Sharon Pollock, O.C.
For decades, Sharon Pollock has brought her passionate and provocative voice to Canadian theatre. As a playwright, she has produced an outstanding and award-winning body of work, which has both entertained and challenged audiences. Her plays have been produced by major and alternative theatres throughout North America, Europe and Asia; many of them are now considered classics in the Canadian theatre repertoire. She has also been a mentor to young playwrights and has fostered their development on the national theatre scene.
Donald Ross, O.C.
Chairman of Jones, Gable and Company Limited, Donald Ross is a private donor whose generous contributions have made a difference in the lives of countless Canadians. With little fanfare, he supports a wide range of causes, including the Canadian Canoe Museum, Smile Theatre, New Leaf Yoga and Students on Ice. He has been engaged in a number of conservation efforts, playing a key role in the creation of the Ninginganiq National Wildlife Area, a protected preserve for bowhead whales.
John D. Ross, O.C
Broadcast engineer John Ross has changed the way we watch television. He founded Ross Video on the strength of his revolutionary television production technology. Nearly four decades later, his products are used to produce and distribute video and audio signals in over 100 countries, and are used by almost every major TV network, as well as the International Space Station. An aviation enthusiast, he designed the airport in his local community of Iroquois, Ontario, and currently serves as chair of the airport commission.
Louise Roy, O.C., O.Q.
Louise Roy is an inspiration and a role model for women. Multitalented and dynamic, she is in demand as a manager in several fields. The first woman to head an urban transit company in Canada, she is also known for her efforts to improve governance in the corporate sector. She is held in high regard for having created critical links between the knowledge-based economy and the educational, cultural and business sectors. Former chair of the Conseil des arts de Montreal, and chancellor and chair of the Universite de Montreal, she continues to be called upon as a consultant and corporate director at the national and international levels.
Daniele Sauvageau, O.C., M.S.C.
Daniele Sauvageau is a leading figure in the development of women's hockey in Canada. Breaking with traditions in coaching, she rose through the ranks to become a high-level coach. Notably, she led the Canadian team to its first-ever gold medal at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. In addition, by joining the Montreal Rockets, she became the first female coach of a male major junior hockey team in Canada. Known for her innovative approach, she is sought after as a mentor by coaches in other sports and is a role model for women in sport.
Ronald P. Schlegel, O.C
Ronald Schlegel has made a lifelong commitment to enhancing elder care in Canada. A former professor of gerontology at the University of Waterloo, he applied his expertise to the development of retirement communities. He pioneered a model of long-term care based on a village concept, with easy access to services and social opportunities suited to continuum-of-care environments. Motivated by a long-term vision, he has endowed a research institute and a centre of excellence to explore health care innovations for Canada's aging population.
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