Jeanne LeSage, CHRL, MBA
Principal, LeSage Arts Management
LeSage Arts Management is a consulting practice based in Toronto that provides counsel, solutions, and support to arts organizations in areas such as strategic human resources, organizational development, strategy, board relations, operations, and more.
LeSage Arts Management was borne out of 30+ years of excellence in executive arts management across multiple artistic disciplines by owner and principal, Jeanne LeSage. Jeanne is a highly respected and trusted senior arts management professional with national and international experience in festivals and multidisciplinary performing arts. She is a sought-after consultant, educator and conference speaker working across Canada with a unique specialization and expertise in Arts HR. Jeanne has an MBA in Executive Management with a specialization in Management Consulting, and is registered as a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL).
In its six years of operations, LeSage Arts has worked with 80+ clients and projects nationally and internationally, with a focus on Human Resources, Board Development, Organizational Effectiveness, Strategy, Facilitation, and Interim Leadership. After a first career as a theatre Stage Manager working across Canada, Jeanne has held executive arts management positions at various organizations nationally and internationally. Notable positions include: ten years at the Toronto International Film Festival in Theatre Operations and building their first Human Resources department, Arts Management Fellowship at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Deputy Interim CEO of Royal Opera House Muscat, Managing Producer of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, and more.
Jeanne is also the author of research reports such as Performing Arts Leadership in Canada (2018), Reporting and Investigation Mechanisms for Workplace Harassment in the Arts (2019); Board Governance in the Arts: Emerging Ideas (2021), and the co-founder of the COVID response initiative LEAN (Leadership Emergency Arts Network) Canada (2020).
- Board Development and Relations
- Interim Executive Management and Leadership Succession
- Organizational Development, Organizational Culture and Organizational Structure Review
- Workplace Harassment policy development, staff training, incident responses
- Employee Relations and Performance Management
- Employee Policy Audits and Creation
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