The arts & business exchange brings together Canada’s emerging arts leaders and business philanthropists who share a vision to collaborate for the betterment of Canada’s arts and culture ecosystem. It is predicated upon the belief that these influential young leaders — philanthropists, artists, and administrators — can, by working together, develop the strengths required to support Canadian artistic aspirations. Participants, as well as other key stakeholders, will expand on conversations from past gatherings to explore critical issues in the arts, leadership training, mentorship opportunities, cross sectoral collaboration, as well as contribute to Business for the Arts’ advocacy and research program.

Each year, the exchange’s theme is ideated by a volunteer steering committee comprised of young leaders across Canada. Held in Toronto on the occasion of Canada’s 150th anniversary, this year’s event will focus on the contemporary identity of next generation Canada, the growth of tech driven media and its impact on the arts, engagement through digital innovation, and how to implement collaborative leadership practices in increasingly tech-centered workplaces.

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ABX (formerly known as The National Young Professionals Summit on the Arts) was hosted by Business for the Arts at Montreal’s impressive Arsenal Gallery on November 13, 2015. The Summit connected 150 of our country’s leading young professionals, philanthropists, volunteers and artists who are dedicated to fostering the growth of the arts in Canada.

Download our 2015 NYPSA Report.

Watch more videos from the 2015 Summit

Artists’ Panel: Setting the Stage

Conversation with the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

Next Generation Partners in the Arts

Philanthropy in Canada

Focus Montréal

Brainstorm Sessions


Visit our Flickr page for photos from the Summit

Click here to view bios of the 2015 attendees