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Simon Brault poses for a portrait in this Sept. 16, 2009, photo in Montreal.Ivanoh Demers/The Canadian Press

Just weeks after completing his second five-year term as vice-chair of the Canada Council's board, Montreal arts administrator Simon Brault has been appointed as the arts council's executive director.

Federal Heritage Minister Shelly Glover announced Monday that Brault, currently the chief executive officer of the National Theatre School, will take over as the council's director effective June 26.

Heading up the theatre school since 1997, Brault is a leader in the Montreal arts community where he founded Journées de Culture. Trained in accountancy and law, he is also the author of Le facteur C : L'avenir passe par la culture, a 2009 book that argued funding the arts benefits all citizens.

Editor's note

A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the title of the book Simon Brault wrote about arts funding.