The National Gallery of Canada Announces Changes to its Organization - Invests in revenue generation initiatives and enhancing the visitor experience

Ottawa - February 28, 2013

The National Gallery of Canada (NGC) today announced changes to its organizational structure.  These changes included the elimination of 29 existing positions and the creation of 7 new ones.  This initiative is in response to a need to address a long range budget shortfall and to sharpen the focus on enhancing the visitor experience and revenue generation.

“Our decisions were guided by the Gallery’s commitment to its principle role of building a national collection of art, maintaining it professionally and making it accessible to Canadians through exhibitions and programs of the highest quality,” said NGC Director and CEO Marc Mayer.

Visitors to the Gallery, and Canadians in general, will see no diminishment in the services delivered by the Gallery. The impact of personnel reductions will be mitigated by consolidating activities, investing in information technology enablers to reduce workload, and through other productivity gains.  The 7 new positions will primarily support the Gallery’s revenue generation and visitor engagement objectives.

“These changes will allow the Gallery to continue our tradition of excellence and engaging Canadians in a rewarding experience with art,” noted Mr. Mayer.

About the National Gallery of Canada 
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art. The Gallery also maintains Canada's premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st century, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and photographs. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is to increase access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. To do so, it maintains an extensive touring art exhibition programme. For more information: www.gallery.ca

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National Gallery of Canada
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