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Nathalie Lambert, Gregory Charles among new Order of Canada members

Short-track speed skater Nathalie Lambert, singer Gregory Charles and McGill biochemist Philippe Gross will join more than 100 other Canadians today in a ceremony at Rideau Hall.

Total of 113 Canadians to be invested today in ceremony at Rideau Hall

Former Olympian and Canada's Chef de Mission for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Nathalie Lambert, looks at some of her trophies in Montreal in 2009. On Thursday, she will be invested into the Order of Canada. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

A three-time gold-medal winning speed skater, a prolific entertainer and a pioneering biochemist are among the Quebecers being invested into the Order of Canada.

Nathalie Lambert, Gregory Charles and McGill's Philippe Gros will join more than 100 other Canadians today in a ceremony at Rideau Hall.

Gros was recognized for research into infectious diseases and cancer and for "his leadership in the health sciences," while Charles, a singer and pianist, was praised for his "infectious energy, creativity and dedication to ensuring that the performing arts and culture thrive in Canada and abroad."

Quebec all-round entertainer Gregory Charles is among the 113 Canadians to be invested in the Order of Canada. (Nicolas Marcoux)

Lambert, who served as chef de mission for Canada at the Vancouver Olympics and has devoted her life to sports as a coach, official, mentor and instructor, was recognized for her "tremendous contributions to athletics in Canada as a renowned mentor and spokesperson."

"I feel extremely privileged to receive this honour," Lambert told The Canadian Press. 

"In my wildest dreams, this would not have happened, so for me this is a thrilling and humbling honour.''

The trio are among 113 Canadians whom Rideau Hall announced Thursday will be invested into the Order of Canada, one of the country's highest civilian honours and one that recognizes Canadians who have been high achievers in their fields, or have shown dedication or service to their community and country.

The list released on the eve of Canada Day also includes Montreal writer Jacques Godbout; Marie Wilson, a commissioner with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; and Dennis O'Connor, a retired judge who headed inquiries into the Maher Arar affair and the tainted-water scandal in Walkerton, Ont.

The Order of Canada was established in 1967 and has more than 6,500 members.

For a full list of Thursday's appointments, go here.

with files from The Canadian Press

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