• Mayor Watson presents Order of Ottawa and Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching

    Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson inducted 16 of Ottawa’s most outstanding residents into the Order of Ottawa during a ceremony this evening at Ottawa City Hall.

    Those inducted by Mayor Watson into the Order of Ottawa are: Julian Armour, Bernie Ashe, Graham Bird, Dr. Angela Cameron, Monique Doolittle-Romas, Marie-Claude Doucet, Barbara Farber, Emily Glossop, Elizabeth Graham, Lawrence Greenspon, David Rattray, Dr. Marc Ruel, Brian Tardif, the late Robert J. Wilson and Kathy Wright.

    Inderpreet Singh, one of the recipients selected to receive the award, was unavailable to attend this evening. He will be honoured next year during the 2019 Order of Ottawa ceremony.

    The Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching was presented this evening to Aldège Bellefeuille, who was recognized for his dedication to youth and youth football in Ottawa. For more than a decade, Mr. Bellefeuille has been a coach and executive with the Orléans Bengals Football Club.

    A list of this year’s Order of Ottawa inductees will be prominently displayed on a wall on the first floor of City Hall, alongside the recipients from previous years.

    This civic award recognizes exceptional citizen contributions in the many areas of city life, including arts and culture, business, community service, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, medicine, sports and entertainment, and other fields that benefit the residents of Ottawa.

    Recipients of the Order of Ottawa were chosen by a selection committee comprised of the Mayor, City Clerk and Solicitor, Chief of Police, Chief of Protocol, City Archivist and the Chief Executive Officer of the Ottawa Public Library.

    For more information regarding the Order of Ottawa visit the Order of Ottawa page on ottawa.ca. For more information on this year’s recipients, read their biographies.


    “Tonight we celebrate exceptional residents who have gone far beyond the ordinary in their professional work. From business to community service, education to fundraising and philanthropy, Francophone affairs, arts and science to sports, medicine and events management, these new Order of Ottawa inductees inspire others to become community leaders and make Ottawa a better place for all.”
    Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa

  • Order of Ottawa inductees and Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching recipient announced for 2018

    Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson today announced the 16 residents who will be inducted into the Order of Ottawa this year, as well as the 2018 recipient of the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching.

    This year’s ceremony will take place at City Hall on November 22.

    Those who will be invested into the Order of Ottawa by Mayor Watson are: Julian Armour, Bernie Ashe, Graham Bird, Dr. Angela Cameron, Monique Doolittle-Romas, Marie-Claude Doucet, Barbara Farber, Emily Glossop, Elizabeth Graham, Lawrence Greenspon, David Rattray, Dr. Marc Ruel, Inderpreet Singh, Brian Tardif, the late Robert J. Wilson and Kathy Wright.

    Aldège Bellefeuille will be presented with the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching, a City award that recognizes the contribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment.

    The Order of Ottawa recognizes exceptional residents who have made a significant contribution in a professional capacity in many areas of city life, including arts and culture, business, community service, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, medicine, sports and entertainment, or other fields that benefit the residents of Ottawa.

    This prestigious civic award was established in 2012 by Mayor Watson and City Council. Recipients of the Order of Ottawa are chosen by a selection committee comprised of the Mayor, City Clerk and Solicitor, Chief of Police, Chief of Protocol, City Archivist and Chief Executive Officer of the Ottawa Public Library.

    For more information regarding the Order of Ottawa, please visit the Awards and Recognition page on ottawa.ca.


    “The 2018 inductees into the Order of Ottawa join an incredible list of accomplished residents who have improved Ottawa through their work and professional accomplishments. Their efforts and leadership have made Ottawa a better place to live, work and play, and they serve as an inspiration for the entire city.”
    Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

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    Biographies of recipients

    Julian Armour

    Over the past 20 years, Julian Armour has distinguished himself as an arts administrator, artistic director and award-winning, international performing musician. He is the Artistic and Executive Director of Music and Beyond, the Artistic Director of the Chamber Players of Canada and the Principal Cellist of the chamber orchestra Thirteen Strings. Mr. Armour founded two major music festivals in Ottawa, Music and Beyond and the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival. Each festival generated millions of dollars for Ottawa’s arts and culture sectors and economy. Mr. Armour teaches arts management at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business and has regularly taught courses in both music and arts management at the University of Ottawa.

    Through his Music and Beyond festival and numerous other avenues, Julian Armour remains a dedicated advocate of Ottawa and Canadian artists and composers. One of Canada’s foremost experts on Canadian music, he continually strives to cultivate Ottawa as a major international artistic centre and cultural hub. He is internationally renowned for innovative, high-level music programming and he has created important performance opportunities for young musicians. He has brought top international talent to perform in large and small performance halls and spaces in Ottawa.

    Mr. Armour’s Music and Beyond festival was named “Event of the Year” at the 2018 Ottawa Tourism Awards. Under his direction, the Ottawa Chamber Music Society was a seven-time recipient of Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for the Arts. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, and in 2002, he was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the government of France for his contributions to music. He was awarded the Friends of Canadian Music Award from the Canadian League of Composers and the Canadian Music Centre in 2011. He has recorded more than 30 albums, with his most recent release with the Chamber Players of Canada nominated for a Juno Award in 2014.

    Bernie Ashe

    Bernie Ashe has enjoyed a long and formidable career as a key community builder in the nation’s capital, contributing to its economic growth and making the city of Ottawa a better place to live and work.

    In his role as Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club from 1990 to 1997, he helped establish the business of hockey and build the Canadian Tire Centre. As the first CEO of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, Mr. Ashe was instrumental in the development of Lansdowne Park and the launching of major sports franchises in Ottawa. Canadian Football League team the Ottawa REDBLACKS made it all the way to the 2015 Grey Cup in their second season, and won the 2016 Grey Cup. The Ottawa Fury FC competed in the league’s championship match at the end of their second year. More recently, Mr. Ashe’s ambition and hometown pride helped bring the 2017 Grey Cup game and festival and the 2017 NHL 100 Classic to Ottawa.

    Mr. Ashe helped the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group Foundation raise more than $2 million to lower financial barriers and enable youth from all backgrounds to participate in team sports. He launched the Bernie Ashe Sports Fund, which will provide children in the care of the Children’s Aid Society a chance to participate in organized sport.

    A long-serving trustee and former Chairman of the Board of CHEO, Mr. Ashe also served on the boards of the Shaw Centre and Celebrations Ottawa, the organization that planned a range of Ottawa events for Canada’s 150th anniversary. He was a member of the Mayor’s Leadership Table on Homelessness and acted as a mentor to future leaders as CEO in Residence of the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management. In 2015, he was named the CEO of the Year by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce.

    Graham Bird

    Community builder and former City and Regional Councillor for Elmdale Ward, Graham Bird is a Professional Engineer and the President of GBA Development and Project Management. Mr. Bird has been a committed advocate for charitable and city building throughout his professional life.

