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Victoria Steele

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Victoria Steele

Adjunct Lecturer

Member Type(s): Faculty


Victoria Steele is a bilingual arts and non-profit management consultant with 35 years’ experience managing Canadian arts organizations in presenting, producing, community engagement and advocacy. Ms. Steele works collaboratively with clients, teams, artists 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.

In addition to consulting, Ms. Steele teaches part-time in the Master’s in Arts Leadership program at Queen’s University and in the Theatre Department at the University of Ottawa.

Ms. Steele has served at both the local and national level and is passionate about the power of the arts to connect Canadians.  She has enjoyed working with artists and arts organizations of all sizes from mainstream, independent, indigenous, culturally diverse and francophone communities across the country.

Her management experience includes 19 years as Managing Director, English Theatre at the National Arts Centre. Prior to joining the NAC, she held general management positions with 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 also Chaired the Ottawa Cultural Alliance as it undertook two major cultural development projects.

Ms. Steele’s other contributions include service on the Boards of the Cultural Human Resources Council, Canadian Arts Presenters (CAPACOA), the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, the Association of Cultural Executives, Federal Cultural Trade Advisory Board, Théâtre la Catapulte and PAL Ottawa.