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Announcing the 2021 Award Recipients

14 June, 2021 - 01 September, 2021
00:00 - 23:59
Business / Arts

Business / Arts Announces Annual Award Recipients
Celebrating the power of partnership between business and the arts


TORONTO June 14, 2021, Business / Arts is ready to spark creativity with today’s announcement of the 2021 Business / Arts Awards recipients. The annual Business / Arts Awards recognize and celebrate partnerships between business and the arts and shine a light on exceptional volunteers and leaders who have significantly impacted the arts in Canada. The honourees range from an entertainment giant to a young arts-sector disrupter, but all share a common thread–perseverance and a commitment to tangible impact in the arts. Business / Arts will share stunning visual profiles of each award recipient across their digital platforms from June 21 to 25, 2021.

The organization’s daily mission is to help business and arts organizations form enduring, productive partnerships. Business / Arts programs have produced 5,000 such matchups and contributed $29.25M into Canada’s cultural sector. As we collectively look for viable ways to recover the battered arts and culture sector, their mandate is more critical than ever. Given that this has been a year like no other, the projects born of these partnerships serve as case studies for how the arts and business can collaborate to thrive post-pandemic.?

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2021 Business / Arts Award Recipients:


Edmund C. Bovey Award:


In recognition of their lifetime of exceptional volunteerism and philanthropy in the arts, Donald Ross, O.C. and Gretchen Ross are receiving the prestigious Edmund C. Bovey Award. Together, they are philanthropic champions within the Canadian arts landscape, evidenced through their extensive volunteerism and support of countless organizations across the country.

Read more about the Ross’

Named after the first chairman of Business / Arts, 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

Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award:?


In recognition of?her legacy of mentorship and building transformative partnerships in the arts, Mavis Staines, C.M., DhumL, Artistic Director and CEO of Canada’s National Ballet School is receiving the Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award.?Ms. Staines has been an instigator for many creative collaborations in Canada, a visionary for arts education and a major influence in the national and international dance community.

Read more about?Mavis Staines

The 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.

Arnold Edinborough Award:?


James Ingold, Product Manager of IQMETRIX, is this year’s Arnold Edinborough Award recipient. The youngest person to be elected to SaskCulture’s board, Mr. Ingold’s dedication to relationship building and innovative board governance resulted in a two-year term as Board President starting at the age of 25.

Read more about?James Ingold

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

Corporate Champion of the Arts Award:?


EQ Bank is receiving the Corporate Champion of the Arts Award. Through the Emerging Digital Artists Award (EDAA), EQ Bank has found a unique way to leverage its position as a digital bank to support digital artmaking practices and artists. Presented in partnership with Trinity Square Video, the EDAA program champions early-career media artists, celebrating the contributions of artists working exclusively in the virtual space.

Read more about Equitable Bank

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.

Community Impact Award:?


The innovative partnership between Netflix and Hot Docs for the Hot Docs Canadian Storytellers Project (HDCSP) is receiving the Community Impact Award. Launched in 2018, this national initiative elevates underrepresented Canadian documentary creators by developing their artistic toolkits, providing mentorship and start-up funding, and building the necessary foundations for sustainable filmmaking careers.

Read more about?Netflix and Hot Docs

The Community Impact Award recognizes an arts and business partnership that has enhanced the quality of life and enriched a local cultural scene through innovative programs, creative business partnerships or neighbourhood revitalization initiatives.

Congratulations to all of the Award Recipients!?

From June 21 – 25, Business / Arts will be honouring recipients across our website and social media platforms. Be sure to revisit our website on June 21st for the release of five visual profiles, highlighting each award recipient and their contributions to the arts. We invite you to stay connected with us as we celebrate lasting partnerships and exceptional service to the arts!

Follow the 2021 Business / Arts Awards celebration on social media:
LinkedIn: @Business and Arts
Twitter: @BusinessftArts?
Facebook: @BusinessftArts

For media inquiries please contact:
Mercedes Findlay | 416.557.3361| mercedes@blackcoffeecommunications.ca

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