Micheline McKay founded her consulting practice and The Arts Advocate in 1993 to respond to the increased need for the engagement of cultural organizations in public policy.  She brings over 25 years experience in the public, cultural and not-for-profit sectors.

For twelve years, Micheline shared her time between her consulting practice, and The Arts Advocate. At, she built the organization from its earliest days as a small committee of OPERA America to a full-fledged national arts service association recognized for championing the interests of the Canadian opera sector.

Prior to establishing The Arts Advocate in 1993, Micheline was responsible for provincial government relations at TVOntario. There, she strengthened relations with the key government decision-makers and managed the annual funding process for the provincial broadcaster. A former Economist at Ontario's Ministry of Treasury and Economics, and a researcher at the Ontario Legislature, she understands government policy, program development and political processes.

Micheline holds an M.A. in Political Science from York University and an Honours B.A. from Carleton University. She has successfully completed executive accreditation with the Canadian Society of Association Executives and the Not for Profit program of the Institute for Corporate Directors and the Rotman School of Management.

Micheline was the President of WorkinCulture until 2010 and a director of the Toronto Arts Foundation and the Nathaniel Dett Chorale.

She continues to be a member of the Toronto Arts Foundation Advocacy Committee and other community organizations.

Micheline is a member of Arts Consultants Canada.

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