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The WorkInCulture (WIC) Bob Johnston Award is a biennial award that recognizes an individual who is committed to furthering the growth of Ontario’s cultural sector, either as a creator, manager, mentor, supporter or educator.

The award is named after Robert (Bob) Johnston, whose persistent, patient and selfless efforts over a lifetime of service stands as a model of professionalism for cultural workers of all disciplines and abilities.

As the long-standing Executive Director of WorkInCulture (formerly known as Cultural Careers Council Ontario), Johnston’s leadership resulted in heightened awareness of the importance of human resources management for cultural organizations and provided improved opportunities for training and professional development for cultural workers.

With that said, this will be the first year that we will be providing an emerging leader with a Bob Johnston Award of $500 to go towards a professional development opportunity (course, workshop, residency, etc.).

An Emerging Leader Award and an Excellence Award will be presented by Bob Johnston in Toronto at WIC’s Annual General Meeting on November 22, 2018.  

If you know someone who deserves to be recognized and celebrated, please consider nominating them for a WorkInCulture Bob Johnston Award and encourage others to do the same.

All nominations will be reviewed by WorkInCulture’s Bob Johnston Award Committee.

Nomination Deadline: October 12, 2018
Winner notified: November 2, 2018
Ceremony: November 22, 2018


The 2016 winner was Carol Kehoe from Hamilton’s Philharmonic Orchestra.

Previous winners include: Margaret Genovese, Senior Partner at Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates, recognized in 2014; Catherine Smalley, Arts Consultant and member of Arts Consultants Canada, awarded in 2012; and Patricia Fraser, Dancer and Artistic Director of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, awarded in 2010.