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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.
Stephen works as senior policy advisor with the Government of Canada. He has managed a broad range of policy and financial issues related to the environment, natural resources, and national defence and security. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy and Public Administration from Concordia University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from McGill University. Stephen has been the Treasurer of PAL Ottawa since August 2015.
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Communications & Community Engagement Committee
James (Jim) Bradford
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.