Meet the 2023 Business / Arts Award Recipients!
2023 Edmund C. Bovey Award Recipient
Pierre Lassonde O.C. G.O.Q.
The Edmund C. Bovey Award celebrates a leader who has demonstrated a lifetime of significant philanthropy and/or volunteer leadership in arts.
In recognition of his transformative philanthropy, Pierre Lassonde is being honoured as the 2023 Edmund C. Bovey Award recipient. His philanthropic endeavours have had profound and enduring impacts on the arts and education across Canada and the USA.
Edmund C. Bovey Award Partner
2023 Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award Recipient
Dr. Stephen Borys O.M.
The Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award celebrates an arts leader who has spent a lifetime dedicated to building partnerships and fostering the arts in Canada. We are delighted to recognize Dr. Stephen Borys as this year’s recipient.
In his role as Director and CEO of the Winnipeg Art Gallery-Qaumajuq, Dr. Stephen Borys spearheaded the Qaumajuq building project from inception to reality, leading the $75 million capital and endowment campaign, the architectural program and construction phase of Canada’s new Inuit art centre. Under his leadership, WAG-Qaumajuq has significantly elevated its role and profile in Canada and abroad with particular attention to Indigenous art and artmaking.
Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award Partner
2023 Arnold Edinborough Award Recipient
In recognition of his remarkable achievements as a champion of partnerships, innovation and inclusion in the arts, we are thrilled to name Owais Lightwala as the 2023 Arnold Edinborough Award recipient.
Owais Lightwala is a professor, entrepreneur and optimist. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Creative School at Toronto Metropolitan University, where his teaching and research focus on entrepreneurship, leadership, and innovation in creative industries.
2023 Corporate Champion of the Arts Award Recipient
Power Corporation of Canada
The Corporate Champion of the Arts Award recognizes a business that has strengthened arts and culture in Canada through its long-standing support of and commitment to the sector.
Through sustained investments and enduring partnerships with organizations nationwide, Power Corporation of Canada has been instrumental in strengthening the vibrancy of the Canadian arts and culture landscape. In 2022 only, their community investments benefited 122 organizations across the arts sector, spanning performing arts, museums, art galleries, and arts education.
Corporate Champion of the Arts Award Partner
2023 Community Impact Award Recipients
BC Museums Association and Forager Education
The Community Impact Award celebrates an innovative partnership between a business and an arts organization that has had a notable impact on the community.
In response to the evolving digital landscape and the challenges posed by the pandemic, the BC Museums Association (BCMA) and Forager Education, have taken proactive steps to support the education and arts sectors in British Columbia. At the centre of their partnership is the development of The VR Voyage Classroom, a groundbreaking platform designed to bring immersive learning experiences to students throughout the province and beyond.
Congratulations to all of this year‘s recipients!
We look forward to honouring the 2023 award recipients at our in-person celebration on October 16, 2023!