The amazing thing is how reluctant many major philanthropists are to talk about themselves, what they do, and why. But over time, we have managed to sit down with some notable people, all of whom share a passion for their community.
As chairman of Vancouver development company Polygon Homes, and an important philanthropist to numerous Canadian arts organizations, Michael Audain is a long-time builder of spaces big and financial successes bigger, and his fingerprints are scattered across many facets of the city he calls home.
When the National Gallery of Canada came knocking with an invitation for Steven Shearer to show his work at the 2011 Venice Biennale, the artist hesitated. It poses the question: you can take the boy out of the basement, but can you take the basement out of the boy?