A dragon, a doctor and a developer, all from B.C., are among the 83 new appointments to the Order of Canada, announced Thursday by Gov.-Gen. Julie Payette.Boston Pizza co-owner Jim Treliving, whose 13 seasons as a member of the entrepreneurs’ panel on the CBC reality show Dragons’ Den has made him a national celebrity; Dr. Perry Kendall, B.C.’s recently retired provincial health officer who pioneered the harm-reduction strategy in the substance-abuse field; and Luigi Aquilini, patriarch of one of B.C.’s largest and most successful business empires, are among the 13 B.C. recipients.The other B.C. recipients are:• Gordon R. Diamond, Vancouver, an officer of the Order, for business and philanthropy for health care, education and social services.• Arthur J. Ray, Vancouver, an officer, for contributions as a historical geographer and expert witness in Aboriginal land claims.• Peter Suedfeld, Vancouver, an officer, for research on psychological impacts of extreme environments and stressors on human behaviour.
Businessman and philanthropist Frank Giustra has been named a member of the Order of Canada.
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The rest are Members of the Order:• W.J. Brad Bennett, Kelowna, for his philanthropic commitment to improving the Okanagan’s educational and medical landscapes.• Raymond J. Cole, Vancouver, for architecture and environmental sustainability.• Frank Giustra, Vancouver, for international humanitarian initiatives addressing global crises and development.• Chan Hon Goh, Vancouver, in ballet as principal dancer, artistic director and cultural ambassador.• C. Michael O’Brian, Vancouver, for philanthropic commitment to arts and culture.• Dorothy E. Smith, Vancouver, for incorporating a feminist perspective in traditional sociology.• Howard Timothy Lee Soon, Kelowna, for expanding and elevating B.C.’s wine industry.The Order of Canada, created in 1967, is “one of the country’s highest honours,” according to a release by the Rideau Hall press office.“I am absolutely honoured to receive the appointment to the Order of Canada,” Treliving, whose pizza restaurant chain is set to open its 400th outlet in Canada this year, said in an email from London, England, where he’s attending a wedding. “This country has provided me so much opportunity to thrive and be successful as an entrepreneur, business person and philanthropist, and to be recognized with this prestigious honour is an extremely proud moment for me.”Treliving, who expanded the BP brand into the U.S., with 25 franchises, and in Mexico, with 16, also owns the Mr. Lube franchise chain, Dermal Laser Centres, the Brandlive event management company, Velofix mobile bike repair, and real estate, land development and food-manufacturing companies.“Being able to share my journey with great businesses, charities and people and seeing them benefit from my life experiences and lessons learned is something I am very proud of,” he said.“It’s a really big honour,” said Dr. Kendall. “It’s a very nice warm feeling to be recognized by your peers and that your work is significant enough to be honoured this way.”He said he was most proud of B.C.’s and Canada’s public health departments’ response to the SARS health crisis, advocating for harm reduction to treat substance abuse and the work he did to further self-governance for First Nations health.Aquilini, who declined to be interviewed, began his family business empire after emigrating from Italy in 1953. He started Aquilini Investment Group in the 1960s. He began in construction and moved to real estate and development. The family also owns the Vancouver Canucks and berry farms in the Fraser Valley.The Aquilini Group’s berry farms were hit by controversy this year when the Labour Ministry forced the company to pay more than $130,000 in wages to temporary foreign workers at a Pitt Meadows berry farm for violating contracts that stipulated six months of full-time work for workers at the Golden Eagle Farm. Some 174 workers said they were given one month of full-time work before their hours were reduced.The company responded by saying a group of 15 workers from Guatemala lodged complaints with the Labour Ministry only after they were told they would have to return home for contravening their work permits.The Order of Canada recipients will be invested into the Order at Rideau Hall at one of the four yearly ceremonies.