To boost the profile of artists and athletes from Up North, the new Academy of Canadians in Sports & Entertainment — Los Angeles (ACISE-LA) has created the Golden Maple Awards, with the first kudos to be presented in June 2015 in Los Angeles.

The awards will honor Canadians in TV programs broadcast in the U.S., as well as the country’s athletes. There will also be honorary awards for non-Canadian talent and athletes.

“Canadian talent in Hollywood have flown under the radar for far too long,” said Evelyne Morrisseau, ACISE-LA executive director. “The Britishs have BAFTA-LA events, and were well represented at the Emmys. With the Golden Maple Awards, we will be reminding Tinseltown that Canada has just as strong contenders as the rest of the world.”

The organization started this year. ACISE-LA ambassadors are Emily Hampshire, Suzanne Clément, Kathleen Robertson, Jonathan Keltz, Jessalyn Gilsig, Benjamin Arthur, Yan England and L.A. Galaxy player Rob Friend.

ACISE-LA is a privately funded, non-profit org. Membership includes acting and directing talent, Canadian Olympians, and athletes from the Great White North who play for established sports franchises (e.g., NFL, NHL, NBA, etc.).

ACISE-LA will announce the venue and the categories for the awards at a later date.