Daniel Lamarre & André Simard Appointed Order of Canada

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.