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Edmund C. Bovey Award

Named after our first chairman, The Edmund C. Bovey Award recognizes a business professional and/or philanthropist who has demonstrated a lifetime of significant philanthropy and/or volunteer leadership in arts and culture in Canada.

The winner receives $20,000 to direct towards an arts organization(s) of their choice

Since starting in 1978, many well-known figures in Canada’s business and arts communities have been recognized, including:

  • The Hon. Hilary Weston
  • The Hon Henry Jackman
  • Gail Asper
  • Gary Slaight
  • Dr. James Fleck, C.C.
  • Don Johnson, O.C.
  • Jim Pitblado
  • Kiki Delaney
  • John McKellar
  • Pierre Bourgie
  • Phil Taylor
  • David Fountain

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Eligible candidates must:

  • be engaged in a successful career in business or the professions
  • have made a significant contribution to the arts as a volunteer
  • be a Canadian citizen

NOTE: Recipients are eligible to win the award only once.

Nominations can be made by:

  • any not-for-profit arts organizations in Canada
  • any company in Canada
  • self nomination

Endorsements (maximum 3 letters) may be made by:

  • executive staff and board members of other arts organizations
  • individual artists
  • executives of other companies

Nominators must complete an official nomination form based on the following criteria:

  • Candidates’ leadership may have affected a diversity of arts organizations in the community or be demonstrated by a longstanding commitment to one particular organization. Similarly, the candidate may be known nationally or only in the community in which the individual lives, with consideration given to depth and breadth of support in relation to the size of the community in which the support has been given.

NOTE: Recipients are eligible to win the award only once.

Other criteria for assessment include:

  • time committed to voluntary work for the arts
  • expertise actively put to good use for the arts
  • money committed to the cause through personal donations and fundraising

*Please note, the arts organizations must be Canadian and a registered not for profit.  

Nominees are assessed and a winner selected by a national jury panel comprised of prominent arts and business leaders. Jury members may not submit nominations in the year in which they serve on the jury. Winners will be notified by Business / Arts by phone and official confirmation letter.

If you have any questions about the award categories or submission process, please contact info@businessforthearts.org

Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award

Established in 2015, Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award recognizes an arts leader who has spent a lifetime dedicated to fostering the arts in Canada by building partnerships with fellow arts executives, artists, media, business leaders and public sector officials to ensure a vibrant cultural sector for all Canadians.

The winner receives $5,000 to be directed to the arts organization(s) of their choice.

This award is sponsored by Burgundy Asset Management Ltd.

Past winners include:

  • Piers Handling
  • Karen Kain
  • Peter Herrndorf

En français

Eligible candidates must:

  • be working in the arts sector for a not-for-profit arts organization as an artist, arts administrator and/or executive
  • have made a significant contribution to the arts by building relationships between the arts sector, business community and public sector
  • be a Canadian citizen

NOTE: Recipients are eligible to win the award only once.

Nominations can be made by:

  • any not-for-profit arts organization in Canada
  • another arts administrator or artist
  • a business professional
  • Self-nomination

Endorsements (maximum 3 letters) may be made by:

  • executives and board members of arts organizations
  • artists
  • public sector professionals
  • business professionals

Nominators must complete an official nomination form based on the following criteria:

  • Candidates’ leadership may have affected a diversity of arts organizations in the community or be demonstrated by a longstanding commitment to one particular organization. Similarly, the candidate may be known nationally or only in the community in which the individual lives, with consideration given to depth and breadth of support in relation to the size of the community in which the support has been given.

Other criteria for assessment include:

  • time committed to voluntary work for the arts
  • expertise actively put to good use for the arts
  • money committed to the cause through personal donations and fundraising

*Please note, the arts organizations must be Canadian and a registered not for profit.  

Nominees are assessed and a winner selected by a national jury panel comprised of prominent arts and business leaders. Jury members may not submit nominations in the year in which they serve on the jury. Winners will be notified by Business / Arts by phone and official confirmation letter.

If you have any questions about the award categories or submission process, please contact info@businessforthearts.org

Arnold Edinborough Award

Named after the founding president of Business / Arts, the Arnold Edinborough award recognizes a young business professional (40 and under) who has demonstrated exemplary volunteer leadership and volunteerism in the arts.

The winner receives $5,000 to be directed to an arts organization(s) of their choice.

This award is sponsored by Franklin Templeton Investments.

Past winners of the Arnold Edinborough award include:

  • Diane Obam Dallaire
  • Irfhan Rawji
  • Jan-Fryderyk Pleszczynski
  • Chris Farias
  • Stephen Delaney
  • Mo Dhaliwal
  • Simon Foster
  • The Honourable Mélanie Joly

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Eligible candidates must:

  • be a young business professional 40 years of age or under at the time of nomination
  • have made a significant contribution as a volunteer to the not-for-profit arts in Canada
  • be a Canadian citizen

NOTE: This award is for business professionals only working in the for-profit sector. Individuals working in the not-for-profit sector are not eligible; recipients are eligible to win the award only once.

