Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

December 16, 2014 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Announces Appointment to the National Arts Centre

Adrian Burns appointed Chairperson

GATINEAU, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - Dec. 16, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced the appointment of Adrian Burns as Chairperson of the National Arts Centre (NAC) Board of Trustees for a term of four years, effective December 11, 2014.

Quick Facts

  • Ms. Burns has been Acting Chair of the NAC Board of Trustees since July 2014. She was appointed Vice-Chair in May 2013 and has served on the board in different roles since 2002. In addition to her role as Vice-Chair, she is also Chair of the Human Resources Committee.
  • She possesses multi-faceted professional experience that she acquired in an array of different fields: business, Canadian broadcasting and the arts, education, corporate and public governance, and community involvement. She has held numerous senior leadership positions, notably as Director and Executive Committee Member of Shaw Communications.
  • Ms. Burns is the recipient of a number of distinguished awards and honours, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
  • The National Arts Centre is Canada's only multidisciplinary, bilingual performing arts centre. Opened in 1969 as a centennial project and designated a national historic site in 2006, the NAC welcomes more than 1.2 million visitors each year.
  • The Government of Canada is investing in the revitalization of the NAC. Situated in the heart of the nation's capital, the renewed NAC will include improved performance spaces, public areas for education and events, full accessibility for people with mobility challenges, and a magnificent glass atrium and entrance.


"It is with great pleasure that I announce that Ms. Burns will serve as Chairperson of the National Arts Centre. Her leadership skills, along with her knowledge of the organization and outstanding contributions to the NAC, will continue to be of great benefit to this institution that proudly symbolizes the excellence of the performing arts in Canada."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

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  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage