Music producer David Foster has been chosen to receive this year’s International Distinguished Entrepreneur Award presented by the University of Manitoba.
Foster is a musician, record producer, composer, songwriter, and arranger. He has won 16 Grammy Awards, including three Producer of the Year Awards.
He is also a leading philanthropist in Canada, having volunteered time to more than 400 charities over the last two decades. His David Foster Foundation, which he started in 1985, has raised millions of dollars to help Canadian children needing organ transplants.
Foster and some of his entertainment-industry friends visited Winnipeg last September for his annual star-studded David Foster Miracle Gala, a fundraiser for his foundation that raised $3.2 million.
The concert included Michael Bolton, Seal, Carly Rae Jepsen, the Tenors, Sinbad and Jackie Evancho.
U of M established the IDEA in 1984 to honour outstanding entrepreneurs and business leaders who have made exemplary contributions to global economic life.
Past recipients include Canadian billionaire and Winnipeg Jets co-owner David Thompson, Barrick Gold founder Peter Munk, Body Shop founder Dame Anita Roddick, and Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.
Foster will be recognized by Manitoba’s business community, academics and students June 13 at the 2017 International Distinguished Entrepreneur Award Gala at the RBC Convention Centre.
Foster also received a key to the City of Winnipeg from Mayor Brian Bowman last September when he brought his benefit extravaganza to Winnipeg.
At a ceremony outside city hall, Bowman handed the Victoria, B.C.-born Foster an award to recognize decades of promoting the need for organ donation.