The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal and the Conseil des arts de Montréal unveil the winners of the Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal - 2007 edition



    MONTREAL, Nov. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, Isabelle Hudon, president and CEO
of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, and Dany Laferrière,
vice-chair of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, unveiled the winners of the
2007 edition of the Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal during a business luncheon
titled The future of Montréal belongs to us. The winners of the 2007 Prix
Arts-Affaires de Montréal are as follows: SSQ Financial Group (Large
enterprise category), TP1 (SME category), and Florence Junca-Adenot, UQAM
professor, (Arts/Business personality category).
    "Just a few days before the start of Rendez-vous November 2007 -
Montréal, cultural metropolis, the Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal is a
well-timed opportunity to reward business people who contribute to cultural
and artistic organizations. With these awards, we wish to underscore the
importance of mobilizing business leaders in support of the extraordinary
asset that is our cultural vitality to stimulate the development of Montréal
and place it among the world's great metropolises," declared Isabelle Hudon,
president and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal and co-chair
of the Honourary committee of the Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal.
    "This is a wonderful way to give back to those who give. The Prix
Arts-Affaires de Montréal provide a great opportunity to enhance the
relationship between the art world and the business sector. This event
highlights the interests that both communities share and reveals the
fundamental qualities that are necessary to the development of any society:
generosity and solidarity," added Dany Laferrière, vice-chair of the Conseil
des arts de Montréal.
    The candidates were nominated by Montréal cultural and artistic
organizations wishing to thank members of the business community who have
provided them with exceptional support. The SSQ Financial Group served as
principal partner to TOHU, la Cité des arts du cirque, lending both financial
and moral support to its mission; TP1 provided financial and technical support
to the Pont Bridge theatre company, building a Web site meeting the specific
needs of the theatre troupe; Florence Junca-Adenot, UQAM professor, earned the
title of Arts/Business personality of the year for her commitment to the world
of contemporary dance, particularly by setting up a creation fund for Agora de
la danse.
    "The support of the private sector enables cultural organizations - both
large and small - to develop creation projects, present them to the Montréal
public, and even export them overseas. Most of the time, these alliances
between business and the arts go beyond mere financial partnerships to become
a real sharing of values, ideas, and talents," explained Hudon.
    The jury of the Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal was composed of Lise
Bissonnette, president and CEO of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du
Québec; Marie-Josée Gagnon, ARP, founding president of CASACOM; D Kimm,
artistic director of Les Filles électriques; Elliot Lifson, vice-chair of the
board of Vêtements Peerless Clothing Inc.; and Paula de Vasconcelos,
co-artistic director and general manager of the Pigeons International theatre
company.
    In the "Large enterprise" category, the finalists for the 2007 Prix
Arts-Affaires de Montréal were Power Corporation of Canada, sponsored by the
CCA; the Société de transport de Montréal, sponsored by the Board of Montreal
Museum Directors; and the SSQ Financial Group, sponsored by TOHU.
    In the SME category, the finalists were Fjord marketing interactif,
sponsored by Festival TransAmériques; TP1, sponsored by the Pont Bridge
theatre company, and Vasco Design, sponsored by the Groupe de la Veillée
theatre company.
    In the Arts/Business Personality category, the finalists were Marcel Côté
(founding partner of Secor and chair of Compagnie Marie Chouinard), sponsored
by Compagnie Marie Chouinard; Jean-Marc Eustache (president and CEO,
Transat A.T. Inc.), sponsored by the ESPACE GO theatre, and Florence
Junca-Adenot (UQAM professor), sponsored by Agora de la danse.
    In 2006, the winners were Quebecor Inc. (Large enterprise category), the
Caisse populaire Desjardins du Mont-Royal (SME category), and Alvin Segal,
president and CEO of Vêtements Peerless Clothing Inc. (Arts/Business
personality category). A citation of excellence was also presented to the
Fasken Martineau law firm.

    About the Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal

    The Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal are an initiative of the Conseil des
arts de Montréal and the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, in
partnership with Quebecor Inc., SITQ, in collaboration with daily newspaper Le
Devoir, to reward businesses and individuals who have shown their support for
Montréal arts and cultural organizations. A multidisciplinary design
collective called Rita, composed of Stéphane Halmai-Voisard, Karine Corbeil,
and Francis Rollin, created the work of art that is presented to Prix
Arts-Affaires winners.

    The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has some 7,000 members. Its
mission is to represent the interests of the business community of Greater
Montréal and to provide individuals, merchants and 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 the largest private organization in Quebec dedicated to economic
development.

    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 is contributing to the development of "Montréal, cultural
metropolis."

    NB: Photographs will be available upon request this afternoon.




For further information:

For further information: and photographs: Sylvie Paquette, Coordinator,
Media relations, Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, (514) 871-4000, ext.
4015, sylvie.paquette@ccmm.qc.ca; Christian O'Leary, Directeur des
communications et du développement, Conseil des arts de Montréal, (514)
280-3991, christian.oleary@cum.qc.ca


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