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Jon Klassen, David Kent among 15 from CanLit to receive the Order of Canada

Children’s illustrator Jonathan Klassen among those who will receive the Order of Canada

The Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, announced 105 new appointments to the Order of Canada on June 29. Alongside Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, astronaut Roberta Bondar, and music promoter Arthur Fogel, 15 of the new inductees have made notable contributions to Canadian literature.

COMPANION OF THE ORDER OF CANADA
Beverley McLachlin, Ottawa
Former Chief Justice of Canada and author of the recent legal thriller Full Disclosure.

OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF CANADA
Lise Bissonnette, Montreal
Journalist and author, who helped to create the Montreal-based library and cultural archive Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec.

MEMBERS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA
Robert Bothwell, Toronto
Canadian historian whose work focuses on Canada and its political role in the world around it.

Hédi 
Bouraoui, Toronto
Canadian-Tunisian poet, novelist, and essayist known for his cultural criticism.

Barry 
Callaghan, Toronto
Author and poet, editor of Toronto literary journal Exile, and publisher of multicultural and multiracial authors through small press Exile Editions.

Gary Michael Dault, Napanee, Ontario
Author and poet celebrated for his visual-arts journalism.

Laurier 
Gareau, Regina
French-language historian and playwright with a focus on the Franco-Saskatchewanian identity.

David I. Kent, Toronto
The former president and CEO of HarperCollins Canada.

Jonathan Klassen, Toronto
Children’s illustrator and writer whose illustrations received the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2010.

Paul-André 
Linteau, Montreal
Francophone historian specializing in both the history of Canada and Quebec as well as the revolutionary impact of urbanization.

Edmund 
Metatawabin, Fort Albany, Ont.
Former First Nations chief whose advocacy work for residential school survivors includes his 2015 memoir Up Ghost River, recounting his own story of childhood trauma.

Veronica Jane 
Strong-Boag, Vancouver
Historian and author celebrated for centring women’s history.

Scott Thornley, Toronto
The founder of marketing agency STC Services and author of the MacNeice crime novels was chosen for “his unique graphic and verbal designs.”

Aritha van Herk, Calgary
Writer, critic, and professor whose novels and essays have showcased western Canada.

Elizabeth Hillman Waterston, London, Ont.
An early proponent for Canadian literature in academia and mentor to Canadian writers.