Robert Bateman, O.C., O.B.C., B.A., D.Litt.

Officer of the Order of Canada. Awarded on December 19, 1983; Invested on April 11, 1984

By the age of fifteen Toronto-born Robert Bateman had already painted every North American species of hawk and owl. After a period of teaching in Canada and Nigeria he turned to animal art full-time and has developed his precise technique and distinctive style to the point where he is now one of the world's great wildlife artists.


Dempsey Bob, O.C., D.Litt.

Officer of the Order of Canada. Awarded on May 2, 2013; Invested on September 12, 2014

For his dedication to the preservation of Tahltan-Tlingit artistry, as a master carver and mentor to a new generation of artists.

Dempsey Bob is one of the foremost Tahltan-Tlingit artists of his generation. An internationally renowned master carver, he has produced a widely exhibited body of work, which is inspired by his rich heritage. He has built cross-cultural art partnerships with other Indigenous peoples, notably the Maori of New Zealand. He has also shared his cultural and artistic knowledge as a founding member of the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art, where he continues to teach the next generation of master carvers.


George Bowering, O.C., O.B.C., M.A., D.Litt.

Officer of the Order of Canada. Awarded on October 10, 2002; Invested on May 9, 2003

His works are daring and experimental, Canadian to the core and infused with humour, irony and wit. An innovative poet, novelist and critic, he has made invaluable contributions to Canadian literature. A former professor of English at Simon Fraser University, he has been a beloved teacher and mentor to generations of young writers. He also served as founding editor of the magazines Tish and Imago and is a long-time supporter of small Canadian publishers. He is the recipient of two Governor General's Literary Awards and is our first Parliamentary Poet Laureate.


Robert Bringhurst, O.C., M.F.A., D.Litt.

Officer of the Order of Canada. Awarded on May 2, 2013; Invested on September 12, 2014

For his contributions to Canadian literature and to the preservation of First Nations’ culture, as a poet and cultural historian.

Revered poet Robert Bringhurst is a renaissance man, known for his work as a linguist, cultural historian and typographer. He has enriched our literary canon with his distinctive poetry, which has been described as lyrical and sophisticated. His translations of works dictated by the Haida oral poets Skaay, Ghandl and Kilxhawgins have helped to preserve the culture and language of our First Nations. He has also influenced the design of publications the world over with his book The Elements of Typographic Style, considered a classic in the field.