2012 National Business for the Arts Partnership Awards Winners

Congratulations to this year’s award winners, who were honoured at The Business for the Arts Awards Gala on October 4, 2012 at the Carlu in Toronto.

The Edmund C. Bovey Award – Pierre Bourgie
Nominated by Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Pierre Bourgie is President and CEO of Société Financière Bourgie Inc., and serves on the board of directors of a number of large companies and financial institutions. He is a passionate supporter of arts and culture in Montreal, and his major gift to the Montreal Museum of Fine Art helped kick off a significant expansion project for the Pavilion of Canadian Art. In 2007, he announced the establishment of the Arte Musica Foundation at the museum. The foundation’s mission is to support, promote and present music from all periods and in all styles. As part of the museum’s expansion plans, the former nave of the Erskine and American Church, considered one of Quebec’s architectural landmarks, was incorporated into the Canadian art pavilion as a 450-seat concert hall and renamed Bourgie Hall. Thanks to the partnership between Arte Musica Foundation and the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, music is now an integral part of the museum and includes all musical events as well as educational activities to increase the understanding and appreciation of music. The number of scheduled concerts and demand for tickets continues to exceed expectations.

The Arnold Edinborough Award – Mo Dhaliwal
Nominated by Museum of Vancouver

Mo Dhaliwal is Director of Client Services at Skyrocket in Vancouver, and has over a decade of experience in the technology sector, including software development and Internet marketing in the Silicon Valley region of California. As a patron of the arts and producer of cultural events, he has invested thousands of volunteer hours to cultural projects, most notably through the creation of the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society (VIBC). Working to shatter barriers between people and encourage cross-cultural understanding, VIBC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to elevating and promoting the Indian dance form of Bhangra. VIBC organizes two major annual events, the City of Bhangra Festival and the NEXT Bhangra Competition, in addition to partnering with numerous arts and community events throughout the year. Strategic partnerships, collaborating with creative minds, and exploring arts and culture as a means for social change infuses all of Mo’s volunteer efforts in the arts.

The Globe and Mail Business for the Arts Partnership Awards (four categories):

Most Effective Corporate Program  – TD Bank Group
Nominated by The Banff Centre

For three decades, TD Bank Group has been a committed supporter of The Banff Centre in Alberta, and most specifically has focused its support on the Centre’s unique jazz program. TD has also supported other jazz programs across Canada and, in 2010, for its seventh consecutive year, TD extended its sponsorship of jazz festivals in Canada’s major cities, including Victoria, Vancouver, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. By nurturing the next generation of jazz performers at The Banff Centre, and by supporting festivals across the country where these artists can perform for millions of people, TD has developed and implemented an effective program of corporate support for jazz.

Best Entrepreneurial Partnership – Seaton Group
Nominated by Headwaters Arts

Brothers Jordan and Jeremy Grant are the owners of The Seaton Group, a real estate development business that operates in small towns around the Greater Toronto Area. In the early 1990s, they inherited a deteriorating knitting mill built in the 1880s in the Caledon area. Rather than demolish this architectural gem, they envisioned a plan to convert the mill into an arts and heritage centre. Joining forces with local arts organization Headwaters Arts, and with funding from the Ontario and federal government, they created the Alton Mill Arts Centre, a vibrant artists’ hub that houses galleries, art shows, studio space and a community of established and emerging artists. The partnership between Seaton Group and Headwaters Arts has not only benefited the Alton Mills Arts Centre and Headwaters Arts, but the Town of Caledon and surrounding region, local businesses and tourism.

Most Innovative Marketing Sponsorship – PricewaterhouseCoopers
Nominated by ArtsClub Theatre

Now in its fifth year of partnership, PricewaterhouseCoopers has consistently supported some of the most challenging and artistically recognized productions of the Arts Club Theatre Company in Vancouver. By cultivating local artists and investing in new works that contribute to Canada’s cultural distinctiveness, PricewaterhouseCoopers has established itself as a leader in the arts community. Their involvement and support of the Arts Club as well as other prominent arts organizations in Vancouver demonstrates innovation in raising brand awareness, in giving back to the community and in enhancing the cultural experience.

Small Business Partnership – Incredible Printing
Nominated by Theatrefront

For more than 35 years, Incredible Printing has been supplying some of the biggest names in the North American arts and entertainment community with unbeatable quality, pricing and customer service. CEO Mendl Schwartz embodies a generosity of spirit and is a true champion of the performing arts. Incredible Printing has always been willing to reduce costs to help make production and promotional materials possible. Large or small, Incredible understands the needs of arts organizations and is committed to sustaining a thriving cultural scene.