Founder and President, Delaney Capital Management Ltd.
Kiki Delaney, Founder and President of Delaney Capital Management is honoured as a business professional who has demonstrated a lifetime of significant philanthropy and leadership in Canada’s arts and cultural sectors. Kiki is Chancellor of OCAD University and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Hospital for Sick Children. She is also a member of the Leadership Council of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and serves on the Investment Committee of the Canada Council for the Arts.
A past director of the CFA Society Toronto, Kiki is also a past president of The Ticker Club and its second female president. She is a former board member of numerous not-for-profit organizations including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Arts for Children, Canadian Women’s Foundation, Council for Business and the Arts, Institute for Research on Public Policy, Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto, National Arts Centre Foundation, National Ballet of Canada, and a former chair of the National Ballet School.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Kiki attended Kelvin High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba and her Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Kiki’s investment career began at Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. in Winnipeg. After joining Guardian Capital Investment Group Limited in Toronto, Kiki progressed from Research Assistant to Analyst to Portfolio Manager to Executive Vice President. In 1985, Kiki became a Partner and Executive Vice President at Gluskin Sheff & Associates Inc.
In 2004, the Israel Cancer Research Fund honoured Kiki as a Woman of Action. In 2006, Kiki was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada and was designated Businesswoman of the Year by Consumers Choice Award. She received the 2007 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Corporate Leadership. In 2009, she was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 2011 from the University of Manitoba and from OCAD University in 2012, and in 2014 she received an honorary degree from the Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax.
Artistic Director, National Ballet of Canada
Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, is long recognized as one of the most gifted classical dancers of her era, noted for her compelling characterizations and versatility as a performer. She is one of Canada’s most renowned and committed advocates for the arts. Ms. Kain served as Chair of the Canada Council for the Arts and has fostered the arts in Canada by building partnerships with fellow executives, artists, media, business leaders and public sector officials.
In 1973, Ms. Kain was awarded the Silver Medal in the Women’s Category at the prestigious International Ballet Competition in Moscow and, along with her frequent partner at the time, Frank Augustyn, received a special prize for Best Pas de Deux. Subsequently, she embarked on a remarkable international career during which she performed many of ballet’s greatest roles with such companies as Paris Opéra Ballet, Roland Petit’s Le Ballet de Marseilles, the Bolshoi Ballet, London Festival Ballet and Vienna State Opera Ballet. Throughout her career she also developed a close creative partnership with Rudolf Nureyev and often performed with him. A favourite of some of the world’s most prominent choreographers, she premiered many new and important works during her time as a dancer.
Ms. Kain retired from dancing following a farewell tour in 1997 and took up the position of Artist-in-Residence with the National Ballet, a role that was later expanded to that of Artistic Associate. In 2004, she restaged Rudolf Nureyev’s landmark version of The Sleeping Beauty for the company and the following year was named Artistic Director.
Ms. Kain has received many Canadian and international awards throughout her career, testifying to her accomplishments both as an artist and an advocate for the arts. She is a Companion of the Order of Canada, the first Canadian recipient of the Cartier Lifetime Achievement Award and was named an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Government of France. In 1997, Ms. Kain was honoured with a Governor General’s National Arts Centre Award and received a Governor General’s Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in 2002. From 2004 to 2008, she was Chair of the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2007, she was presented with the Barbara Hamilton Memorial Award for demonstrating excellence and professionalism in the performing arts. In 2008, the Karen Kain School for the Arts officially opened, a tribute to Ms. Kain’s ongoing contributions to the cultural life of her country, and in 2011, Ms. Kain was honoured by the International Society for the Performing Arts with the Distinguished Artist Award.
Principal, Totem Capital Corporation
Irfhan Rawji, Principal at Totem Capital Corporation, is recognized for his young professional volunteerism in the arts. Irfhan is committed to public service, having served on the boards of the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Harbourfront Centre and Business for the Arts. He is currently on the boards of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, Glenbow Museum, ImagiNation 150 and the Harvard Business School Global Alumni Board.
Sun Life Financial is recognized as a business that has strengthened arts and culture in Canada through its long-standing support of and commitment to the sector. Sun Life Financial has a long history of supporting arts and culture in Canada with the belief that the arts should be available for everyone to experience, regardless of their means. In 2004, they created an award-winning Making the Arts More Accessible® program, the focus of their support of the arts. By 2015, their donations exceeded $2.5 million to arts organizations who offer programs which enable individuals and families of limited financial means to enjoy arts and culture. In addition, they fund music schools that provide music education for at-risk and underserved children and youth.
For their partnership with Artscape
The Daniels Corporation and Artscape 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 program(s), creative business partnerships or neighbourhood revitalization initiatives. The Daniels Corporation builds with a passion for creating vibrant communities in every sense of the word. Daniels looks beyond the bricks and mortar, including social, cultural and economic infrastructures that will create a unique sense of place. This commitment has been an integral part of Daniels’ corporate philosophy for over 30 years. Their successful relationship with Artscape, a not-for-profit urban development organization that makes space for creativity, has furthered their engagement with the Regent Park community.