Minister Baird Announces Appointment to National Capital Commission

February 3, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, the minister responsible for the National Capital Commission, today announced the appointment of Mark Kristmanson as chief executive officer of the National Capital Commission (NCC).

“I am delighted that Dr. Kristmanson has accepted this leadership role at the Commission,” said Minister Baird. “His knowledge and experience will help realize our vision of an inspiring and vital Canadian capital.”

Dr. Kristmanson has been appointed following a lengthy and rigorous non-partisan competitive process undertaken to identify the best candidate for the position.

Since joining the NCC in 2004, Dr. Kristmanson has been responsible for NCC public programs and has worked on national commemorations, such as the National Holocaust Monument, and annual events, such as Canada Day celebrations, the Winterlude festival and the Parliament Hill sound and light show.

Dr. Kristmanson was the 2011 Canada-United States Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California, where his research focused on the role of cities in international relations. He was the founding executive director of the New Brunswick Arts Board, has served as a member of federal interdepartmental committees and was an expert adviser to the Cultural Capitals of Canada program at Canadian Heritage.

The NCC was created by Parliament in 1959. As a Crown corporation, it is accountable to Parliament, as set out in the Financial Administration Act, and reports through the minister of foreign affairs.

The NCC is responsible for planning, as well as for taking part in, the development, conservation and improvement of Canada’s Capital Region. The organization ensures that land use in Canada’s Capital Region reflects and respects the significance, natural environments and heritage of the capital. It also collaborates with federal, provincial and municipal governments on transportation issues.

For more information, please visit National Capital Commission.

Biographical notes on the appointee follow.

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Biographical Notes

Mark Kristmanson

Dr. Mark Kristmanson

(BA [History], University of Ottawa, 1990; MA [Arts Management], City University, London, 1991; PhD [Humanities] Concordia University, 1999) was most recently director, capital interpretation and commemorations, at the National Capital Commission. From 2000 to 2003, he served as the founding executive director of the New Brunswick Arts Board and from 1982 to 1994 as  technical director of the National Arts Centre. He held the 2011 Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He was expert adviser to the Cultural Capitals of Canada Program from 2002 to 2010 and has served on federal government’s Commemorations, Canada Remembers and War of 1812 Bicentennial interdepartmental committees. Dr. Kristmanson is married with two children.