    With more than 35 years of development, construction and project management experience, Mr. Bird has played an integral role in the development of many Ottawa landmarks. These projects include the World Exchange Plaza;  Orléans Town Centre; Royal Ottawa Hospital; Canada Post Headquarters;  Chambers Building (NCC); Canadian Firefighters Memorial; the Lansdowne Revitalization; Canadian Museum for Human Rights; LeBreton Flats; and the Ottawa Convention (Shaw) Centre.  Mr. Bird’s high level of experience, expertise and positive working relationships with industry professionals, trades and authorities has led to the successful completion of these projects on time and on budget.

    As part of his lifelong commitment to community building, Mr. Bird has and continues to donate his time to a variety of community organizations.  These include the University of Ottawa Heart Institute; Operation Come Home; Co-Chair of the Ottawa Hospital President’s Breakfast; The Ottawa Civic Hospital; the Ottawa University Executive MBA Advisory; CHEO Foundation Board; the Children’s Aid Society Board; past Chair of the Ottawa Board of Trade; past Chair of the Community Care Access Centre; past founding member and Vice Chair of the Ottawa Airport Authority; the Salvation Army Advisory; the Forum for International Trade Training; and the Ottawa-Carleton Economic Development Corporation.

    Mr. Bird received the Governor General Sovereign Medal for volunteers in 2017. He is the son of Gordon and Jean Bird, brother to Margie and Art, and is married to Cynthia, who together have two children, Jacqueline and Alannah.  A native of the city of Ottawa, Mr. Bird attended Connaught Public School, Fisher Park High school and Queen’s University.

    Angela Cameron Ph. D.

    Dr. Cameron is one of Ottawa’s leading advocates for the equality and health interests of Indigenous peoples, for women and girls, and for LGBTQ rights. An Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa, she is heavily involved in both academic and community-based advocacy and research, governance of not-for-profit organizations, volunteer work and research for women’s anti-violence organizations. Dr. Cameron often works collaboratively across disciplines, producing influential and groundbreaking research that explores the exploitation of the reproductive health industry as well as educational practices that discriminate against the LGBTQ community.

    A highly effective community builder, Dr. Cameron is the Chair of the Feminist Alliance for International Action, one of Canada’s leading feminist organisations and the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, and the Canadian Association of Law Teachers.  She is the co-chair of the Ottawa Rainbow Friendship Alliance, an LGBTQ refugee sponsorship organisation. Dr. Cameron has brought together academics, policy-makers and activists to develop feminist shadow reports on Canada’s progress on women’s rights to the Human Rights Committee to the UN. She has organized a major consultation with Indigenous and other feminists to advocate for and inform the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and to advocate for amendments to the sex discrimination that remains in the Indian Act.  She has been instrumental in providing legal, economic, and familial resources to some of Ottawa’s most vulnerable populations including refugees facing persecution in their home countries.

    Dr. Cameron has been a faculty advisor to the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law Women’s Legal Membership Program. She is currently the advisor to the OUTlaws LGBTQ student group and continues to ensure that Indigenous students have the support needed to succeed in law school. She is the current Shirley Greenberg Professor of Women and the Legal Profession Chair at the University of Ottawa, a position designed to strengthen teaching, research and administration with respect to feminist perspectives on the law and to maintain and foster links between women in the legal academy and women in the legal profession.

    Monique Doolittle-Romas

    Monique Doolittle-Romas is the Executive Director of The Good Companions Seniors Centre. She was the Executive Director of the Canadian AIDS Society from 2006 to2015 and Regional Director for the Canadian Hearing Society. Ms. Doolittle-Romas has led a variety of not-for-profit agencies, leading these organizations to increased engagement among members, communities and the private sector. She brings a revolutionary approach to social organizations without compromising the advocacy or emotional fabric from which they were built.

    She is responsible for expanding and solidifying partnerships in the community with the Ottawa Seniors Pride Network, serves on the Older Adults Centres’ Association of Ontario’s Board of Directors, and donates her time to the Canadian Society of Association Executives as a member of the Network Council. Ms. Doolittle-Romas successfully received funding for Ottawa’s Seniors Centre Without Walls program, the first virtual seniors centre in the province that provides a connection for seniors who may not be able to leave the comfort of their own home.

    Ms. Doolittle-Romas is dedicated to raising awareness and funds to benefit the plight of isolated seniors in our communities. She inspires, engages, and empowers community members to become catalysts and advocates for the marginalized, those deprived of opportunity, or simply forgotten.

    Marie-Claude Doucet

    Marie-Claude Doucet is celebrating 20 years at the Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans (MIFO),  the organization that has provided French-language services to the Orléans community and surrounding areas for 40 years. Under Ms. Doucet’s leadership as Executive Director, MIFO has become a centre for the community promoting collaboration, engagement and a sense of belonging within the National Capital Region.

    Ms. Doucet has helped to reduce isolation experienced by seniors, helped provide safe and stimulating spaces for children through childcare services and camp, and helped to foster cultural and artistic expression through performances, visual arts, film, and music school within our communities. Through Ms. Doucet’s involvement in the education sector and her role in creating hundreds of jobs in Orléans, she has contributed to the region’s social and economic development. Through Ms. Doucet’s leadership, MIFO offers many opportunities to young people in our community who have benefited from a spirit of collaboration and philosophy of community service. While remaining faithful to MIFO’s mandate as a non-profit organization, she has overseen a 300 per cent increase in its revenues over the last 10 years.

    Ms. Doucet has been recognized as Personality of the Year awarded by Le Droit/Société Radio-Canada, Business Category in 2017, Leader of the Year – Gala de l’excellence du Regroupement des gens d’affaires de la capitale nationale (RGA) in 2016 and received a Certificate of Merit – Women Leaders in Community Development awarded by the Ontario Minister for the Status of Women in 2011.

    Barbara Farber

    Barbara Farber is the President of Leikin Group Inc., a family business focused on real estate development and property and asset management.

    Ms. Farber has served in the community for close to five decades investing her time and talent to ensure that the education, skills development, and applied learning required by community initiatives, businesses, and manufacturing companies right across the city are met. She was Chair of the Jewish Community Council of Ottawa, and National President of United Israel Appeal Federations Canada. She was an appointed member of the National Capital Commission Mandate Review.

    Ms. Farber was the first and founding chair of the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation, the founding Chair of the Algonquin College Foundation Board of Directors, and Co-Chair of Women’s Heart Health $4 million capital campaign. She has also served as a board member of the Ottawa Police Services Board, Crime Prevention Ottawa, Major Gifts Division United Way Ottawa, the Ottawa International Airport Authority, Ottawa Community Foundation, and was an ambassador and fundraiser for the Wabano Centre. Ms. Farber is presently serving as Chair of the Board of Directors of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation.

    Numerous students in the community benefit from bursaries, scholarships, apprenticeships and employment opportunities that Ms. Farber has provided.

    Ms. Farber received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003, an Algonquin College Honorary Degree in 2009, the Gilbert Greenberg Distinguished Service Award and the Ottawa Philanthropy Award for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraising, among other honours.

    Emily Glossop            

    Ms. Glossop is a former member of the Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team, serving as a guide skier to one of Canada’s top vision-impaired skiers, and winning many World Cup medals. Ms. Glossop is a Recreation Therapist with CHEO, providing therapeutic, educational and support services to children and youth with physical and/or developmental disabilities. Her passion, teamwork and advocacy help her clients develop independence, problem solving and life skills.

    Ms. Glossop has dedicated her life and career to working with children and youth with multiple physical, developmental and associated behavioural needs. Ms. Glossop advocates for programs and services for people of all abilities to ensure equal opportunities and equal access.  Since 2013, Ms. Glossop and her husband Todd Nicholson have been planning Abilities Centre Ottawa, a major component of the proposed redevelopment of LeBreton Flats. The Centre is planned to be a 125,000-square foot fully integrated, fully accessible, inclusive, multi-purpose recreation and community facility for people of all ages and all abilities.  Abilities Centre Ottawa will offer four streams of service:  sport and recreation, arts and culture, life skill development and research and innovation.

    As a motivational speaker, Ms. Glossop gives talks on the importance of physical activity and following your dreams.  She is the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award, one of the highest honours Rotary can bestow upon a person, in recognition of her outstanding contributions, exemplifying the highest ideal in Rotary in placing “Service Above Self.” She also received the Growing Up Great Award for Stable and Nurturing Relationships from the Ottawa Child and Youth Initiative. Most recently, Ms. Glossop was one of 16 women acknowledged for their contributions at CHEO in celebration of International Women’s Day.

    Elizabeth Graham     

    Elizabeth Graham and her late husband, Tony Graham, built Tony Graham Automotive Group, a successful automotive business in Ottawa, which today continues to thrive and is one of the top-selling Toyota dealerships in Canada. Established in 1969, three generations of family members now work for the business.

    In appreciation of the Ottawa community’s support of the family business, Mrs. Graham formed The Graham Family Foundation to support community hospitals, research and disease control, the environment and charities. The Foundation has made significant donations to many Ottawa causes such as the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre; St. Vincent Hospital refurbishment campaign; canine and equine therapy for veterans; Beechwood Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services; The Unforgettables Fund, a fund for families requiring assistance providing funeral services for their deceased children; Socks for The Homeless; the Wabano Centre; and the Barrhaven Food Cupboard. Mrs. Graham and her late husband chaired a major campaign to raise much needed funds for the Bruyère Centre, and Ms. Graham ensured that a succession plan for the campaign was established.

    Mrs. Graham’s work has consistently demonstrated, her determination and compassion to assist and help others who are less fortunate in the Ottawa community. Her efforts have made significant improvements in the lives of so many Ottawa residents.

    Mrs. Graham was knighted as Dame of the Order of St. George, and has been a generous contributor to its foundation. The Order supports the personnel and families of members of the Canadian Armed Forces and ancillary government services, in particular those demonstrating need after stressful duties performed by members at home and abroad.

    Lawrence Greenspon

    Lawrence Greenspon is the senior partner at Greenspon Granger Hill and practices criminal defence and personal injury litigation.  He is the only lawyer in Ottawa who is a specialist certified by the Law Society in both criminal and civil litigation.

    For more than 35 years, Mr. Greenspon has represented disadvantaged and diverse individuals and groups against governments, police, insurance companies and corporations. As a criminal defense lawyer, he has represented people charged with murder, drug and other criminal offences. He represented the first person charged in Canada under the Anti-Terrorism Act. He has represented individuals at the trial level, the Ontario Court of Appeal and has appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada on eight occasions.

    In 1981, the International Year of the Disabled Person, Mr. Greenspon co- founded REACH, the Resource Education Advocacy Centre for the Handicapped, and was a Chair and Board member of the organization for more than ten years.

    A steadfast community supporter, Mr. Greenspon was a past chair and Board member of The Snowsuit Fund of Ottawa for 25 years. He chaired the United Way Community Services cabinet, Child and Youth Friendly Ottawa (CAYFO), the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa, Multicultural Centre and the Jewish Community Centre. He co-founded the highly successful Maharajah’s Ball, which funded the City’s Defibrillator Program, the Elisabeth Bruyère Hospital and the Sens Rink of Dreams. He initiated the Nordic Pole Walk for Cancer Survivor Care. Mr. Greenspon has danced with the stars for the Easter Seals and boxed in the Fight for the Cure.

    Mr. Greenspon has been recognized as a Child and Youth Friendly Ottawa champion and twice received the Golden Apple Award from the Ottawa Food Bank, the Quality of Life Award from the St. Joe’s Women’s Centre, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Volunteer Ottawa, and the Community Builder of the Year Award from the United Way. He has received the Gordon Henderson Award for his community work, the Bill Carroll Criminal Case of the Year and the Advocates Society Award of Justice.

    David Rattray

    Prior to his work as a management consultant, David Rattray was an Assistant Auditor General of Canada for 16 years and a Senior Principal for five years. For six years, until 2014, he was a Treasury Board of Canada appointee to the audit committees for the Department of National Defence and Citizenship and Immigration Canada. For the past two years, he has been an external member of the Audit and Evaluation Committee for the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada and remains keenly interested in promoting accountability and sound management of public funds.

    For almost 40 years, Mr. Rattray has been an active volunteer. He founded the Scouts Canada Foundation and served as its National Chair and Past Chair until November 2004. He co-founded the Christmas Cheer Foundation in 2007, co-founded the Ottawa Heart Support Group through the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, and was a 10-year Director of The Unforgettables Fund, a fund used by CHEO Social Workers to assist young families in providing a dignified funeral service for their deceased children.

    He is a past or current board member of several boards and foundations, notably the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation, the Ottawa Senators Foundation, the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Foundation, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation, Order of St. George Foundation, member of Rotary International, an Affiliate Member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 641, the Fundraising Committee for Roger Neilson House, and was co-founder of Socks for the Homeless with his wife Marion,.

    Mr. Rattray is a recipient of the 125 Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal as well as the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals and the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. He is a Chevalier Commander of the Order of St. George. He is an international Baden-Powell Fellow, was awarded the Paul Harris medal from Rotary International, and holds several other awards for his community service.

