Mayor's Arts Award for Business Support

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2017 recipient

London Drugs

The London Drugs Foundation is a proud supporter of a significant number of community led initiatives across Western Canada. With a strong focus on health and education, the London Drugs Foundation has also supported arts and culture projects in Vancouver for many years including; the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Bard on the Beach, and the Vancouver Chamber Choir, to name a few.

The support of the foundation to these musical and theatre groups has always included some facet of education, providing children exposure to, and participation in, the arts. Whether it’s attending a musical performance, a gallery, or visiting and engaging with the performers on stage, the London Drugs Foundation continues to be committed to providing the next generation with opportunities to explore a variety of educational options and vocations, including the arts.

Past recipients

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The Georgia Straight


	The Georgia Straight, Mayor's Arts Award for Business Support honoreeFounded in 1967, The Georgia Straight reaches hundreds of thousands of Metro Vancouver readers each week. Staff at the paper and at take pride contributing to Vancouver’s creative economy with the city’s most extensive arts, music, and movie sections. The Georgia Straight sponsors many festivals – including DOXA, PuSh International Performing Arts, Indian Summer, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Fringe, Eastside Culture Crawl, and Vancouver Latin American Film Festival. Cultural leaders who have appeared on Georgia Straight covers include: Veda Hille, Norman Armour, Bramwell Tovey, Paul Wong, Stan Douglas, Colleen Wheeler, Dan Mangan, Omer Arbel, Ken Lum, and Emily Molnar. Georgia Straight staff take part regularly in panel discussions in the arts community. It is the company’s mission to be the definitive arts and entertainment source for Vancouverites.



Goldcorp is a leading gold producer focused on responsible mining practices with safe, low-cost production throughout the Americas.

A Canadian company headquartered in Vancouver, Goldcorp is committed to contributing to communities and supporting arts initiatives.

The company has generously donated $10 million to help create Simon Fraser University’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts and has also supported the Arts Club Theatre Company with $500,000 towards state-of-the art installations for the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre.

Goldcorp has been a long-time supporter of the Bard on the Beach Festival, Arts Umbrella, and Full Circle Talking Stick Festival.

To aid musical endeavors, the company has donated to the Vancouver Tap Society, Vancouver Opera, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

BMO Financial Group


Lawson Lundell LLP, 2014 Mayor's Arts Award for Business Support honoureeLawson Lundell LLP is a leading Vancouver-based law firm with deep roots in our local business and wider community. The firm recognizes the important role that the arts play in fostering a vibrant, healthy community and enriching people’s lives. As such, they are proud to support the arts.

The firm and its lawyers have been actively involved in the local arts scene through sponsorship and board membership with several organizations, including Bard on the Beach, Arts Umbrella, Touchstone and Carousel Theatre’s The Lawyer Show, the Indian Summer Arts Society, and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Ranked by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as the top western Canadian regional law firm from 2010 – 2014, Lawson Lundell LLP provides corporate and litigation legal services to clients both domestically and internationally, and has offices in Vancouver, Calgary, and Yellowknife.

BMO Financial Group


2013 Business Support Honouree BMO Financial GroupEstablished in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a highly-diversified North American financial services organization. The first Bank of Montreal branch in the province opened in Vancouver in 1887.
Today, 118 branches serve a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management, and investment banking clients.

BMO is a major contributor to arts and culture across Canada, reflecting their belief that society is made stronger when the diversity of peoples, ideas, and interests is celebrated and supported.

Sharman King


2012 Honouree Sharman King Sharman King is an active professional musician, performing in studios and theatres. Until 1991, he was part of the Faculty of Music at the University of British Columbia and Capilano College. He is currently bass trombonist of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. King was a member of the famed Buddy Rich Orchestra and has been privileged to perform with Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Tom Jones, and Luciano Pavarotti.

For 32 years, King was CEO of the Book Warehouse group, overseeing its steady growth to become a dominant bookseller in the Greater Vancouver area. Book Warehouse established enduring and beneficial promotional relationships with many Vancouver arts organizations including The Cultch, Vancouver Playhouse, Vancouver Opera, MusicFest Vancouver, The Vancouver Writers Fest, and Bard on the Beach.

King is a member of many boards, including the Downtown Vancouver Association, Performing Arts Lodge, Canadian Music Centre, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, MusicFest Vancouver. He is vice president of the Vancouver Musicians’ Association and is a member of the finance committee for Vancouver Opera. He is also a voting member of the Academy of Recorded Arts and Sciences and the Canadian Music Centre.

TD Canada Trust


2011 Business Support Honouree TD Community GivingTD Community Giving invests in communities to make a positive impact where it does business and where its customers, clients, and employees live and work.

In 2010, TD donated over $50-million to support community organizations in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. In Canada, TD focuses on education and financial literacy, the community initiative "Creating Opportunities for Young People", and the environment.

The 2011 peer jury was Howard Jang, Jeff Sodowsky, and Jim Smith.

Rio Tinto Alcan


2010 Honouree Rio Tinto AlcanRio Tinto Alcan was formed in October 2007 by merging the assets of the former Rio Tinto aluminum group with Alcan Inc. In Canada, where Alcan Inc was founded over 100 years ago, Rio Tinto Alcan now manages extensive operations in Quebec and British Columbia, including some of the lowest cost and environmentally efficient aluminum smelters in the world. In BC, the company operates an aluminum smelter in Kitimat, and a water reservoir and associated power operations located in north central BC.

Rio Tinto Alcan believes that communities that have strong cultural and social values create the environment for healthy businesses, and through its community investments, aims to develop true partnerships and secure benefits for communities. Across BC, the company supports initiatives that strengthen communities, by integrating environmental, economic, and social considerations.

Rio Tinto Alcan is a proud and long time supporter of the Arts community in BC and throughout Canada, partnering with organizations such as Arts Umbrella, Vancouver International Children’s Festival, The CULTCH, North Pacific Music Festival Society, Nechako Valley Concert Committee, and many more.

The 2010 peer jury was Howard Jang and Jeff Sodowsky.



2009 Honouree TelusTelus views its commitment to communities as an important priority and a fundamental part of its culture. It must also do good in the communities where its team members, clients, and community partners live, work, and serve.

This is why Telus is passionately committed to its philosophy of giving. The Telus Vancouver Community Board is one part of Telus' national community investment program. This board ensures Telus' support and funding goes to local charities that are delivering distinct societal benefits in the community. Telus is empowering communities and delegating decision-making for local community investment to appointed community leaders.

Since 2000, Telus and its team members have contributed more than $137 million and volunteered over 2.6 million hours to charitable organizations across Canada.

The 2009 peer jury was Scott Elliot.

Odlum Brown


2008 Honouree Odlum BrownNominated by Festival Vancouver with support from Vancouver Opera and the Vancouver Recital Society, this corporate citizen is an independent, British Columbia-based, full-service investment firm, providing professional advice, objective research and personalized client service to investors since 1923.

The firm’s principal advantage within the industry is its independence. By not acting as underwriters or trading for its own account, Odlum Brown is committed to providing value-based recommendations that are consistent with client needs.

The 2008 peer jury was Sue Cormier, Erik Dierks, Dr. Stephen Drance, Diane Filer, Martha Lou Henley, Susan K.E. Howard, Paul Larocque, Paddy MacLeod, and Donna Spencer.