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Katherine Carleton

Executive Director,
Orchestras Canada
Peterborough, ON, Canada
Katherine Carleton has been Executive Director of Orchestras Canada/Orchestres Canada, the national association for Canadian orchestras, since 2005. Noted as an arts advocate and a leader in collaborative initiatives among arts service organizations, for four year she served as volunteer co-chair of the Canadian Arts Coalition (a collaborative national arts lobbying movement: http://www.canadianartscoalition.com/) and leader of the Arts Service Organization Learning Network (a professional development initiative for ASO leaders). In December 2016, she was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada, "for her efforts to promote a thriving arts and culture sector in Canada as an advocate and voice for Canadian orchestras." Key accomplishments during Katherine's tenure at Orchestras Canada include a renewed commitment to research, expansion of the membership, a strengthening of OC's dual language service delivery, and enhanced partnerships with a range of colleague organizations. During her 30-year career in the not-for-profit performing arts, Katherine has worked as a clarinetist, teacher, program manager, granting officer, and orchestra manager. Katherine holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the University of Toronto, a Master's in Management from McGill University through the McGill-McConnell Program for National Voluntary Sector Leaders (where her major paper focused on happier life and work in symphony orchestra organizations) and a certificate from the inaugural Schulich-Maytree Executive Directors' Institute at the Schulich School of Business at York University.