44th Annual Business / Arts Awards Celebration

The annual Business / Arts Awards recognize innovative partnerships between business and the arts, and spotlight exceptional volunteers, leaders and organizations who have made a significant contribution to the arts in Canada. With a community of business and arts leaders across Canada dedicating tremendous amounts of time, talent and treasure to the arts, we are proud to recognize their efforts and share their stories in hopes of inspiring others.

On Monday, October 16th, at a sold-out event at the Royal Ontario Museum, over 300 luminaries from across the country came together to celebrate the incredible impact of partnership, leadership, and philanthropy in the arts at the 2023 Business / Arts Awards Celebration. Read the recap blog post here. 


2023 Award Recipients:


Pierre Lassonde, O.C., G.O.Q.

2023 Edmund C. Bovey Award

In recognition of his transformative philanthropy, which has had profound and enduring impacts on the arts and education across Canada and the USA. 

Dr. Stephen Borys, O.M.

2023 Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award 

In recognition of his work bringing the Qaumajuq building project from inception to reality. Under his leadership, the Winnipeg Art Gallery-Qaumajuq has significantly elevated its role and profile in Canada with particular attention to Indigenous art and artmaking.

Owais Lightwala

2023 Arnold Edinborough Award

In recognition of his remarkable achievements as a champion of partnerships, innovation and inclusion in the arts. An arts leader and creative producer, he dedicates his teaching and research to creative producing and entrepreneurship within the arts.

Power Corporation of Canada

2023 Corporate Champion of the Arts Award

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.

BC Museums Association & Forager Education

2023 Community Impact Award

In response to the evolving digital landscape and challenges posed by the pandemic, the BC Museums Association and Forager Education are supporting education and the arts in British Columbia with The VR Voyage Classroom.


Learn More About the 2023 Award Recipients Here 

Presenting Partner

Reception Partner

Media Partner



Edmund C. Bovey Award Partner

Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award Partner

Corporate Champion of the Arts Award Partner


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