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National Arts Centre 2017-2018 Annual Report

Jayne Watson, CEO and Janice O’Born, Chair of the National Arts Centre Foundation

National Arts Centre

Message from the Chief Executive Officer
and Chair of the Board of Directors

Dear Friends,

In 2017–2018, 6,932 individual donors, corporate partners and foundations from across the country gave essential support to the National Arts Centre, raising more than $12.7 million to support performance, creation, and learning across Canada. This amounted to an increase 3% over the previous year.

You helped theatre artists create the landmark production of Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show, which premiered at the NAC and toured to Montreal, Winnipeg and Saskatoon. You brought Music Alive Program teaching artists to remote regions in Nunavut, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Atlantic Canada. You saw your support in action as the NAC announced the first nine ambitious projects that will receive investment from the National Creation Fund. And you helped us raise more than $2 million for the NAC’s new Indigenous Theatre Department, which will launch its first season in September 2019.

We thank our dedicated Board of Directors, and welcome Matthew Azrieli (Montreal), Reena Bhatt (New York), Bonnie Buhler (Winnipeg), Margaret Fountain (Halifax), Emechete Onuoha (Ottawa), and Gregory Pope (Oakville) to our Board. We also thank outgoing Board member Dale Godsoe for nine years of service.

We are on the cusp of a new era. Next season, which marks the NAC’s 50th anniversary, will be led by our new President and CEO, Christopher Deacon. It is with immense gratitude that we thank all of our donors and sponsors for supporting performance, creation and learning across Canada.

Jayne Watson
Chief Executive Officer
National Arts Centre Foundation

Janice O’Born
National Arts Centre Foundation

Financial snapshot

Amount raised in 2017–2018

More than

$0 million

Contribution from the National Arts Centre Foundation to the National Arts Centre to sustain, enrich and expand its artistic and educational programming

More than

$0 million*

Number of supporters in 2017–2018

More than


* Including Creation Campaign.

2017–2018 Annual Fund gift range


Estimated future value of the Planned Giving Program at August 31, 2018


Number of Planned Giving Program bequest expectancies and life insurance policies


Approximate cost of performances covered by ticket sales

0 %

Where does the money originate?

How did our donors direct their gifts?