Toronto, December 28, 2019 – Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, announced today that Valerie Creighton, President and CEO of the Canada Media Fund (CMF), will be invested into the Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours.
Reacting to the news, Alain Cousineau, Chair of the CMF Board of Directors stated, “I would like to thank and congratulate Valerie on this well-deserved distinction. I have had the pleasure of working closely with Valerie for the last several years since I was appointed to the board of the CMF. In this role, I have witnessed the exemplary contributions she has made in support of culture and the economic development of the television and digital media industries for the benefit of the country.”
“Canada’s screen-based industry is today on solid footing thanks to Valerie’s lifelong work in support of Canadian storytellers and our screen-based content. She is a well-respected leader and visionary who has played a key role in the growth, success and well-being of the arts and screen-based sector at the national level. Her commitment and deep engagement have helped take Canada’s creative content to new heights.”
Created in 1967, the Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Close to 7,500 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order. Those who bear the Order’s iconic snowflake insignia have changed our nation’s measure of success and, through the sum of their accomplishments, have helped us build a better Canada. Appointments are made by the governor general on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada.
Did you know?
That Valerie Creighton owns, operates and lives on a ranch just outside Stoughton, Saskatchewan, some 150KM south-east of Regina?
At the Red Horse Ranch, she raises registered American Paint Horse Association (APHA) and American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) horses.
In 2016, she was invested into the Saskatchewan Order of Merit for her lifelong work in support of cultural industries in her home-province. That same year she was named one of 2016’s 20 most powerful women in global television by The Hollywood Reporter.
In 2017, she was recognized by Women in Television and Film – Vancouver for her major contribution to promoting gender equality in media and was awarded as the Honorary Maverick Award at the 2017 Female Eye Film Festival.
In 2018, she was inducted into Playback Magazine’s Hall of Fame for her work as an outspoken proponent of Cancon and her career devoted to growing the biz.
She was instrumental in bringing together the CMF, Telefilm Canada, the National Film Board of Canada, the Canadian Media Producers Association, Aboriginal People’s Network and CBC/Radio-Canada in establishing the Indigenous Screen Office.
About the Canada Media Fund
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through public and private sector partnerships. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors. Please visit cmf-fmc.ca.
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