The Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) was founded in 1941, in Toronto, by a group of Canadian artists interersted in advancing the importance of art through all regions of Canada. The first president was André Bieler, a member of the Group of Seven. Other leaders include the luminary member of the Group of Seven painters, Lawren Harris, who became the first FCA president in BC. As a Provincially incorporated society and Federally registered charity, the FCA is dedicated to the promotion and professional development of Canadian artists through education, exhibition and communication programs. The mission is to gradually raise the artists' standards by stimulating the participants to greater heights of achievement and offering opportunities to advance the knowledge and appreciation of art to the Canadian public.