Guy Laliberté


  • 2009First Canadian private space explorer

  • 2007Created ONEDROP organization to fight poverty worldwide while raising awareness of water-related issues

  • 1984Cultivated the talents of the street performers from Fête foraine de Baie-Saint-Paul and created Cirque de Soleil

  • 1959Born in Québec City, Québec, Canada


  • 2011Induction into the Order of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame, Order of the Canadian Businesses, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

  • 2010Award, Officer of the Ordre de la Pléiade, The Government of Québec, Québec, Québec, Canada

  • 2010Award, Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Los Angeles, California, United States

  • 2009Lifetime Achievement Award, Canadian Marketing Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • 2008National Award; Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Ernst & Young, Québec, Québec, Canada

  • 2008Honorary Doctorate, Laval University, Québec , Québec, Canada

  • 2007Provinicial Award; Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Ernst & Young, Québec, Québec, Canada

  • 2005Chevalier of the Ordre de la Pléiade, The Government of Québec, Québec, Québec, Canada

  • 2004Recognition, 100 Most Influential People in the World , Time Magazine, New York, New York, United States

  • 2004Highest Distinction Award, Ordre du Canada, Government of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

  • 2002Induction into Canada's Walk of Fame, Canada's Walk of Fame, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

  • 2001The Great Montrealer, The Académie des Grand Montréalais, Montréal, Québec, Canada

  • 1997Highest Distinction, Ordre National du Québec, The Government of Québec, Québec, Canada

  • 1996Vision Nouvelle, 43rd Gala du Commerce, Québec City, Québec, United States

  • 1996Visionary Award , The American Craft Museum (now- the Museum of Arts and Design), New York, New York, United States

  • 1988Personality of the Year, Gala Excellence La Presse, Québec City, Québec, Canada

  • 1988Entrepreneur of the Year, Les Affaires Magazine, Québec City, Québec, Canada


  • 2012Anders, Charlie . "Cirque de Soleil Founder on Photographing Earth from Space: "So fragile in this universe." ." io9, December 17, 2012

  • 2012Anonymous. "Founder of Cirque de Soleil exhibits photos taken on board the International Space Station ." ArtDaily, December 12, 2012

  • 2012Anonymous. "Guy Laliberte's 'GAIA' Photography Exhibition Opens at Marlborough Gallery in NYC." Complex Art + Design, December 12, 2012

  • 2012Anonymous. "Space-Traveling Cirque du Soleil Founder on Elon Musk: He did the first step for galactic tourism." Forbes, December 12, 2012

  • 2012Donoghue, Katy. "Guy Laliberte." Whitewall

  • 2012Duray, Dan. "Look at this! Guy Laliberte's Gaia at Marlborough." GalleristNY, December 13, 2012

  • 2012Essert, Matt. "Cirque du Soleil Founder Guy Laliberte Celebrates New Books of Photos from Space." Downtown Magazine, February 14, 2012

  • 2012Lala, Kisa. "The Founder of Cirque de Soleil- Guy Laliberte Returns from his Journey into Space with Plans to Change the World." The Huffington Post, December 19, 2012

  • 2012Montgomery, Jenny. "GAIA." Exposure, September 01, 2012

  • 2012Strassfield, Zoe. "Guy Laliberte: Touching the Sky." The Huffington Post, December 30, 2012

  • 2012Wyma, Chloe. "From Cirque du Soleil to the Stratosphere: Guy Laliberte Talks Space Photography." ARTINFO, December 13, 2012

  • 2011Deimling, Kate. "The Ultimate Landscape Photography: See Earth From Outer Space in "GAIA"." ARTINFO, July 20, 2011

  • 2011Duvernoy, Sophie. "Guy Laliberte, Cirque du Soleil Founder, Discusses His Outer Space Photography." LAWeekly, June 28, 2011

  • 2011Hey, Stephen. "Big Sky." The New York Times, May 17, 2011

  • 2011Laliberte, Guy. "What did I do on my 22 million summer holiday? I took these snaps from space." Mail Online, July 09, 2011