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Business for the Arts Awards Gala and summer garden party

Business for the Arts announced winners of coveted Business for the Arts Awards
“Canada’s arts ambassadors to be recognized at this year’s Business for the Arts Awards Gala and summer garden party
Business for the Arts announced today the winners of their 39th annual Business for the Arts Awards - Canada’s top recognition of individuals and businesses who demonstrate outstanding support of the arts and culture sector through philanthropy, volunteerism and partnership. This year’s winners share a common interest in seeing Canada’s artists shine on the world stage, with Tony Gagliano, Executive Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at St. Joseph Communications, receiving the Edmund C. Bovey Award for Philanthropy in the Arts for his work in co-founding the Luminato festival, and championing the new Art Gallery of Ontario expansion. Piers Handling, Director and Chief Executive Officer of Toronto International Film Festival who built the festival to truly global heights, will receive the Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award for fostering the arts in Canada. Diane Obam Dallaire, Founder of Fidês Partnerships, will receive the Arnold Edinborough Award for her volunteer leadership work with artsScene Ottawa and building the young professional network of patrons for the National Arts Centre. Air Canada will be recognized for their support of orchestras across Canada and PATTISON for their impactful partnership with VIBE Arts, a charitable organization committed to providing children and youth in under-resourced communities with high quality community and school-based arts education. Winners will be honoured at the Business for the Arts Awards Gala on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
This year, Tony Gagliano, Piers Handling and Diane Obam Dallaire will be interviewed briefly by Business for the Arts’ Chairman as a prelude to the awards gala at the Canadian Film Centre’s annual summer garden party.
“We are fortunate to have individuals and companies in this country who are steadfastly committed to fostering the arts in Canada.  We look forward to celebrating the achievements of our award winners this year and to recognize their leadership in championing Canada’s artists on the world stage.”  says Nichole Anderson, President & CEO, Business for the Arts.
“It is gratifying to see Canada’s business and arts community recognized for their leadership in ensuring our country’s finest artistic talent is nurtured to its full potential.  I congratulate our winners this year and look forward to presenting them with their awards in the fall!” says Jim Fleck, C.C., Chairman, Business for the Arts
“As Co-Founder and Board Chair at Luminato and as Executive Chairman and CEO of St. Joseph Communications, Tony has leveraged his business expertise for the benefit of the arts more widely. He has demonstrated an incandescent passion for city-building, community engagement, and supporting organizations that have enriched the quality of life of so many Canadians over four decades.” - Anthony Sargent, CEO, Luminato
“If there is any one way to summarize Tony’s spirit when it comes to working in the arts, it is that everything is possible. There are countless examples of Tony’s generosity and leadership in supporting the arts in Toronto, but the one I am most personally familiar with is Tony’s work spearheading the Galleria Italia campaign at the AGO, raising $500,000 each from 26 prominent families in the Italian-Canadian community.” - Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, President of Board of Trustees, Art Gallery of Ontario
“Tony has without a doubt made Toronto and Canada a better place to live through his tremendous contributions to the arts, and more importantly, he has inspired many others to follow his example.” - Gary Slaight, Chief Executive Officer and President of Slaight Communications, Inc.
I am honoured to have been selected for the Edmund C. Bovey award. It has always been a dream of mine for Toronto to become the most diverse, most creative city in the world. A city where creativity is celebrated at every corner, where artists from around the world collaborate with our best homegrown talent. A city with such a creative spirit that it draws many of the world’s greatest artists here to make it their home. - Tony Gagliano
“Piers Handling is tireless in his pursuit of providing Canadians with a deep cultural experience through film. His artistic passion and strategic guidance has transformed TIFF into an internationally recognized cultural institution, positioning Canadian cinema as a significant contributor to global film culture.”  - Michèle Maheux, Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer, Toronto International Film Festival  
“Under Piers’ visionary leadership, what TIFF has achieved is truly incredible for our country. Piers is also a fierce champion of local filmmakers, both established and emerging. I, and many of my peers, owe him our sincerest gratitude for supporting our careers right from the start. I can also attest that among his international peers, he is highly regarded for what he has developed TIFF into over his tenure. Knowing Piers for over 30 years, I personally know how strong his belief is in the power of film, and how he lives and breathes film each day, not just as an art form, but as as a vibrant tool for city-building, education, and the building of community.” - David Cronenberg, Filmmaker
“I’m honoured to be be receiving the Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership award. Peter has set such a high standard in arts leadership that to have my name associated with his is extremely meaningful. Being a part of the TIFF story and working with so many talented people both within and outside the organization has been a magical experience.” - Piers Handling
“Diane is energised by meeting new people, and fundamentally understands how the arts have an uncanny ability to bring diverse people together.” - Rosemary Thompson, National Arts Centre
“She believes in the power of giving back to her community. She used her expertise in partnership building to benefit cultural institutions and help artists build strategic business linkages. “ -Phil Emond and Gordon Harrison, Gordon Harrison Gallery
“I’m very grateful to receive the Arnold Edinborough Award. It’s been such a pleasure and a privilege to work with the National Arts Centre, and to help attract dynamic young leaders to the performing arts.” - Diane Obam Dallaire

