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Michael M. Koerner

Michael M. Koerner

| 4 min

Throughout his imposing career in the energy and financial sectors, Michael Koerner has dedicated himself to philanthropic work of similarly epic proportions. In his personal life, long-standing passions still burn as bright and steady as the North Star. Driven by generosity and an unadulterated curiosity, he seems heroically intent on evading the limelight.

Produced by the NFB in co-operation with the National Arts Centre and the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation on the occasion of the 2015 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.

  • recipient
    Michael M. Koerner
  • writer
    Mary Lewis
  • director
    Mary Lewis
  • producer
    René Chénier
  • associate producer
    Jean-Marie Comeau
  • director of photography
    Iris Ng
  • sound recordist
    Mary Wong
  • set technician
    Courtney Bruneau
  • set designer
    Anahita Dehbonehie
  • gaffer
    Zach Zohr
  • production assistant
    Nellie Carrier
    Stephanie Corfield
  • picture editing
    David Planche
  • animation
    Mitch Manzer
    Mary Lewis
  • picture editing technical support
    Isabelle Painchaud
    Patrick Trahan
    Pierre Dupont
  • online editing
    Serge Verreault
  • titles
    Cynthia Ouellet
  • translation
    Zoé Major
  • subtitling
    Zoé Major
  • sound design
    Benoît Dame
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
  • administrator
    Stéphanie Lalonde
  • technical coordinator
    Daniel Lord
  • project coordinator
    Stéphanie Lalonde
  • project executive producer
    René Chénier


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Ages 12 to 18

Arts Education - Music
Civics/Citizenship - Citizen Responsibilities
History and Citizenship Education - Culture and Currents of Thought (1500-present)

Ideal for essays and debates on philanthropy and the value of the arts. How did Michael Koerner develop his appreciation of the arts? What are the roots of your appreciation of art/music? Debate the value of art within society. Is it important for there to be public funding for the arts or should artists rely on private patrons? Discuss the relationship between money and art. Look at the history of patronage and the economy of being an artist.

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