    Dr. Marc Ruel            

    Dr. Marc Ruel is a pioneer in the field of heart surgery, where he has distinguished himself as a top surgeon, researcher, educator, and administrator.  Dr. Ruel is a professor in the University of Ottawa’s Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and in the Department of Surgery, where he is also the Head of the Division of Cardiac Surgery. He is the Michael Pitfield Chair in Cardiac Surgery and Chair in Cardiac Surgery Research, and the Surgical Director of the heart transplantation program at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.  He is also the President-Elect of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, Canada’s most prestigious cardiovascular organization.

    Committed to seeking new, innovative and minimally-invasive ways in which to execute cardiac care, Dr. Ruel co-developed the world’s first series of minimally invasive cardiac surgical coronary artery bypass grafting operations, changing cardiac surgical practices worldwide. He is continually pushing the boundaries of surgical intervention, advancing care, research and technical innovation in an effort to shorten patient recovery time and ensure better overall outcomes. Dr. Ruel shares his knowledge and expertise with his peers across Canada and internationally, widely involved in teaching advanced surgical techniques. He is the editor of a textbook about cardiac surgical techniques, and he has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific publications and book chapters.  He is devoted to improving the access, safety and efficiency of cardiovascular care delivery, for the greater overall benefit of Ottawans, Ontarians and Canadians.

    Dr. Ruel has received many awards. He was named UBC’s Alan Bernstein Distinguished Lecture, the first recipient of the University of Ottawa Robert Roberts Award, the University of Ottawa Alumnus of the Year, and Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient. He was awarded the Gold Medal in Surgery from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, becoming the first Ottawa surgeon to ever win this award.

    Inderpreet Singh

    Mr. Inderpreet Singh is a leader in the South Asian community in Ottawa. Mr. Singh is the Director of the Ottawa Indian Film Festival Awards, a five-day film festival that launched in June 2017, and is devoted to cultivating an audience for Indian cinema and culture in Ottawa. The festival highlights Indian films, support Indian filmmakers, recognize various performers and business executives, and promote the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora. Working in partnership with Ottawa Tourism and other local organizations, the festival awards acts as a platform for networking and promoting local talent, filmmakers, distributors and producers.

    Previously, Mr. Singh published a fan magazine called Bollywood Plus, which was available at Chapters and Indigo locations across Canada, and was devoted to India’s movie stars and film industry. The only one of its kind in Canada, the magazine had a quarterly run of more than 5,000 copies. In 2010, Mr. Singh published the first issue of South Asian Connection, a business directory and guide to local business and professionals, targeted to the South Asian community in Ottawa, a readership base of more than 50,000. Now in its ninth edition, it has a distribution of more than 15,000 copies and is available free at local libraries and Metro grocery stores in Ottawa.

    Mr. Singh also founded the annual “Job and Newcomers Settlement Fair,” a volunteer-driven event attracting hundreds of participants, local community leaders, as well as public and private sector companies looking for talent. It offers opportunities for newcomers to Ottawa to learn about settlement services and secure mentorship and entrepreneurship support, while helping job seekers explore open positions at a variety of companies. Mr. Singh is dedicated to supporting the greater Ottawa community and is at the forefront of numerous fundraising initiatives, including those supporting the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, the Queensway Carleton Hospital and United Way Ottawa. In 2016, he participated in the Mayor’s Trade Mission to India, travelling with the mission to help generate investments and opportunities in technology, film production and tourism for his business and for other entrepreneurs in Ottawa.

    Brian Tardif

    Brian Tardif was the Executive Director of Citizen Advocacy Ottawa from 1985 to 2018. Citizen Advocacy Ottawa is a not-for-profit organization that supports and advocates for people living with disabilities and their families. Under Mr. Tardif’s 33-year leadership, Citizen Advocacy Ottawa grew from a staff of four to 30. It grew from running one program and serving only Ottawa residents to offering several programs, events and services across Eastern Ontario helping more than 1,400 people monthly. In its early days, the organization would raise less than $1,000 a year. By 2018, it was raising approximately $700,000 annually.

    Recognizing the need to support people with disabilities and their families, Citizen Advocacy of Ottawa introduced a number of family support programs including Walking in My Shoes, Lifetime Networks, the Fetal Alcohol Resource Program, a sibling support program and Independent Facilitation.

    Mr. Tardif also served the community as a volunteer contributor to a number of civic groups including the Ottawa Developmental Services Network, the Ottawa Transportation Committee and Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Advisory Committee. He was instrumental in inaugurating the Celebration of People awards banquet hosted by Citizen Advocacy Ottawa and other community agencies, now in its 17th year. In 2010, Mr. Tardif was recognized as the United Way’s Community Builder.  In 2015, Mr. Tardif was awarded the Ontario Good Citizenship Award and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.

    The late Robert J. Wilson                  

    Robert J. Wilson was a teacher who made significant contributions to his community through volunteering.

    Mr. Wilson’s volunteer efforts included working as a National/International student exchange coordinator, President of the Carleton Athletics Association, Governor of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and an annual judge of the Canadian Geographic Challenge. He was a founding member of the South Nepean Autism Group. He devoted many years of service to the Nepean Museum and coordinated a veteran’s recognition program to thank more than 1000 veterans. He spent more than nine years volunteering for the Ontario Trillium Foundation and helped grant more than $1 billion to charitable and not-for-profit organizations in Ontario. He served as a volunteer with the City of Nepean’s Park and Recreation, the Nepean Sports Hall of Fame Board, the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee, and the Ottawa Sports Awards Committee helping to shape the history of amateur sport in Ottawa and recognize more than 5000 amateur athletes. Mr. Wilson spent six years organizing a very successful Canadian Little League Baseball Championship in Ottawa, and the winning team went on to represent Canada at the World Little League Championship.

    Mr. Wilson was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012; named a member of the College of Fellows of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2009 and received the Nepean Carleton 150 Inspiration Award in 2017. He received the Canada West-Nepean Community Leadership Award in 2017; the Carleton Board of Education Coaches Award in 2002; and the Mayor’s Cup from the Ottawa Sports Awards Committee in 2018.

    Kathy Wright

    Kathy Wright was the First Executive Director of the Alzheimer Society of Ottawa-Carleton, now known as the Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County, which launched in 1985. Under Ms. Wright’s leadership, the organization grew from a one-person office to one of 25 staff, hundreds of volunteers and more than 3,500 clients. It provides information, resources, education, support and counseling to those with dementia and their caregivers.

    Ms. Wright has led many successful initiatives and programs, ranging from fundraising and advocacy work to the creation of respite and specialized community-based programming, such as Minds in Song and Minds in Motion. A partnership was established with the City of Ottawa to build and design the Bungalows at the Peter D. Clark Long-Term Care Home for those with dementia. Working with the Champlain Dementia Network, she helped establish the First Link Framework, a program that links individuals and families to a community of dementia learning, services and support. It is now recognized as a best practice in Ontario. She established the Guest House with the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre and VON Ottawa, now Carefor Health and Community Services, the first to provide an appropriate, home-like setting for overnight respite for those with dementia. Ms. Wright worked closely with the Champlain Dementia Network and was co-chair with the leads of the Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario for 10 years. The network provides leadership on the implementation of a regional dementia strategy.

