The Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal are back!

    MONTREAL, Aug. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - The 2007 edition of the Prix
Arts-Affaires de Montréal - launched earlier this summer by the two co-chairs
of the Honourary Committee, Isabelle Hudon, President and CEO of the Board of
Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, and Louise Roy, Chair of the Conseil des arts
de Montréal - will soon announce its winners!
    Organizations have until September 21 to nominate enterprises and
individuals whose exceptional contribution deserves to be rewarded.
Information about the competition, along with rules and a registration form
are available on the following Websites: and
    The Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal seeks nominations from Montréal arts
and cultural organizations that have received support from a large enterprise,
SME, or individual from the business community between September 1st, 2006 and
August 31, 2007.
    "The Board of Trade is committed to fostering awareness in Greater
Montréal's business community about the key role that culture plays in the
city's development and prosperity. I am very proud of our business people's
level of involvement, of the thousand-and-one surprising and remarkable ways
in which they commit themselves. Be it through volunteer work, sponsorships or
donations, all forms of support show the strong and fruitful partnerships that
can develop between the artistic and cultural communities," declared Isabelle
    Finalists in each of the categories will be announced at a cocktail party
on Monday, October 15. The awards ceremony will follow on November 6, during a
business luncheon that will bring together Pierre Karl Péladeau, President and
CEO of Quebecor Inc., and Lorraine Pintal, Artistic and General Director of
the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde.
    Louise Roy, Chair of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, also stated
"Artists and business people share certain common qualities: energy,
creativity, passion, determination. Individuals in both groups must be deeply
convinced of their project in order to succeed. And when they collaborate with
each other, not only is it mutually profitable but it also benefits the entire
community. Business people's support of the arts is important for cultural
development, and also contributes to societal progress. These awards highlight
the business world's indispensable commitment to the artistic community."

    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
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.
    In 2006, the winners were: Quebecor Inc. (Large enterprise category),
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 law
firm of Fasken Martineau.

    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

    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. This year, the Conseil des arts de
Montréal is celebrating fifty years of action contributing to the development
of "Montréal, cultural metropolis."

For further information:

For further information: Sylvie Paquette, Coordinator, Media relations,
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, (514) 871-4000, poste 4015,; Christian O'Leary, Director, Communications and
Development, Conseil des arts de Montréal, (514) 280-3991,

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