Nominations can be made by:

  • registered not-for-profit arts, cultural or heritage organization in Canada
  • the nominee’s employer or business associate
  • self nomination

Endorsements (maximum 3 letters) may be made by:

  • executive staff and board members of other arts organizations
  • individual artists
  • executives of other companies

Nominators must complete an official nomination form based on the following criteria:

  • The positive impact of candidate’s volunteerism may benefit a wide diversity of arts organizations in a community, or one particular organization or arts discipline. Similarly, the candidate may be known nationally or only in the community in which the individual lives, relative to the size of the community in which their contributions to the arts have taken place.
  • candidate has shown leadership in taking on key roles and responsibilities, recruiting other volunteers, providing a bridge between business and the arts community, and enhancing the visibility of the arts organization
  • candidate has committed substantial time to volunteer on a board or committee
  • candidate has actively volunteered business expertise and skills on behalf of the organization(s)
  • candidate has helped strengthen and achieve the goals of the organization through marketing, strategic planning, membership recruitment and fundraising

*Please note, the arts organizations must be Canadian and a registered not for profit.

Nominees are assessed and a winner selected by a national jury panel comprised of prominent arts and business leaders. Jury members may not submit nominations in the year in which they serve on the jury. Winners will be notified by Business / Arts by phone and official confirmation letter.

If you have any questions about the award categories or submission process, please contact info@businessforthearts.org

Corporate Champion of the Arts Award

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.

This award is sponsored by The Globe and Mail.

Past winners include

  • Air Canada
  • Sun Life Financial
  • Great West Life, London Life, and Canada Life
  • BMO Financial Group
  • RBC Foundation, RBC Emerging Artists Project
  • TD Bank Financial Group
  • Enbridge
  • Husky Energy
  • TELUS
  • Alcan BC
  • 2004 and later

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Eligible candidates must:

  • be a business operating in Canada
  • have made a significant contribution to the arts through long-term, strategic support
  • has had a meaningful impact on empowering and building the arts sector

NOTE: Recipients are eligible to win the award only once.

Nominations can be made by:

  • any not-for-profit arts organizations in Canada
  • any company in Canada
  • self nomination

Endorsements (maximum 3 letters) may be made by:

  • executive staff and board members of other arts organizations
  • a consortium of arts organizations

Nominators must complete an official nomination form based on the following criteria:

  • nominees have distinguished themselves as leaders in support of the arts either through a single endeavour or a consistent history of commitment
  • the scope of impact and support should extend beyond the company’s immediate business interests
  • nominees have shown a visionary and innovative approach to championing the arts
  • nominees history of support includes but not limited to cash or in-kind gifts, donated services, volunteerism and employee participation

*Please note, the arts organizations must be Canadian and a registered not for profit.     

Nominees are assessed and a winner selected by a national jury panel comprised of prominent arts and business leaders. Jury members may not submit nominations in the year in which they serve on the jury. Winners will be notified by Business / Arts by phone and official confirmation letter.

If you have any questions about the award categories or submission process, please contact info@businessforthearts.org

Community Impact Award

The Community Impact award recognizes an arts and business partnership that has enhanced the quality of life and enriched a local cultural scene in through innovative program(s), creative business partnerships or neighbourhood revitalization initiatives.

This award is sponsored by KPMG.

Past winners of the Community Impact award include:

  • Affinity Credit Union
  • Air Canada
  • BMO Financial Group
  • Bullas Travel
  • Calgary Hotel Association
  • Creeds Dry Cleaning
  • The Daniels Corporation and Artscape
  • Delvinia
  • Enbridge
  • Enwave
  • Great West Life
  • First Air
  • Hougen Group of Companies
  • Incredible Printing
  • K+S Potash Canada
  • Manulife
  • La Scala Home Cinema and Integrated Media
  • PATTISON
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • RBC Foundation
  • RBC Emerging Artists Project
  • Robert Lowrey Piano Experts
  • Saskatoon Express
  • Seaton Group
  • Sun Life Financial
  • TD Bank Group

En français

Eligible candidates must:

  • be a not-for-profit arts organization and their business partner
  • have made a significant contribution to the arts through a successful collaboration with business
  • have shown a commitment to empowering the community through the arts
  • be a Canadian organization

NOTE: Recipients are eligible to win the award only once.

Nominations can be made by:

  • any not-for-profit arts organization in Canada
  • any company in Canada
  • self nomination

Endorsements (maximum 3 letters) may be made by:

  • executive staff and board members of arts organizations
  • executives of other companies

Nominators must complete an official nomination form based on the following criteria:

  • scope, quality and originality of the nominee’s programming or involvement with arts and culture
  • impact on both arts and culture and the community
  • program innovation and/or outstanding business practices
  • has cultivated long-term and successful relationships and partnerships within the community
  • has created great awareness and significantly improved the community with measurable results
  • has a long-term vision for continued growth and impact

*Please note, the arts organizations must be Canadian and a registered not for profit.

Nominees are assessed and a winner selected by a national jury panel comprised of prominent arts and business leaders. Jury members may not submit nominations in the year in which they serve on the jury. Winners will be notified by Business / Arts by phone and official confirmation letter.

If you have any questions about the award categories or submission process, please contact info@businessforthearts.org