65th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 8TH | 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
METRO TORONTO CONVENTION CENTRE
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2012 Human Relations Award Recipient
President, Cineplex Media
2012 Partners in Diversity Award Recipient
Accepted by John Silverthorn
Senior Vice President, Human Resources, CIBC
The Canadian Centre for Diversity’s (CCD’s) Human Relations Award honours individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Canadian society and whose values align with those of CCD. Recipients may represent business, the arts, social sciences, education, philanthropy, and public service. All recipients are exemplary role models, committed to making a difference in other peoples’ lives.
Our annual celebration is one of the most prestigious on Toronto’s fall calendar, regularly attracting over 1,000 attendees including senior representatives from the private and public sectors, as well as those representing the not-for-profit community. Funds raised through this event are a major source of support for CCD’s core program, the Peer Leaders Network.
The Peer Leaders Network promotes a society without prejudice and discrimination, one that celebrates diversity, difference and inclusion. Impacting more than 30,000 students in the 2012-13 school year, the program teaches Canada’s youth how to overcome fear and prejudice through education and engagement. Program participants take on leadership and mentorship roles, working together with their school communities to cultivate respect and inclusion.
Salah Bachir is a philanthropist, patron of the arts, entrepreneur, President of Cineplex Media and Publisher of Cineplex Magazine and Le magazine Cineplex. He also owns the sponsorship/marketing company Phamous Characters Inc.
When not at his day job, Bachir is an avid art collector and enthusiastic patron of mostly Canadian art. His diverse collection of more than 3,000 pieces features many works by Canadian artists such as Betty Goodwin, Stephen Andrews and Attila Richard Lukacs, as well as pieces by international icons. His Andy Warhol collection is particularly renowned. Bachir has donated pieces to the Art Gallery of Ontario (where a room was named in his honour), Oakville Galleries, Canada’s National Gallery, Rideau Hall and the Canadiana Fund. The University of British Columbia and the Art Gallery of Hamilton have produced shows featuring Bachir’s collections.
But to many, Bachir is best known as a philanthropist, having served on numerous boards and committees including those of the Canadian Film Centre (of which he is a founding member), Art Gallery of Ontario, Luminato arts festival, Business for the Arts, Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research and the 519 Church Street Community Centre Capital Campaign. Bachir has raised more than $6-million ($1 million from his own pocket) for the 519’s expansion project and in 2010 the community centre’s new wing was named in his honour. He has also promoted equal rights for same sex couples, supporting the LBGT human rights organization Egale Canada’s “‘I Do’ Means the Same Thing Whether You’re Straight or Gay” campaign and he is a member of Egale’s Board of Advisors.
Bachir has earned many honours for his charitable works. The Variety Club of Ontario gave him the Heart Award in 1996, he was voted Grand Marshal of Toronto’s 25th Annual Pride Parade in 2005, was named the Famous PEOPLE Players’ Man of the Year in 2008 and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Toronto Pride Gala in 2009. In 2010 he was named Honorary Patron For Life by the 519 Church Street Community Centre.