MONTREAL, May 3 /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 Louise Roy, President of the Conseil des
Arts de Montréal, announced the four winners of the 2010 edition this
This year, prizes were awarded to S.M. International Group Inc. (Large
Enterprise category), Georges Laoun Opticien (SME category),
Jean-Pierre Desrosiers (Arts/Business Personality category) and
Michelle Cormier (Business Volunteer category). The jury also wanted to
point to the significant support of another small business.
Quincaillerie DeLorimier received a citation of excellence for its
outstanding contribution to Coop les ViVaces.
The Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal, an initiative of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal and the
Conseil des Arts de Montréal, recognize companies and individuals who
have provided outstanding support to Montréal arts organizations and
who are actively involved in culture. The awards raise awareness among
the business community about the crucial role cultural organizations
play in the city's development and encourage partnerships between the
business and arts communities.
"The quality of the nominations submitted for the Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal shows the depth of the partnerships that have been formed between
people who are passionate about art and culture," said Louise Roy,
President of the Conseil des Arts de Montréal. "Both for the artists
and for their business allies, this is first and foremost a human
journey that is part of a partnership effort and a dynamic of sharing.
This mutual enrichment is one of the keys to success of these
"The candidates and winners of the Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal embody the best practices that let everyone benefit from the positive
effects of a diversified cultural sector," said Michel Leblanc,
President and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. "I
encourage businesspeople to draw inspiration from their accomplishments
and their passion and become candidates in the years to come!"
A new guide for investing in the arts
"In spite of solid support from the public sector, many arts
organizations continue to suffer from a lack of funding," said Mr.
Leblanc. "The time has come to give culture the opportunity to
diversify its sources of revenue. The economic recovery is continuing,
and businesses increasingly have the means to invest in cultural
"To help the business community understand why and how to support
culture, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has created the
guide The Art of Investing in Culture. This tool presents the advantages of supporting the creative core of
our city and fiscal measures for society's challenges."
You can consult the guide at www.ccmm.qc.ca/art-investir-culture.
The winner in the Large Enterprise category is S.M. International Group
Inc., sponsored by the Festival du nouveau cinéma. A visionary
organization, S.M. International Group Inc. has contributed to the
development and visibility of local culture by supporting the Festival
du nouveau cinéma and many other arts organizations for a number of
The winner in the SME category is George Laoun Opticien, sponsored by
OBORO. This company has a "very clear vision" of its commitment to the
arts in Montréal. In addition to having entered into a long-term
partnership agreement with OBORO, this role model for the Montréal
business community is actively involved in cultural organizations in a
variety of fields.
In the Arts/Business Personality category, the prize is awarded to
Jean-Pierre Desrosiers, a partner at Fasken Martineau, sponsored by
Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà and Laure Furey Productions. A true advocate
of arts and culture, Mr. Desrosiers is generous with his time and
energy. Organizations large and small and recognized and little-known
artists alike count on his support.
This year a new category was added: the Business Volunteer award,
recognizing a member of the business community's contribution to
culture. The award was presented to Michelle Cormier, Vice-President
and CFO of TNG Corporation, sponsored by the Orchestre Métropolitain.
Since she became chair of the board of directors in 2006, this
accomplished businesswoman has played a major role in revitalizing the
The jury was made up of Anne-Claude Bacon, Curator of the collection at
Hydro-Québec, Pierre Dufour, General and Production Director of the
Opéra de Montréal, Florence Junca-Adenot, professor and researcher at
UQAM's École des sciences de la gestion, Francine Léger, Vice-President
Creative at Vasco Design International Inc., and Yves Sheriff, Senior
Artistic Talent Scout at Cirque du Soleil.
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:
Coordinator, Media Relations
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
Phone: 514 871-4000, extension 4015
Director of Communications and Development
Conseil des arts de Montréal
Phone: 514 280-3991