50 Years of Inspiring Canadians

Whether it’s uniting people through song or sport, fighting for the less fortunate or saving whooping cranes from extinction, close to 7 000 Canadians have worn the Order of Canada insignia with pride. The sum of their visions has helped us build a better Canada. This is a handful of their stories—inspiration for what’s still to come, because there is so much more to do.

Learn more about the book: They Desire a Better Country – The Order of Canada in 50 Stories

  • Science & Education
Officer of the Order of Canada – 2014

The numbers on Chris Hadfield are out of this world.

Days in space: 166. Times around...

  • Public Service, Science & Education
Companion of the Order of Canada – 1997, Officer of the Order of Canada – 1988

When David Johnston became the twenty-eighth Governor General of Canada in 2010, he let it be...

  • Science & Education, Social Justice
Officer of the Order of Canada – 2013

Shoddy, racist, and pea-brained are not words normally used by...

  • Science & Education, Social Justice
Member of the Order of Canada – 2013

In a 2013 art exhibition presented in Val-d’Or, Quebec, to honour the people who made the city...

  • Science & Education
Member of the Order of Canada – 2012

Woop-doop-doop, woop-doop-doop, woop-doop-doop (“the doop-doop is the female and the woop is the...

  • Science & Education, Social Justice
Officer of the Order of Canada – 2000

Standing upright, adult male polar bears can measure close to three metres tall and weigh more...