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Three Order of Canada appointees have Concordia connections

Businessmen Darren Entwistle and Henri-Paul Rousseau, as well as writer Ann-Marie MacDonald, awarded Canada’s top honour.
January 10, 2019
By Jasmin Legatos

Three Concordians are among the latest cohort to join the Order of Canada.

They include Concordia grad Darren Entwistle, BA 86, LLD 12, as well as honorary Concordians Henri-Paul Rousseau, LLD 04, and multi-hyphenate talent Ann-Marie MacDonald.


Darren Entwistle, BA 86, LLD 12 Darren Entwistle, BA 86, LLD 12

Darren Entwistle, BA 86, LLD 12

As CEO of Telus, Darren Entwistle helped grow the telecommunications company from a regional service provider to a national data and wireless leader.

A volunteer for the Campaign for Concordia: Next-Gen. Now, Entwistle serves on the board of the Gairdner Foundation and is a founding member of the 30% Club of Canada, which works to achieve better gender balance at the board and senior management levels. He was appointed to the order for his “leadership in fostering corporate social responsibility in the telecommunications industry.”

Henri-Paul Rousseau, LLD 04 Henri-Paul Rousseau, LLD 04

Henri-Paul Rousseau, LLD 04

Quebec businessman Henri-Paul Rousseau left an important mark on several of the province’s most noteworthy institutions including the Caisse de dépôt et placement, National Bank and prior to his retirement in 2018, Power Corporation, where he served as vice-chairman of the board.

Before joining the private sector in the 1980s, Rousseau taught at Université Laval and at Université du Québec à Montréal. He was named to the order for “his many contributions to the economy and for his social and community involvement.”


Ann-Marie Macdonald Ann-Marie MacDonald

Ann-Marie MacDonald

Award-Winning Canadian novelist, playwright, actor and broadcaster Ann-Marie MacDonald was Concordia’s first Mordecai Richler Writer in Residence.

She was named to the order for her “multi-faceted contributions to the arts in Canada”, as well as her advocacy work on behalf of LGBTQ+ and women. Her first novel, Fall on Your Knees, published in 1996, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize. Since then, she’s picked up a bevy of accolades including a Governor General’s Award.

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