Alberta's best receive province's highest honour

October 15, 2014

The ranks of the Alberta Order of Excellence have grown with the addition of eight hard working and caring citizens.

"I congratulate the AOE class of 2014 for outstanding work to strengthen the quality of life enjoyed by their fellow Albertans and Canadians and by people around the world." -Lieutenant Governor Donald S. Ethell, Chancellor of the Alberta Order of Excellence.

"The Alberta Order of Excellence is the highest honour the province can bestow. I would like to thank each and every one of these recipients for their many contributions to our province and for inspiring all of us to make Alberta an even better place." -Jim Prentice, Premier

The new Alberta Order of Excellence members are:

  • Sharon Carry (Calgary) - President of Bow Valley College and post-secondary sector leader and innovator
  • Tony Cashman (Edmonton) - celebrated Alberta historian, storyteller, radio personality and playwright
  • Morris Flewwelling (Red Deer) - former Mayor of Red Deer, Canadian heritage and museum community leader
  • Colin Glassco (Calgary) - philanthropist and founder of the Colin B. Glassco Foundation for Children
  • Julie Hamilton (Calgary) - respected workplace safety educator and advocate
  • Willie Littlechild (Maskwacîs) - former Member of Parliament, Indigenous people/human rights advocate, world-class athlete
  • Fred Mannix (Calgary) - Canadian business leader, noted philanthropist in the areas of education, military history, wildlife conservation and sports
  • Reinhard Mühlenfeld (Edmonton) - philanthropist and businessman, founder of Champion Pet Foods

For biographies and photos of the members and information on the Order, including how to submit a nomination, visit

The Lieutenant Governor presided over the investiture ceremony at Government House in Edmonton on Wednesday, October 15. This ceremony brings total membership in the Order to 140.