Simon Brault Reappointed as Director of Canada Council for the Arts
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, announced the reappointment of Simon Brault as Director of the Canada Council for the Arts for a four-year term.
Simon Brault's accomplished career in arts and culture that has spanned more than 30 years. He served as Administrative Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Theatre School of Canada from 1982 to 2014. He was also a founding member and Chair of Culture Montréal from 2002 to 2014. Simon served as Vice-Chair of the council's board of directors from 2004 to 2014 before being appointed as Director of the Canada Council for the Arts in June 2014. For his commitment to arts and culture, Mr. Brault has received numerous accolades. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, an Officier de l'Ordre national du Québec, a Fellow of the Ordre des CGA du Québec and the Ordre des CPA du Québec. He was also the recipient of the 2009 Keith Kelly Award for Cultural Leadership.
During his first term as Director of the Canada Council for the Arts, Simon has overseen the first three years of the incremental doubling of the federal government's reinvestment in the organization. In his second term, he will continue implementing the remaining two years of this budget increase. Since 2016, Simon has also put in place a strategic plan that is showing results in increasing support for artists and arts organizations in the digital age, advancing reconciliation, and raising the international profile of Canadian artists.
"Under Simon Brault's leadership, the Canada Council for the Arts has vastly expanded its support to more artists of diverse backgrounds and disciplines across Canada. He is also a remarkable ambassador for both the Canadian cultural sector and the future direction of the sector worldwide. As he continues to implement the progressive doubling of Canada Council's budget, Mr. Brault will be a driving force in delivering on a vision that is bold, inclusive and innovative," said The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez