MONTREAL, Nov. 30, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Michel Leblanc, President and CEO
of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, and Louise Roy, Chair
of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the two co-chairs of the Honorary
Committee for the Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal, kicked off the 2011 edition of the competition today.
This event, which has become a tradition, allows arts and cultural
organizations from the metropolitan area to recognize members of the
business community (Large Enterprise, SME, Arts/Business Personality
and Business Volunteer categories) for their invaluable support during
These prestigious awards recognize entrepreneurs' innovative spirit and
appetite for risk, and promote different forms of support to the arts
in an effort to encourage other individuals and businesses to follow in
"In the current economic climate, cultural organizations have to be able
to bank on the support of the business world, so that businesses can in
turn benefit from the creativity and innovation they need to stand out
from the crowd and generate wealth," Michel Leblanc, President and CEO
of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, said.
"In addition to contributing to the performance of our businesses, the
arts also offer exposure to local talent," Mr. Leblanc said. "Many
major projects will reshape the face of our city in the coming years.
Public art will be an essential component of their design, so that the
Montréal of tomorrow builds a brand image on the international scene as
a city of creators."
"The Prix Arts-Affaires are an opportunity for the arts community to thank those who have
helped it and for the business community to understand the importance
of supporting the creative heart of our city," Michel Leblanc said. "I
encourage organizations to participate in great numbers to lend this
initiative all the weight it deserves."
"Business people are playing an increasingly important role in
Montreal's artistic sector that is not only limited to philanthropy and
sponsorships, although financial assistance remains crucial. Whether it
is by sharing expertise, offering free services or advice, providing
business coaching, volunteering on boards, participating in the
creation of an innovative project, or mounting a corporate collection,
the business community's support for the development of culture can
take on many forms, which must be promoted and strengthened. The Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal highlight these various types of encouragement, which are above all the
result of encounters between people with a shared passion," said Louise
Roy, Chair of the Conseil des arts de Montréal.
Arts and cultural organizations are invited to nominate business
partners until March 5, 2012. Their business partners' involvement must
have occurred between January 1 and December 31, 2011. Details about
the awards are available online at http://www.ccmm.qc.ca/fr/lachambre-evenements_de_prestige-prix_arts_affaires and www.artsmontreal.org/en/prizes/prix-arts-affaires.
The winners of the 2010 Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal were: S.M. International Group, sponsored by the Festival du nouveau
cinéma (Large Enterprise category); Georges Laoun Opticien, sponsored
by OBORO (SME category); Jean-Pierre Desrosiers, Partner, Fasken
Martineau, sponsored by Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà and Les Productions
Laure-Furey (Arts-Business Personality category); and Michelle Cormier,
Vice-President and CFO, TNG Corporation Inc., sponsored by the
Orchestre Métropolitain (Business Volunteer category).
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 the Conseil des arts de Montréal
A dynamic partner of Montréal artistic creation, the Conseil des arts de
Montréal supports and recognizes excellence in professional artistic
creation, production, and distribution through financial support,
advice, and cooperative and development actions. For over 50 years, the
Conseil des arts de Montréal has contributed through its actions to the
development of "Montréal, cultural metropolis."
SOURCE BOARD OF TRADE OF METROPOLITAN MONTREAL
For further information:
Interim Advisor, Media Relations
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
Tel.: 514 871-4000, ext. 4015
Director of Communications and Development
Conseil des arts de Montréal
Tel.: 514 280-3991