The 2020 intake for Executive Leadership program is now complete. 

Successful applicants will be notified by Monday, March 16, 2020

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What is this program?

The Business / Arts Executive Leadership program is a new one year program open to 10 arts leaders across Canada who are currently leading organizations with a budget of $700,000 or more.

Extending over the course of one year, as a program participant, you will be paired with a key leader in the Canadian arts sector, who will act as your mentor. In the role, your mentor will provide leadership, advice and counsel, as well as share valuable knowledge and insight to support your professional development and facilitate valuable networking opportunities.

The goal of the program is to provide leadership and career development for you as an arts leader to elevate your professional career and to help you build social capital.

The Business / Arts Executive Leadership Program is proudly supported and made possible by Canadian Heritage and RBC Foundation.

What makes this program unique?

This program will officially launch at Business / Arts’ Canadian Arts Summit, an annual gathering of invited senior arts leaders, including artistic directors, executive directors and volunteer board chairs of Canada’s largest arts institutions. Now in its 23rd year, the Canadian Arts summit plays a vital role in bringing Canada’s leading voices together to advance the shape of the future of the arts in Canada.

You will be invited to attend the Canadian Arts Summit, where you’ll meet your mentor in person to officially start your one-year commitment. While at the Summit, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in facilitated conversations with your peers and the leaders of Canada’s largest arts organizations.

Executive Leadership Program Details:

  • The launch will officially take place at the Canadian Arts Summit in Banff, Alberta on April 16-18, 2020.
  • The program will extend over a one year period and will include one-on-one, group and peer to peer mentorship sessions, all focused on your professional development and building social capital.
  • There is no cost to participate in the program. Applications will be vetted through a competitive application process with a total of 10 participants selected.
  • Acceptance into the program includes air and ground transportation between the Canadian Arts Summit 2020 & 2021 and your home residence, registration and accommodation during the Canadian Arts Summit(s).
  • The Program will culminate in the 2021 Canadian Arts Summit.

Are you eligible? You are if you meet these criteria:

  • You currently serve as the executive director (or equivalent) or the head of a major department within an arts, culture or heritage organization in a paid, permanent capacity.
  • You have a minimum of three full-time staff members, five years of consistent programming history, and an operating budget of at least $700,000.
  • Applicants must have had a post-secondary education in the arts or a professional arts practice.
  • You are a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
  • You are available to attend the Canadian Arts Summit in Banff, Alberta on April 16-18, 2020 and the to be determined location in April 2021.

Business / Arts welcomes applications from all qualified individuals. We are particularly interested in and encourage applications from equity-seeking communities, including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.

Not eligible for our Executive Leadership program?

This program has been developed specifically in response to the need and demand to nurture a talent pool of potential Canadian candidates who will be prepared to take on leadership roles of some of Canada’s largest arts institutions. As such, the career experience of the participants must be in a position to scale to large institutions that have significant departmental staffing, resources and multi-million dollar budgets.

Our artsvest program provides mentorship and training to arts, culture and heritage organizations with budgets less than 1.5M. We can also recommend a number of other programs that provide mentorship and address the need for leadership development and building capacity in the cultural sector including: