On May 17, 2017, the Mayor of Montréal, Denis Coderre, presented the prestigious Ordre de Montréal medal to 17 deserving personalities as part of a solemn ceremony, which was held this afternoon at Montréal city hall in the presence of Bernard Voyer, co-president of the Ordre de Montréal council. The filmmaker and Wapikoni mobile's co-founder Manon Barbeau was among those important Montrealers to receive this great honour.
“As the Mayor and a citizen of Montréal, I am pleased to be part of the first official presentation of the Ordre de Montréal. Today, we are honouring members of our community who dedicate themselves for the common good and our city's social and economic development. These personalities have made their mark in various aspects of society and helped energize our city and make it shine, locally and on the international scene. By awarding the Ordre de Montréal medal to these 17 great personalities, we are giving back what they have so generously given to our city,” said Mayor Coderre.
The selection of candidates for the first presentation of the Ordre de Montréal was made by the Ordre de Montréal council, which was co-presided by the Honourable Louise Arbour and Bernard Voyer, and made up of Sophie Brochu, Bernard Descôteaux, Cadleen Désir, Odile Joannette, Laurent McCutcheon, Jan-Fryderyk Pleszczynski and Cathy Wong. The members of the council examined some 100 application files, which were presented following a call for applications launched in the fall of 2016, on the basis of achievements and impact of the candidate on the community and their involvement in promoting the city's reputation on the national and international scenes.
Recipients of the Ordre de Montréal
As an important legacy of Montréal's 375th anniversary, the Ordre de Montréal represents the city's highest distinction. The following personalities received a title in one of the following categories: commandeur-commandeure (3), officier-officière (6), and chevalier-chevalière (8).
Titre de commandeur
A. Karel Velan
Titre de chevalier
Michel de la Chenelière
About the Ordre de Montréal
The Ordre de Montréal was created on May 17, 2016, as a legacy to the city's 375th anniversary. The Ordre de Montréal takes over from the Académie des Grands Montréalais, which was created in 1988 by the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, which itself had taken over an initiative by the Canadian National introduced 10 years earlier. From 1978 to 2014, approximately 100 Montrealers were recognized for their involvement in the city's cultural, economic and social environments. Out of respect for this outstanding legacy, these personalities were admitted officially as members of the Ordre de Montréal in December 2016 at a special ceremony to mark the launching of Montréal's 375th anniversary celebrations. Starting this year, the Ordre de Montréal will be awarded to 17 Montréal personalities on May 17 of each year, following a public call for candidates carried out the previous fall