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Daniel Lamarre and André Simard are Appointed to the Order of Canada

Montreal, Thursday, December 27, 2018

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group is proud to highlight their enormous contribution to the entertainment industry

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group is extremely proud of the appointment of Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, as Officer of the Order of Canada, and the appointment of André Simard, retired Acrobatic Designer of Cirque du Soleil, as Member of the Order of Canada. 

For over 15 years now, Mr. Lamarre has been devoting his energy and expertise to expand the visibility of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group and its talents internationally by building one of the most recognized Canadian brands in the world. He is also the mastermind behind the rapid transformation that the company is currently experiencing, as it evolves from a circus-based company to a true leader in the entertainment industry. In his personal life, Daniel Lamarre has been consistently involved in various charities that benefit the arts and education, with a devotion that extends beyond philanthropy. To this day, he contributes his heart and his expertise in sundry capacities on various boards of directors. He has also used his skills as a creator to found C2 Montreal, a one-of-a-kind international business conference. For these reasons, and many more, he fully deserves this prestigious honour which acknowledges his remarkable achievements and his contribution to the country.   The 4,000 employees of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group consider themselves fortunate to be able to count on his continuous leadership.

The international entertainment company would also like to congratulate André Simard for his distinguished appointment. Mr. Simard completely revolutionized the world of aerial acrobatics, both within Cirque du Soleil and throughout the world, thanks to his technical contribution to a secure safety-line system and to the development and promotion of the acrobatic silk. He also played an important role in the success of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group as he was the Acrobatic Designer for over 15 of it's hit shows.

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group would like to join the Governor General in recognizing André Simard’s achievements and remarkable devotion to the circus community.

About Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group

Originally composed of 20 street performers in 1984, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group completely reinvented circus arts and went on to become a world leader in live entertainment. Established in Montreal, the Canadian organization has brought wonder and delight to over 190 million spectators with productions presented in close to 450 cities in 60 countries. Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group currently has over 4,000 employees, including 1,400 artists, from nearly 50 countries. 

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group creates content for a broad range of audacious projects. On top of producing world-renowned shows, the organization has extended its creative approach to a large variety of entertainment forms such as multimedia productions, immersive experiences, theme parks and special events. Going beyond its various creations, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group aims to make a positive impact on people, communities and the planet with its most important tools: creativity and art. For more information about Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, please go to cirquedusoleilentertainmentgroup.com.

Information :
Marie-Noëlle Caron
Public Relations Manager
Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group
514-723-7646 x6867
Marie-Noëlle.Caron@cirquedusoleil.com