« Arts and culture are food for the soul. In my mind, it is crucial to
encourage our youth to engage in cultural activities."
MONTREAL, Dec. 12, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Segal Centre for Performing
Arts is proud to announce the nomination of Jonathan Wener, President
and CEO of Canderel, as Honorary Chair of the Building for the Future campaign. The objective of the campaign is to raise one million dollars
from now to May 2013 towards the creation of the Jonathan Wener Arts Education Fund. The Fund will support programs uniquely dedicated to promoting
heritage, intercultural understanding, and instilling a love of the
performing arts. The campaign will close with an evening of
celebrations at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts on May, 30th, 2013.
As part of Mr. Wener's exemplary commitment to the Segal Centre, the Jonathan Wener Arts Education Fund will help finance the diverse educational activities and programming
offered by the Segal Centre and give greater accessibility to arts and
culture for young Montrealers from all walks of life.
The Fund is centered on the following top three priorities which
illustrate Mr. Wener's passion for the artistic awakening of Montreal's
youth: make the arts accessible to as many as possible, develop
innovative educational programs, and encourage the participation of
youth in artistic and cultural activities.
Mr. Wener, a seasoned entrepreneur, does not hesitate to contribute his
time and energy to many different causes; the cause of the arts is one
that he particularly takes to heart. He is of the opinion that "the
arts and culture are an integral part of each individual's life and
that the awakening of such artistic forms must be done at a young age."
Accompanied by the campaign committee and its chairs, Mr. Marc-André
Blanchard, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of McCarthy Tétrault, Mr.
Daniel Fournier, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer,
Ivanhoé Cambridge, Mrs. Isabelle Hudon, President, Sun Life Financial,
Quebec and Mr. Tony Loffreda, Head of RBC Commercial Banking Quebec,
Mr. Wener will engage the business community to encourage to support
the Segal Centre. To this date, more than eighty representatives of the
business community have gathered to participate in the fundraising
activities of the Building for the Future Campaign, an unprecedented show of support for the cultural sector.
During the recent creation of the Forum Arts-Affaires de Montréal by the
Canada Council for the arts, Manon Gauthier, CEO of the Segal Centre,
expressed the importance of rallying the Montreal business community to
support the arts and highlighted the involvement of Mr. Wener and the
co-presidents of the fundraising campaign.
"Financing of the arts and culture sector remains an important issue in
Canada", says Gauthier. "More than ever, the existence and even the
survival of cultural institutions are intricately related to the
interdependence between the arts, business and philanthropy sectors. We
are indebted to Jonathan Wener for his participation and dedication and
that of all representatives of the Montreal business community who have
joined the Segal Centre's Building for the Future Campaign".
About the Segal Centre for Performing Arts
The Segal Centre is a meeting place for all of the performing arts,
showcasing the best professional artists from here and abroad and
playing a leading role in the artistic development of Montreal's youth
and the creation of its cultural legacy. Through theatre, music, dance,
cinema and the Academy, the Segal Centre is setting a broad vision by
recognizing the importance of building bridges through the arts and
supporting multicultural projects in Montreal. The Centre's commitment
is to ensure that creativity resonates within our community and that it
remains accessible and inspiring each and every day, leading the
performing arts world of tomorrow. www.segalcentre.org
The Canderel Group of Companies is comprised of several fully
integrated, commercial real estate companies with its headquarters in
Montreal. Since 1975, Canderel has grown to become one of the most
successful real estate development and management organizations in
eastern Canada. Founded by Jonathan Wener, Canderel has established an
enviable reputation for its integrity as a major real estate
development company and for its sound judgment and knowledge of the
commercial, multi-residential and industrial real estate business.
Over the years, Canderel has been intimately involved in all aspects of
commercial property development, including land assembly, acquisition
and disposal, planning, design, construction, project management,
leasing, finance, and property and asset management. The group's
principal development activities are in the office, commercial,
industrial and residential markets of Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto,
Edmonton and Vancouver, in Canada. Canderel's success to date is
largely a reflection of its unique ability to direct all facets of real
estate projects, either on its own behalf, for its clients, or in joint
venture with partners.
SOURCE: Segal Centre for Performing Arts
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