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Catherine Lindquist

Executive Director

Catherine brings her love of Canada’s Capital –past, present and future- to the helm of the Capital Heritage Connexion (CHC), as well as her extensive experience in strategic policy, planning, project and event management; partnership development; and marketing and communications.

A Senior Advisor to a past Mayor of Ottawa, she now serves on the current Mayor’s Heritage Matters Taskforce.

Catherine is a co-founder of the Ottawa Cultural Alliance comprised of six organizations, including the CHC, presently developing a Cultural RoadMap for Ottawa 2019-2022. She is also a member of the Ottawa Cultural Tourism Working Group. In her capacity as a past Vice President, Industry Development with Ottawa’s tourism & convention authority, Catherine worked to elevate the profile of and advance the industry and such niche sectors as heritage, culture, festivals and rural tourism. She was a key contributor to the development of the Ottawa 20/20 Arts and Heritage Plan for the City of Ottawa.

Catherine/the CHC was pleased to co-steward the Ottawa 2017 Arts, Culture and Heritage Investment Program that funded fourteen sesquicentennial projects.

Throughout her career and as a volunteer, Catherine has worked with a diverse range of Ottawa culture, arts, festival, business, main street, community, health and sports organization Boards, Committees and initiatives.

She is excited to be working with and on behalf of CHC Members and the heritage community who, together, continue to steward and showcase the rich tapestry that is Ottawa’s heritage.



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Melissa Oswald

Communications Coordinator

Melissa Oswald – Communications Coordinator

Melissa is joining our team as our new Communications Coordinator.  She brings with her a passion for building an ever more vibrant and creative Capital region.  Melissa completed her Bachelor of Design at Ryerson University, where she also studied communications and marketing.  Throughout her studies, she volunteered as a writer for The Eye Opener, and at Toronto Fashion Week.

Melissa has been an active member in Ottawa’s arts and cultural sector since 2014 in a wide breadth of areas including:  apparel design, graphic design, UX/web design, marketing, and event planning.  She has collaborated with many local artists, entrepreneurs, and businesses to develop, execute, and maintain their unique creative visions.

She looks forward to implementing innovative solutions to promote the initiatives of CHC’s members, and continuing her work in Ottawa’s heritage and cultural communities.