An inclusive leader with deep roots in the Franco‐Manitoban community is the new Vice‐President, Visitor Experience at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR).
Darrel Nadeau (he/him) will start at the CMHR on April 3. He comes from his role as Executive Director of Festival du Voyageur, Western Canada’s largest Francophone event. Nadeau also brings 15 years of experience in the public and not‐for‐profit sectors to the role.
“I am so excited to have Darrel join our executive team,” said Isha Khan, CMHR CEO. “As we continue to welcome back visitors from across Canada and around the world, his experience as a community and tourism leader is so valuable.”
He has held previous roles with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection and Global Affairs Canada, where his role as a Foreign Services Officer focused on files related to the rights of children and the protection of children in war zones.
An active community volunteer, Nadeau currently serves as treasurer for the Montreal‐based NGO International Bureau for Children’s Rights. He also sits on the boards of the Caisse Financial Group and the Winnipeg Arts Council. He holds an MBA from the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business, along with a Certified Professional Accountant designation.
About Darrel Nadeau
Darrel Nadeau has served as Executive Director of Festival du Voyageur since 2017. Under his leadership, Festival has welcomed 75,000 visitors a year. In 2018, he created Fierté du Voyageur night, a way to spotlight French‐speaking 2SLGBTQ+ artists and community members. Now an annual event, the night continues to grow in popularity as a welcoming space for all French‐speaking members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community.
During his term, Festival has also made important strides in advancing its commitment to truth and reconciliation, with a focus on building relationships with Elders and community groups and significantly increasing opportunities for Indigenous artists.
Nadeau’s volunteer roles included two years on the board of Pride Winnipeg, where he was focused on governance and community relations, and as Treasurer of OutWords magazine.
A proud Franco‐Manitoban, Nadeau was born in La Broquerie, Manitoba, and raised on his family’s dairy farm. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and an MBA from the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business, in addition to his Certified Professional Accountant designation.