Ottawa Arts Council welcomes new Executive Director

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Arts Administrator Nicole Milne appointed to the leadership role that will guide the Ottawa Arts Council toward achieving its new strategic vision.


Ottawa, ON — The Ottawa Arts Council’s Board of Directors announced today that Nicole Milne has been appointed Executive Director of the Ottawa Arts Council effective June 24, 2019. In addition to taking on the responsibility of the management of the organization, Milne’s primary focus will be to guide the Council through its new strategic plan, which includes a commitment to raising its profile within the arts community and a greater investment in diversity and inclusivity.

“We are thrilled to welcome Nicole Milne into the role of Executive Director. Not only is she an absolute pleasure to work with, but she brings vibrancy, dedication, enthusiasm, and an unwavering passion for the arts in Ottawa.”  said Julia Johnston, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Ottawa Arts Council. “Nicole’s history with the Council along with her previous work experience and successes give us confidence that she will be successful in the role of Executive Director.”

Milne brings more than 20 years of experience in community engagement and arts administration to the position. She spent a decade working in marketing and communications at Canada’s National Arts Centre prior to becoming the Director of Marketing and Development at Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) in 2016. In this most recent role, Milne contributed significantly to bringing GCTC into a more sustainable financial position through fundraising and revenue generation strategy, and by increasing GCTC’s partnerships in both the arts and business communities.

“I’m delighted to take on the important responsibility of supporting the growth of Ottawa’s vibrant arts scene,” said Nicole Milne. “It is a privilege to be part of an organization whose mandate is to ensure arts funding remains a significant priority, while championing the essential role our local artists and arts organizations play in our lives and in our communities. I’m particularly excited to work collaboratively with our community to put a greater focus on inclusivity, accessibility and diversity at the Council.”

Until recently, Milne served as Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Ottawa Arts Council, in addition to serving on the Young Artist Award and Nomination Committees. She will take over the Executive Director position from Peter Honeywell who has held the position since 1991 and is set to retire following the Annual General Meeting to be held on June 18, 2019.

About the Ottawa Arts Council

The Ottawa Arts Council is an arts umbrella organization founded in 1982, following a recommendation by the City of Ottawa Mayor’s Advisory Committee on the Arts. For over thirty five years, the organization has represented the interests of Ottawa artists and is dedicated to strengthening our membership and Ottawa’s arts and culture sector. For more information about the Council and its community impact, visit

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