Telefilm Canada executive director Carolle Brabant and producer and writer Lisa Meeches are among the new Members named to the Order of Canada.
Announced Wednesday by Governor General Julie Payette, the list of 61 new appointments includes one Companion, 13 Officers, and 47 Members.
Brabant has been with Telefilm since 1990 and at the helm of the organization since 2010, the first woman to hold the position. She’s being recognized “for her innovative leadership at the helm of Telefilm Canada and for supporting diverse and emerging filmmakers.”
Meeches, who hails from Manitoba’s Long Plain First Nation, is the founder of Eagle Vision Inc., Meeches Video Productions, and Century Street Distribution. She started her career in the mid-1980s with Winnipeg-based Native Media Network and went on to work as a reporter with Craig Broadcasting in both Manitoba and Alberta. Among the award-winning productions she’s been behind are Burden of Truth, Ice Road Truckers, true crime series Taken, and Canada’s longest-running Indigenous series, The Sharing Circle, in addition to feature films Capote, Walk All Over Me and Lovesick.
Quebec jazz musician Michel Cusson, who has scored numerous feature films and documentaries, was also named to the Order, as was singer-songwriter Art Bergmann, who also appeared in Bruce MacDonald films Hard Core Logo and Highway 61.
Find the full list of Order of Canada appointees here.