Paul Henderson, C.M.
Paul Henderson has used his iconic status to promote teamwork, fair play and community service. A former hockey player, he is best known for his historic game-winning goals for Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series. He has since inspired thousands of Canadians as a motivational speaker and founder of the LeaderImpact Group, a faith-based organization that promotes family values and community participation to business leaders. He also volunteers with youth sports associations and supports a range of charitable organizations.
Elmer Hildebrand, C.M., O.M.
Elmer Hildebrand is committed to putting radio to the service of the community. As head of Golden West Broadcasting, a chain of radio stations in western Canada, he has connected communities, provided jobs, and encouraged local programming and talent. Passionate about propelling the broadcasting industry forward, he has served on provincial and national boards, notably as chair of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. Public-spirited and generous with his time, he was inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame for his many years of involvement in the sport.
Martin Hunter, C.M.
Martin Hunter's passion for theatre has influenced a generation of Canadian talent. Throughout his career, he has directed some 40 productions and written extensively for stage, screen and radio. Former artistic director of the University of Toronto's Hart House Theatre, he has also written articles on the arts for major Canadian magazines and newspapers. In addition, through the work of his charitable foundation, he has provided much-needed financial support and recognition to many promising artists.
Harold Kalant, C.M.
Harold Kalant has helped shape our understanding of the causes and effects of substance addiction. Director emeritus of biobehavioural research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and professor emeritus of pharmacology at the University of Toronto, he has been one of the pioneers of the modern scientific study of addictions. Spanning six decades, his research on the effects of alcohol and other psychoactive substances on the body has contributed to the development of effective treatment plans for drug dependency. He continues to be an expert consultant to national and international bodies.
Leo MacNeil, C.M.
Sydney, Nova Scotia
Leo MacNeil is a master craftsman. For more than six decades, he has been designing and building custom wood furniture by hand, as well as creating sculptures in wood, stone and cement. Many of his works, notably at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, are 17th-century period pieces he crafted using the traditional methods from that era, without nails or modern tools. As founder of the Cape Breton Woodcrafters Association, he continues to pass on his techniques to the next generation of woodworkers.
Fred V. Martin, C.M.
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia and Edmonton, Alberta
Fred Martin has long supported the fight for equal rights. In the 1960s, he volunteered with the civil rights movement in the United States to increase voter registration for African Americans. He then served as legal counsel for the Metis Settlements General Council, where he helped to develop an innovative process to provide Metis Settlements communities with land ownership, self-governance and cultural oversight of their affairs. In addition, he worked with the Government of Nunavut to oversee the management and regulation of the territory's energy supply.
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