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Announcing the Feasibility Study Team

The Steering Committee of the Ottawa Cultural Alliance is pleased to announce the launch of the Arms-Length Cultural Development Feasibility Study. This community- driven, community-wide study will identify potential new models and best practices for Ottawa’s cultural community and the City to work together to advance our city’s dynamic cultural sector. Community engagement is a big part of the study methodology, reflecting the importance of our community’s diverse voices being heard and reflected in the outcomes.

The Study is being led by a consulting team of Lord Cultural Resources and Nordicity, whose proposal to complete the work was selected through a competitive bidding process.

The work of the Steering Committee will be supported by a community Advisory Committee.

Steering Committee

AOE Arts Council 
Victoria Steele, Executive Director
Kim Lymburner, Board Member

Capital Heritage Connexion
Catherine Lindquist, Executive Director
Kelly Eyamie, Board Member
Heritage Ottawa
David Jeanes, President
Carolyn Quinn, Board Member
Ottawa Arts Council
Peter Honeywell, Executive Director
Georgette Houle, Board Member
Ottawa Festival Network
Carole Anne Piccinin, Executive Director
Peter MacDonald, Board Member
Ottawa Museum Network
Diana Carter, Executive Director
Robin Cushnie, Board Member

Advisory Committee

Barbara McInnes, Chair, community leader
Nicole Fortier, Vice-Chair, Société franco-ontarienne du patrimoine et de l’histoire d’Orléans
Alexandra Badzak, Ottawa Art Gallery
Julea Boswell, Propeller Dance
Christos Pantieras, visual artist, cultural events
Nik Ives-Allison, Ottawa Music Industry Coalition
Christopher Blake, theatre, management/ administration
Kelly Neal, Ottawa International Animation Festival
Christina Ruddy, Algonquin Way Cultural Centre
Julie Harris, historian, cultural heritage
Laila Djiwa, heritage, culture
Nicolas d’Arros, La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins


The Ottawa Cultural Alliance is a network of six umbrella organizations that collectively serve as a voice for Ottawa’s dynamic cultural sector. Representing over 800 artists, arts groups, heritage groups and programmers, festivals, fairs and events across the City, we actively collaborate to advance the development and impact of the cultural sector for residents and visitors to Ottawa.

The Ottawa Cultural Alliance gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the City of Ottawa for this study.

Your opinion counts! Get on the Study consultation list.