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Michael Sabia

President and CEO, CDPQ


2019 Maple Leaf Award of Distinction

Edward Burtynsky



 2019 Arts & Letters Award

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Michael Sabia has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of CDPQ since March 2009. During this time Mr Sabia has been responsible for the strategic direction of CDPQ and the global growth of the organization.

Before joining CDPQ, he was with BCE, holding such positions as President and Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Canada International. From 1993 to 1999, he occupied various roles with Canadian National Railway, including Chief Financial Officer. He spent the preceding decade working as a senior official in the Government of Canada.

Mr. Sabia obtained a Bachelor of Arts in economics and politics from the University of Toronto and holds graduate degrees in economics and politics from Yale University.

Mr. Sabia is a member of the Canadian government’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth. He is a trustee of the Foreign Policy Association of New York and a member of the Canada-Mexico Leadership Group and the Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council.

He is committed to community involvement, including recently co-chairing the capital campaigns of Université de Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal and HEC Montréal.

Mr. Sabia is an Officer of the Order of Canada.


Edward Burtynsky is regarded as one of the world's most accomplished contemporary photographers. His remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are included in the collections of over sixty major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, the Tate Modern in London, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California.


Mr. Burtynsky was born in 1955 of Ukrainian heritage in St. Catharines, Ontario. He received his BAA in Photography/ Media Studies from Ryerson University in 1982, and in 1985 founded Toronto Image Works, a darkroom rental facility, custom photo laboratory, digital imaging and new media computer-training centre catering to all levels of Toronto's art community.


Early exposure to the sites and images of the General Motors plant in his hometown helped to formulate the development of his photographic work. His imagery explores the collective impact we as a species are having on the surface of the planet; an inspection of the human systems we've imposed onto natural landscapes.


Exhibitions include: Anthropocene (2018) at the Art Gallery of Ontario and National Gallery of Canada (international touring exhibition); Water (2013) at the New Orleans Museum of Art & Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, Louisiana (international touring exhibition); Oil (2009) at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. (five-year international touring show), China (toured 2005 - 2008); Manufactured Landscapes at the National Gallery of Canada (touring from 2003 - 2005); and Breaking Ground produced by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (touring from 1988 - 1992). Mr. Burtynsky's visually compelling works are currently being exhibited in solo and group exhibitions around the globe.


As an active lecturer on photographic art, Mr. Burtynsky's speaking engagements have been held at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.; George Eastman House in Rochester, NY; The Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal; the Art Gallery of Ontario, the TED conference; and Idea City and Ryerson University in Toronto. His images appear in numerous periodicals each year including Canadian Art, Art in America, The Smithsonian Magazine, Harper's Magazine, Flash Art, Blind Spot, Art Forum, Saturday Night, National Geographic and the New York Times.


Mr. Burtynsky’s distinctions include the TED Prize, the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts, The Outreach award at the Rencontres d’Arles, the Roloff Beny Book award, and the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award. He sits on the board of directors for CONTACT: Toronto’s International Photography Festival, and The Ryerson Image Centre. In 2006 he was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of Canada and in 2008 he was awarded the ICP Infinity Award for Art. Most recently Mr. Burtynsky was named Photo London's 2018 Master of Photography and the Mosaic Institute's 2018 Peace Patron. He currently holds eight honorary doctorate degrees.


Mr. Burtynsky is represented by: Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto; Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary; Howard Greenberg Gallery, and Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York; Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco; Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong & Singapore; Flowers Gallery, London; Admira Photography, Milan; Galerie Springer, Berlin; Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles; and Weinstein Hammons Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Past Maple Leaf Award of Distinction Recipients


Jacques Goulet, President, Mercer Retirement Health and Benefits, Mercer

Christina Gold, former President & CEO, The Western Union Company

Kenneth Taylor, former Canadian Ambassador to Iran; former Canadian Consul General in New York

Calin Rovinescu, President & CEO, Air Canada

Mark StandishPresident & Co-CEO, RBC Capital Markets

Daniel Sullivanformer NY Consul General of Canada; former Deputy Chairman, Scotia Capital

Walter TomensonSenior Advisor, Inegro Ltd., and former Chairman, FINPRO Marsh Inc.

Past Arts and Letters Award Recipient

Margaret AtwoodNovelist & Poet

Aszure BartonChoreographer

Douglas Coupland, Author & Artist

Burton CummingsMusician

Maureen ForresterOpera Singer

Ben Heppner, Operatic Tenor

Norman JewisonFilm Director

Karen KainBallet Dancer

Yousuf KarshPortrait Photographer

Eugene LevyActor, Comedian & Writer

Gordon Lightfoot, Musician

Richard LittleImpressionist & Voice Actor

Natalie MacMasterMusician

Peter MansbridgeBroadcaster

Mike Myers, Actor & Writer

Oscar PetersonJazz Pianist & Composer

Christopher PlummerActor

Lloyd RobertsonBroadcaster

Morley SaferReporter & Correspondent

Paul ShafferMusical Director & Composer

Carol ShieldsAuthor

Alex TrebekTelevision Personality