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Executive Management

The Canada Council’s Executive Management is responsible for establishing and implementing the broad directions and vision developed by the Board, as well as managing the organization.

Led by the Director and CEO, it includes senior decision-makers from the organization’s main divisions and offices: the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Security Officer; the Director General of Strategy, Public Affairs, and Arts Engagement; the Chief of Staff and Corporate Secretary; the Chief Information Officer; and the Director General of Arts Granting Programs.

They work together to advance priorities across the Council.

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Simon Brault

Director and CEO

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In 2019, Simon Brault’s mandate as Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts was renewed for four years. He has been at the head of the Council since 2014. He came to the position with a full understanding of his role, having served as Vice-Chair of the Council’s Board of Directors from 2004 to 2014.

Also in 2019, Simon Brault became the first Canadian to be elected Chair of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA). He has been a board member of IFACCA since 2016.

Mr. Brault has been active in the cultural sector for over 30 years and has been a driving force behind a number of major projects. Notably, as Administrative Director and Director General of the National Theatre School of Canada, he coordinated the ambitious project of restoring Montréal’s historic Monument-National.

Learn more about our Director and CEO.

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Michelle Chawla

Director General, Strategy, Public Affairs, and Arts Engagement

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Michelle Chawla is the Director General of the Strategy, Public Affairs, and Arts Engagement Division at the Canada Council for the Arts. In her role, she oversees communications; international coordination and cultural diplomacy; partnership and arts promotion, including the Canada Council Art Bank and prizes; policy, strategic planning, content, and foresight; and research, measurement, and data analytics.

Michelle has held many roles at the Council, including Head of Arts Services, Corporate Secretary, and Director of Strategic Initiatives. She was also the Secretary-General for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, where she led the development of the Commission’s first strategic plan. Through these roles, Michelle has gained extensive experience with arts and culture policy, equity, governance, government and stakeholder relations, and international engagement and cultural relations.

Michelle has received several awards for her work as an executive. She holds a degree in communications from Carleton University.

Outside the Council, Michelle is involved in an outreach program that welcomes new Canadians and organizes events that celebrate their artistic and cultural diversity. A person of mixed race (southeast Asian/Punjabi and French-Canadian/Québécois), Michelle is a member of the Sikh community, and she is involved in developing programs and events for youth to share their heritage and culture. Michelle is passionate about working in an environment that represents Canada: a place where all voices are heard and respected through arts and culture.

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Tania Kingsberry

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Security Officer

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Tania Kingsberry, CPA, is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and the Chief Security Officer (CSO) at the Canada Council for the Arts. As CFO, Tania plays a key role in the Council’s budgeting and forecasting processes, and she monitors the management of public accounts and the granting programs budget. As CSO, Tania oversees property management for the Council, ensuring the physical security of the Council’s premises, as well as its employees, onsite consultants, and visitors.

As a multilingual Certified Public Accountant, Tania brings extensive experience to the Canada Council in finance, risk management, strategic planning and corporate services in private, public and not-for-profit sectors including crown corporations. Outside the Council, Tania is active in the dragon boat community.

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Joanne Larocque-Poirier

Chief of Staff and Corporate Secretary

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Joanne Larocque-Poirier is Chief of Staff and Corporate Secretary at the Canada Council for the Arts. In this role, Joanne provides planning, analytical, and advisory services to the Office of the CEO and ensures the integrity of the Council’s governance framework. Joanne also oversees human resources, organizational development, and access to information and privacy. As the Council’s Official Languages Champion, Joanne ensures the Council’s continued leadership as a bilingual organization that values and uses both official languages. Joanne also serves as the Council’s Information Management Senior Officer.

Previously, Joanne was Head of Prizes at the Council, responsible for a national program of prizes and fellowships. Before joining the Council, she held curatorial and exhibitions management positions at the National Gallery of Canada.

Joanne served as a board member for the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation from 2009 to 2014. In October 2019, Joanne was appointed to the Board of the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada (APEX) for a three-year term. APEX supports and develops a strong community of practice among public service executives, a mission that aligns with the Council’s objective to strengthen its leadership team.

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Ian Lovsin

Chief Information Officer

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Ian Lovsin is Chief Information Officer at the Canada Council for the Arts. In this role since 2018, he is leading the delivery of a comprehensive digital shift mandate to better support and enable the Council’s programs and activities. 

Ian has more than 35 years’ experience in industry and government in the fields of engineering and computer sciences. Since 2006, he has worked as an information technology executive: he architected and delivered national and global infrastructure solutions and designed IT security and information management programs for several organizations. 

A mechanical engineering graduate, Ian also holds an MBA with a focus on transformational leadership and building high-performance teams. In 2008, he received a Deputy Minister’s Award of Excellence.

Ian enjoys a variety of outdoor sports that change with the seasons. He has been married to Susan for 31 years, and they have two adult children.

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Carolyn Warren

Director General, Arts Granting Programs

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Carolyn Warren is the Director General of Arts Granting Programs at the Canada Council for the Arts. In this role, she oversees the Council’s granting programs and strategic initiatives, which seek to foster the creation, distribution, and promotion of Canadian art at home and internationally.

Carolyn’s career spans the arts and creative industries. Prior to the Council, she served as Vice-President of Arts at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, where she oversaw innovative programming for artists at all stages of their careers in visual/digital and media arts, literary arts and translation, Indigenous arts, performing arts, and interdisciplinary programs. Carolyn was also Manager of Cultural Programming and an Executive Producer at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation based in Montréal, where she was responsible for a wide variety of award-winning radio, television, and online programs and initiatives.

Carolyn strongly believes in partnerships within and beyond the arts sector, and she is committed to helping artists and arts organizations adapt to changing digital realities in the production and distribution of creative work.