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Announcement of the 2023 recipients of the Ordre de Montréal

Montreal, April 18 2023 - Montréal’s Executive Committee today confirmed the nomination of 17 prominent Montrealers to receive the Ordre de Montréal this May 17th. The Ordre de Montréal is the city's highest honour, paying tribute to Montrealers who have made an outstanding contribution to the city's growth and influence.

“I am very proud to announce the 2023 recipients of the Ordre de Montréal. This distinction highlights the contributions of seventeen exceptional citizens from diverse backgrounds and origins who have shaped Montréal's identity through their talents, values and actions, whether in the areas of economic or social development, or in science, health care, sports and culture. It is thanks to their contributions, actions and commitment, and those of each and every Montrealer, that our great city shines and stands out both nationally and internationally,” declared the Mayor of Montréal, Valérie Plante.

The 2023 recipients

The title of Commander (highest rank of the Order) will be awarded to Farah Alibay, Louise Arbour, and Kim Yaroshevskaya.

The title of Officer will be granted to Madeleine Careau, Mandeep Roshi Chadha, Claude Gagnon, Linda Gauthier, Danièle Sauvageau, and Roland Smith.

Finally, the title of Knight will be awarded to Carl-Éric Aubin, Bertrand Cesvet, René Dallaire, Jean Pierre Desrosiers, Marie-Josée Hébert, Marie Houzeau, Sophie Labrecque, and Jeannot Painchaud.

The Ordre de Montréal’s advisory council

A public call for nominations to the order was held from September 1 to October 31, 2022.

All submissions received were rigorously examined by the members of the order's advisory council on the basis of the scope, originality, and impact on community life of each applicant's

The order's advisory council is composed of the co-chairs, Isabelle Hudon and Bernard Voyer, and members working in various fields: Bernard Descôteaux, Cadleen Désir, Steve Foster, Monika Ille, Emilie Nicolas, Jan-Fryderyk Pleszczynski, and Louise Roy.

About the Ordre de Montréal

The city's highest honour, the Ordre de Montréal was created on the occasion of Montréal's 375 th anniversary as a complement to the municipal symbols of the coat of arms (adopted in 1833) and the flag (adopted in 1938). This honorary distinction recognizes the merits of Montrealers who have distinguished themselves by:

  • The eminence of their contribution to the city’s development
  • The renown of their contribution to its local and international influence
  • The exemplary nature of their commitment to serving their fellow citizens, or
  • The remarkable quality of their professional achievements.
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