Former mayor, pizza patriarch among Order of Ottawa inductees

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Former Cumberland mayor Brian Coburn and Gabriel’s Pizza co-founder George Hanna were among 15 new inductees into the Order of Ottawa on November 16.

Former Cumberland mayor Brian Coburn and Ottawa-Orléans MPP Brian Coburn was inducted into the Order of Canada last week along with George Hanna, inset.

Coburn served as the mayor of Cumberland from 1989 to 1999 when he stepped down to run for the provincial legislature.

He beat Liberal nominee Rene Danis in the 1999 General Election and replaced Gilles Morin, who had retired prior to the election, in the provincial legislature.

A close confidante of then Premier Mike Harris, Coburn was appointed to Cabinet as Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs in 2001, and in 2003, he was appointed Minister of Tourism and Recreation by Ernie Eves who had succeeded Harris as Premier.

Coburn was eventually defeated by Phil McNeely in the 2003 provincial election, and in 2006, he was appointed as a cirtizenship judge by the Harper government. A position he held until his recent retirement.

Geroge Hanna was appointed president of Gabriel’s Pizza in 2003. Under his watch the company that was founded in Orléans by his father and uncles in 1977, expanded to more than 38 locations in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebed.

The Hanna family, and George in particular, have been ardent supporters of the community ever since they first opened their doors.

Geographic location: Ottawa, Cumberland, Orléans Eastern Ontario Western Quebed

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