    Ms. Wright was the recipient of the Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario’s Award for Exemplary Leadership and Commitment to the Development of Geriatric Services in 2016.

    Ms. Wright achieved many accomplishments in her 30 years of dedicated service to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, transforming the Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County, and improving access, awareness and support to a growing number of individuals with dementia and their families.

    Brian Kilrea Award

    Aldège Bellefeuille

    For more than a decade, Aldège Bellefeuille has been a coach and executive with the Orléans Bengals Football Club. Established in 1973, the football club provides recreational opportunities for youth aged seven to 19. While the club has achieved many championships and accolades during his tenure, thanks to Mr. Bellefeuille’s leadership and his two-prong approach of “no child left behind” and “outside the white lines,” the Bengals continuously strived for excellence on and off the field.

    In 2012, Mr. Bellefeuille was one of the key architects behind the Orléans Bengals “Be a Bengal, Not a Bully” program aimed at helping children who are bullied, angry and socially isolated to develop stronger social skills and a sense of community. The program, a youth-led initiative that brings the anti-bullying message to the community, won the prestigious Royal Ottawa Inspiration Award (Community Category) in 2012. Mr. Bellefeuille also developed the club’s “Bengals Play 90” program, which consisted of two free, off-season programs aimed at helping children remain physically active throughout the winter. In addition to these programs, Mr. Bellefeuille generously supported the “Streets for Cleats” program and pioneered a similar program that secured appropriate football equipment for club athletes in need.

    In his past role as Executive Vice President and Vice President (Operations), Mr. Bellefeuille was responsible for fundraising and community relationship development for the club. As Fundraising Director, he raised funds in support of properly certified helmets, replacing outdated equipment, camps and cleats for at-risk and less affluent players.

    Over the last three years, Mr. Bellefeuille has worked with community leaders and politicians to obtain support to renew the aging Bilberry Park into what is quickly becoming a recreational facility jewel for all sports enthusiasts to enjoy in Orléans.

    While Mr. Bellefeuille has provided numerous contributions to the success of the Orléans Bengals, he has also consistently exhibited a selfless commitment and support to numerous other high school and community football programs across Ottawa.+

  • Order of Ottawa inductees and Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching recipient announced for 2017

    Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson today announced the 17 residents who will be inducted into the Order of Ottawa this year, as well as the 2017 recipient of the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching.

    This year’s Order of Ottawa ceremony will take place at City Hall on November 16.

    Those who will be invested by Mayor Watson into the Order of Ottawa for 2016 are: Steve Barkhouse, Thomas d’Aquino, C, Jane Dobell, Édith Dumont, Safaa Fouda, Claude Gingras, Lawson A.W. Hunter, Guy Laflamme, Dr. Bernard Leduc, Cyril Leeder, Todd Nicholson, Drs Lucy and Rod Rabb, Jozef Straus, William Tupper and Sheila Whyte.

    Grandmaster Tae Eun Lee was selected as a 2016 Order of Ottawa recipient however was unable to attend this ceremony. He will be honoured at the 2017 ceremony.

    Stephen Dean will be presented with the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching, a City award that recognizes the contribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment.

    The Order of Ottawa recognizes exceptional residents who have made a significant contribution in a professional capacity in many areas of city life, including arts and culture, business, community service, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, medicine, sports and entertainment, or other fields of endeavour that benefit the residents of Ottawa.

    This prestigious civic award was established in 2012 by Mayor Watson and members of City Council. Recipients of the Order of Ottawa are chosen by a Selection Committee comprised of the Mayor, City Clerk and Solicitor, Chief of Police, Chief of Protocol, City Archivist, and the Chief Executive Officer of Library Services.

    For more information regarding the Order of Ottawa and the full biographies of the recipients on the Order of Ottawa section on the Awards and Recognition page on ottawa.ca.


    “The 2017 inductees join an illustrious group of residents who have been recognized and celebrated for having significantly contributed to the City through their professional accomplishments. In addition to making positive change in the city, Order of Ottawa recipients inspire others to do the same.”
    Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

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    Abridged biographies of recipients

    Steve Barkhouse

    Steve Barkhouse is the Founder and President of Amsted Design-Build, an award-winning design build company that employs over 60 employees and has completed over 1500 projects across the City of Ottawa. Amsted has won several consumer awards and Mr. Barkouse has served on numerous boards and committees including the Algonquin College Board of Governors, as well as the College’s multi-million-dollar fundraising campaign cabinet to build the new Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence. Mr. Barkhouse hires and supports carpentry apprenticeships and acts as a personal mentor to students.

    Amsted Design-Build also supports numerous charities, organizations and initiatives over the past 25 years including CHEO, the Ottawa Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Hospice Care Ottawa, Ottawa Hospital Foundation, Roger’s House and the Kanata Blazers Hockey Team.

    Thomas d’Aquino

    An Ottawa resident for over forty years, Mr. d’Aquino continues to serve in leadership positions in the corporate world and in the not-for-profit sector.  After serving as a Special Advisor to former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, Mr. D’Aquino spent thirty years as the Ottawa-based Chief Executive of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, now known as the Business Council of Canada.  In recognition of his leadership, he was named a Distinguished Lifetime Member of the Council.

    During this time, he served as a member of the Board of Governors of Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.  He was the Founding Chair of the Heritage Village of Rockcliffe Park Foundation and has been a long-time philanthropic supporter of the National Arts Centre. A Gold and Diamond Jubilee medal recipient, Mr. d’Aquino chairs the North American Forum and is a member of an international advisory group assisting The Vatican with the Sport in the Service of Humanity Initiative led by Pope Francis.

    Jane Dobell

    Education and literacy have been a common theme in Ms. Dobell’s personal and professional life in Ottawa over the past 50+ years.  She is a professional educator, having served both as Director of the Language Programme Branch of the Secretary of State as well as Ottawa Board of Education Trustee and sometime Chair.

    She has been incredibly active in her community where she has previously served on the Rockcliffe Park Village Council and Rockcliffe Park Residents’ Association. She has played a leading role in two separate book fairs which collectively have raised seven-figure profits for the Rockcliffe Park Public School and Ottawa Public Library to support library and literacy programs.  Ms. Dobell has served as a Board member on various educational institutions including Algonquin College, the University of Ottawa, as well as on the Ontario Training and Adjustment Board.

