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The jovial host's MuchMusic program exposed many Canadians to bands and performers, and it is partly because of those years that he is being named to the Order of Canada today.

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Order of Canada: When George Stroumboulopoulos reflects on his TV career, his early 2000s stint as presenter of The New Music stands out the most.

The jovial host’s MuchMusic program exposed many Canadians to bands and performers, and it is partly because of those years that he is being named to the Order of Canada today.

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In an interview with The Canadian Press, he said, “It was this golden era of television that I don’t think could ever be created again.”

After hosting his own program for ten years on CBC, Stroumboulopoulos appeared on Hockey Night in Canada from 2014 to 2016.

He claimed that despite having interviewed Snoop Dogg, Hilary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, and others, he remained the same person.

“I have always been 100% myself, with very few exceptions,” he declared.

Stroumboulopoulos is among the 78 Canadians who have been granted one of the highest honors in their nation.

The first-ever Inuit senator in Canada, Willie Adams, guitarist Linda Manzer, editorial cartoonist Michael de Adder, and pollster Nik Nanos are among the new officers of the Order of Canada, according to a list released by the Governor General’s office.

George Stroumboulopoulos
George Stroumboulopoulos

Former senator and MP Serge Joyal, lawyer Wilton Littlechild, former MP and Cree chief Serge Joyal, and emergency medicine pioneer Dr. Ronald Stewart are also being promoted within the order.

Susanne Craig was in the middle of a Zoom session with editors, wrapping up a story on independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., when she learned she was being honored.

Susanne Craig
Susanne Craig

In an interview, she said, “I couldn’t believe it.” “After that, I had to quickly return to the call and wrap up the story.”

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As high-profile as it gets, Craig has been covering former US President Donald Trump’s taxes for the New York Times in recent years.

She won a Pulitzer Prize in 2019 for her investigative work, but there were drawbacks as well, such as threats of death and the knowledge that her work would be politicized.

She remarked, “I think you just have to hold your ground.” “Journalism is what it is all about, in my opinion, and I believe that at the end of the day, what you’re doing is about the reporting.”

Francine Lemire, a physician who competed for Canada in the 1980s Paralympics, is also receiving this honor.

She described her trip to the games as “kind of like a love story.”

Lemire is an amputee above the knee. “He is the one who has been able to think through adjustments that would be required for me to be able to ski,” says her now-husband, who “is a very good cross-country skier.”

She finished fourth in cross-country skiing at the 1984 Olympics. She claimed that was the worst placement and that you had simply lost out.

“One must take what lessons may be drawn from that, try to move on and prepare for the next competition. And it’s never very simple,” Lemire remarked, emphasizing that the experience had taught her the value of forethought and perseverance.

She won two gold medals at the 1988 Paralympic Winter Games in Austria, four years later.

Lemire continued to work for about 25 years as a family physician in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. After serving as the CEO and president of the College of Family Physicians of Canada for ten years, she retired in 2022.

“This acknowledgement validates my lifetime dedication to family medicine, both clinically and organizationally,” the speaker remarked.

Lemire described it as “an incredible privilege to be able to enter people’s lives for the little things and big things in their life, and make a contribution, even in a small way, to a life worth living.” Family doctors care for patients from birth until death.

Unexpectedly, Flavio Volpe discovered in 2020 that he was involved in the healthcare system as president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association.

Project Arrow, the nation’s first electric car, and aiding in the renegotiation of Canada’s trade deal with the US and Mexico are just two of the projects Volpe has worked on.

There was “a dangerous shortage of critical medical goods”—such as ventilators and personal protective equipment—when the COVID-19 pandemic initially struck in March 2020.

We spearheaded the first national push to switch production from producing auto parts to PPE and ventilators. Furthermore, we were able to organize what I believe to be the largest peacetime mobilization in Canadian manufacturing history.

Volpe, one of the people appointed to the order, calls it his most satisfying undertaking.

“Money wasn’t the reason behind it. For everyone’s financial situation, it was undoubtedly a bad period, he stated. “But this industry stood up when everyone else was afraid, and I’m proud to have led that,” the speaker said with humility.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Lino Saputo, another well-known businessman acknowledged by the Governor General, assumed leadership of his family’s cheese and dairy products company.

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When Saputo first opened in Montreal in 1954, it transported its goods by bicycle. It is currently among the largest dairy processors worldwide.

As a third generation in a family business, Saputo stated, “it’s not always that simple to bring it to different a new level or new heights.”

The business has grown under his direction, entering Argentina, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States in addition to the United States.

“We’ve kept that sense of family and the emphasis on people, which is difficult to do when working with people from different cultures and nations.”

Saputo is also receiving recognition for his charitable giving. He expressed his pride in having volunteered with United Way Centraide Canada for ten years.

With his commitment in both business and society, Saputo expressed his belief that he has “had the ability to change peoples’ lives for the better.” I hope that will be the thing that people remember me for because that has truly been my goal and my emphasis.

Order of Canada Appointees 2023

Governor General Mary Simon has appointed the following people, who the Order of Canada’s Advisory Council recommended for appointment:


Serge Joyal

J. Wilton Littlechild

Ronald Daniel Stewart


Willie Adams

Josephine Bacon

Ian Burton

Richard Burzynski

William Arthur Stewart Buxton

Chang Keun (C.K.) Choi

Wenona Giles

Rejean Hebert

Richard Wayne Hill Sr.

Louise Imbeault

Firdaus Kharas

Linda Jane Manzer

Albert D. Marshall

Paul Myles O’Byrne

Peter Robb Pearson

Steven Lewis Point


Jodi Leanne Abbott

Yisa Folasele Akinbolaji

Sara Joy Angel

Antonio Ariganello

Nurjehan Aziz Vassanji

Glen Baker

Morris L. Barer

Anne Bassett

Ardyth Brott

Alfredo Caxaj

Susanne Craig

Patrick Gordon Crean

Michael de Adder

Raquel Zegarra del Carpio-O’Donovan

Debbie A. Douglas

Bronwyn D. A. Drainie

Deantha Rae Edmunds

Jeffrey Mark Farber

Deanne M. Fitzpatrick

Louis Hugo Francescutti

Patricia Sybil Pritchard Fraser

Tennys J. M. Hanson

Raymond Roland Henault

Lorne Henry Hepworth

Victor Peter Hetmanczuk

John Pearson Hirdes

Lillie Johnson

Timothy Robert Jones

Richard Kroeker

Gary Alan Kulesha

Carol Anne Lee

Francine Lemire

Andre Leon Lewis

Kim Thuy Ly Thanh

George Edward MacDonald

Susan Margaret Macpherson

Medhat Sabet Mahdy

Lois McDonall

Noella Maria Milne

Deborah McColl Money

Osama El-Sayed Moselhi

Nikita James Nanos

John Andrew Olthuis

Linda M. Perry

Andre Pierre Picard

Bruce Godfrey Pollock

Bryan Earl Prince

Shannon Beth Prince

Joel Andrew Quarrington

Arun Ravindran

James M. Richards

Martine Monique Roy

Lino A. Saputo

Joseph (Jim) Spatz

George Mark Paul Stroumboulopoulos

Maia-Mari Sutnik

David Kin-Kay

Zainub Verjee

Flavio Volpe

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