News Release

Founding Executive Director of AOE Arts Council to move to advisory role
May 31, 2012

Ottawa, Ontario – AOE Arts Council is entering a new phase in its growth with the announcement that its executive director, Christine Tremblay, will be stepping aside from the day-to-day management of the organization.

“Christine’s contribution to what started as Arts Gloucester and has evolved over 25 years into AOE Arts Council, as well as her impact on the health and vibrancy of the arts community throughout Ottawa, are immeasurable,” says Heather Jamieson, AOE board president.  

After a long and distinguished career as AOE’s founding executive director, Christine will move into an advisory role with the Council and a new executive director will commence in January 2013.

“We want to take advantage of her passion, depth of experience, dynamic leadership and consensus-building skills and allow her to focus on some of the broader arts issues within our city,” Jamieson said.  “One of these areas will be to advocate for the implementation of the recommendations of the Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture in Ottawa (2013-2018), which touch on virtually all aspects of arts, culture and heritage in Ottawa.”

Tremblay was a member of the Steering Committee for the renewed action plan, whose recommendations were approved by Ottawa City Council in February 2012.  Funding to implement the Action Plan will be required in the 2013 City of Ottawa budget.

The AOE Board of Directors has given serious attention to succession planning for both senior staff and the board, Jamieson says, and hiring a new executive director is a major component of its planning for the future.

The hiring procedure for a new executive director has been established by a special committee of the board, with the position open to candidates both within and external to AOE. The process will include a transition period in the late fall of 2012, with the new executive director assuming the full time role in January 2013.

“Christine will leave very big shoes to fill; but more importantly, she will leave a strong arts council with a proven track record of advancing the arts and artists in the National Capital Region.  Her accomplishments over 25 years are too numerous to mention, but highlights must include the opening of the Shenkman Arts Centre in June 2009, for which she was a relentless advocate, and the creation of the ARTicipate Endowment Fund to support artistic activity at the Centre,” Jamieson says.

About AOE Arts Council
AOE Arts Council (AOE), incorporated in 1987, serves a bilingual membership of more than 85 arts organizations, over 300 individual members, and businesses. Its mission is to support, promote and develop the practice and appreciation of the arts in Ottawa. Visit to learn more about AOE Arts Council and its members.

About the ARTicipate Endowment Fund
The ARTicipate Endowment Fund was established in 2007 by AOE Arts Council. ARTicipate supports artistic activities, programming and services at the Shenkman Arts Centre. For more information about the ARTicipate Endowment Fund, grant recipients and donors go to