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CANY’s Maple Leaf Ball on March 14 to honour two extraordinary Canadians

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Canadian Association of New York is extremely pleased to be honouring two outstanding Canadians at this Friday’s Maple Leaf Ball: two men who’ve made an impact in New York as well as in Canada. Our Arts & Letters Award is being given to author, visual artist and designer Douglas Coupland. The recipient of our Maple Leaf Award of Distinction is Former Canadian Ambassador Kenneth D. Taylor.

There are still a few tickets left for our black tie dinner and we hope you can join us! The event is being held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, and our MC this year is New York 1 anchor and WABC radio host Pat Kiernan. Music and entertainment is by Tyley Ross and the Low Light Luminaries

As well as being a great gathering for Canadians living in NYC, the money raised supports charities with a Canadian connection that help enrich lives here in New York.

Here’s a look at the careers of our two honorees:

Arts & Letters Award:

Author, Visual Artist and Designer
Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland is a Vancouver-based author and visual artist. Since 1992 he has written 14 novels and written and starred in a production with England's Royal Shakespeare Company. He has also written biographies of both Marshall McLuhan and Terry Fox as well as the 2011 Massey Lecture. He writes for the New York Times and currently has a regular column with the Financial Times of London.

In 2014 the Vancouver Art Gallery will hold a 10,000 sq-ft exhibition and retrospective of Coupland's visual work, and the show will afterwards travel to other museums in Canada and Germany. In a separate career as public artist he created the Terry Fox Memorial in Vancouver, and the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Ottawa.

In December of 2013 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Maple Leaf Award of Distinction:

Former Canadian Ambassador
Kenneth D Taylor, O.C.

A graduate of Victoria College of the University of Toronto (BA) and the University of California, Berkeley (MBA), Ken Taylor served in the Canadian Foreign Service from 1959 to 1984. As a diplomat, his career ranged from trade development responsibilities in Guatemala, Detroit and London; foreign aid-related matters in Pakistan; crisis management in Iran and enhancement of Canada’s image in New York.

Since his resignation from the Foreign Service in 1984, his private sector experience has included six years as a Senior Vice President of both Nabisco Brands and RJR Nabisco. His primary, international responsibilities with those companies involved the formulation and implementation of policies to strengthen their $21 billion international interests and relationships.

During the 1990s, following his resignation from Nabisco Brands/RJR Nabisco as a result of a change in control of the corporation, he both independently and in partnership with the Ottawa consulting firm, “Global Public Affairs”, and with the New York based “Taylor and Ryan, Inc.”, counseled clients on issues of political risk, international marketing and government accommodation. His Board memberships are international in nature, and his worldwide speaking engagements have included discussions on diplomacy and conflict resolution.

He was Chancellor of Victoria University in the University of Toronto from June 1998 to May, 2004. When called upon, he serves in an advisory capacity to a number of universities and colleges.

In recognition of his rôle as Canadian Ambassador to Iran he has received many U.S. and Canadian honours, including the United States Congressional Gold Medal, the Order of Canada (Officer), keys to the Cities of New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas and Las Vegas, the New York International Press Club’s “Man of the Year” award and honorary degrees from Universities in Canada and the United States.

You may purchase Maple Leaf Ball tickets here.

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