La Compagnie Marie Chouinard is the 2010 recipient of The Imperial Tobacco Canada Foundation’s Arts Achievement Award. The award recognizes the company’s originality, innovation, critical acclaim and continued growth. Established in 2009, the award was designed to acknowledge innovations and excellence among Canadian arts organizations. Recipients are awarded on a rotational basis among various arts disciplines, beginning with the visual arts in 2009, and dance in 2010. The recipient, who receives $75,000, is selected by three peer nominators who are experts in the required discipline. Other nominees this year included The National Ballet of Canada (Toronto), Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (Winnipeg), and La La La Human Steps (Montréal).