Ms. Steele strongly believes that the arts help build healthy, vibrant communities. She is Executive Director of Arts Network Ottawa with over 35 years’ experience managing Canadian arts organizations both at the local and national level. She is also currently Chair of the Ottawa Cultural Alliance, Co-Chair of the Shenkman Arts Centre Community Leadership Team, Vice-Chair of PAL Ottawa and Treasurer of the Cultural Human Resources Council. Ms. Steele is also a bilingual part-time professor in the Department of Theatre at the University of Ottawa and an arts management consultant.
Previously, Ms. Steele spent 19 years in senior management at Canada’s National Arts Centre, primarily as Managing Director of English Theatre, and prior to the NAC held general management positions with theatres in Toronto, London and Muskoka. She has a strong national arts network, having played senior roles on the boards of Canadian Arts Presenters (CAPACOA), Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, Federal Cultural Trade Advisory Board, the Association of Cultural Executives and Théâtre la Catapulte. Ms. Steele is a graduate of Queen’s School of Business.