With a keen interest in the arts, tireless effort and support, Charles Baillie has proven himself to be one of Canada’s great arts and culture leaders both in thought and in action. As Art Gallery of Ontario’s CEO, Matthew Teitelbaum remarked, ‘Charlie is one of the first Canadian financial leaders to equate a strong arts and culture sector with a healthy economy.’
Beyond the demands of his role as the CEO of TD Bank, Charles Baillie took on an ambitious campaign to see Toronto’s six major cultural institutions come together to realize what would have seemed an impossible challenge to most everyone: secure funding for six new building projects for Toronto’s major cultural institutions. Charles Baillie managed to inspire the Chairs of the COC, National Ballet School, the ROM, AGO, the Royal Conservatory and the Gardiner Museum to join together as the “Group of Six” in pushing for a veritable transformation of Toronto’s cultural landscape with the realization of world-class performance halls, museums and art schools. We enjoy the fruits of their collaborative efforts today.
There are countless arts organizations and cultural groups that have been touched by Mr. Baillie’s generosity and force of spirit. The weight of his leadership will be felt for years to come given his tremendous contributions to the Transformation AGO project from start to finish, and his foundational involvements on boards such as the Shaw Festival, the Canadian Opera Company, and Luminato, among others.
Mr. Baillie and his wife, Marilyn, have also been tremendous financial donors. Their immense generosity has helped fund projects at the AGO, Soulpepper Theatre Company and the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, supporting literacy for school children, to name but a few initiatives.
The Edmund C. Bovey Award recognizes an individual from the business community for outstanding and long-time support of the arts. Named after the founding Chairman of Business for the Arts, its winners personify the mission at Business for the Arts – to increase the quality and quantity of relationships between business and Canada’s cultural community. Business for the Arts is proud to add Charles Baillie to the distinguished list of winners. At the Business for the Arts Awards Gala on October 29th, in the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Baillie Court, Mr. Baillie will receive his award sculpture and $20,000 to direct from the Bovey Award fund to the arts organization(s) of his or her choice.
Last year’s Bovey winner, the Hon. Henry N.R. Jackman, was among the five jurors for this year’s award. He was joined by Karen Kain, Artistic Director, National Ballet of Canada, Ana Lopes, former Chair of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, George A. Fierheller, C.M., Director, Business for the Arts, and Darryl Lindenbach, Executive Director of the Alberta Ballet.