Chair, NAC Board of Trustees ex officio

Adrian Burns, LL.D.

Ottawa · ON

Adrian Burns was appointed Chair of the National Arts Centre Board of Trustees on December 11, 2014, and has served on the NAC Board of Trustees since 2002. In addition to her recent appointment as Chair of the NAC, Ms. Burns has also served as Vice Chair and as the Chair of the Human Resources Committee.

Ms. Burns has dedicated her career to Canadian broadcasting and the arts, education, corporate and public governance, and community involvement.  A businesswoman, she also holds business real estate interests in Western Canada.

Ms. Burns is a director of SHAW Communications, has been a member of the Copyright Board of Canada, and has been Chair of the Western Independent Producers Fund of CanWest Global Television.  From 1988 to 1995, she was a Commissioner of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Prior to joining the CRTC, she was Business Editor for CFCN-TV in Calgary, and held the positions of anchor, writer, and producer between 1981 and 1988.

Ms. Burns has a degree in Art History from the University of British Columbia, and did graduate work in archaeology and art history at the British Academy in Rome, Italy.  She returned to teach art history, in Calgary, at Mount Royal College, 1969-79, and in the City’s continuing education program, 1970-72.