Louise Filiatrault is named Secretary-General of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO

Ottawa, July 17, 2014 – The Canada Council for the Arts is very pleased to announce the appointment of Louise Filiatrault as the Secretary-General of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, beginning September 2, 2014.

The announcement was made today by Simon Brault, Director and CEO of the Canada Council and Christina Cameron, President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. The Commission operates within the Canada Council.

About Ms. Filiatrault
Ms. Filiatrault is currently the Director, Portfolio Management at the Department of Canadian Heritage, a position she has held since 2011. In this capacity she has collaborated closely with organizations focused on the arts, culture and heritage.

Prior to this, she was the Associate Director-General and Director of Program Development at the Canadian Heritage Information Network, where she led the renewal of program development and the modernization of the Virtual Museum of Canada. Ms. Filiatrault organized the first CHIN Digital Heritage Symposium in Beijing, China, and the second, held in conjunction with the winter Olympic Games and Vancouver Cultural Olympiad. Previously, she was the Chief, Education and Public Programs at the National Gallery of Canada, and sat on the Board of ICOM-AVICOM International Committee (International Council of Museums). She holds a Bachelor Degree in History and Theory of Art from the University of Ottawa and is a graduate of the Getty’s Museum Leadership Institute.

“Ms. Filiatrault brings to this position a deep content knowledge of culture and heritage. Her interest and expertise in communication, reinforcing networks and leveraging new technologies will advance the Canada Council’s and the Canadian Commission’s strategic priorities,” said Mr. Simon Brault, Director and CEO of the Canada Council.

“I strongly believe that Ms. Filiatrault’s demonstrated capacity to collaborate with partners to develop content and deliver programs to a wide range of stakeholders will assist in advancing UNESCO’s values and programs in Canada,” said Christina Cameron, President, Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

About the Canadian Commission for UNESCO
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO serves as a forum for governments and civil society, in order to promote the participation of organizations and individuals in the activities of UNESCO in the fields of its mission: education, natural and social sciences and humanities, as well as culture, communication and information. The Commission also consults members of civil society and various levels of government to prepare Canada’s contribution to UNESCO and implement the Organization’s programs and activities in Canada.

About the Canada Council for the Arts
The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national arts funder. Its grants and payments to artists and arts organizations benefit Canadians by ensuring a vibrant arts sector in Canada. Its awards celebrate creativity by recognizing exceptional Canadians in the arts, humanities and sciences. The Canada Council Art Bank is a national collection of over 17,000 Canadian contemporary artworks – all accessible to the public through rental, loan and outreach programs. The Canadian Commission for UNESCO operates within the Canada Council.


For information on the Canadian Commission for UNESCO:

Angèle Cyr
Public Affairs Officer
Canadian Commission for UNESCO
1-800-263-5588 or 613-566-4414, ext. 4168

For information on the Canada Council for the Arts:

Geneviève Vallerand
Manager, Public Relations: 1-800-263-5588 or 613-566-4414, ext. 5145
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