The Honourable Henry N.R. Jackman Wins the Prestigious Edmund C. Bovey Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Arts in Canada

    TORONTO, June 5 /CNW/ - Nichole Anderson, President & CEO, Business for
the Arts, is delighted to announce that the Honourable Henry Newton Rowell
Jackman O.C., O.Ont., C.D., LL.D., has been selected as the 2008 winner of the
prestigious Edmund C. Bovey Award, in honour of his outstanding contribution
to the arts in Canada. Tafelmusik's Jeanne Lamon led the nomination and
gathered letters of support from arts and business leaders across the country.
The letters are effusive in their support of Mr. Jackman's Bovey nomination,
noting his decades-long commitment to the arts, the tremendous leadership he
has shown and the generous amount of time and money he has given to the arts.
As David Appel remarked in his letter of support: "What really makes him stand
out is his fervent commitment and his ability to mobilize others to make great
things happen."
    Mr. Jackman's leadership in the arts has been profound. He has been
quoted to say, "It is the arts that nurture the soul" and as such has taken
enormous effort to ensure a healthy arts and cultural community in Canada.
Over the past three decades, he has served on the Board of Directors of the
Ontario Heritage Foundation, Historica Foundation, Stratford Foundation
Festival Fund, Art Gallery of Ontario, Shaw Festival, and the Corporation of
Roy Thomson and Massey Hall, among many others. He was President of the
Canadian Opera Company and the Ballet Opera House Corporation, and Chairman of
the Ontario Arts Council.
    Lotfi Mansouri, former General Director of the COC, said of Mr. Jackman's
presidency: "I have seldom had a volunteer board president with the
commitment, stature and contribution of time, energy and funds that Hal
Jackman brought to the position...He has set a standard for support and
volunteerism in the Arts in Canada."
    One of his greatest legacies was the establishment in 1990 of the Hal
Jackman Foundation to promote Toronto's cultural sector and strengthen the
city's educational institutions. The foundation, which Mr. Jackman's daughter
Victoria Jackman has now run for ten years, aims to advance artistic
achievement and increase access to, and appreciation of arts and culture. To
date, the foundation has awarded more than $12 Million to over 200 arts and
educational institutions.
    Mr. Jackman also established the Lieutenant Governor's Awards for the
Arts, along with the J.P. Bickell Foundation, during his term as Lieutenant
Governor. His goal was to "encourage and reward the efforts of professional
arts organizations in Ontario that have maintained a high level of artistic
excellence while also demonstrating exceptional private sector and community
support". Between 1995 and 2003, 84 organizations throughout the province of
Ontario received 162 awards totaling more than $2.5 million. These groups
ranged in size from the Stratford Festival of Canada to some of Canada's
smallest and most groundbreaking arts groups.
    Jeanne Lamon, Music Director of Tafelmusik, wrote: "Mr. Jackman's
philanthropic support of the arts and cultural sectors has created a legacy
that will help sustain the community in Ontario for generations to come."
Tafelmusik was proud to win two $25,000 Lieutentant Governor Awards for the
Arts (1996 and 1998) and subsequently was the first orchestra to be awarded
the top prize of $50,000 in 2002. Tafelmusik has also been the fortunate
recipient of grants from the Hal Jackman Foundation since 1994, with
accumulated gifts of over $100,000. As such, Ms. Lamon nominated Mr. Jackman
for the Bovey award given "he is one of the great leaders in business and the
arts and this award would be a fitting tribute to his magnificent legacy to
the arts in Ontario".
    Joey Tanenbaum echoes Ms. Lamon's sentiments in his letter of support:
"Hal personifies everything that this award honours: passion and vision for
the arts in Canada, a lifelong commitment of his time, and incredible
generosity with his expertise and his money."
    Mr. Jackman was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 
November 1991 and in April 2000 was promoted to an Officer of the Order of
Canada. He was also appointed a Member of the Order of Ontario in 1998 and has
received nine honorary doctorates. The list of his commendations and other
awards is long and varied.

    The Edmund C. Bovey Award recognizes an individual from the business
community for outstanding and long-time support of the arts. Named after the
founding Chairman of Business for the Arts, its winners personify the mission
at Business for the Arts - to increase the quality and quantity of
relationships between business and Canada's cultural community. Business for
the Arts is proud to add Henry N.R. Jackman to the distinguished list of
winners. At the gala event, he will receive an award sculpture and cash prize
of $20,000 to be given to the arts organization(s) of his choice.
    Last year's Bovey winner, Donald K. Johnson, C.M., Senior Advisor to BMO
Capital Markets and former Vice-Chair, BMO Nesbitt Burns, was among the five
jurors for this year's award. He was joined by Charles Cutts, President & CEO,
Corporation of Roy Thomson and Massey Hall, David MacKenzie, CEO,
Confederation Centre for the Arts, Thomas Smart, Executive Director, McMichael
Canadian Art Collection and Bruce Wright, Chair, Vancouver Opera.

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For further information: Kaija Corlazzoli, Membership and Communications
Manager, Business for the Arts, (416) 869-3016 x223,,

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