Yvon Charest, President and CEO of iA Financial Group, was appointed as an officer to the Order of Canada. David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, invested Charest into the Order in a ceremony at Rideau Hall on Aug. 25.

Yvon Charest received the appointment based on his leadership and contribution to the Canadian economy, as well as his philanthropy and involvement in charitable organizations and his encouragement of other businesses to do likewise, said a press release issued by the Governor General.

The Order of Canada was created in 1967 to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Approximately 7,000 people have received the honour.