Province Honours 25 New Order of Ontario Appointees

2023 Order of Ontario recognizes outstanding leaders for their exceptional contributions to building a stronger province

January 01, 2024

TORONTO — The Honourable Edith Dumont, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Chancellor of the Order of Ontario, announced 25 new appointments to the Order of Ontario for 2023.

The Order of Ontario – the province’s highest honour – recognizes outstanding people who have made exceptional contributions to help build a stronger province, nation and world. Members of the Order come from all walks of life and represent various sectors of society including public service, business, journalism and health care.

“As Chancellor of the Order of Ontario, it is my privilege to congratulate the Order’s appointees for 2023. These Ontarians have demonstrated the highest levels of merit, excellence and dedication in their respective disciplines, and they have made significant impacts here at home and around the world,” said Lieutenant Governor Edith Dumont. “Our province gratefully acknowledges their remarkable contributions, which inspire us all to be leaders and change-makers.”

The 2023 appointees to the Order of Ontario are:

  • Jay Aspin
  • John M. Beck
  • Jo-Anne Clarke
  • Hon. David Collenette
  • Claire Crooks
  • Julie Di Lorenzo
  • John English
  • Lee Errett
  • Gervan Fearon
  • Patrick Foran
  • Blake C. Goldring
  • Herbert Ho Ping Kong
  • Blake Hutcheson
  • Michael Latner
  • Bernard Leduc
  • Joy MacDermid
  • Dwayne Morgan
  • Florence Ngenzebuhoro
  • Hazelle Palmer
  • Fred Possmayer
  • Peter Simon
  • Gary Slaight
  • George Trusler
  • Raquel Urtasun
  • Bhavana Varma

“I am proud of the incredible breadth and depth of talent we have here in Ontario. Each one of these exceptional Ontarians are leaders and trailblazers who exemplify the best of our province,” said Michael Ford, Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism. “Their achievements, dedication and leadership have contributed to building a stronger Ontario and a better world for all. On behalf of a grateful province, congratulations to all the appointees being recognized.”


Quick Facts

  • People from all walks of life across Ontario are welcome to nominate a deserving individual for the 2024 Order of Ontario. The nomination deadline for this year is March 31, 2024. Learn more about how to nominate someone here.
  • Appointments to the Order are made on the recommendation of an independent advisory council based on the merit of accomplishments of nominees put forward by members of the public.
  • 874 people have been appointed to the Order of Ontario since it was established in 1986.
  • Members are invested with the Order’s insignia. Appointees are given the post-nominal letters, also called post-nominal initials or post-nominal titles (letters placed after a person’s name) to indicate the honour held by the individual.