Ted Barris is a frequent speaker at Canadian Club of Halton dinner events. His enthusiastic manner and subject mater expertise makes him a welcome guest. The recent announcement of Ted being appointed to the Order of Canada was very exciting. He was appointed as a member with this description “For advancing our understanding of Canadian military history as an acclaimed historical author, journalist and broadcaster.”

On December 29, 2022, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, announced 99 new appointments to the Order of Canada, including two Companions, 32 Officers and 65 Members. Three appointments were promotions within the Order.

Since its creation in 1967, the Order of Canada has honoured more than 7,600 people whose service has shaped our society, whose innovations have ignited our imaginations, and whose compassion has united our communities.

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada commented “What a beautiful way to end the year, honouring Order of Canada appointees and learning about the depth and range of their accomplishments. Celebrated trailblazers in their respective fields, they are inspiring, educating and mentoring future generations, creating a foundation of excellence in our country that is respected throughout the world. Their commitment to the betterment of Canada fills me with pride and hope for the future. Alianaigusuqatigiivassi. Congratulations.”

Ted was very appreciative when our President, Clayton Shold reached out to congratulate him, writing “I hope this doesn’t bump up your speaking fees too much.” (our speakers are not paid) Ted replied:

Hi Clayton…

How appropriate to receive such kind applause for this appointment from the loyal Canadian Club branch in Halton.

It’s both invigorating and humbling to learn this has happened to me. I think of all those writers who’ve worked in the trenches much longer than I, who’ve not been recognized, and wonder about the criteria for these appointments. On the other hand, I feel absolutely fired up to continue to dig and discover. I guess I’m kind of driven that way and would do it whether I receive recognition or not…

And don’t worry. My head and heart may be swollen with pride, but my fees will NOT swell accordingly (at least not for the moment).

Please invite me back. I have lots of great stories to tell anytime you want (whether I have the Order of Canada award pinned to my lapel or not)… Ted.

Ted, you will always be a welcome speaker at our events. On behalf of all our members, a hearty congratulations!