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Victoria Steele

Management Consultant

Company Name

Arts and Non-Profit Management





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Biographical Info

Victoria Steele is passionate about the power of the arts to transform communities and connect diverse Canadians. She is a bilingual senior Canadian arts leader, non-profit management consultant and educator with a track record of working collaboratively with stakeholders, artistic leaders, boards and teams to develop strategies and realize innovative projects at both grassroots and national levels. Ms. Steele has over 35 years experience in arts administration and non-profit organization management. She is effective in developing strategies, revenue generation, project management and achieving artistic and organizational goals within budget. Her network of arts organizations is comprised of large and small in the traditional, independent, indigenous, culturally diverse and young audience fields. She is an experienced arts presenter, producer, workshop leader, teacher, mentor and facilitator. In addition to consulting, Ms. Steele has taught Theatre Management and Career Management at University of Ottawa and Cultural Policy for the Queen’s U. Master’s in Arts Leadership. She is a graduate of Queen’s School of Business and is completing certification with the Canadian Assn of Management Consultants. She is currently Treasurer of the Cultural Human Resources Council and President of Arts Consultants Canada. Recently, Ms. Steele served as Executive Director of Arts Network Ottawa, Chair of Ottawa Cultural Alliance, Co-Chair of Shenkman Arts Centre Community Leadership Team, Co-Chair of CPAMO Ottawa Network and Vice-Chair of PAL Ottawa. Previously, Ms. Steele spent 19 years in senior management at Canada’s National Arts Centre, primarily as Managing Director, English Theatre. Prior to NAC, she held theatre general management positions in Toronto, London and Muskoka. She has a strong national network, having served on the boards of Canadian Arts Presenters (CAPACOA), Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, Federal Cultural Trade Advisory Board, Magnetic North Theatre Festival, Association of Cultural Executives and Théâtre la Catapulte.

Year consulting practice established


Primary Clients

Cultural Not-For-Profit, Arts Service Organizations, Individuals, Festivals / presenters

Consulting Specialization

Business planning, Capital projects (feasibility studies), Facilitation, Festivals and events management, General / operational management, Governance, Grant and proposal writing, Official language minority, Organizational change, Presenting and producing, Project management, Public participation / engagement / consultation, Public policy, Research, Strategic planning, Venue management

Frequent Disciplines

Performing arts, Visual arts and crafts, Multi-disciplinary


English, French

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