1811 4th Street SW, Suite 523
Calgary, Alberta T2S 1W2
2 Toronto Street, Suite 217
Toronto, Ontario M5C 2B5
135 Burrard Street, Suite 250
Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 0C2
Tel (888) 234.4236 Ext. 205
Cultural master planning
Facilities and program planning
Arts and culture industry veteran Martin Bragg joined ACG in 2015 as Senior Vice President to lead the firm’s Canadian subsidiary. With a career spanning more than 30 years, Mr. Bragg has a wide range of experience in presenting, producing, and managing large cultural organizations and facilities throughout Canada. Since joining the firm, Mr. Bragg has guided numerous executive searches, innovative arts center facilities and program plans, board governance and organizational assessments, and strategic planning initiatives throughout North America.
Mr. Bragg has extensive leadership experience in dance, theater, and performing arts center management, with a focus on organizational development, strategic planning, and sustained growth in earned and contributed revenue. As the Executive Director of Alberta Ballet prior to joining ACG, he increased earned and contributed revenue by 55 percent, which expanded the length of the season and tripled the size of the school in both Calgary and Edmonton. As Executive Director and Artistic Director at Canadian Stage in Toronto, he revitalized the business model and grew the organization to include four theaters, propelling it to become the largest year-round contemporary nonprofit theater in Canada. Mr. Bragg has worked both in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors and has been responsible for creating innovative partnerships with companies in Canada, the United States, England, and Ireland.
“Those who govern and manage arts and culture organizations, government agencies, and university-affiliated programs face daily challenges. Leaders must become experts in facilitating new and varied sources of revenue to enhance the field and build ever stronger foundations that lead to success.”
“The creative industries in Canada, the United States, and around the world are rapidly evolving in the face of socioeconomic changes. These transitions simultaneously bring about centers of community engagement and unique opportunities to advance creative endeavors.”
Mr. Bragg has also held the positions as Vice Commissioner and Producer for the Canadian Pavilion and Expo ’92 and Executive Director of the Vancouver Playhouse and Vancouver Playhouse Acting School, as well as various management roles at the Stratford Festival, National Arts Centre, Theatre New Brunswick, Vancouver East Cultural Centre, and many theaters in Toronto.
Mr. Bragg has a long history of volunteerism and community service, including serving as President of the PACT Communications Centre, Vice Chair of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, and National Chair of the Equity Negotiating Committee for two successful collective agreements. He was also a founding member of the Minister’s Advisory Counsel for Arts and Culture for the Province of Ontario.
Mr. Bragg’s ACG clients include:
Alberta Jubilee Auditoria Society
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Canadian Museums Association
Center for the Arts
City of Burbank
Downtown Victoria Business Association
The Drama League
The Globe Theatre
Long Wharf Theatre
Mount Royal University
Pilchuck Glass School
Town of Herndon
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
© Liza Voll Photography