Board of Directors
Vice Chair; Chair, Nominating Committee; Member, Business and Finance and Housing Project
Executive Director of AOE Arts Council with over 35 years’ experience managing Canadian arts organizations both at the local and national level. Previously, Ms. Steele spent 19 years in senior management at Canada’s National Arts Centre, primarily as Managing Director of English Theatre, and prior to the NAC held general management positions with theatres in Toronto, London and Muskoka. She is also currently Co-Chair of the Shenkman Arts Centre Community Consultative Group, Chair of the Ottawa Cultural Alliance, and Treasurer of the Cultural Human Resources Council. She is past president of the Board of Ottawa’s Théâtre la Catapulte.
Ms. Steele is a bilingual part-time professor in the Department of Theatre at the University of Ottawa, and a management consultant for arts organizations. She has a strong arts network, having served in senior positions on the boards of Canadian Arts Presenters (CAPACOA), Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, Federal Cultural Trade Advisory Board, and the Association of Cultural Executives.
Treasurer; Chair, Business and Finance
Secretary | Communications & Community Engagement Committee
Chair, Events Committee; Member Fundraising Committee
Chair, Supporting Cast | e-mail
Member Housing Committee; Business and Finance Committee
Chair, Communications and Community Engagement
Co-Chair, Housing Project
James (Jim) Bradford
Founding Chair; Interim Chair, Fundraising; Member, Business and Finance, Nominating Committees
Founding Chair of PAL Ottawa and Vice-President of PAL Canada. Since 1965, has appeared on stage at Stratford (as Julius Caesar), at the NAC in both English and French Companies, at GCTC, Third Wall, Neptune, Theatre New Brunswick, Saidye Bronfman, Centaur, and Kawartha. Over thirty film and TV appearances include The Aviator, The Mummy, Nuremberg, The Red Violin, Lance et Compte and Jesu de Montreal.
He was President of Ottawa Montessori Schools, Salamander Theatre for Young Audiences and Nakkertok XC Ski Club. Married to Meriel Beament Bradford, he has three children and seven grandchildren.