Joanne Charette – Director

Joanne Charette

Gallery Director, Portrait Gallery of Canada

Joanne Charette has recently been appointed the first Gallery Director of the new Portrait Gallery of Canada. She is the former Vice-President, Corporate Strategy and Communications at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Prior to her time at IDRC, she was the Communications Advisor and Official Spokesperson to the 28th Governor General of Canada, David Johnston.

Joanne is an accomplished, results-driven marketing and communications professional offering more than 30 years of experience in the field of public affairs, media relations, outreach, strategic planning, and corporate governance. She has more than 25 years as a senior executive in a federal Crown corporation.

Joanne has knowledge of sound governance principles, having worked with many different boards, elected, or appointed, as well as expertise in monitoring and evaluation of performance. To this day, she continues to be actively involved in not-for-profit cultural boards.