The evening honours Canada's business and arts leaders
TORONTO, Nov. 21, 2018 /CNW/ - On November 22, national not-for-profit Business / Arts, will celebrate 40 years of creating powerful partnerships between the business and arts communities across Canada.
At a sold-out gala hosted by Soulpepper's resident artist and music director, Mike Ross, and featuring a musical performance by Juno-Award winning vocalist Sophie Milman, Business / Arts will recognize philanthropists, artistic leaders, and innovative community partners whose tremendous contributions ensure that the arts continue to play an essential role in the everyday lives of Canadians.
"Over the past 40 years, Business / Arts has shown that truly incredible things can happen when business and arts come together," said Nichole Anderson Bergeron, president and CEO of Business / Arts. We are thrilled to recognize and celebrate the leaders who have made this possible."
This year's recipients:
The Hon. Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C. O.N.B will receive the Edmund C. Bovey Award. This award recognizes a philanthropist who has demonstrated a lifetime of significant philanthropy and/or volunteer leadership in arts and culture in Canada. McCain, the first woman to be named Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, has lent her considerable skills and personal philanthropy to various organizations, most notably the National Ballet School and the National Ballet of Canada. Previous recipients have included Charlie Baillie O.C., former CEO, TD Bank and Dr. James Fleck, C.C.
Nathalie Bondil C.C., chief curator and director general of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) will receive the Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award. This award recognizes an arts leader who has spent a lifetime dedicated to fostering the arts in Canada by building partnerships with artists, media, business leaders and public sector officials. During her 18 years at the MMFA, Bondil has introduced and curated innovative programming that has distinguished the museum on an international scene. Previous recipients have included Piers Handling, CEO, Toronto International Film Festival and Karen Kain C.C. artistic director, National Ballet of Canada.
Ali Shivji, a Calgary based young business leader, will receive the Arnold Edinborough Award. This award recognizes a young business professional (40 and under) who has demonstrated exemplary volunteer leadership and volunteerism in the arts. Shivji, a board member with Theatre Calgary, is a champion of the arts sector in Calgary. Previous recipients include The Hon. Melanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages, and La Francophonie and former Heritage Minister of Canada.
Sun Life Financial will receive the Community Impact Award, which recognizes a partnership between an arts and culture organization and a corporate partner that has resulted in an enriched local culture scene through innovative programs. The Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library program is currently available in 10 cities across Canada, giving individuals the opportunity to borrow a variety of musical instruments from their local public library, free of charge. Just like taking out a book, anyone with a valid library card can borrow a musical instrument for their own personal enjoyment. Through the program, over three million library cardholders across Canada now have access to musical instruments.
Protocase, a Cape Breton company, will receive the Corporate Champion of the Arts Award, which recognizes a business that has strengthened arts and culture in Canada through its long-standing support of and commitment to the sector. Among the local arts organizations Protocase supports are Celtic Colours International Music Festival, Highland Arts Theatre, and the Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association.
About Business / Arts
Business / Arts is a national charitable organization that shows the power of partnership between business and arts. Through initiatives like the Canadian Arts Summit, we work in partnership with arts leaders, government and the business community to ensure a thriving arts and culture sector in Canada. Our artsvest program has created more than 4,000 partnerships between business and arts organizations and generated over $21 million dollars in new private sector support for the arts. We lead research and advocacy projects to help make a case for the arts. Our arts & business exchange initiative is focused on cultivating and inspiring the next generation of business leaders to partner with the arts. To learn more about Business / Arts, please visit www.businessandarts.org
SOURCE Business for the Arts
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