Opera.ca, Canada's national association of opera institutions and professionals.
OPERA.CA, CANADA'S NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF opera institutions
and professionals, has given the inaugural National Opera Directors
Recognition Award to J. Rob Collins for his work with the Canadian Opera
Company. The new award, sponsored by BMO Financial Group, singles out
one opera board director annually for outstanding service. Collins is
recognized for a 16-year stint on the COC board, including his work over
the past decade as Chair and Board President, and also for his work as
Chair of the Canadian Opera House Company's Building Committee. As
such, the corporate and mergers & acquisitions lawyer in the Toronto
office of Blake, Cassels & Graydon was a key figure in the drive to
build the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Collins received
his award at a meeting of Opera America in New York on Feb. 21, and will
be recognized at an event in Canada later in the year.