Four Calgarians are among the recipients for the Order of Canada, which will be presented on Friday, February 12 by David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.
David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, who is chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order, will bestow the honour on 1 Companion, 7 officers, and 39 members.
The Order of Canada, is one of the country’s highest civilian honours that recognizes Canadians for outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and services to the nation.
Those appointed from Calgary:
Donald John Taylor – Currently an Officer of the Order of Canada, is among Canada’s most generous and principled philanthropists.
Taylor founded an ingenious engineering business that has been successful across North America, giving him the opportunity to enhance important public causes.
Taylor’s passion for improving the arts, education and health care has resulted in world-class facilities being built at the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University and the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede.
On an international level, he has funded an integrative medicine centre in California and an eye hospital in Ghana.
His determination to use philanthropy to change people’s lives has been a model and an inspiration for other benefactors to follow.
James F. Dinning – Devoted to building a better province, James F. Dinning has served for 11 years in Alberta’s legislative assembly, notably as provincial treasurer, where he was widely credited with bringing the province’s finances in line and eliminating its deficit.
Dinning is respected for his civic-mindedness, he has chaired many corporate and community boards, notably the Calgary Health Region, the Canada West Foundation and Export Development Canada. Recently, he served as the 12th chancellor of the University of Calgary.
Mary Rozsa de Coquet – Rozsa de Coquet is a passionate advocate for the arts in western Canada. As head of the Rozsa Foundation, she is helping to build the capacity of cultural leaders by creating programs, grants and awards that train arts managers on how to lead successful and sustainable cultural institutions.
Her creative spirit, philanthropy and voluntarism have also benefited such organizations as the National Music Centre, Calgary Arts Development and Philanthropic Foundations Canada.
Kim Sturgess – Sturgess is being appointed as a member to the Order for being a driver of innovation and sustainability.
After a successful career as an engineer and entrepreneur, she combined her industry experience with her passion for the environment, and founded Alberta WaterSMART. As CEO, she is helping industry and government to better manage water by developing new and collaborative approaches to sustainable use and distribution of water.
In addition, she has helped pave the way for women in engineering as a trailblazer and mentor, and has lent her expertise to numerous scientific, non-profit and professional organizations.