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Lifetime Achievement Award

The Canadian Network for Arts and Learning's Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an artist, educator, ensemble or leader as an agent of social change through the arts by leading in thought, creating bridges, building community and sustaining profound artistry.

We are thrilled to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Nunavut’s first ever Juno Award winning Inuk singer/songwriter, Susan Aglukark. Susan has garnered three Juno awards, received The Order of Canada in 2005 and most recently was awarded the Governor General's Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award (June 2016). Her highly-successful career spans more than 25 years and she remains a role model and an inspiration to all Canadians.


Visionary Leadership Award

The Canadian Network for Arts and Learning's Visionary Leadership Award recognizes dedicated, innovative, and selfless service to Canada that sets an example to all of us as to how we can improve lives and communities through education, creativity, the arts, and compassion.

We are honoured to present the Visionary Leadership Award to Bob Rae and Arlene Perly Rae for their tireless efforts in helping improve the lives of all Canadians. Together they strive for an equitable Canada by working with Indigenous and First Nations communities. Bob works with First Nations across Canada as legal counsel, advisor, negotiator, and arbitrator and acts as Advisor to the Matawa Chiefs Tribal Council respecting the potential development of the area in north western Ontario known as The Ring of Fire. Arlene is a champion for children – their literacy, mental health, well-being at all ages as well as Aboriginal issues and women’s rights. As Ontario's 21st Premier and the former Interim Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Bob continues to use his reputation to support arts and learning as well as the rights of all Canadians. There could be no one more suited to the Visionary Leadership Award than Bob Rae and Arlene Perly Rae.

Impact of Learning Award

The Canadian Network for Arts and Learning's Impact of Learning Award recognizes leadership in education, research, pedagogy and innovation in the field of arts and learning, with a commitment to students as talented performers, creators and scholars across Canada and around the world. 

We are pleased to present the Impact of Learning Award to Canada's own École national de cirque (National Circus School) for their innovation and dedication to the education and training of professional circus artists, as well as to research and innovation in the circus arts and their pedagogy. For more than 30 years, the ENC, a school for higher education in arts, after the great schools of music, dance and theatre, has trained hundreds of artists who have undertaken professional training. Internationally renowned for highest-quality training, the school’s staff is a dedicated team comprised of more than 80 teachers, lecturers and artistic advisors, providing students with exceptional resources. The ENC is established as one of the pre-eminent schools in the world for circus arts and is a true Canadian innovation.

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