With a background in performing arts, research and policy development, Elizabeth MacKinnon provides a range of strategic advice, operational planning and writing services. Fluently bilingual, her clients include small and mid-sized non-profits and federal government departments and agencies. In 2015, she was named Innovation Fellow in Performing Arts by the Metcalf Foundation, working on a collaborative research project on social finance for the arts in Canada. She has extensive experience in planning, grant writing, non-profit management and the legal and regulatory issues facing non-profits and charities in Canada.
Elizabeth is active in the Ottawa arts community as a dance and interactive technology artist, co-artistic director of dance collective, teacher and writer. She collaboratively managed an artist-run studio for more than 15 years (Dance Network/Movement Arts Ottawa, 1996-2012) and was also a founding Board member of Propeller Dance, an integrated dance company (2007-2012). Since 2013 she has served as Secretary to the Board of Arts Consultants Canada/Consultants canadiens en arts (ACCA).
Elizabeth holds a BFA in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University (Montréal, 1995) and a MA in Digital Performance from the University of Hull (UK, 2005), in addition to further studies in Electronic Art (University of Ottawa, 2008), Authentic Leadership (Naropa University, Colorado, 2013), and Organizational Systems Relationship Coaching (Fundamentals, CRR Global, Toronto, 2015).