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2019 recipients of the Order of Ottawa. Photo courtesy of the City of Ottawa.

Call for nominations: Order of Ottawa and the Brian Kilrea Award—deadline 09.11.20

By Greggory Clark on July 8, 2020


The City is now accepting online nominations for the 2020 Order of Ottawa and the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching.

The Order of Ottawa recognizes the professional achievements and outstanding service of “exceptional Ottawa residents”—those folks who have made significant contributions, through their career endeavours, to life in the city in any of the following areas: arts and culture, business, philanthropy, health care, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, sports and entertainment and other fields that benefit Ottawa.

Past recipients include songwriter Kathleen Edwards, activist Gwen Madiba, artist Bernard A. Poulin, MPP Madeleine Meilleur, Music and Beyond artistic director Julian Armour, award-winning musician and educator Jesse Stewart, Ottawa Senators alumnus Chris Phillips, author and broadcaster Mark Sutcliffe, Kichesippi Beer co-founder Paul Meek, and Ron Burke a.k.a. Lucky Ron.

This prestigious civic award honours up to 15 of Ottawa’s most deserving individuals each year. You may nominate any resident of Ottawa who has made a significant contribution in a professional capacity that has been of benefit to our community.

The Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching, which will be presented at the Order of Ottawa awards ceremony in the fall of 2020, recognizes the contribution of an amateur coach who exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment that have been the hallmarks of Brian Kilrea’s career. Mr. Kilrea is a retired hockey coach, general manager and player, and is best known for his 35-year association with the Ottawa 67’s. He is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, has played and coached in the NHL and, with more than 1,000 career victories, is the most successful coach in Canadian junior hockey history.

Nominations by immediate family members, self-nominations, and posthumous nominations will not be accepted. Elected municipal, provincial, and federal officials are not eligible while in office.

Visit for more information or to nominate someone you know.