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National Gallery of Canada Foundation Appoints Sylvie Clermont Madely as New Director

Thomas d’Aquino, Chair of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation, announced the appointment of Sylvie Clermont Madely as Director of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation.

The Foundation’s Board of Directors selected Ms. Madely for this newly-created post following a reorganization of the Foundation’s mandate in 2010. She will begin her term as Director on February 14, 2011.

“Ms. Madely is a consummate professional with more than fifteen years of experience as a motivational leader and fundraiser in the philanthropic field,” noted Mr. d’Aquino. “We are delighted that she is assuming this important leadership post at a time when the Foundation is engaging in ever greater activity on behalf of the National Gallery of Canada,” he continued.

She will form an integral part of a team dedicated to building loyalty and support for Canada’s leading visual arts institution on a national and international basis. In this regard, Ms. Madely will also work closely with the Foundation’s Board and with National Gallery Director and Chief Executive Officer, Marc Mayer.

The primary mission of the Foundation is to raise capital and to maintain an endowment for the benefit of the National Gallery. Through its Distinguished Patrons program involving the engagement and donations of prominent Canadians, the Foundation is building long-term support for the Gallery.

About the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art in the world, including the extensive collection of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. 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 the largest touring art exhibition programme in the world. For more information, visit

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