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The 2018 Appointees to the Order of Ontario


The 2018 Appointees to the Order of Ontario

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Chancellor of the Order of Ontario, announced 21 new appointments to the Order of Ontario, the province's highest honour.

Hon. Jean Augustine - Toronto

The first Black woman elected to the House of Commons, Hon. Jean Augustine served as MP and Cabinet Minister from 1993 to 2006. She has contributed to Canada's official multiculturalism policy and the Metro Toronto Anti-Drug Strategy, and served on boards in the areas of education, health care, and housing.

Salah Bachir - Toronto

A successful businessman, Salah Bachir is one of Canada's most influential philanthropists whose impact is felt worldwide. A champion for the LGBTQ community and the arts, Mr. Bachir is the co-founder of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research and serves as Chancellor of Canada's preeminent art and design school, OCAD University.

Sue Carstairs - Selwyn

A trained veterinarian and wildlife custodian, Dr. Sue Carstairs is the executive and medical director of the Ontario Conservation Centre (home of Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre), and dedicates herself to saving, rehabilitating, and protecting Ontario's turtles and educating others about the importance of turtles to Ontario wetlands.

Ralph Chiodo - Toronto

As the founder of Active Green + Ross Tire and Automotive Centre, Ralph Chiodo has used his success to give back through the Ralph and Rose Chiodo Family Foundation. His philanthropy and volunteerism have benefited the lives of many.

Zane Cohen - Toronto

With a medical career spanning more than four decades, Dr. Zane Cohen is an internationally renowned surgeon in the field of colorectal surgery, whose cutting-edge techniques in the field of inflammatory bowel disease and inherited colorectal cancer were the first to be deployed in Canada.

Dwayne De Rosario - King City

One of Canada's most celebrated professional soccer players, Dwayne De Rosario's talent and impact extends beyond the soccer stage. Through his DeRo Foundation, Mr. De Rosario supports local community initiatives using soccer as a platform to help youth in high-priority neighbourhoods develop the skills and confidence they need to succeed.

Michelle DiEmanuele - Mississauga

A highly regarded community leader and respected senior executive, Michelle DiEmanuele is active in city-building initiatives across Ontario. She has served in government as CEO of Trillium Health Partners and as a member of the Toronto Police Force's Transformational Task Force.

Philip Epstein - Toronto

The founding partner of Epstein Cole LLP, Philip Epstein is a reputed scholar in family law and dispute resolution. He is well-known for his progressive and child-centred approaches to mediating and arbitrating family law disputes, including his creation of the Dispute Resolution Officer Program.

Aaron Fenster - London

An extraordinary leader and scientist, known worldwide for his work in medical imaging, Dr. Aaron Fenster has left an indelible mark in the field of biomedical physics, and has contributed to a broad range of imaging including 3D ultrasound and image guided interventions.

Mark Freiman - Toronto

An innovative, principled and dedicated public servant, former Deputy Attorney General Mark Freiman worked to improve the justice system, reconciling competing and sometimes contradictory positions in the interests and service of the people of Ontario.

Emmanuelle Gattuso - Toronto

A dedicated philanthropist, Emmanuelle Gattuso's contributions have made an incredible impact on health care, the arts, and social justice. Her long-time donations to the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre helped establish the Gattuso Rapid Diagnostic Centre, which has become a model for other such centres around the world.

Mary Gordon - Toronto

An internationally recognized social entrepreneur, educator, author, child advocate and parenting expert, Mary Gordon has created programs informed by the power of empathy. She founded Roots of Empathy and established Canada's first school-based Parenting and Family Literacy Centre.

Edward Greenspon - Ottawa

For over thirty years, Edward Greenspon has helped inform and shape the development of the public good as a journalist, mentor, and think tank president. As CEO of the Public Policy Forum, he has addressed policy issues including the changing nature of work and the impact of a shrinking news system on our democracy.

Charles "Spider" Jones - Pickering

Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame member, journalist, author and three-time Golden Glove Champion, Charles Spider Jones has dedicated his life to improving impoverished youth by sharing his life experiences. Through his 'Believe to Achieve' non-profit organization, Spider supports kids in after-school personal development and mentorship programs.

Neal Jotham - Ottawa

A renowned animal welfare advocate, Neal Jotham has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of millions of animals in many animal-use industries across Canada and worldwide. A driving force within the International Organization for Standardization, Mr. Jotham greatly advanced the science and protocols needed to establish an international agreement on humane trapping standards.

Dalton McGuinty - Ottawa

As Ontario's 24th Premier, Dalton McGuinty championed measures to improve education, health care, the environment and the economy. Among other initiatives, his administration introduced full-day kindergarten, closed coal plants and created the Greenbelt region.

Peter Menkes - Toronto

As President of Menkes Developments, Commercial/Industrial, Peter Menkes has transformed GTA skylines. Under his leadership, the company has developed and managed over 25 million square feet of office, industrial and retail space, including the award-winning TELUS Tower—the first LEED Platinum design tower in Downtown Toronto—and Sugar Wharf, a major mixed-use office, retail and residential development along the waterfront.

Janice O'Born - Toronto

Founding Chair of The Printing House (TPH) Charitable Office, Janice O'Born's main focus is educating others on the importance and fortitude of volunteering and philanthropy. She has raised millions of dollars for various charitable causes in her mission of helping others.

Cheryl Perera - Richmond Hill

A children's rights advocate, Cheryl Perera is the Founder and President of OneChild, the first organization harnessing the power of youth to combat child sexual exploitation. Her passion for child protection has impacted 76,000 at-risk children, survivors and communities in 11 countries, and has extended her leadership to the Canadian anti-child sex tourism and trafficking movement. 

Lyne Pitre - Ottawa

Franco-Ontarian Dr. Lyne Pitre has shaped a remarkable career as a physician and educator, championing French in medicine. She trained more than 200 family physicians in her career, and through her clinic brought French-language health care to Francophones across Ontario.

A. Britton "Brit" Smith - Kingston                                                                                      

With a deep belief in giving back, Brit Smith has spent years sharing his good fortune with other to improve lives and open doors. Thousands have benefited from his generous philanthropy in areas including affordable housing, health care and homelessness.

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