We provide organizations, artists and communities with informed strategic and technical advice to increase the value of Canada’s arts and culture sector.

Arts Consultants Canada

Who We Are

A vibrant and sustainable Canadian arts and culture sector.

Arts Consultants Canada / Consultants canadiens en arts (ACCA) is Canada’s only national professional association of qualified arts consultants. We are guided by a code of conduct and professional standards. As a non-profit membership-based organization and a community of practice since 2006, we support Canada’s arts and culture sector by providing services to members and clients across the country.

High Professional Standards and Integrity

  • Consulting with sound principles based on a formal code of conduct
  • Upholding principles with regard to confidentiality, independence, and conflict of interest
  • Treating all clients and fellow consultants with respect
  • Being fully accountable for time, fees, and expenditures

Diversity and Inclusion

  • Building strength and capacity by celebrating our many differences, values, and voices, and including them in practice
  • Promoting learning and development in the areas of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility so that we can apply an “equity lens” in all areas of our business

Progressive/Innovative Approaches

  • Improving professional competencies through learned experience to continually improve our performance
  • Developing our skills and knowledge of our field through research and professional development
  • Being open to new opinions, new ideas, and new approaches to achieve successful outcomes

Collaborative Leadership

  • Working with each other and other arts service organizations to act as advocates to address issues affecting ourselves, our clients, and the Canadian arts sector
Our leadership

Board of Directors

Victoria Steele


Lucy White


Laura Adlers

Jane Needles

Sue Edworthy

Chair: Marketing and Communications Task Force

Kathleen Darby

Chair: Membership Committee

Jason Dubois
Member at Large, West

Sabrina Richard
Member at Large, East


Marketing and Communications Task Force
Provides overall guidance and direction for the website, marketing, member communications, and ACCA event promotion.

Co-Chairs: Laura Adlers, Guleph; Sue Edworthy, Toronto

Programming Committee
Recommends and organizes professional development workshops and seminars for ACCA membership.

Co-Chairs: Jane Needles, Montreal; Jewell Goodwyn, London
Members: Annalee Adair, Gananoque; Ann Connors, St. John’s; Elena Sobinova, Toronto

Membership Committee
Reviews and recommends membership applications for Board approval.

Chair: Kathleen Darby, Ladysmith
Members: Roger Gaudet, Ottawa; Jenny Ginder, Toronto; Lucy White, Toronto


Thank you to ACCA’s 2022-2023 Supporters!
Kathleen Darby
Benjamin Dietschi
Jason Dubois
Roger Gaudet
Helena Grdadolnik
Jenny Ginder

Michael Lundholm
Jane Needles
Jerry Smith
Victoria Steele
Sandra Thomson
Lynne Werker