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Each course in the CMAC certificate is taught by esteemed experts and educators in the cultural sector, who will also mentor you on your business-plan capstone project throughout the certificate.

Victoria Steele

Portrait of Victoria SteeleVictoria Steele, instructor and Lead Certificate Developer, is a bilingual arts and non-profit management consultant with over 35 years’ experience managing Canadian arts organizations in presenting, producing, community engagement and advocacy. Ms. Steele works collaboratively with teams, artists, boards, and stakeholders to research and develop strategies, realize innovative projects, and mentor careers. She is an experienced facilitator and workshop leader, a member of Arts Consultants Canada, the Canadian Association of Management Consultants, and a graduate of the Queen’s School of Business.

Ms. Steele is committed to supporting the next generation of arts leaders. Over the past decade, she has taught part-time in the Master’s in Arts Leadership program at Queen’s University and with the University of Ottawa Theatre Department. She has mentored in the CHRC Talent2Lead programme and the LEAN initiative assisting arts leaders with financial management issues through the COVID pandemic.

Ms. Steele is passionate about the power of the arts to connect communities. She has worked with artists and arts organizations of all sizes across the country from mainstream, independent, indigenous, culturally diverse and francophone. Recent clients include Ottawa Festival Network, Culture Outaouais, the Respectful Workplaces in the Arts project, PAL Ottawa’s Senior Arts Live-Work project, Youth Infringement Festival, and l’Association des théâtres francophones du Canada.

Her management experience includes 19 years as Managing Director, English Theatre at the National Arts Centre where she partnered with three artistic directors to produce and coproduce seasons with over 50 world premieres of Canadian work. Prior to joining the NAC, she held general management positions with three theatre companies in Toronto, London (Ontario) and Muskoka. Recently, she served for over four years as Executive Director of Arts Network Ottawa while the organization rebranded to serve the Ottawa region, and in this capacity facilitated over twenty community arts projects for Canada 150 and chaired the
Ottawa Cultural Alliance as it undertook two major cultural development research projects culminating in the Ottawa Cultural Roadmap for 2019-2022.

Ms. Steele's current board positions include President of Arts Consultants Canada and Treasurer of the Cultural Human Resources Council. Past contributions include service on the boards of Canadian Arts Presenters (CAPACOA), the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, the Association of Cultural Executives, Federal Cultural Trade Advisory Board, PAL Ottawa and Théâtre Catapulte.

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