Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, invested Saskatoon author and historian Bill Waiser as a member of the Order of Canada during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, ON January 24, 2018. Bill was invested alongside 46 other Canadians (two companions, eight Officers and 36 other Members) into the Order of Canada.
“Bill Waiser is widely known as ‘Saskatchewan’s historian.’ Distinguished professor emeritus of history at the University of Saskatchewan, he is recognized not only for the uncompromising quality of his research, but also for his abilities as an adept storyteller. Through his repertoire of award-winning works, he has skilfully told the story of his province and its people to both academic readers and the wider public. His writings on western and northern Canada are considered major contributions to the heritage of these regions.”
“Created in 1967, the Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Close to 7 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order. Their contributions are varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of others and have taken to heart the motto of the Order: DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (“They desire a better country”). Appointments are made by the governor general on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada.” – Governor General of Canada’s Website.