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Canada's Consul General in New York
Phyllis Yaffe was announced as Canada's Consul General in New York in July 2016. She has had a distinguished career in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. Ms. Yaffe has served as chair of the board of Cineplex Entertainment, lead director of Torstar Corporation and as a member of the boards of Lionsgate Entertainment and Blue Ant Media. A former board member of Astral Media, for many years she served as a senior officer, and ultimately as chief executive officer, of Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. At Alliance Atlantis, Ms. Yaffe oversaw worldwide operations, including Canadian specialty-television channels, international television distribution business and the popular CSI television franchise.
Ms. Yaffe is a recipient of the Order of Canada, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award from Women in Film and Television. She was also inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame, and has served as Chair of the Board of Governors of Ryerson University, Chair of Women Against Multiple Sclerosis, Chair of the Ontario Science Centre and served on the board of the World Wildlife Fund.
Ms. Yaffe holds a Master of Library Science from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Library Science from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba as well as an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Manitoba, an Honorary Doctor of Literature from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Ryerson University.