The cartoonist Serge Chapleau, former leader Simon Durivage and chef Normand Laprise are among the personalities received the Order of Canada on Wednesday.
Seven other Quebecers also shared this honor: the authors Louise Dupré and Madeleine Gagnon, the businessman Jean-Guy Desjardins, the specialist Alzheimer Serge Gauthier, the opera singer Suzie Leblanc, director of the Institute of Health Services and Health Policy Health Research Canadian Institutes of Robyn Tamblyn and heart disease specialist Jean-Claude Tardif.
Former Montreal Alouettes linebacker and current CEO of BC Lions of the Canadian Football League Wally Buono, the historian Tim Cook and Chantal Kreviazuk singer were also rewarded for their achievements.
Former judge of the Court of Appeal of Quebec Jean-Louis Baudoin was one of seven persons to be received by the rank of officer of the Order of Canada. The comedian Rick Mercer, actress and director Sarah Polley and former Speaker of the House of Commons Peter Milliken also attained that rank.
According to the website of the Governor General, the rank of officer “highlights the services and achievements at national level” while the member “highlights the outstanding contributions to the local or regional level, or in a particular area.”
The ceremony was held at the official residence of the Governor General of Canada, David Johnston.