Governor General David Johnston has announced the latest
appointments to the Order of Canada.
Three Manitobans are recipients: filmmaker Guy Maddin, philanthropist John Buhler and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre artistic
director Steven Schipper.
"Saddest Music in the World" poster (Buffalo Gals)
received an Order of Canada for his contributions to the growth and development of the film industry in his province and across Canada.
Guy Maddin is essentially responsible for putting Winnipeg on the map in the film world. His quirky and experimental films include Saddest Music in the World
, My Winnipeg
and most recently Keyhole
His latest film premiered in September at the Toronto International Film
Festival and won Best Canadian Feature at the Whistler Film Festival in
Phyllis Laing is president of Buffalo Gal Pictures
and has been the executive producer of a number of Maddin's films. "Guy is probably Manitoba's greatest cultural export," she said. "He's been recognized throughout the world as one of the most unique filmmaking talents. We applaud Guy Maddin in his continuing impact that he will have both in Canada and internationally."
Buhler Centre, Winnipeg (Jocelyn Tanner)
was recognized for his contributions as an entrepreneur
and philanthropist to arts, education, health care and organizations in
his province as an entrepreneur and philanthropist. He and his wife
Bonnie have donated generously to the arts.
A number of buildings and centres in Winnipeg bear the Buhler name, including The Buhler Gallery
at St. Boniface Hospital, The Buhler Cancer Centre at
Victoria Hospital, the Buhler Reflective Gardens at St. Amant Centre,
Buhler Research Centre at the University of Manitoba and the Buhler
Centre on Portage Avenue which is home to Plug In Institute of
Contemporary Art and the University of Winnipeg's Faculty of Business
and Economics, Division of
Anthony Kiendl is the executive director of Plug In Inc.
at the Buhler Centre. "I can wholeheartedly say they
provide generous leadership and philanthropy to the community," he commented.
"Speaking on behalf of the arts community, their support is incredibly
important to arts organizations such as ours."Steven Schipper
has been appointed to the Order of Canada for his contributions to Canadian theatre, notably his work with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.
He has been artistic director of RMTC since 1989. He is credited with enhancing the company's artistry and donor base.
Steven Schipper directed RMTC's production of "Romeo and Juliet" in 2011. (Bruce Monk)
Schipper has directed a number of productions through the years including Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile
, Mark Stein's Mating Dance of the Werewolf
and RMTC's production of Romeo and Juliet
Schipper learned that he received the award while he was working in London, England. He returned home the next day and admitted that he was flying so high "there was no need for an airplane."
"Theatre is a shared experience," he continued. "I will share this honour with my family and friends and of course with everyone at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. I did not make the RMTC. The RMTC made me."
The Order of Canada is one of our country's highest civilian honours. It was established in 1967, during Canada's centennial year, to recognize a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation. Over the last 45 years, more than 5 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.
The appointments are issued twice a year. 70 Canadians were appointed in this round. The investiture ceremony will take place in Ottawa in the fall.