Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 09, 2009 11:01 ET

Appointments to the National Gallery of Canada Board of Trustees

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 9, 2009) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced the appointment of Michael J. Audain as Chair of the National Gallery of Canada's Board of Trustees, and Allan Benoit and Liza Maheu as members of the Board of Trustees.

"Mr. Audain will continue to bring his wealth of knowledge and leadership skills to the National Gallery of Canada," said Minister Moore. "In addition to Mr. Benoit's background in consulting and Ms. Maheu's experience in promotional activities, I am confident that the Board will benefit greatly from the diversity of expertise and strong skill set that the three members possess."

Mr. Audain completed his post-graduate studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science and received a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of British Columbia. He is Chairman of Polygon Homes Ltd., one of British Columbia's leading home builders, and is a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. An active supporter of the arts, Mr. Audain has been a member of the Gallery's Board of Trustees since 2005 and is the current Chair of the Vancouver Art Gallery Foundation and the Audain Foundation for the Visual Arts in British Columbia. A past president of the Vancouver Art Gallery, he currently serves as a member of the British Columbia Arts Council and chairs the British Columbia Arts Renaissance Fund. Mr. Audain has earned recognition for his leadership in the Canadian arts sector, including the Edmund C. Bovey award for arts leadership in 2004.

Mr. Benoit holds Master's Degrees in Natural Resources Management and Architecture from the University of Manitoba. He is the owner and Principal of Ahtikaki Consulting Inc., a community development consulting firm for cultural and economic initiatives in Manitoba, and is a Senior Policy Advisor with the Manitoba Metis Federation Inc. Mr. Benoit serves as the Coordinator for the Red River Cart Journey (North American Indigenous Games), the Chairperson for the St. Norbert Parish Metis Council, and a member of the Metis National Museum Steering Committee in Winnipeg.

Ms. Maheu is the Executive Director of La Maison des artistes visuels du Manitoba, a centre for contemporary artists working in Manitoba's francophone community. She previously worked as the Marketing Director for the Centre culturel franco-manitobain and has been involved with different community activities, including serving on the committee for the Festival du Voyageur and Tourism Riel. Ms. Maheu is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Association des groupes en arts visuels francophone in Ottawa and is the Director of the fondation Les amis des arts visuels du Manitoba.

The Minister is also pleased to announce the reappointment of Paul R. Baay as a member of the Gallery's Board of Trustees for a four-year term.

The National Gallery of Canada Corporation is responsible for the management of the National Gallery of Canada and its affiliate, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. It develops, maintains, and promotes-throughout Canada and internationally-a collection of both historic and contemporary art with special, but not exclusive, reference to Canada. It furthers knowledge, understanding, and enjoyment of art in general among all Canadians. For more information, visit the Corporation's website at www.gallery.ca.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca