Arts Network Ottawa Announces new Board Leadership

February 20, 2020

Ottawa (Ontario) – Having served on its Board and Executive Committee for 5 years, local business leader Lisa Cruickshank will step into her new role as Past President of Arts Network Ottawa effective immediately. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a lifelong choral musician. Since moving to Ottawa in 2013,  Lisa has proudly served Ottawa's arts community on a number of boards and project teams, including service to the Ottawa Children’s Choir, the Cantiamo Choirs of Ottawa, and is the founding business leader of Nipiit Kattitut | Voices United, an organization dedicated to cross cultural music experiences for students in Nunavut and Ottawa. For over 25 years, Lisa has sung with many outstanding choirs including the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Hypatia's Voice Women's Choir of Ottawa and has performed under the baton of such award-winning conductors as John Williams, Sir Andrew Davis, Bramwell Tovey, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Eleanor Daley, Alexander Shelley and Elmer Iseler.  A Juno award nominee in 1998, Lisa appeared on the Academy Award winning Schindler’s List soundtrack (1993) and performed in the memorable “Drink Milk Love Life” commercials. Since 2015, Lisa has served Ottawa’s arts community as President of the Board of Arts Network Ottawa and has been instrumental in the overall strategic planning of the organization over her tenure. Her advocacy work on behalf of the organization is both well-known and well received including a formal acknowledgement from The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P. Lisa has served on multiple committees including Governance, Advocacy, and leads the Executive Committee. Lisa has passionately led building the organization’s infrastructure over the past year with her warm sense of humour, professionalism, and vision for team building. “Arts Network Ottawa has significantly grown its capacity to be a champion for Ottawa’s arts community, and it has been a real privilege for me personally to have served on the Board during these exciting times” said Cruickshank. “It’s even more exciting for a leader to be able to step back when the time is right knowing a strong leadership team is in place to move an organization towards its next chapter. That time is now for me, and I look forward to supporting our new President, the exceptional Board of Directors, and our dynamic staff team in my next role.” The Board thanks Lisa for her unprecedented service to the organization as President and is looking forward to her continued leadership as Past President in the coming year. ---- The Board of Directors is pleased to announce Sue Pitchforth will assume the role of President. While relatively new to Ottawa, Sue was previously City Councillor for the North Ward of the Town of Whitby (2003 – 2010). An award-winning international designer, TV personality and professional speaker, Sue is Owner and Principal Designer with Décor Therapy Plus (19 years).  She has been appointed an Ottawa Ambassador for Canadian Association of Property Stylists; is Guest Columnist for Ottawa’s All Things Home; proud Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Orléans, and President of the Bytown Museum. Sue was awarded Business Person of the Year in 2016; and received the Province of Ontario 150 Builder Award in 2017. “Whether it is various forms of visual arts, dance, music or other forms of creativity, I’m looking forward to furthering the mandate of Arts Network Ottawa,” says Sue. A strong, passionate volunteer with experience within multiple municipalities, Sue is very excited to be a new Board President. “The Board and staff team are outstanding, and I am so pleased to represent the organization at this point in its history,” she shared recently. As past Vice-President of the Board, Sue assumes her new role of President immediately. [caption id="attachment_8304" align="alignnone" width="179"] Sue Pitchforth, President, Board of Directors[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6518" align="alignnone" width="178"] Lisa Cruickshank, Past-President, Board of Directors[/caption] ---30--- About Arts Network Ottawa Since 1987, Arts Network Ottawa has collaborated with communities to promote the creative, social and economic benefits of local arts through opportunities, resources, programs and partnerships. We provide an informed voice for a bilingual network, across the Ottawa region, of over 300 artists, cultural workers and arts organizations. As an arts-service organization, we know the arts build vibrant communities. Media inquiries or for more information about Arts Network Ottawa, please contact: Stella Ronan Interim Executive Director 613.580.2767 Margo Hébert Manager, Marketing and Development


April 17, 2019

Arts Network Ottawa is recruiting members for its 2019 – 2020 Board of Directors and seeks passionate artists, community and business leaders to help us shape the cultural landscape of Ottawa. Arts Network Ottawa’s mission is to connect, champion and collaborate to bring together resources that build a thriving Ottawa arts community. This opportunity suits strategic thinkers, networkers and community builders who have a keen interest in visual, literary and/or performing arts or arts and culture in general. For Directors, previous board experience is preferred but not essential. For our Executive, as one of the larger arts organizations in the city our Executive committee seeks experienced community leaders interested in furthering their commitment to the community with a leading community service organization. Characteristics and qualities of our ideal new members include integrity, positivity, respect, influence with an ability to win others over. Volunteer time commitment for Directors would be a maximum of six hours per month. If you are interested in putting your experience in public and media relations, HR, governance, legal, financial, fundraising and advocacy to work with our dedicated Board of Directors, our Nominations Committee would love to hear from you. Please email a letter outlining your interest and experience along with your résumé to Lisa Cruickshank ( for review by May 3, 2019.