Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal 2013: 12 candidates, 12 success stories to celebrate

MONTREAL, April 11, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Co-Chairs of the Honorary Committee for the Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal, Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, and Jan-Fryderyk Pleszczynski, Chair of the Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM), today announced the 12 candidates for the 2013 edition of the competition. The winners will receive their awards at a reception at Usine C on May 8, 2014.

Organized for the past eight years by the Board of Trade and the CAM, the Prix Arts-Affaires recognize business people's commitment to the Greater Montréal arts scene. Five Montrealers recognized for their expertise in the fields of culture, arts and business, with experience in ties between business and the arts, will choose the winners: Maria Antonopoulos, Marketing Communications Manager at the Antonopoulos Group, Marcel Côté, Strategic Advisor at KPMG-SECOR, Michel de la Chenelière, President of the Fondation de la Chenelière, Frédéric Loury, Managing Director and Curator of Art Souterrain, and Ginette Noiseux, Director of ESPACE GO.

"Every year, the business community gives time and money to help Montréal creators grow and gain exposure," Ginette Noiseux said. "The community does this with passion for a cause it believes in, to foster a city of culture with an international outlook."

"Ties between business and the arts have been forming and developing for many years, and the Prix Arts-Affaires make us aware of just how strong these ties are," Michel de la Chenelière said. "My experience as a volunteer and patron has taught me the point to which collaborations between business people and artists are mainly a matter of mutual trust and commitment. I have great admiration for the nominees, whom, individually or as part of companies, have taken action on their commitment to culture."

The jury will study the 12 nominations submitted by cultural organizations that want to recognize the people and businesses that supported them between January 1 and December 31, 2013. The nominations will be judged based on the quality and innovative spirit of support offered and the impact and value of the efforts on the organization's development.

The nominees are:

ENTERPRISE CATEGORY
National Bank of Canada, sponsored by the Pointe-à-Callière Foundation and the Fondation du Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
Benjamin Moore, sponsored by MU
Canal D - Bell Media, sponsored by the Montreal International Documentary Festival
Power Corporation of Canada, sponsored by Théâtre du Nouveau Monde

ARTS-BUSINESS PERSONALITY CATEGORY
Luis Angarita, Director, CD&I Associates, sponsored by the Fondation LatinArte
Brian M. Levitt, Co-Chair, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, sponsored by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Luc Paquet, President, Fordia, sponsored by Pentaèdre
Diane Vachon, sponsored by the Contemporary Art Gallery Association
Karel Velan, Founder and Chair, Velan Inc., sponsored by Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20

BUSINESS VOLUNTEER CATEGORY
Sébastien Barangé, Communications Director, CGI, and Maxime Codère, Director, KPMG, sponsored by MASSIVart
Chloé Fleurant, Lawyer, McCarthy Tétrault, sponsored by Jamais Lu
Olivier Perron Collins, Vice-President, BC2FP Consultants, sponsored by BJM - Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal

Celebrate success stories on May 8 at Usine C
This year's winners will be announced on Thursday, May 8 during a special ceremony followed by a cocktail reception at a location that is both historic and avant-garde. The evening will bring together over 200 people from the Greater Montréal cultural and business communities, gathered to recognize the winners' dedication to the world of the arts and to draw inspiration from their success stories.

Registration and tickets: www.btmm.qc.ca/arts-affaires-cocktail.

About the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal is made up of some 7,000 members. Its mission is to represent the interests of the business community of Greater Montréal and to provide individuals, merchants, and local businesses of all sizes with a variety of specialized services to help them achieve their full potential in terms of innovation, productivity, and competitiveness. The Board of Trade is Quebec's leading private economic development organization.

About Conseil des arts de Montréal
A dynamic partner of artistic creativity in Montreal, the Conseil des arts de Montréal identifies, supports and recognizes excellence and innovation in the creation, production and presentation of professional artistic endeavours. It encourages experimentation, discovery and daring at the heart of Montreal's artistic landscape, thanks to its initiatives that stimulate emerging and culturally diverse artists. For over 50 years, the Conseil des arts de Montréal has been an influential player in the development of "Montreal, Cultural Metropolis."

SOURCE Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

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