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Meet the NAC’s New President and CEO

“Christopher Deacon is a champion of the performing arts in Canada. He’s got a proven record as a risk-taker and as an adventurous arts administrator leading highly ambitious projects.”
— Peter Herrndorf

The National Arts Centre today announced Christopher Deacon as its new President and Chief Executive Officer.

Christopher Deacon, 59, was born in Montreal, Quebec. He has more than 35 years of professional experience managing orchestras, including 22 years where he was Managing Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

“We conducted a rigorous and disciplined search to find the best arts executive to lead Canada’s National Arts Centre,” said Adrian Burns, Chair of the NAC Board of Trustees. “We found the right person right here at the NAC to provide the vision and leadership necessary to guide the organization into its next half-century. Few people know the NAC as well as Christopher Deacon.”

Christopher Deacon has played an instrumental role on the outstanding executive leadership team during a period of some of the greatest artistic successes in the NAC’s storied history. He has led many of the NAC’s boldest initiatives in recent memory. They include the seven-city China Tour in 2013 with eight concerts and 80 education events, as well as the 2014 UK Tour, the largest Canadian initiative overseas to mark the centenary of Canada’s entry into the First World War.

He also spearheaded the Orchestra’s most ambitious production, Life Reflected, which commissioned four Canadian composers to create new works about four remarkable Canadian women.

Learn more about Christopher Deacon by visiting

“I spent several years developing Life Reflected with Christopher. His respect for the artists involved allowed all of us to venture fearlessly into this new artistic endeavour. He is a wonderful collaborator and will make an outstanding leader.”
— Donna Feore

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