SFU honours Michael Audain for supporting artists

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      Today, Simon Fraser University announced that it was conferring its Distinguished Community Leadership Award on Michael Audain, the chair of Polygon Homes Ltd.

      Audain is one of the province's most generous philanthropists, having given away millions of dollars to support the arts. He chairs the Vancouver Art Gallery Foundation and he's a former chair of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

      He's also a founding member of the Bill Reid Foundation, giving the organization $1 million last year.

      In addition, Audain has played an influential role in other areas of public life. He hosted the first meeting of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association. He also advised Mike Harcourt on housing issues when Harcourt was premier.