McInnes Cooper Chair Named Commander of The Royal Order of the Polar Star
February 16, 2012
King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden has appointed George Cooper Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star.
The Royal Order of the Polar Star was first created by King Fredrik I in 1748. It is only conferred on members of the Swedish Royal Family and foreign nationals in recognition of personal services to Sweden or for the promotion of Swedish interests.
“It has been my honour to serve the interests of Sweden in Atlantic Canada, and I am delighted to accept this appointment,” said George, Counsel at McInnes Cooper and Chair of the Board.
His Excellency Teppo Taurianen, Swedish Ambassador to Canada, announced the appointment during a special reception. George Cooper, C.M., C.D., QC, recently retired as the Honorary Consul of Sweden, a role he fulfilled since 1999. The reception was designed to celebrate George’s 12 years of service, and welcome his successor, Cheryl Hodder, QC.
In 1998, George was first awarded the Gold Medal, Royal Order of the Polar Star, and promoted to Officer – First Class of the Royal Order in 2006. George is the former M.P. for Halifax and served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice. He is a member of the Order of Canada, Rhodes Scholar and holds various honourary degrees from Dalhousie University, University of King’s College and the University of Alberta.
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To view George’s newspaper announcement, click here.
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