2017 BftA AWARD CATEGORIES & WINNERS
Edmund C. Bovey Award
• Tony Gagliano, Executive Chairman & CEO at St. Joseph Communications, is a business professional who has demonstrated a lifetime of significant philanthropy and leadership in Canada’s arts and cultural sectors. He is Chair of the AGO and the Salt + Light Media Foundation, and is also co-founder and chair of Luminato. Under Tony’s direction, St. Joseph also has a long-standing commitment to give back to the community, including the Arts Partner of Choice initiative - which to date has made available $15 million dollars in a multi-year commitment to support arts and cultural organizations in Canada by providing them with advertising space in magazines.
Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award
• Piers Handling, Director and Chief Executive Officer of TIFF, is recognized as an arts leader who has spent a lifetime dedicated to fostering the arts in Canada. Under his direction, TIFF has grown to become an internationally renowned cultural institution. He has also has sat on a number of Boards and advisory councils including FAME (Festivals and Major Events), the Canadian Film Centre, Tafelmusik, Luminato, Telefilm Canada’s Feature Film Advisory Committee, Ontario’s Minister of Culture’s Advisory Council for Arts and Culture (MACAC) and most recently, The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation.
Arnold Edinborough Award
• Diane Obam Dallaire, Founder of Fidès Partnerships, is recognized for her exemplary leadership and volunteerism in the arts. She is an avid supporter of community-building initiatives and a passionate arts ambassador. She is a former co-Chair for Business for the Arts’ Ottawa-Gatineau artsScene chapter where she established a result-oriented outreach strategy that attracted business professionals and public servants to the artsScene board as well as to other cultural institutions in Ottawa. She currently sits on the board of the Rideau Club and is the Chair of the Southam Club, a group of dynamic young leaders in the Ottawa region who engage in the performing arts through unique event at the National Arts Centre.
Corporate Champion of the Arts Award
• Air Canada is recognized as a business that has strengthened arts and culture in Canada through its long-standing support of and commitment to the sector. Air Canada is a strong supporter of orchestras across Canada. Since 1997, they have been the official carrier of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and over the past 20 years has become the official airline of eight other orchestras across Canada.
Community Impact Award
• PATTISON and VIBE Arts are recognized for an arts and business partnership that has enhanced the quality of life and enriched the cultural scene in their community through innovative programs, creative business partnerships, and neighbourhood revitalization initiatives. This partnership is particularly significant to Business for the Arts as it was formed when VIBE Arts was a participant of Business for the Arts’ artsVest program and PATTISON Outdoor Advertising provided an in-kind contribution of advertising space in TTC subway stations to display murals created by Arts for Children and Youth’s Welcome 41 project. Over the years the partnership has grown, and through their multiple projects sponsored and supported by PATTISON Outdoor Advertising, VIBE Arts has been able to engage over 1800 marginalized youth, allowing them to connect and reimagine spaces and places in their communities by creating murals that are shared on public transit.

ABOUT THE BUSINESS FOR THE ARTS AWARDS:
Winners will be honoured at the Business for the Arts Awards Gala on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Launched under the Chairmanship of Edmund C. Bovey in 1978, the Business for the Arts Awards Gala brings together Canada’s business and arts leaders to celebrate the outstanding contributions made by individuals and companies to the arts. Past winners include The Hon. Hilary M. Weston, CM, Oont; Karen Kain; Gary Slaight; The Hon. Mélanie Joly; Peter Herrndorf, OC, OOnt; and Manulife for their partnership with Luminato Festival. For more information about the Business for the Arts Awards, visit: bftaawards.com.
ABOUT BUSINESS FOR THE ARTS:
Business for the Arts is Canada’s association of business leaders who support the arts.
We are a convener for arts and business and work to connect, educate and invest to bridge the gap between business and the arts.
For more information, visit businessforthearts.org”  [news release]

For tickets to the Gala and more information go to:  http://www.bftaawards.com


Category: Charity Events
Start Date: 2017-11-09
End Date: 2017-11-09
Venue: Art Gallery of Ontario

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