Bruce W. Beatty

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Bruce W. Beatty
Born (1922-07-06)July 6, 1922
Melfort, Saskatchewan
Died March 21, 2011(2011-03-21) (aged 88)
Ottawa, Ontario
Occupation Graphic designer, airman, civil servant
Known for Designing medals, decorations, and military insignia
Notable work Order of Canada
Military career
Service/branch Royal Canadian Air Force
Years of service 1941 – c. 1977
One of Beatty's most important creations was the Order of Canada's snowflake design

Bruce Wilbur Beatty, CM SOM CD FRHSC was a Canadian graphic designer best known as being chiefly responsible for designing the emblems of the Canadian Honours System, starting with the badge of the Order of Canada in 1967. The emblem is the shape of a snowflake - just as every snowflake is different, so is every member of the Order. As of 2004, he had been in attendance at every Order investiture ceremony. Beatty was made a member of the order in 1990. In 1977 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada.

Beatty was also responsible for creating the emblem of the Order of British Columbia during the 1980s and made alterations to the Victoria Cross for the Canadian Honour System in 1993. He has lectured to the Monarchist League of Canada.

Beatty died in 2011 [1]

In 2012, Captain Beatty was posthumously awarded, the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. [1] [2]

Honours and arms[edit]




Arms of Bruce W. Beatty
Granted by the College of Arms on September 1, 1982. Registered by the Canadian Heraldic Authority on November 12, 1991.
A white fox (Alopex lagopus) in its winter guise sejant proper winged Or
Or a tau cross Azure thereon a bee proper


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