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Order of Canada
Phyllis Yaffe, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario [Canada]
Member of the Order of Canada
Awarded on May 7, 2015; Invested on May 13, 2016
For her leadership in Canada’s cultural industry, as well as for her community service, notably as the founding chair of Women Against Multiple Sclerosis.
Phyllis Yaffe is a powerhouse in Canadian media. A leader first in book publishing and then in television and film, she has advanced the interests and growth of our cultural industry, most recently as head of Alliance Atlantis Communications. There, she spearheaded the launch of Showcase Television and History Television, among other specialty channels. Active on many industry and cultural boards, she is particularly passionate about her role as founder and chair of Women Against Multiple Sclerosis, a collective of professional women dedicated to raising research funds to find a cure.