Hon Henry N.R. Jackman, Edmund C. Bovey Award, 2008

The Honourable Henry Newton Rowell Jackman O.C., O.Ont., C.D., LL.D.,has been selected as the 2008 winner of the prestigious Edmund C. Bovey Award, in honour of his outstanding contribution to the arts in Canada. Tafelmusik’s Jeanne Lamon led the nomination and gathered letters of support from arts and business leaders across the country. The letters are effusive in their support of Mr. Jackman’s Bovey nomination, noting his decades-long commitment to the arts, the tremendous leadership he has shown and the generous amount of time and money he has given to the arts. As David Appel remarked in his letter of support: “What really makes him stand out is his fervent commitment and his ability to mobilize others to make great things happen.”

Mr. Jackman’s leadership in the arts has been profound. He has been quoted to say, “It is the arts that nurture the soul” and as such has taken enormous effort to ensure a healthy arts and cultural community in Canada. Over the past three decades, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Heritage Foundation, Historica Foundation, Stratford Foundation Festival Fund, Art Gallery of Ontario, Shaw Festival, and the Corporation of Roy Thomson and Massey Hall, among many others. He was President of the Canadian Opera Company and the Ballet Opera House Corporation, and Chairman of the Ontario Arts Council.

Lotfi Mansouri, former General Director of the COC, said of Mr. Jackman’s presidency: “I have seldom had a volunteer board president with the commitment, stature and contribution of time, energy and funds that Hal Jackman brought to the position…He has set a standard for support and volunteerism in the Arts in Canada.”

One of his greatest legacies was the establishment in 1990 of the Hal Jackman Foundation to promote Toronto’s cultural sector and strengthen the city’s educational institutions. The foundation, which Mr. Jackman’s daughter Victoria Jackman has now run for ten years, aims to advance artistic achievement and increase access to, and appreciation of arts and culture. To date, the foundation has awarded more than $12 Million to over 200 arts and educational institutions.

Mr. Jackman also established the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for the Arts, along with the J.P. Bickell Foundation, during his term as Lieutenant Governor. His goal was to “encourage and reward the efforts of professional arts organizations in Ontario that have maintained a high level of artistic excellence while also demonstrating exceptional private sector and community support”. Between 1995 and 2003, 84 organizations throughout the province of Ontario received 162 awards totaling more than $2.5 million. These groups ranged in size from the Stratford Festival of Canada to some of Canada’s smallest and most groundbreaking arts groups.

Jeanne Lamon, Music Director of Tafelmusik, wrote: “Mr. Jackman’s philanthropic support of the arts and cultural sectors has created a legacy that will help sustain the community in Ontario for generations to come.” Tafelmusik was proud to win two $25,000 Lieutentant Governor Awards for the Arts (1996 and 1998) and subsequently was the first orchestra to be awarded the top prize of $50,000 in 2002. Tafelmusik has also been the fortunate recipient of grants from the Hal Jackman Foundation since 1994, with accumulated gifts of over $100,000. As such, Ms. Lamon nominated Mr. Jackman for the Bovey award given “he is one of the great leaders in business and the arts and this award would be a fitting tribute to his magnificent legacy to the arts in Ontario”.

Joey Tanenbaum echoes Ms. Lamon’s sentiments in his letter of support: “Hal personifies everything that this award honours: passion and vision for the arts in Canada, a lifelong commitment of his time, and incredible generosity with his expertise and his money.”

Mr. Jackman was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in November 1991 and in April 2000 was promoted to an Officer of the Order of Canada. He was also appointed a Member of the Order of Ontario in 1998 and has received nine honorary doctorates. The list of his commendations and other awards is long and varied.

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 Henry N.R. Jackman to the distinguished list of winners. At the gala event, he will receive an award sculpture and he will be able to direct $20,000 from the Bovey Award fund to the arts organization(s) of his or her choice.

Last year’s Bovey winner, Donald K. Johnson, C.M., Senior Advisor to BMO Capital Markets and former Vice-Chair, BMO Nesbitt Burns, was among the five jurors for this year’s award. He was joined by Charles Cutts, President & CEO, Corporation of Roy Thomson and Massey Hall, David MacKenzie, CEO, Confederation Centre for the Arts, Thomas Smart, Executive Director, McMichael Canadian Art Collection and Bruce Wright, Chair, Vancouver Opera.