James (Jim) D. Irving was invested in the Order of Canada in Ottawa today.

Irving was one of 38 members, 10 officers and two companions recognized by Governor General David Johnston in a ceremony at Rideau Hall.

Irving was cited for outstanding business and community leadership that has helped to strengthen the Maritime economy by creating jobs and developing future leaders.

He heads the forestry company, JD Irving Limited and Irving Pulp and Paper, and has funded programs in forestry, business, and environment at the University of New Brunswick.

Irving was also honoured for donations to charities that support various business, nature, health care and education causes.