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Joe Fafard
Running Horses, 2007
laser cut steel, 10 12 m installation width
Purchased 2008 with the generous support of the Distinguished Patrons of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Photo © National Gallery of Canada

Distinguished Patrons

Distinguished Patrons of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation represent a dynamic pan-Canadian and international family of art enthusiasts, friends of the Gallery and generous patrons who share a powerful commitment to our country’s leading visual arts institution.

Meeting at the National Gallery and at events across Canada, they share knowledge and ideas about art and collecting.

Distinguished Patrons give an initial, one-time contribution of $100,000 to the Foundation. From then on, they offer ongoing leadership and support of National Gallery initiatives and special campaigns on a discretionary basis. The contribution of $100,000 can be made in a single payment or on a staggered basis over three years.

Founded in 2005 on the occasion of the Gallery’s 125th anniversary and the opening of its superb exhibition of Renaissance art, the Distinguished Patrons raised a record $1 million in a single evening. Their generosity was matched by a $1-million gift from the Department of Canadian Heritage.

The initial group of Distinguished Patrons went on to raise $650,000 to establish an endowment fund for Canadian touring exhibitions. They have supported major acquisitions, including Canadian sculptor Joe Fafard’s magnificent Running Horses.

Today Distinguished Patrons support a variety of Gallery initiatives in the Foundation’s three priority areas. One of the most recent is the Alex Colville archive project.

Benefits, recognition and events

  • Free lifetime family membership to the NGC
  • Distinguished Patrons events and receptions in cities across Canada
  • Annual guided international tours to the great public and private art collections of the world
  • Private guided previews of major NGC exhibitions
  • Privileged access, by appointment, to NGC curators, conservators and other specialists
  • Opportunity for facility and space rentals at the NGC
  • VIP privileges, including the use of the NGC Library, complimentary parking, VIP telephone and email service, and NGC Boutique discounts of 15 per cent
  • Recognition in NGC Foundation publications, Annual Reports and on the NGC Donor Wall
  • Complimentary NGC exhibition catalogues, calendars of events and other publications

Distinguished Patrons of the National Gallery of Canada

  • David Aisenstat (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • Laurent and Claire Beaudoin (Montreal, Quebec)
  • Sam and Frances Belzberg (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • Ann and Tim Bowman (Toronto, Ontario)
  • David Broadhurst (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Peter and Joanne Brown (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • Scott Campbell (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Thomas and Susan d’Aquino (Ottawa, Ontario)
  • André Desmarais and France Chrétien Desmarais (Montreal, Quebec)
  • Paul Desmarais, Jr. and Hélène Desmarais (Montreal, Quebec)
  • Murray and Heather Edwards (Calgary, Alberta)
  • Bruce Flatt and Lonti Ebers (Toronto, Ontario)
  • James and Margaret Fleck (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Fred and Elizabeth Fountain (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
  • Blake and Belinda Goldring (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Reesa Greenberg (Ottawa, Ontario)
  • Paul and Carol Hill (Regina, Saskatchewan)
  • Stephen and Gail Jarislowsky (Montreal, Quebec)
  • John (Jake) and Judy Kerr (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • Hassan and Nezhat Khosrowshahi (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • George and Karen Killy (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • Ronald Mannix (Calgary, Alberta)
  • Ronald and Tara Mathison (Calgary, Alberta)
  • The Honourable Margaret McCain and the late Wallace McCain (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Mark McCain and Caro MacDonald (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Michael O’Brian and Inna Vlassev O’Brian (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • J. Robert and Myriam Ouimet (Montreal, Quebec)
  • Robert and Donna Poile (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Ash Prakash (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Morton and Carol Rapp (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Peter and Susan Restler (New York, New York)
  • Hartley and Heather Richardson (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
  • Nancy Richardson (Ottawa, Ontario)
  • John and Judi Risley (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
  • Joseph and Sandra Rotman (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Richard and Nancy Self (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • Jay Smith and Laura Rapp (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Donald and Elizabeth Sobey (Stellarton, Nova Scotia)
  • Jozef and Vera Straus (Ottawa, Ontario)
  • William and Jean Teron (Ottawa, Ontario)
  • Michael and Renae Tims (Calgary, Alberta)
  • William and Nancy Turner (Montreal, Quebec)
  • Sara Vered and the late Zeev Vered (Ottawa, Ontario)
  • Peeter and Mary Wesik (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • Anonymous (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Anonymous (London, England)