    Édith Dumont

    Édith Dumont, Director of Education for Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO), has spent over 25 years with the organization. She serves as an advocate for the rights of women and linguistic minorities. Ms. Dumont is recognized for her commitment to school communities and today’s youth. Her passion for education makes her an inspiring ambassador and she has spoken around the world. Ms. Dumont has created global innovative partnerships with the likes of the European Union, FC Barcelona and the Cosmodome, in Laval, to benefit her students and broaden their education

    Ms. Dumont has served on several boards including Groupe Média TFO, Crime Prevention Ottawa, the Ottawa Network for Education and Centre franco-ontarien de ressources pédagogiques. She has chaired the Conseil ontarien des directrices et directeurs de l’éducation de langue française and is a member of Fédération nationale des conseils scolaires francophones.

    Safaa Fouda                      

    Safaa Fouda is a pioneering female engineer who moved to Canada from Egypt in 1969 and became one of the first female Canadian recipients of a PhD in Engineering. Since 1981, Dr. Fouda worked at CANMET Energy Technology Centre, Natural Resources Canada, developing novel technologies and catalytic processes for transforming natural gas into transportation fuels and chemicals. She retired in 2005 as Deputy Director General for the CANMET.

    Following her work career, Dr. Fouda has devoted herself to philanthropic and community work, especially in helping vulnerable communities and in cross-cultural bridge building, peace-building and Muslim/non-Muslim relations. She served on the board of directors on the Multifaith Housing Initiative and has been involved with a variety of other community groups. Dr. Fouda has received several recognitions including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and Ontario’s “Leading Women Building Communities” award and in 2015, was recognized with the Mayor’s City Builder Award for outstanding volunteerism.

    Claude Gingras

    As the Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Board Trustee of Ginsberg, Gingras & Associates, an Ottawa-based management consulting firm helping clients to overcome business, management and organizational challenges, Claude Gingras has over 30 years of experience and an in-depth knowledge of Canadian industry. He has helped make Ginsberg, Gingras & Associates the undisputed leader in the field of bankruptcy trustees by introducing innovative practices and expanding its field of expertise.

    Mr. Gingras has been a leader in Ottawa’s francophone community. He served for 20 years as President, Fondation Franco-Ontarienne and helped protect, preserve and promote Ontario’s Francophone culture. Mr. Gingras chaired and sat on numerous local fundraising campaigns, including the Ottawa General Hospital and La Cité Collégiale.

    Lawson A.W. Hunter

    Lawson Hunter is one of Canada’s best renowned regulatory and government relations counsels. For several years, he was Canada’s senior civil servant responsible for the drafting of the federal Competition Act. From 1993 to 2003, he was a partner of Stikeman Elliott and head of the firm’s Competition/Antitrust Group. He was Executive Vice-President and Chief Corporate Officer of Bell Canada and BCE Inc., responsible for overseeing regulatory, governmental relations and corporate affairs. He has been recognized by organizations such as CD Howe, the University of New Brunswick and by Chambers and Partners.

    Mr. Hunter has been heavily involved in Ottawa’s arts community. He is the current Chair of the Ottawa Art Gallery and has invested in its expansion and growth. In fact, the new third floor gallery at the new OAG will be called the Lawson A.W. Hunter Permanent Collection Gallery. He has also been a key member on fundraising committees for the NAC and Opera Lyra.

    Guy Laflamme

    Guy Laflamme has been producing major events in the Capital for over 25 years with the City of Ottawa and the National Capital Commission. Since 2014, he has been Executive Director and Producer of Ottawa 2017, creating over 200 events and experiences to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial. His previous successes have included Canada Day Celebrations, Winterlude, Mosaika and the H2K millennium show produced at the Casino Lac Leamy.

    Mr. Laflamme is also a professor with the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management and with the Executive MBA program for 25 years. He has been teaching with the University of Bucharest Business School for over eight years. With his university students, Mr. Laflamme led a humanitarian project “Making Niger Our Business” to deliver half a million dollars in benefits to Niger. Mr. Laflamme was Chair of the United Way campaign for the Outaouais in 2011.

    Dr. Bernard Leduc

    Dr. Bernard Leduc has served as president and Chief Executive Officer of Hôpital Montfort since 2010. Previously, Dr. Leduc served as Chief-of-Staff at Montfort from January 2004 to November, 2009, and has 27 years of experience in family medicine. Dr. Leduc led the hospital through its Accreditation with Exemplary Standing from Accreditation Canada in 2014 and the hospital was named one of the Top 25 Employers of the National Capital Region in February 2015.

    In 2004, Dr. Leduc was awarded the Irwin Bean Award, given to the individual in the group of eligible practitioners who obtained the highest score on the certification examination in family medicine from the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He is co-recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award for the Family Medicine program at Hôpital Montfort in 2006-2007. In 2010 he was awarded the Ralph E. Giffin Award for his contribution to the Queen’s Executive MBA Ottawa program.

    Grandmaster Tae Eun Lee

    Grandmaster Tae Eun Lee opened Ottawa’s first Taekwondo School in 1977. Over the past 39 years, he has shaped the lives of over 20,000 students and developed affiliated schools and clubs across the National Capital Region as well as in Ontario, Alberta, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Germany, Greece and Hong Kong. Grandmaster Lee founded Taekwondo Canada, and is the only internationally certified Grandmaster with the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) in Ottawa.

    Grandmaster Lee is a 9th Degree Black Belt, the highest level attainable, making him both one of the only actively teaching 9th Degree Black Belts in the world. He was instrumental in having WTF Taekwondo recognized as both an official Olympic and Paralympic sport and he has always promoted Canada as the best country in the world in which to live and raise a family.

    (Grandmaster Lee was selected as a 2016 Order of Ottawa recipient, however, was unable to attend this ceremony and is being honoured at the 2017 ceremony.)

    Cyril Leeder

    Cyril Leeder is an accomplished business and community champion in Ottawa. He was one of a small group of leaders who brought the Ottawa Senators back to Ottawa. Mr. Leeder spent close to three decades as President of the organization. His work helped the City land the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship, the 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend and the 2013 World Women’s Hockey Championship.

    Throughout his career, Mr. Leeder has established partnerships that have directly benefited the community, such as the numerous Sensplexes across the City and the Sens Rink of Dreams at City Hall. In 1998, Mr. Leeder founded the Annual Bell Capital Cup, the world’s largest hockey tournament. His community work has helped the Ottawa Senators Foundation, Algonquin College Sports Management Program, Ottawa Carleton Ice Partnership and the Bell Capital Cup. He coached minor hockey for 11 years and, in 2012, was inducted into the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame.

    Todd Nicholson

    A three-time Paralympic medalist winning gold in 2006, silver in 1998 and bronze in 1994, Todd Nicholson represented Canada on the national and international stages as a member of Canada’s National Sledge Team. He won eight medals at the world sledge hockey championships. He has also competed in a number of other summer sports including wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, triathlon, duathlon, marathons and para-skeleton.

