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The Business for the Arts Awards are Canada’s top recognition of individuals and businesses who show outstanding support of arts and culture through philanthropy, volunteerism and partnership.
Gagliano was recognized years of commitment to Canadian arts and culture, including his work in the transformation of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and the foundation of Luminato, Toronto’s Arts Festival. Under Gaglaino’s direction, St. Joseph in 2006 formed the Arts Partner of Choice initiative, a program launched to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary. This program includes a multi-million dollar, multi-year commitment to support arts and cultural organizations in Canada by providing them with advertising space in major magazines.
Gagliano is actively involved in a number of significant not-for-profits and is the former Chair of the Board for the AGO and the current chair of the Salt + Light Media Foundation. In addition, he is a cabinet member of Ryerson University, a council member of the Royal Conservatory of Music, and an honorary board member of Scouts Canada.
“People like this work so hard at their jobs and they give a whole second career to building up the communities in which they live, you’re just amazed at this,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory in an Awards tribute video to Gagliano. “And I think he does it out of a genuine love.”
Gagliano has led St. Joseph Communications for the past 27 years, continuing its transformation from a small family business into a national, fully integrated communications/media corporation with more than 1,400 associates.