Christopher Ondaatje was a member of the Canadian Olympic Bobsled team in 1964. He has maintained his interest in sports. He is a member of the Chester Yacht Club of Nova Scotia and a life member of the Somerset County Cricket Club.
Ondaatje has fostered the development of learning and international understanding through The Ondaatje Foundation. He is a member of the Traveller's Club, London, England and a Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society, England. He is on the Advisory Board of Pearson College, Canada; Advisory Board Member of Lakefield College School in Canada; Governor of Blundell's School in England; as well as being an Honorary Governor of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. In addition, he is Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, on the Advisory Board of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, and a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery.
He was named an Officer, Order of Canada in 1993 and has received three LL.Ds., honoris causa, one from Dalhouise University in 1994, the second from the University of Buckingham in 2003, and the third from Exeter University in 2003. He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's birthday honours list, June 2000, and awarded a Knighthood in the Queen's honours list, June 2003.« Back to 2009: Sir Christopher Ondaatje