Mayor's Arts Award for Philanthropy

Hassan Khosrowshahi (left) and Nezhat Khosrowshahi (right), Mayors Arts Award for Philanthropy

2016 recipient

Hassan Khosrowshahi


Hassan Khosrowshahi is chairman of Persis Group of Companies. He has been appointed to the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia, and was inducted into the Business Laureates of BC Hall of Fame. His memberships, directorships and chairs (former and present) include: the Bank of Canada (board of directors), the Fraser Institute (former chairman), Canadian Business Council, Business Council of British Columbia (board of governors), the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and the Leading Edge Endowment Fund. He is an honorary fellow of the Sauder School of Business. The Khosrowshahi family have supported Museum of Anthropology, National Gallery of Canada, Vancouver Opera, Vancouver Symphony Society, and Audain Art Museum Foundation.

Nezhat Khosrowshahi


Nezhat Khosrowshahi has devoted time to her charitable and community interests since 1983. Her memberships, directorships and chairs (present and former) include: the Vancouver Symphony Foundation, CBC Radio-Canada, the National Gallery of Canada, YVR Art Foundation, and Vancouver Symphony Society. She continues to be a sustaining supporter of the Vancouver Symphony, and in 2010, through Vancouver Symphony Foundation, she endowed the Principal Cello Chair. From 2010 to 2013, she volunteered for the Museum of Anthropology, UBC. In 1999, she was the recipient of “Outside Lines” B.C. Arts & Culture Award and in 2013 was a recipient of Queen’s Diamond Jubilee award.

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