Street closures around the NAC during Ottawa Race Weekend
Simon Brault | © Christian Lalonde
Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts

Simon Brault

In 2019, Simon Brault’s mandate as Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts was renewed for four years. He has been at the head of the Council since 2014. He came to the position with a full understanding of his role, having served as Vice-Chair of the Council’s Board of Directors from 2004 to 2014.

Mr. Brault has been active in the cultural sector for over 30 years and has been a driving force behind a number of major projects. Notably, as Administrative Director and Director General of the National Theatre School of Canada, he coordinated the ambitious project of restoring Montréal’s historic Monument-National.

Simon Brault has received numerous distinctions for his commitment to the social recognition of the arts and culture. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, an Officier de l’Ordre national du Québec, a Fellow of the Ordre des comptables généraux licenciées du Québec (CGA) and the Ordre des comptables professionnels agéés du Québec (CPA), and he is a recipient of the 2009 Keith Kelly Award for Cultural Leadership. In 2015, he received the Ordre des CPA du Québec’s prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award for bringing together “two worlds that were once disparate—the arts and business—an alliance that significantly benefits society at large.”