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Lisa LaFlamme among new Order of Canada appointees

CTV News anchor Lisa LaFlamme, Lionsgate Entertainment founder Frank Giustra, Food Network Canada host Michael Smith, and Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Jim Treliving are among 83 new appointments to the Order of Canada.

The Order of Canada’s motto is DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (“They desire a better country”). The new member list includes five Companions (C.C.), recognized for national pre-eminence or international service or achievement; 21 Officers (O.C.), including one Honorary Officer, recognized for national service or achievement; and 57 Members (C.M.), recognized for outstanding contributions at the local or regional level or in a special field of activity.

Actor Donald Sutherland and filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin are being promoted to Companion status, while LaFlamme joins Quebec film, television and theatre actor Rémy Girard; documentarian Ric Esther Bienstock, puppeteer Ronnie Burkett, and antenna and satellite development researcher Lotfollah Shafai, among others, as Officers and new appointees to the Order. Additionally, actor Martin Short is being promoted to Officer.

Those appointed as Members include Quebec film director and producer Fernand Dansereau; Montreal actor Michel Dumont; Newfoundland comedian and director and former CODCO member Andy Jones; Quebec costume designer Renee April; P.E.I.-based chef and Food Network Canada host Michael Smith; Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Jim Treliving; and Donna Slaight (spouse of Slaight Communications CEO Gary Slaight), for her commitment to volunteerism and philanthropy in mental health and human rights.

Find the full list of appointees here. Recipients will be installed at a ceremony to be held at a later date.

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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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