An­nual Or­der of Canada hon­ours ac­tors, au­thors, elec­tronic pi­o­neer

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

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.’’

Rideau Hall says there will be 100 new ap­point­ments to the Or­der of Canada, with one be­ing a pro­mo­tion to the high­est level — for­mer On­tario premier and Lib­eral MP Bob Rae is be­ing in­vested as a com­pan­ion — while the other is an honorary ap­point­ment for Jo­han Olav Koss, an Olympic speed skat­ing cham­pion from Nor­way. Koss, who lives in Toronto, founded Right to Play, an ad­vo­cacy group for chil­dren in sports. Other no­table sports names on the list are Olympic curl­ing cham­pion Russ Howard, for­mer Olympic diver and Pan Am Games medal­list Bev­er­ley Boys and Fran Rider, who was in­stru­men­tal in mak­ing women’s hockey what it is on the in­ter­na­tional scene.

Rider, who lives in Toronto, is al­ready in the In­ter­na­tional Ice Hockey Fed­er­a­tion Hall of Fame for her work found­ing the first IIHF women’s hockey tour­na­ment two decades ago, as well as the first Cana­dian na­tional women’s hockey cham­pi­onship in 1982.

The list out­lines those who have been se­lected for the Or­der of Canada based on their achieve­ments as au­thors, med­i­cal re­searchers, so­cial ad­vo­cates, busi­ness lead­ers, or politi­cians. Three for­mer politi­cians are be­ing rec­og­nized for their life in pol­i­tics, in­clud­ing for­mer Al­berta fi­nance min­is­ter Jim Din­ning and for­mer Que­bec fi­nance min­is­ter Monique Jerome-For­get. Joyce Fair­bairn, a for­mer Lib­eral sen­a­tor and lit­er­acy ad­vo­cate, re­signed from the Se­nate in 2012 af­ter she was di­ag­nosed with Alzheimer’s.

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This pub­lic­ity im­age re­leased by Syfy shows Julie Benz as Amanda Rose­wa­ter, left, Graham Greene as Rafe McCaw­ley, and Grant Bowler as Jeb Nolan, right, in a scene from the se­ries, “De­fi­ance”. Greene was among those named to the Or­der of Canada on July 1.

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