Honours and awards

Gayle Stannard
Executive Director, The Alberta Order of Excellence
Phone: 780-449-0517
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: aoe@gov.ab.ca or gayle.stannard@gov.ab.ca

The Alberta Order of Excellence

The Alberta Order of Excellence (AOE) is the highest honour the Province of Alberta can bestow on a citizen.

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Overview

The Alberta Order of Excellence was created in 1979, with the first investiture in 1981. The Lieutenant Governor, as the Queen’s representative, invests members into the Alberta Order of Excellence at a special ceremony at Government House in Edmonton.

The Alberta Order of Excellence is the highest honour the Province of Alberta can bestow on a citizen and takes precedence over any other provincial honour or award.  The Alberta Order of Excellence is on the Canadian Honours Order of Precedence, meaning its members are entitled to wear the insignia as approved by the Governor of General of Canada.

Members of the Order are entitled to use the post nominals AOE.

The Alberta Order of Excellence recognizes Albertans from all fields of endeavour and backgrounds. Members of the Order's contributions have formed - and continue to advance - the province’s history and place in Canada and throughout the world.

Members inducted in 2019

Members were inducted into the Order during a special ceremony at Government House in Edmonton on Thursday, October 17, 2019.

Members of the Alberta Order of Excellence

Member impact ranges from medicine, science, engineering, law, and business to politics, education, community service, agriculture and the arts. All member's contributions have made an outstanding impact within the province, country or worldwide.

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In focus

Nominate a remarkable Albertan from your community for consideration to receive the Alberta Order of Excellence.
The council is made up of prominent volunteer representatives from across Alberta.
Members are inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence by the Lieutenant Governor at a special investiture ceremony hosted annually at Government House in Edmonton.
The Alberta Order of Excellence educational resources were created for use by Alberta teachers and students, but everyone is encouraged to explore.
Photo of Lieutenant Governor Salma Lakhani

Lieutenant Governor Salma Lakhani

The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta serves as the Chancellor of the Alberta Order of Excellence. Her Honour, the Honourable Salma Lakhani, AOE, B.Sc. is Alberta's 19th Lieutenant Governor.

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Photo gallery

Photos from the Alberta Order of Excellence investiture ceremonies throughout the years and official portraits.

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