Minister Rodriguez Announces Reappointment of Chair of the National Arts Centre Board of Trustees

News release

Appointment  - Our Heritage, Our Culture

GATINEAU, December 11, 2018    

The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, announced today the reappointment of Adrian Burns as Chair of the National Arts Centre Board of Trustees following an open, transparent and merit-based selection process. She will begin a new four-year term on December 11.

Ms. Burns was initially appointed Chair in December 2014 and has served on the Board of Trustees since 2002. She has dedicated her career to Canadian broadcasting, the arts, education as well as corporate and public governance. 

Ms. Burns is a director of Shaw Communications and has served as a member of the Copyright Board of Canada, as well as Chair of the Western Independent Producers Fund of CanWest Global Television. From 1988 to 1995, she was a Commissioner of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Prior to joining the CRTC, she was Business Editor for CFCN-TV in Calgary, where she was an anchor, writer and producer between 1984 and 1988.

Ms. Burns has a degree in art history from the University of British Columbia and pursued graduate work in archaeology and art history at the British Academy in Rome. 

The NAC is the only bilingual, multidisciplinary performing arts centre in Canada and one of the largest in the world.

Quotes

“The National Arts Centre is a national champion for the performing arts and plays an essential role in supporting Canada’s vibrant arts scene by showcasing and collaborating with French, English and Indigenous artists across the country. I am confident that, with her vast knowledge and impressive track record over the last four years, Ms. Burns will continue to lead the NAC in promoting, creating and the developing established and emerging artists from all parts of the country.”

—The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism

Quick facts

  • The National Arts Centre is a Crown corporation in the Canadian Heritage Portfolio. The Board of Trustees is composed of a chair, a vice-chair and six other members appointed by the Governor in Council, as well as the mayors of Ottawa and Gatineau.

  • In 2016, the Government of Canada adopted a new approach to appointments by the Governor in Council. This approach respects gender parity and is supported by an open, transparent and merit-based selection process that ensures the recommendation of exceptionally competent candidates who truly reflect Canada’s diversity.

  • All appointment opportunities for the 18 organizations in the Canadian Heritage Portfolio are posted as they become available on the Governor in Council Appointments website. Interested parties can apply online.

  • The National Arts Centre Corp. was established in 1966 by the National Arts Centre Act as part of Canada’s Centennial celebrations. The NAC opened its doors in 1969 and is now recognized as Canada’s premier showcase for the performing arts. It is the only bilingual, multidisciplinary performing arts centre in Canada and one of the largest in the world. The NAC strives to be a leader and innovator in each of the artistic disciplines it presents: classical music, English theatre, French theatre, dance, variety and regional programming.

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Contacts

For more information (media only), please contact:

Simon Ross
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism
819-997-7788

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
819-994-9101
1-866-569-6155
pch.media-media.pch@canada.ca


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