    From 2013 until April 2017, he served as Chairman for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletes’ Council and has been involved planning and administering the Games from 2012 through 2018. Nicholson was named Team Canada’s Chef de Mission for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. He was inducted to the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. Mr. Nicholson and his wife now devote their free time and energy to building The Abilities Centre Ottawa, a centre that aims to create a fully inclusive recreational facility for people of all abilities.

    Dr. Lucy Rabb and Dr. Rod Rabb

    Dr. Lucy and Dr. Rod Rabb have been family physicians in the Village of Richmond from 1969 to 2016. They have served thousands of multi-generational patients in the community, making numerous house calls. The Rabbs have provided their services to the Salvation Army Grace General Hospital from 1966 to 1999, and later to the Queensway Carleton Hospital and Ottawa Hospitals.

    They have been a strong driving force behind the Richmond Refugee Relief Fund which sponsored two Vietnamese families during the migration of Vietnamese refugees to Canada in the 1970s, sponsored and provided medical care for Syrian refugees, including Heal the Children Canada, which brought Korean Children to Canada for heart surgery, fostering the children during their stay in Canada. They provided Christmas baskets to shut-ins and nursing home patients during the Christmas season.

    Dr. Lucy Rabb was one of only seven female graduates from the University of Ottawa Medical School in 1965. She became a coroner for the region, covering the area of Rockland to Arnprior for 25 years. She was Chief of Family Medicine for five years at the Queensway-Carleton Hospital and the Grace Hospital. She was also a Sunday School teacher and Sunday School superintendent for many years at the Richmond Presbyterian Church.

    Dr. Rod Rabb served as a volunteer firefighter in Richmond for 39 years, from 1971 to 2010, and was involved as a local Cub Scouts and Scout level leader with Scouts Canada.

    Jozef Straus, PhD

    With a lifetime of extraordinary achievements in technology innovation and business success in the telecommunications industry, Dr. Straus is best known for co-founding JDS Fitel in 1981 and was instrumental in its merger with Uniphase Corporation in 1999. Dr. Straus holds Honorary Doctorate degrees from the University of Alberta, Touro College, the University of Ottawa, and Carleton University. He is a current and past board member of various high tech companies and research organizations, including The Ottawa Partnership, the University of Ottawa’s Science Advisory Council and other Ottawa-based organizations.

    He is involved in several charitable organizations and is most proud of his past involvement as Co-Chairman of the successful Ottawa Hospital’s Legacy Campaign.  Over the last several years Jozef Straus has been very much involved in supporting activities at the National Gallery of Canada.

    William M. Tupper, PhD

    A retired businessman, geologist and professor, William ‘Bill” Tupper is a community leader in every sense.  He served as a Councillor in the Township of North Gower, as the first Mayor of Rideau Township and Regional Councillor from 1974 to 1978 and as a Member of the House of Commons from 1984 to 1988.

    Mr. Tupper has immersed himself in the history of Rideau Township, preserving Dickinson House in Manotick, and developing Dickinson Square as a heritage destination.  He was a founding member and Past-President of the Rideau Township Historical Society.  Along with his wife, he published “The Dickinson Men of Manotick”, a book chronicling the family that founded the historical village. He has been a lifelong fundraiser for organizations like the Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation, the United Way, the Ottawa Hospital Foundation, and the Association of Former Parliamentarians Education Foundation. Mentoring young people, from Boy Scouts to graduate students has been among his many priorities.

    Sheila Whyte

    Since Sheila Whyte opened Thyme and Again Creative Catering in 1991, the business has grown to include a take-home food and a retail shop and an in-house bakery. Ms. Whyte was a founding member of the advisory board for Savour Ottawa, and sits on the boards of the Culinary Management Advisory Board at Algonquin College, Ottawa Philanthropy Awards, Wellington West BIA, and the Parkdale Food Centre. She has been a champion for the Ottawa Mission Chef Program, is a judge for Gold Medal Plates in Ottawa and a member of the City of Ottawa Food Truck Selection Committee.

    Ms. Whyte has volunteered her time with other community organizations including the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, Ottawa Jazz Festival, Great Canadian Theatre Company, and the Coffee for Community Cause. She is also a founding member of The Royal Ottawa Women for Mental Health Campaign. Ms. Whyte has received numerous awards including the Ottawa Business Woman of the Year Award in 2006.

    Brian Kilrea Award

    Stephen Dean

    Stephen Dean is the driving force behind the success of the National Capital Amateur Football Association (NCAFA). He has been serving as President of NCAFA since 2005 and has seen the League expand to include 15 clubs.  Mr. Dean is the President of the Nepean Eagles Football Club since 2000, also having served as coach from 1998 to 2004. Since taking over as President, the club has grown to over 700 participants and coaches in program areas such as tackle, girls touch, flag and cheer.

    He has forged strong ties with the Ottawa Sport and Entertainment Group (OSEG) and the Ottawa REDBLACKS while maintaining relationships well as Football Canada, the Ontario Football Alliance, Carleton University, the University of Ottawa, and local high schools. He has promoted a ‘football helps football’ philosophy and promotes a sustainable and growing vision for Ottawa youth and a strong football future in our Nation’s Capital

  • Mayor Watson announces 2016 Order of Ottawa inductees and Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching recipient

    Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson today announced the 15 residents who will be inducted into the Order of Ottawa this year, as well as the 2016 recipient of the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching.

    This year’s Order of Ottawa ceremony will take place at City Hall on November 17.

    “The Order of Ottawa honours remarkable residents for their service in both professional and civic-oriented endeavours,” said Mayor Watson. “It is a privilege to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of these influential people who enrich our city and have made a difference in the lives of others in our community.”

    Those who will be invested by Mayor Watson into the Order of Ottawa for 2016 are: Adrian Burns, Brian Coburn, Sister Louise Dunn, Clarence (Gus) Este, Abraham Feinstein, Harley Finkelstein, Dr. Nishith Goel, George Hanna, Tae Eun Lee, Gibson Patterson, Jacqueline Pelletier, Chris and Erin Phillips, Jim Robinson, David Smart and Mark Sutcliffe.

    Bill Malhotra was selected as a 2015 Order of Ottawa recipient however was unable to attend this ceremony. He will be honoured at the 2016 ceremony.

    John Medeiros will be presented with the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching, a City award that recognizes the contribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment.

    The Order of Ottawa recognizes exceptional residents who have made a significant contribution in a professional capacity in many areas of city life, including arts and culture, business, community service, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, medicine, sports and entertainment, or other fields of endeavour that benefit the residents of Ottawa.

    This prestigious civic award was established in 2012 by Mayor Watson and members of City Council. Recipients of the Order of Ottawa are chosen by a Selection Committee comprised of the Mayor, City Clerk and Solicitor, Chief of Police, Chief of Protocol, City Archivist, and the Chief Executive Officer of Library Services.

    For more information regarding the Order of Ottawa and the full biographies of the recipients, visit ottawa.ca.




