Alumni recognized by Order of Canada

Daniel Poliquin wearing a black and red academic gown and holding a diploma in his hands.

The Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. 

By Linda Scales 

Three graduates from the University of Ottawa were recognized within the Order of Canada by Governor General David Johnston on December 30, 2015. 

Internationally renowned classical pianist Angela Hewitt (BMus ’05) was promoted to a companion of the Order “for her transformative interpretations of the piano repertoire.” Hewitt is best known for her interpretations of Johann Sebastian Bach’s music. 

Marie-José Nadeau (LLL ’75) is an experienced senior executive in the energy industry. She is currently chair of the World Energy Council and is a vice-chair of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra’s board of directors. Nadeau was appointed a member of the Order “for her contributions to the energy sector as an administrator and as a citizen engaged in her community.” 

A head and shoulders photograph of Marie-José Nadeau dressed in a black jacket.

Marie-José Nadeau
Photo: World Energy Council

Daniel Poliquin (BA ’74) is one of Canada’s leading francophone novelists and the author of L'homme de paille, which won the 1998 Trillium Book Award and was translated as The Straw Man. He was promoted to an officer of the Order “for his contributions to Canada’s literary scene as an acclaimed author and established translator.”  

The Order of Canada is one of Canada’s highest civilian honours. It recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Since it was established in 1967, more than 6,000 people from all sectors of Canadian society have been invested into the Order. 

The University of Ottawa is proud of these alumni. Congratulations!

Main photo:
Daniel Poliquin. Photo: Robert Lacombe

Photograph of a smiling Angela Hewitt, who is leaning against a concrete column.

Angela Hewitt
Photo: Mai Wolf

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