ACCA Consultant

Vanessa Porteous


Company Name

Vanessa Porteous Consulting





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Consulting Goals

To contribute at the leading edge in the changing field of arts in Canada by undertaking consulting and research projects. To partner, at first, with small to medium size arts groups, with a focus on strategy; vision; recruitment and succession; and change leadership, while maintaining a multi-pronged career that includes a personal arts practice and work as an arts educator.

Biographical Info

Vanessa has over twenty years’ demonstrated success in Canadian theatre as a practitioner, leader, administrator, and educator and expanding proficiency in the fields of independent filmmaking, literary translation, prose fiction, and arts consulting. Vanessa’s extensive experience as an arts practitioner equips her with a wide-ranging skill set, a life-long spirit of inquiry, a bold imagination, and a hunger for the new. She exhibits outstanding communication skills and an inclusive team leadership style. She is adept at assessing strategic needs, working with stakeholders to identify a forward-thinking, doable plan, and crafting a results-oriented, measurable process to get there. Vanessa believes in the transformative power of the arts in the lives of individuals and to community. She’s inspired by challenges. She’s a listener, a creator, and a doer.

Year consulting practice established


Primary Clients

Cultural Not-For-Profit, Funding agency, Arts Service Organizations, Individuals/Corporations seeking Canadian artistic production

Consulting Specialization

Arts education, Audience development / engagement, Community arts, Evaluation and benchmarking, Facilitation, Governance, Grant and proposal writing, Official language minority, Organizational change, Research, Strategic planning

Frequent Disciplines

Performing arts, Multi-disciplinary


English, French