Jayne Watson was appointed CEO of the National Arts Centre Foundation in June 2009. She leads a team of development professionals dedicated to supporting arts education and programming at the National Arts Centre, a thriving hub for performance, creation, and learning in Canada. The Foundation has exceeded fundraising goals over the period of Ms. Watson’s leadership and has championed new initiatives such as Share the Spirit, the CEO National Fund and an extensive performance and education Tour to China. Ms. Watson has also worked to build a dynamic, geographically diverse board that champions the NAC and its commitment to performance, creation and learning across Canada.
Ms. Watson joined the National Arts Centre in 2001 as Director of Communications and Public Affairs. She helped to establish national media partnerships with print and broadcast media for key NAC programming such as its regional Scene festivals, NAC Orchestra Tours and for prestigious national celebrations such as the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala. In 2008, Ms. Watson co-chaired the NAC’s strategic planning process and co-authored the NAC’s 2008-2013 strategic plan, “Performing for Canadians.”
Ms. Watson has more than 20 years experience as a senior executive, political advisor, and consultant. Prior to joining the NAC in 2001, she served as the Director of Communications at Export Development Canada, and held senior communications roles in the Office of the Speaker of the House of Commons and Canada Post Corporation.
Ms. Watson serves as a member of the Advancement Committee of the Board of Ashbury College; a member of the Ottawa chapter of Gold Medal Plates fundraising Committee for Canadian Olympic athletes; a Queen’s University Trustee Representative on Agnes Etherington Art Centre Advisory Board; and Vice-Chair of the External Relations and Development Committee of the Board of Queen’s University.