Denis Villeneuve and Brigitte Haentjens become Officers of the Order of Canada

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The filmmaker Denis Villeneuve

The film maker Denis Villeneuve, the wife of theatre Brigitte Haentjens, the actor montreal native William Shatner, the jazz musician Alain Caron and the sports journalist Red Fisher, are the number of 125 new appointments to the Order of Canada.


The governor general of Canada, Julie Payette, unveiled Friday afternoon, the list of those who “have helped to enrich the lives of others, and reflect the motto of the Order :” Desiderantes meliorem patriam ” (They desire a better country) “.


The College welcomes this year’s four new Companions, its highest distinction, including two retired judges of the supreme Court of Canada : Louis LeBel and Thomas Cromwell.


In addition, 35 Canadians of various backgrounds are made Officers of the Order. The filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, who had won the “Race for Europe-Asia” in 1991 as a young video reporter, has carried out 25 years later, with success, a sequel to the film-cult ” Blade Runner “, where the fans were waiting for him on a firm footing.


The theatre director Brigitte Haentjens, who has worked in the middle of the franco-ontarian theatre from 1977 to 1991, has led on all the scenes of Québec by the result, and it is since 2012 the artistic director of the théâtre français at the national arts Centre in Ottawa.

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Brigitte Haentjens

William Shatner, the legendary “captain Kirk” in the “Patrol of the cosmos” first draft, leads today to a great career in american television.


The researcher Sophie D’amours became in April the first rector of the Université Laval. François Crépeau, who was united Nations special Rapporteur for the human rights of migrants from 2011 to 2017, is currently a professor at the Faculty of law of McGill University. The researchers from Québec, Sylvain Moineau and André Parent were also made Officers.


86 new members


The Order of Canada finally welcomed 86 new members, including Alain Caron, co-founder, in 1977, with Michel Cusson, the group’s jazz fusion quebec UZEB, and still today a formidable bass player.


Andrée Champagne, the “Donalda “”up-Country” became a congresswoman and then a senator, joined him, just as the sports editor of montreal’s Red Fisher, who started covering the Canadian the year of the” riot Maurice Richard in 1955, and who has hung up his pen in 2012 after 58 years of loyal service, first at the “Montreal Star” and then to ” The Gazette “.


In New Brunswick, the social worker at the retirement Claude Snow, co-founder of the Committee of 12 for social justice, is praised ” for his dedication to the defence of the rights of the underprivileged […] in the acadian peninsula “.


The businessman and philanthropist toronto Bernard Sherman, who died suddenly at his home on 15 December, will be decorated posthumously.


New members will receive their insignia at a later date during one of the annual ceremonies at Rideau Hall, the residence of the governor general. Appointments are held twice a year, around Canada day and New Year’s.


The Order of Canada, ” a cornerstone of the canadian honours System, was created in 1967, the year of the 100th anniversary of the federation. The badge has the shape of a snowflake with six points, bearing in its centre a maple leaf surrounded by a red ring on which is circumscribed with the motto of the Order.