Minister Rodriguez Announces Appointment of New Director of National Gallery of Canada

News release

GATINEAU, February 13, 2019

The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, proudly announced today the appointment of Dr. Alexandra Suda as Director of the National Gallery of Canada. Dr. Suda, the fourth woman to assume this role, will serve a five-year term beginning April 19, 2019.

Dr. Suda holds a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She began her career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and joined the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in 2011, where she is now leading a team as curator of European Art and is the R. Fraser Elliott Chair of prints and drawings. Known for her transformational leadership style, Dr. Suda has extensive experience in building and managing successful teams, conceiving and executing collaborative exhibition projects, building collections, and stewarding gallery supporters. She is an internationally recognized curatorial leader and a champion ambassador of Canadian art.

The National Gallery of Canada is one of the world’s most respected art institutions. It is known for its exceptional collection of 77,000 works of art, revered for its scholarship, and applauded for its unique ability to engage audiences of all ages and all levels of artistic knowledge. National museums are independent organizations that are part of the Canadian Heritage Portfolio.

This appointment was made under the Government of Canada's new approach to Governor-in-Council appointments. This approach supports open, transparent and merit-based selection processes that strive for gender parity, reflect Canada’s diversity and support ministers in making appointment recommendations for positions within their portfolio by providing them with information and referrals.


“As Canada’s premier art gallery, the National Gallery of Canada is our country’s institution of excellence in art collection and promotion. I am honoured to announce the appointment of Dr. Alexandra Suda as the new director and am confident that, through her exceptional talent, she will lead the National Gallery of Canada with the highest standards, making Canadians proud of their national art institution.

On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would also like to thank Marc Mayer for his ten years at the helm of the National Gallery of Canada,”

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

Quick facts

  • National museums are governed by the Museums Act, which was passed into law in 1990. Pursuant to the act, the directors—who are the chief executive officers of the national museums—are appointed by their respective boards of trustees with the approval of the Governor in Council.

  • The new approach to appointments requires a selection process for both full-time and part-time positions.

  • As they become available, all appointment opportunities within the 17 organizations in the Canadian Heritage Portfolio are posted on the Governor-in-Council Appointments website. Those interested can apply online.

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For more information (media only), please contact:

Simon Ross
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

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