The Lifetime Achievement Award Video Gallery

Watch the acceptance speeches of Lifetime Achievement Award winners:

2018 CJF Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Peter Mansbridge, the longtime anchor of CBC's The National, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual CJF Awards on June 14 in Toronto,​​​​​ for a remarkable broadcast career in which he served as a constant evening fixture in homes across the country. 

Mansbridge wrapped up his five-decade career with the CBC last year, after serving as anchor for 29 years on its flagship news program. He also served as the chief correspondent of CBC News, anchored all CBC News specials and hosted the interview show Mansbridge: One on One.

Mansbridge began his career in 1968 in Fort Churchill, Man., where he helped develop CBC Radio's news service to Northern Canada. His radio career continued in Winnipeg before he joined CBC television as a reporter. He went on to become The National's reporter in Saskatchewan, then a parliamentary correspondent in Ottawa before being appointed chief correspondent and anchor in 1988.

During his award-winning career, he has anchored coverage of major Canadian and international events, including the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and 34 Canada Day celebrations. He covered every federal election since 1972.

Watch the video honouring Mansbridge's career. View his acceptance speech below.

2017 CJF Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Jean Pelletier, currently senior director of television current affairs and documentaries for Radio-Canada, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of an extraordinary career as a reporter, editor, producer and journalism trailblazer—in both print and broadcast. As La Presse's first permanent correspondent in Washington, D.C., Pelletier uncovered the story of the 1980 dramatic escape from Iran of six U.S. diplomats who were hidden by Canadian embassy staff during the hostage crisis in Tehran.

From field reporting, he transitioned to editor-in-chief of Radio-Canada's TV public affairs program Le Point and served in the same role at the flagship news show Téléjournal before becoming head of news at Radio-Canada (television). He was promoted to senior director of public affairs and documentaries and in 2012, took on the role of senior director of television current affairs and documentaries.

Together with CBC's Mark Starowicz, Pelletier headed a CBC/Radio-Canada cross-cultural programming initiative from 2003 to 2010 that resulted in a major documentary series covering different strands of Canada's history. In 2007, he created the investigative journalism program Enquête, which was the first to shed light on corruption and collusion in Quebec's construction industry, revelations that eventually led to the creation of the Charbonneau Commission in 2011. Enquête also broke the story of alleged police abuse of Indigenous women in Val d'Or, Que.

Watch the introduction by Michel Cormier and the video honouring Pelletier's career. Watch his acceptance speech below:



2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Lloyd Robertson, the longtime anchor of CTV National News, was honoured with The Canadian Journalism Foundation's (CJF) Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual CJF Awards on June 16 in Toronto. Robertson's broadcasting career spans more than five decades. Currently host and chief correspondent for W5, CTV's investigative news program, Robertson joined CTV in 1976. He held the title of chief anchor and senior editor with CTV National News for 35 years. View the video tribute and his acceptance speech (below).


2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Michel Auger, longtime crime reporter with Le Journal de Montréal,  accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 CJF Awards. View the video tribute and his acceptance speech (below). View the Salut Bonjour interview with Auger.


The 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Peter Bregg, a photojournalist who has captured some of journalism’s most compelling images, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 17th Annual Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards on June 4 in Toronto. View the video tribute:

Promoted by The Canadian Press from copy boy to photographer when he turned 19, Bregg has—over the past five decades­—travelled to more than 70 countries covering stories both large and small. View samples from his recent work and his archives. View his acceptance speech:

2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Michael Maclear, a broadcast journalist, war correspondent, and independent filmmaker, was the CBC's first Far East correspondent, reporting extensively from South Vietnam and, as CBC's London correspondent, was the only Western network journalist permitted to film in North Vietnam. Maclear was also CTV's first foreign correspondent, based in London.


Michael Maclear tribute, 2013

Introduction to Michael Maclear, by Morley Safer, 2013


2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient 
Jack Sigvaldason, 
who has worked in the North as a reporter, editor and publisher for more than 40 years, was honoured at the 2013 CJF Awards. He is the publisher of Northern News Services, whose newspapers cover 63 communities and serves 60,000 people in the NWT and Nunavut.


Jack Sigvaldason acceptance speech, 2012




Jack Sigvaldason tribute, 2012




Patrick Brown acceptance speech, 2011




Patrick Brown tribute, 2011




Lise Bissonnette acceptance speech, 2010



Lise Bissonnette tribute, 2010




Joe Schlesinger acceptance speech, 2009




Joe Schlesinger tribute, 2009




Sally Armstrong acceptance speech, 2008




Sally Armstrong tribute, 2008




Norman Webster acceptance speech, 2007




Norman Webster tribute, 2007




Knowlton Nash acceptance speech, 2006




Knowlton Nash tribute, 2006




Pierre Berton, 2005 (posthumous)




Pierre Berton tribute, 2005




June Callwood acceptance speech, 2004




June Callwood tribute, 2004



The annual Canadian Journalism Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding lifetime contribution to journalism in Canada. These recipients have demonstrated, throughout their careers, a commitment to the highest journalistic standards and ideals. Their work and contributions to the field and society have served as models that inspire excellence in others.


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