The Order of Canada recognizes people who have made a difference to the country of Canada. From local citizens to national and international personalities, all Canadians are eligible for the Order of Canada -- Canada's highest honour for lifetime achievement.
Three different levels of membership honour people whose accomplishments vary in degree and scope: Member, Officer and Companion. Since 1967, more than 4,000 people have received the Order of Canada. The complete list includes all persons appointed to the Order since 1967.
The following Stirlings have received the Order since 1967
Gordon McKenzie Stirling, C.M., Q.C. St. John's, NL
Appointment June 23, 1980
Investiture October 15, 1980
Former Master of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Newfoundland. In recognition of a lifetime devoted to his profession, his Church and his community, and in particular his long years of service to the Church Lads' Brigade.
Deceased : September 15, 1985
Dr. Ian Grote Stirling, O.C., Ph.D. Edmonton, Alberta
Appointment April 27, 2000
Investiture February 28, 2001
He is acknowledged by his peers as one of the world's experts on polar bears. He has also earned the respect of the Inuit people and others who have depended on this animal for generations. He carefully listens to their traditional knowledge, respects their views and incorporates them into his research. A gifted public speaker, he has captured the interest of scientists, impressed nature conservationists and enthralled youngsters in elementary schools, a testament to his love for this magnificent northern creature.
John B. Stirling, O.C., C.D., D.Sc. Montréal, Quebec
Appointment December 19, 1969
Investiture April 21, 1970
For services in the field of engineering and to the community.
Deceased : June 20, 1988