2017 Award Winners

Edmund C. Bovey Award

Tony Gagliano

Executive Chairman & CEO at St. Joseph Communications

Edmund C. Bovey Award Recipient

Under Tony Gagliano’s leadership for the last 27 years, St. Joseph Communications has evolved from a small family business started in his Italian immigrant parents’ basement to a national, fully integrated communications/media corporation with more than 1,400 associates from coast to coast. Tony is currently leading the company to become the top communications/media company in Canada by transforming the way that brands engage with people. Under Tony’s direction, St. Joseph also has a long-standing commitment to give back to the community. This includes the Arts Partner of Choice initiative – a longstanding program launched in 2006 to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary. This program included a multi-million dollar, multi-year commitment to support arts and cultural organizations in Canada by providing them with advertising space in major magazines. Tony Gagliano himself is actively involved in a number of significant not-for-profits and is a co-founder and chair of Luminato, Toronto’s Festival of Arts & Creativity. He is the former Chair of the board for the Art Gallery of Ontario and the current chair of the Salt + Light Media Foundation. In addition, he is a cabinet member of Ryerson University, a council member of the Royal Conservatory of Music, and an honorary board member of Scouts Canada.

Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award

Piers Handling

Director and Chief Executive Officer of Toronto International Film Festival

Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award Recipient

Piers Handling has been the Director and CEO of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) since 1994 and is responsible for leading both the operational and artistic growth of the organization. TIFF has a $44 million annual operating budget and employs 200 full-time staff. For the last nine years, TIFF has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 employers. Under Piers’s direction, the organization has grown to become an internationally renowned cultural institution and for the last nine years has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 employers. Piers has curated numerous film retrospectives, sat on many festival juries and has presented programmes of Canadian cinema internationally. In 2013, Piers co-curated a multi-platform celebration of iconic Canadian director David Cronenberg, now touring worldwide and includes a comprehensive film exhibition, a virtual museum, an art exhibition presented in partnership with the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art, and two original publications. As an advocate for the arts, Piers has sat on a number of Boards and advisory councils including FAME (Festivals and Major Events), the Canadian Film Centre, Tafelmusik, Luminato, Telefilm Canada’s Feature Film Advisory Committee, Ontario’s Minister of Culture’s Advisory Council for Arts and Culture and The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation.

Arnold Edinborough Award

Diane Obam Dallaire

Chair of the Southam Club

Arnold Edinborough Award Recipient

Diane is recognized for her exemplary leadership and volunteerism in the arts. She is an avid supporter of community-building initiatives and is a passionate arts ambassador. Diane is a former co-Chair for Business for the Arts’ Ottawa-Gatineau artsScene chapter where she established a result-oriented outreach strategy that attracted business professionals and public servants to the artsScene board, as well as to other cultural institutions in Ottawa. Diane sits on the board of the Rideau Club and was formerly on the Executive Committee of the Canadian International Council, Africa Study Group. Chiefly, Diane is the much-admired Chair of the Southam Club, a thriving group of dynamic young leaders in the Ottawa region who engage in the performing arts through unique events at the National Arts Centre and are helping to promote the arts in Ottawa. Diane is bilingual and has a Master of Arts in Public and International Affairs and a Masters Certificate in Project Management. As the founder of Fidès Partnerships, Diane worked with various organizations to establish beneficial partnerships and assist in strategic project completion. She very recently began working as a Project Implementation Officer for Canada Post.

Corporate Champion of the Arts Award

Air Canada

Corporate Champion of the Arts Award Recipient

Air Canada is recognized as a business that has strengthened arts and culture in Canada through its long-standing support of and commitment to the sector. Air Canada has been a strong supporter of Canadian orchestras for 20 years they have been the official airline of nine  Symphonies and Orchestras across the country. They are Canada’s largest airline and are committed to the promotion of the arts nationally and internationally. For the past five years Air Canada was the series sponsor for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s (ESO) Special concerts, which drew in diverse audiences to experience the orchestra, and then in 2017 became the sponsor for the ESO’s Masters Applause series. In 2012, they were the official airline sponsor for the ESO’s international debut at Carnegie Hall in New York, where the orchestra performed a concert featuring Canadian guest artists and composers. The ESO’s international reach is broadened by the inclusion of the resultant recording which was then featured on Air Canada’s inflight entertainment System. Air Canada’s Innovative partnership explored new technologically possibilities through their “Travel through Music” installation last year which visited orchestras across Canada.

Community Impact Award

PATTISON Outdoor Advertising

for their partnership with VIBE Arts

Community Impact Award Recipient

VIBE Arts and PATTISON Outdoor Advertising are being recognized for an arts and business partnership that has greatly enhanced the quality of life and enriched the cultural scene in their community through innovative programs, creative business partnerships, and neighborhood revitalization initiatives. PATTISON is Canada’s largest Out-of-Home advertising company and VIBE Arts is an award-winning charitable organization committed to providing children and youth in under-resourced communities with high quality community and school based arts education with the goal of positive social and cultural change.This partnership is particularly significant to Business for the Arts as it was formed when VIBE Arts was a participant of Business for the Arts’ artsVest program and PATTISON provided an in-kind contribution of advertising space in TTC subway stations to display murals created by Arts for Children and Youth’s Welcome 41 project. Over the years the relationship between these two organizations has grown, and through VIBE Arts’ multiple projects which PATTISON sponsored and supported, VIBE Arts have been able to engage over 1800 marginalized youth, allowing them to connect and reimagine spaces and places in their communities by creating expressive murals that are shared on public transit.