February 21, 2019

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Cassandra Olsthoorn as Executive Director, Arts Network Ottawa. Reporting to the Board of Directors, Cassandra will be accountable for the overall strategic, financial and operational leadership of Arts Network Ottawa in its next chapter as an engaged arts service organization. In her role, Cassandra will work closely with the Executive Committee and the Board to achieve the goals of the organization’s strategic plan.

A graduate of the University of Ottawa’s Arts Administration Bachelor of Arts program, Cassandra has enjoyed a series of progressive roles since 2009, passionately supporting Arts Network Ottawa within the City’s vibrant arts and cultural sector. During this time, Cassandra played a number of key roles in the strategic evolution of the organization, and has developed and led a variety of successful and noteworthy projects for members and the arts community.  Her visionary, thoughtful approach to a team-driven workplace focuses on the delivery of dynamic programming and services to our members and the community, and her unique brand of leadership will continue to position the organization as a collaborative champion within the sector, this includes such signature Arts Network Ottawa programs as Artpreneur, the ARTicipate Grant Program, Young Arts Leaders Collective, and Art Place.

Arts Network Ottawa has made a positive impact on the careers of artists and on the sector through engagement of our members, and we are excited about the organization’s future under Cassandra’s leadership.

Please join us in welcoming Cassandra to this new and exciting role!

Lisa Cruickshank
President, Board of Directors
Arts Network Ottawa