Wilfrid Laurier University established its MBA Alumni Awards in 2007, to recognize truly outstanding men and women who have provided an inspirational impact to students and/or the community and for their significant contributions to career achievement and community service. The MBA Alumnus of the Year Award is presented annually to a Laurier MBA graduate who has achieved career success and demonstrated a pattern of exceptional leadership and service. Nominees are judged on a variety of criteria including outstanding leadership qualities in the area of management and innovation in Canada; meaningful business achievements during the last few years; exemplifying the characteristics of leadership and entrepreneurial excellence that Laurier seeks to develop in students; and significant demonstration of corporate social responsibility and community involvement. The nominee must have demonstrated vision and leadership over multiple years, including in specific situations or initiatives where the nominee’s insight, discernment and ability to lead guided their organization to new levels of growth, achievement or recognition.
Melanson was selected as the winner of the award for, “achieving career success and demonstrating a pattern of exceptional leadership and service”. The awards will be presented on Thursday, November 4 at the Toronto Board of Trade, during an Awards Celebration dinner.
Melanson will present a keynote address at this year’s annual CAPACOA (Canadian Arts Presenting Association/l’Association canadienne des organismes artistiques) conference in Ottawa November 5 – 8, 2010. CAPACOA serves the performing arts touring and presenting community by committing to integrate the performing arts into the lives of all Canadians. The annual conference is an opportunity to bring together over 200 cultural entrepreneurs and key industry stakeholders working in the national and International performing arts sector. Melanson’s address is entitled Change, Collaboration, Creation. He will address the challenges and opportunities facing the arts sector into today’s digitally-enhanced world. He will discuss conventional and unconventional partnerships opportunities and new ways in which the arts sector can more fully benefit the evolving world.
Melanson has been Executive Director and Co-CEO of Canada’s National Ballet School since 2006. Before working with NBS, he was Dean of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Community School, where he was essential in building the program into the largest community arts school in North America. In his role at NBS, he has eliminated a significant annual operating deficit, increased annual revenues by over 50%, and has overseen the completion of NBS’ residence renovations.
Jeff Melanson was named a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40TM for 2009, the first arts leader to receive this prestigious honour in the award’s history. He is a member of YPO, a trustee with the National Guild of Community Schools for the Arts (US) and has been an invited speaker on the role of the arts in community development at numerous United Nations and UNESCO events. He is a frequent guest lecturer on arts management to arts students and MBA classes from universities across North America and around the world.
About Canada’s National Ballet School
Canada’s National Ballet School is a world leader in the training of professional dancers and teachers. Dedicated to advancing the art of ballet, NBS develops dance professionals in a student-centred environment by weaving innovation and evolving practice with the finest teaching traditions. NBS graduates can be found as dancers, choreographers, artistic directors, teachers, and administrators in over 65 dance companies world-wide and even more schools around the globe. NBS celebrated its 50th anniversary from September, 2009 – June, 2010.