2015 National Awards Winners

The Edmund C. Bovey Award

Philip Taylor

Senior Managing Director and Head of the Americas, Invesco Ltd.

Born and raised in Ottawa, Mr. Taylor has established himself as one of Canada’s visionary business leaders in his role as Senior Managing Director at Invesco Ltd., a global investment management firm. Mr. Taylor oversees US$520 billion in assets under management for institutional and retail investors in the Americas and also has responsibility for his firm’s combined US$320 billion in fixed income management and exchange-traded funds globally. As one of this country’s most committed philanthropists in the arts Mr. Taylor directs much of his volunteer time and personal wealth to providing significant support for many Canadian arts organizations. He has also brought Invesco to the arts as a partner in creativity in Canada. Mr. Taylor’s many volunteer roles in the arts include serving as a board member for The Royal Conservatory of Music, where he was named honorary fellow in recognition of his commitment to music and the arts. Mr. Taylor has also served as chair for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Philip and his wife, Eli, are well-known in Canada’s cultural community as strong supporters of the arts. They were both recently recognized for a significant gift of $2,500,000 to fund the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists at The Royal Conservatory of Music. They have also been exceptionally committed to the Art of Time Ensemble as generous donors and volunteers in support of their vision to make classical music accessible to a broad audience through dynamic, multi-disciplinary performances. The Taylor’s have recently turned their attention to commissioning new works of music.

Philip and Eli Taylor have supported a variety of arts organizations across Canada such as the National Gallery of Canada, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, and the National Arts Centre, and through Invesco-sponsored exhibitions with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Calgary’s Glenbow Museum, the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, and the Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization). Many organizations sent nomination letters in support of Mr. Taylor’s Edmund C. Bovey award this year. The cultural community looks forward to recognizing him at the 2015 Canadian Arts and Business Awards, presented by Business for the Arts, on October 27th on Koerner Hall’s stage at The Royal Conservatory of Music.

The Arnold Edinborough Award

Jan-Fryderyk Pleszczynski

President and Co-owner, Digital Dimension

Montreal based Jan-Fryderyk Pleszczynski, a lawyer by background, is impressive both on the career front and as a volunteer in the community. He is President and co-owner of Digital Dimension, which has garnered 5 Emmy Awards and 4 Visual Effect Society prizes. His volunteer work in the arts is also prolific: he is presently Chairman of the Conseil des arts de Montreal, and a member of the Board of the Theatre du Nouveau Monde. He is also past member of the Board of Directors for the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal (2005 to 2009) as well as a former President of the Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montreal (2005-2006), for which he was named Chairman the following year.

In 2008, Jan-Fryderyk was selected to join the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, which brings emerging leaders together to help broaden perspectives on their work, communities and leadership.

The Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award

Peter Herrndorf

President and CEO of the National Arts Centre

Peter Herrndorf is President and CEO of the National Arts Centre (NAC) and has devoted his career to journalism and the arts in Canada. Prior to his role with the NAC, he was Vice President and General Manager of CBC’s English Language Radio and Television Networks, Publisher of Toronto Life Magazine, and Chairman & CEO of TVOntario. Mr. Herrndorf currently serves on the Board of Directors of Luminato, Toronto’s Festival of Arts and Creativity; the Honorary Committee of the Power of the Arts National Forum; and the Honorary Leaders Council of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in Vancouver.

Since his arrival at the NAC, Mr. Herrndorf has transformed the institution into a truly “national” organization that supports artists and arts organizations across the country. Through the creation of the NAC Foundation in 2000, Mr. Herrndorf has worked with a team of professionals to raise more than $100 million dollars for the arts in Canada. He has been described as the “Godfather of the Canadian arts” in a profile by the National Post, and “the greatest cultural administrator in Canada over the past three decades”, by Jeffrey Simpson in The Globe and Mail.

The artsVest Outstanding Partnership Award

RBC Foundation and Roseneath Theatre

RBC Foundation joined Roseneath Theatre as Production Sponsor of Paul Dunn’s OUTSIDE. The project, with RBC’s help, brought a world-class show directly to Ontario schools, and incorporates multiple ancillary components to help address pressing issues facing kids today; homophobia, cyber bullying and depression. The play toured Ontario for 6-8 weeks, reaching a projected 28,800 young audience members. In partnering with Roseneath, RBC is effectively fulfilling upon its desire to reduce stigma and educate the public on these issues. Their spring tour of OUTSIDE quickly sold-out, and due to educator demand it has been brought back in the fall with grand plans to tour OUTSIDE on a national-scale.

The Corporate Champion of the Arts Award

Great West Life, London Life, and Canada Life

Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life have had a long and distinguished history of supporting the arts in Canada, and in 2014 alone contributed more than $1.5 million dollars to small, medium and large arts organizations. They fund a wide range of initiatives including projects to benefit at-risk youth, education programs that expand access to the arts, sponsorships of productions and performances to encourage new audience development, and programs and events supporting the sustainability of arts organizations.

The programs Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life contribute to include Making Art, Creating Community, London Life Young Contemporaries, Theatre for Young Audiences, and the Abilities Art Festival. Furthermore, they are extensively involved in various programs within the Prairie Theatre Exchange, Stratford Festival, and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.

The Community Impact Award

First Air

For their partnership with the National Arts Centre

With 69 years of flying experience, First Air is the leading airline in Canada’s Arctic, providing scheduled service between 29 northern communities and connections to Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg and Edmonton. In partnership with First Air, the National Art Centre (NAC) is able to deliver comprehensive, accessible, youth- and community-centered music education programming to schools and communities in Nunavut. The program connects Indigenous youth with their heritage, providing them with opportunities to participate in meaningful musical traditions and to express themselves through music.

First Air’s partnership with the NAC makes much of this possible by alleviating the high cost of travel in the North. Last year alone, First Air made it possible for 21 visiting musicians, 14 Inuit musicians, and 5 additional Nunavummiut artists to travel to seven Inuit communities. Furthermore, First Air significantly offsets the costs of transporting educational materials and equipment. As a result, the NAC is able to provide schools in the North with much needed resources, significantly enhancing their music education programs.