows those on the list to share the news of the hon­our, which is usu­ally a closely guarded se­cret un­til Gov. Gen. David John­ston makes the in­for­ma­tion public.

This year’s no­table names in­clude Dou­glas Fre­gin, the man who co- founded Re­search in Mo­tion with Mike Lazaridis. Fre­gin de­signed the first cir­cuit board the com­pany used to run early ver­sions of its wire­less tech­nol­ogy, and then helped choose the ma­te­ri­als that are still found in Black­Berry de­vices around the world.

Lazaridis’s wife Ophe­lia is also be­ing in­vested as a mem­ber of the Or­der of Canada for her phil­an­thropic work around Waterloo, Ont., where Black­Berry is based.

Au­thor Lawrence Hill will be rec­og­nized for his writ­ing to tell the sto­ries of Canada’s black com­mu­nity, no­tably through the crit­i­cally ac­claimed “Book of Ne­groes,’’ and ad­vo­cacy work on be­half of women and girls in Africa.

Os­car-nom­i­nated and Gemini award- win­ning ac­tor Graham Greene is a fa­mil­iar face in films, tele­vi­sion shows, and theatre pro­duc­tions in Canada and over­seas. The First Na­tions ac­tor is be­ing hon­oured for “achieve­ments as a pi­o­neer­ing and ver­sa­tile ac­tor,’’ which in­cluded a 1991 Academy Award best sup­port­ing ac­tor nom­i­na­tion for his role in the film “Dances with Wolves.’’

Also be­ing hon­oured are TVOn­tario CEO Lisa de Wilde for “trans­for­ma­tive lead­er­ship’’ at the pro­vin­cial public broad­caster, and Tele-Que­bec coun­ter­part Michele Fortin for her “con­tri­bu­tions to the vi­tal­ity of French-lan­guage and ed­u­ca­tional tele­vi­sion.’’

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