John McKellar, C.M, Q.C., J.D, Edmund C. Bovey Award, 2011

Nominated by Tarragon Theatre

Learning of his Bovey accolade, John McKellar, Partner Emeritus at WeirFoulds LLP, says, “It is a great honour for me to receive this award, especially so because I knew Ed Bovey and greatly admired what he was able to do for the arts.  I also know many of the previous recipients and their accomplishments so I’m delighted to be considered worthy of joining them as winner of this award.”

2011 Bovey laureate, McKellar, is at once lawyer, volunteer and impresario and has made pivotal contributions to public service activities related to performing arts.  McKellar’s extensive curriculum vitae speaks to the enormous respect he has garnered in the legal community, and his more than five decades of active advising, counseling, support and volunteerism in the arts speak to his profound and lasting love of the arts.  His current volunteer portfolio is impressive:  Chair of Toronto Arts Council, Chair of Young Centre for the Arts, Vice-President of Ontario Arts Council Foundation and Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Director of numerous boards (including St. Lawrence Centre of the Arts, Off-Centre Music, Glenn Gould Foundation, Tarragon Theatre).  Married for more than 50 years to Kay, they have three children and two grandchildren.