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March 26, 2008 12:04 ET

Tony Gagliano and David Pecaut-Co-Founders of Luminato-Chosen as Canadians of the Year

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 26, 2008) - The Canadian Club of Toronto has chosen the co-founders of Luminato, Tony Gagliano and David Pecaut, as the 2008 Canadians of the Year.

Gagliano is Executive Chairman and CEO of St. Joseph Communications, Canada's largest privately owned communications company. Active in the community, he is a board member of St. Michael's Hospital, the Toronto Community Foundation and the Ryerson Foundation. He is also Vice President of the Art Gallery of Ontario. This past March, Gagliano was recognized with the 2008 Words & Deeds Leadership Award for his contribution to humanitarian causes and to tolerance, inclusion and civil discourse in Canadian society.

Pecaut is a Senior Partner in The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and co-founded the Canadian practice of BCG in Toronto in 1993. David is also the voluntary Chair of the Toronto City Summit Alliance, a diverse coalition of civic leaders whose mission is to accelerate social and economic development in the Toronto region. A well-known speaker and writer, Pecaut has advised companies and governments on public policy issues in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Gagliano and Pecaut came together in 2003 to form Luminato, Toronto's pre-eminent cultural festival, linking the world of art and the creative spirit with every aspect of Canada's largest city, the most ethnically diverse on earth. The importance of the Luminato Festival to the Toronto arts schedule cannot be denied. In its inaugural year, more than 1500 artists presented their work and the festival was attended by over one million people. The board of the Canadian Club confirmed Pecaut and Gagliano's nomination unanimously.

The Canadian Club will celebrate the founders of Luminato on Monday, April 7, 2008 between noon and 2 p.m. at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel's Concert Hall.

The Canadian Club of Toronto (, Canada's leading speakers' forum, created the Canadian of the Year Award in 1992 to honour Canadians of distinguished character who have been outstanding in promoting Canada, particularly in their field of endeavour. Previous winners include CBC broadcaster Peter Gzowski (1996), UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour (2005) and RIM co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis (2006).

About Luminato

For 10 extraordinary days in June, the vibrant city of Toronto's stages, streets and public spaces are illuminated with arts and creativity. Luminato is an annual multidisciplinary celebration of theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, film, literature, visual arts, design and more. For more information on both free and ticketed Luminato events, including dates, locations and schedules, visit Tickets will be available in April 2008 through all Ticketmaster outlets (call 416-872-1111 or visit

About St. Joseph Communications

St. Joseph Communications is Canada's leading provider of integrated communications solutions. Its four business platforms - in content, print, documents and media - offer innovative communications solutions in such areas as package and store design; branding; digital signage; architectural way finding; photography; digital, sheet-fed and web printing; and document management. It is also owner and publisher of some of Canada's leading consumer magazines, including Toronto Life and FASHION Magazine. The company is focused on and committed to doing the right thing for the communities in which it operates, donating 10 percent after-tax profit each year to philanthropic endeavours. Visit

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