2021 Award Recipients
Meet the 2021 Business / Arts Award Recipients!
The annual Business / Arts Awards celebrate the power of partnership by profiling exceptional leaders and volunteers in the business and arts community. This year’s honourees have each demonstrated an exemplary commitment to Canada’s arts sector and we are thrilled to share their stories with you!
We are honouring recipients with the release of five visual profiles, highlighting each award recipient and their contributions to the arts. We invite you to stay connected with Business / Arts throughout the month of June as we celebrate lasting partnerships and exceptional service to the arts!
2021 Edmund C. Bovey Award Recipients
Donald Ross, O.C.
& Gretchen Ross
About Donald Ross, O.C.
Mr. Donald Ross was educated at Upper Canada College, Lakefield College, Trinity College, and holds a B.A from the University of Toronto. He began his professional career in the investment industry with HSBC – London and has more than 50 years in the Investment business in Toronto and Montreal. He is currently the Chairman of Leede Jones Gable Inc. He became Chairman in 2015 after a merger between Leede Financial Markets and Jones, and Gable & Company Limited – where he was Chairman and CEO.
About Gretchen Ross
Mrs. Gretchen Ross attended the University of Western Ontario. She has been a major donor to, and heavily involved with, the National Ballet of Canada for many years. She has been a member of the Patron’s Council since 1994, and has sat on the Board of The National Ballet since 2003. She is Chair of the Major Gifts Committee, as well as Co-Chair of the Music Circle Program. Mrs. Ross has also been a Director at The Walrus Foundation since 2010, Fall for Dance North since 2016, Luminato Festival since 2018, and sits on the Advisory Board of Smile Theatre.
2021 Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award Recipient
Mavis Staines, C.M., DhumL
About Mavis Staines, C.M., DhumL
Mavis Staines was born in Quebec’s Eastern Townships and received her ballet training at Canada’s National Ballet School.
Upon graduation from NBS in 1972 Staines became a First Soloist with The National Ballet of Canada and then danced with The Dutch National Ballet until an injury cut short her performance career. She subsequently returned to Canada and enrolled in NBS’ Teacher Training Program, joining NBS’ Artistic Faculty in 1982. She was appointed Artistic Director in 1989 and additionally, CEO in 2013.
2021 Arnold Edinborough Award Recipient
About James Ingold
Though engaged with arts activity throughout his youth, joining SaskCulture near the end of his university studies in 2009 was James’ first introduction to working on a board and taking leadership in furthering access to arts activity on a broader scale. The rapid education that ensued sparked a passion in him for good governance, leadership and – more fundamentally – a deeper appreciation for the rich arts and cultural landscape of Saskatchewan.
2021 Corporate Champion of the Arts Award Recipient
About Equitable Bank
Equitable Group Inc. serves over a quarter million Canadians through Equitable Bank, Canada’s Challenger Bank™. Equitable Bank has grown to become the country’s eighth-largest Schedule I bank measured by market capitalization, with a clear mandate to drive real change in Canadian banking to enrich people’s lives. Its digital banking platform EQ Bank was recently named the #1 Bank in Canada (Forbes) and is a recognized innovator in digital services.
2021 Community Impact Award Recipient
for the partnership with
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About Hot Docs
Hot Docs’ mission is to present and celebrate the art of documentary and to facilitate production, financing, and distribution opportunities for documentary makers. Founded in 1993 by a professional association of independent filmmakers, Hot Docs’ unwavering commitment to showcasing the best in Canadian and international storytelling has led the organization to become one of the world’s preeminent leaders for documentary film.
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