Robert Godin to be Made a Member of the Order of Canada

Among the 114 new appointment to the Order of Canada announced by the governor general on Nov. 27 is Godin Guitars Founder Robert Godin. The recognition is one of Canada’s highest civilian honours and is given to those whose work has bettered the country.

Created in 1967, the Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. More than 7 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order. According to the government, those who bear its iconic snowflake insignia have changed our nation’s measure of success and, through the sum of their accomplishments, have helped us build a better Canada. Appointments are made by the governor general on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada.

Godin is being made a Member of the Order of Canada “for his research and development activities in guitar manufacturing.”

He began his career as a guitar repairer in Montreal in 1960s, going on to found Godin Guitars in 1972 with the opening of his first manufacturing facility.  Today, Godin Guitars is the largest guitar maker in Canada, with four factories – three in Quebec and one in New Hampshire – emphasizing the use of local, sustainable woods in its processes. Over the years, a number of Godin models have earned industry acclaim, including the LG, Exit 22, and Freeway Classic, as well as the innovative Multiac, which one was of the first North American-made guitars suitable for live Latin music. Now working with his two sons, Simon and Patrick, Robert Godin as grown the company to includes multiple brands, including Seagull, Simon & Patrick, Norman, LaPatrie and Art & Lutherie

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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