Business for the Arts announces winners of the 2016 Business for the Arts Awards!

Annual gala to celebrate Canadians and organizations for their outstanding contribution to the arts on November 16

TORONTO, ON June 2, 2016 — Canada’s top recognition of individuals and organizations who demonstrate outstanding support of the arts across Canada, Business for the Arts today announced the winners of their annual BftA Awards. This year’s winners include Kiki Delaney, Founder and President of Delaney Capital Management; Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada; Irfhan Rawji, Principal at Totem Capital Corporation; Sun Life Financial, and The Daniels Corporation for their partnership with Artscape. Winners will be honoured at the BftA Awards gala on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Canada’s National Ballet School.

The awards were launched under the Chairmanship of Edmund C. Bovey in 1978 with a focus on celebrating the extraordinary contributions made by individuals and companies through philanthropy, volunteerism and innovative partnerships. Past winners include The Hon. Hilary M. Weston, 26th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario; Margot Holmes, Executive Director of the Vancouver Island Symphony; and Manulife, for their long-term partnership with Luminato Festival.

“With Business for the Arts’ focus being to strengthen the relationships between arts and culture within the community, the BftA Awards provide an opportunity to highlight individuals and organizations for their outstanding work in the arts.” says Nichole Anderson, President & CEO of Business for the Arts. “By bridging the gap between business and the arts, we witness the phenomenal achievements of these partnerships that assure a successful and flourishing cultural community.”

“I am thrilled to have been chosen as the recipient of this year’s Edmund C. Bovey Award. It is wonderful to have been nominated by Mavis Staines and Canada’s National Ballet School, an organization that is near and dear to my heart.” – Kiki Delaney

“I’m deeply moved to be receiving this year’s Peter Herrndorf Award. Recognizing the vital importance of the partnership between the arts and the business community is more important than ever nowadays and Peter himself has done more than anyone to foster that partnership in Canada. To be included in his company is a huge honour.” – Karen Kain



Edmund C. Bovey Award
  • 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
Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award
  • 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.
Arnold Edinborough Award
  • 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.
Corporate Champion of the Arts Award
  • 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.
Community Impact Award
  • 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.



Each year, the BftA Awards bring together Canada’s foremost business and arts leaders to celebrate the extraordinary contributions made by individuals and companies who have shown outstanding commitment to the arts through philanthropy, volunteerism and innovative partnerships. For more information about the BftA Awards, visit:


Business for the Arts’ mission is to strengthen arts and culture in Canada by connecting arts organizations to business patrons as well as volunteers through artsScene and boardLink programs; by stimulating investment in the arts through matching incentives and sponsorship training for arts organizations with artsVest; by communicating the value of investing in the arts through advocacy and research; and by providing a platform for arts organizations to celebrate their outstanding business partners in the arts with our BftA Awards gala. For more information, visit
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