    Abridged biographies of recipients

    Adrian Burns
    Ms. Burns has served as Chair of the National Arts Centre (NAC) Board of Trustees since December 2014 and has dedicated her career to Canadian broadcasting and the arts, education, corporate and public governance, and community development. She is deeply involved in the Ottawa community and has worked on a number of foundation boards.

    Brian Coburn
    Mr. Coburn has 30 years of diverse public sector and community service experience, including as Councillor and Mayor of Cumberland and as Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa-Orléans with various ministerial portfolios. He served on the Board of Governors for Algonquin College and continues to be active with community events and charitable organizations.

    Sister Louise Dunn, C.N.D.
    Sister Dunn co-founded Serenity Renewal for Families, a charitable organization opened in 1983 providing a wide range of educational and counselling services. She has accompanied countless individuals on their recovery journey and has helped thousands of individuals and families to live in a spirit of health, hope and self-awareness.

    Clarence (Gus) Este, CD
    Mr. Este is a Korean War Veteran who served 34 years with the Canadian Armed Forces and has worked with Veterans Affairs Canada to ensure that there is an oral history of his experience in the Canadian military and the Korean conflict. He has a long history and notable involvement with the Royal Canadian Legion and has made service to veterans his top priority.

    Abraham Feinstein, Q.C.
    Mr. Feinstein joined Soloway Wright in 1965 as a lawyer in their Real Estate and Development Law Group in Ottawa and has extensive experience in real estate financing, acquisitions and land development. He has lectured extensively in real estate law and is currently co-chair of the Fundraising Committee for the Law Library Renovation with the County of Carleton Law Association.

    Harley Finkelstein
    Mr. Finkelstein is a Canadian entrepreneur, lawyer and public speaker. He is best known as the Chief Operating Officer of Shopify, one of Canada’s most valuable technology companies, and one of the largest employers in Ottawa. He is on the Board of the C100, an organization that supports the Canadian technology community and is a bridge between Canada and the Silicon Valley.

    Dr. Nishith Goel
    Dr. Goel is the CEO of Cistel Technology, an IT company he founded in 1995 which has operations in Canada and the U.S. He is a veteran technology executive and a serial entrepreneur and has been an active member of the Ottawa community for the last thirty years having served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Ottawa, the Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH) Foundation and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation.

    George Hanna
    Mr. Hanna was appointed President of Gabriel Pizza Franchise Corporation in 2003 and within five years had grown the company to  23 locations across the national capital area while creating hundreds of new jobs for Ottawa residents. He has strong bonds to the area and continually gives back to the community serving as Chair of the Board of Directors at St. Elias Cathedral, as well as the Chair of the Ottawa Lebanese Festival.

    Tae Eun Lee
    Grandmaster Tae Eun Lee opened Ottawa’s first Taekwondo School in 1977 and has shaped the lives of over 20,000 students over the last 39 years while developing affiliated schools and clubs across the region and in many other locations. He founded Canada’s national sport organization, Taekwondo Canada, and is the only internationally certified Grandmaster with the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) in Ottawa.

    (Note: Mr. Lee is unable to attend the 2016 Order of Ottawa ceremony, and will be honoured at the ceremony to be held in 2017)

    Bill Malhotra
    Mr. Malhotra is CEO, President and founder of Claridge Homes Group of Companies and employs over 750 staff He has strategically grown the company, and has now built over 8000 homes, 4300 condominiums, and five retirement homes totaling over 650 suites across the city, as well as the new luxury 200-room Andaz Ottawa Byward Market Hotel. Mr. Malhotra supports numerous charities and non-profit organizations in Ottawa including the Ottawa Hospital Foundation and other public institutions and helped to create the Malhotra Family Foundation.

    (Mr. Malhotra was selected as a 2015 Order of Ottawa recipient, however, was unable to attend this ceremony and will therefore be honoured at the 2016 ceremony)

    Gibson Patterson
    Mr. Patterson is known for various real estate initiatives having developed two family farms in the Hunt Club Road area into high-density housing developments and commercial properties. He owns three golf courses in the Ottawa area and is a founding member of the Ottawa-Carleton Plowing Association, and an active community supporter and long-time member of the Ottawa Rotary Club.

    Jacqueline Pelletier
    Ms. Pelletier has over 30 years of experience in government, as well as the voluntary and private sectors, specializing in strategic development and change management. She chaired the board of directors and fundraising for La Nouvelle Scène (LNS) from 1998 to 2001, and co-chaired the steering committee for the 2013-2016 Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture in Ottawa.

    Chris and Erin Phillips
    Mr. and Mrs. Phillips are strong believers in giving back and investing in their community and have been part of the Candlelighters’ Childhood Cancer Support Program for the last 13 years as Honorary Chairs. Mr. Phillips was a member of the Ottawa Senators for his entire career, starting in 1997 and was the longest serving player in the Senators’ franchise history.

    Together, Mr. and Mrs. Phillips have given their time and resources to many charitable initiatives including the Snowsuit Fund, the Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation, 24H of Tremblant, DIFD, and  Queensway Carleton Hospital for the Care Grows West Campaign.

    Jim Robinson
    Mr. Robinson was Race Director of the Ottawa Marathon from 1996 to 2013 and developed the event into a world-class marathon, attracting 48,000 participants. Ottawa Race Weekend’s growth has resulted in the annual generation of an estimated $28 million in economic activity for the City of Ottawa and the charitable impact from race weekend is estimated to be well over $6 million and growing for a number of local and national charities.

    David Smart
    Since taking over as head coach of the Carleton University Ravens men’s basketball team in 1999, Mr. Smart has turned the program into one of the most successful dynasties in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) with a record 12 CIS team titles. He has numerous coaching awards including six Canadian University Coach of the Year Awards and he continues to help develop outstanding young men by instilling the values of hard work, team first, respectfulness, modesty and community spirit.

    Mark Sutcliffe
    Mr. Sutcliffe has been a writer, broadcaster, entrepreneur and volunteer for more than 30 years and has had a lifelong interest in the media and in helping his Ottawa hometown flourish as a place of opportunity, diversity and equality. He is a passionate volunteer and fundraiser, and has served on and chaired many community boards, including the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Invest Ottawa, Algonquin College and United Way Ottawa.

    The Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching

    John Medeiros
    Inspector Medeiros has played a leadership role creating and serving as a volunteer coach with an Ottawa Police Service Soccer Mentoring Program that brings at-risk children from grades three to six and police officers to the soccer pitch. He recruits and organizes other police officers to join, teaches rules and techniques, describes the responsibilities of being part of a team, the importance of each player’s role, attitudes, behaviours and their impact and affect on life and life choices.

    Inspector Medeiros is also an active participant and supporter of the Aboriginal Working Committee (AWC) since its inception in 2008, and led the effort to spearhead a soccer mentorship program that includes Aboriginal participation.