National Arts Centre announces Christopher Deacon as new President & CEO

June 12, 2018

Today the National Arts Centre named Christopher Deacon as the new President and CEO. The former Managing Director of the NAC’s orchestra, and the person instrumental to hiring Alexander Shelley into his role as Music Director, replaces Peter Herrndorf. Montreal-born Deacon, 59, has managed the orchestra for the past 22 years.

Christopher Deacon was born on October 22, 1958, in Montreal. He grew up in Gatineau, Quebec.

Passionate about music, Mr. Deacon trained as a composer. He studied piano, harmony and solfège at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec in Hull. He later received a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from the University of Toronto. Before coming to the NAC, he was Director of Operations for the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and Coordinator of Grants and Artists at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. He began his arts administration career in 1982 as the administrator of the Toronto new music concert series Arraymusic.

Christopher Deacon joined the National Arts Centre Orchestra as Tour Manager in 1987. He became Orchestra Manager in 1989 and Managing Director in 1996. Under Mr. Deacon’s leadership, the NAC Orchestra has developed a well-earned reputation as one of the most ambitious and innovative touring music ensembles in North America. He planned and executed dozens of complex tours featuring hundreds of concerts and music education events to countries such as China, the U.S., Mexico, Israel, Italy, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom – as well as to numerous communities throughout Canada.