The CEO National Fund

Performance. Creation. Learning.

On June 12 2018, Christopher Deacon was named the NAC’s new President and CEO after serving as Managing Director of the NAC Orchestra for 22 years. Christopher leads the NAC at an exciting time: the $110.5 million federally-funded Architectural Rejuvenation is complete; the National Creation Fund is supporting projects from across Canada; and the NAC will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019 — a year that will also include the launch of the first season of Indigenous Theatre and the NAC Orchestra's 2019 European Tour.

All of these milestones stem from the NAC’s core mission — to support Performance, Creation and Learning across Canada. As we embark on a new era, under new leadership, the NAC will continue to champion the performing arts throughout our country.

History of The CEO National Fund

The CEO National Fund was created in 2009–2010 in honour of the NAC’s previous President and CEO, Peter Herrndorf, in celebration of his 10th year as President and CEO of the National Arts Centre and the NAC’s 40th anniversary season.

Over his tenure, Peter restored the National Arts Centre as Canada’s pre-eminent showcase for the performing arts. His vision and dedication led to the development of exciting new programming, national showcases and innovative youth and education initiatives that impact the arts nationwide.

The CEO National Fund was spearheaded by the generous contributions of lead donors Grant Burton, Kiki Delaney, Julia E. Foster and Gail O’Brien.


The CEO National Fund supports a wide range of performing arts initiatives that encourage artistic excellence and share performance, creation and learning with all Canadians by:

  • Showcasing emerging and established artists at the NAC and on stages across the country;
  • Providing free public performances to the community;
  • Engaging Canadians “wherever they live” through live webcasts and podcasts;
  • Contributing to new commissions in dance, theatre and music;
  • Inspiring children across Canada through performing arts education programs such as student matinees and masterclasses;
  • …and much more!

You can support the National Arts Centre’s country-wide programs by listening to NAC podcasts, visiting the NACmusicbox, attending an NAC production or co-production in your city or by making a donation to the CEO National Fund.

For more information please contact Jane Moore, Chief Advancement Officer at 613 947-7000 ext. 202.