About Us

For over 20 years, the NBFA has been hard at work building a vibrant future for New Brunswick’s artistic and cultural life.

We are the only charitable foundation in New Brunswick that focuses on arts & culture as whole instead of a specific category.

The success of the Arts & Heritage Stabilization Program (2002-2010), our raison d’être for the better part of the last decade, attests to our dedication to New Brunswick arts & culture and our ability to not only fund the arts, but make art work.

Why we do it

New Brunswick is our home. We believe arts & culture are vital to making it a great place to live. That’s why we work tirelessly to support artistic and cultural groups, enabling them to build better communities and create memorable experiences.

Message from our Chair

I truly believe that arts and culture benefits our society in more ways than one. Investing in the cultural sector helps build our creative industries, enabling artists and cultural professionals to pursue their careers in their home province. It also makes for healthier, happier citizens and strengthens our values, beliefs, customs, languages and traditions.

As we turn the page on a new chapter at the Foundation, we are striving to evolve our approach to supporting arts and culture to best serve New Brunswickers and our cultural industry.

We are facing challenging economic times, but with so many possibilities to explore, we’re confident that our Foundation and New Brunswick arts and culture will continue to thrive. Together we can make a difference!

— Nadia Khoury

Board of Directors

The NBFA is governed by a group of dedicated volunteers from around the province.

Nadia Khoury

Born in Lebanon, Nadia Khoury immigrated to Fredericton, New Brunswick in 1977. It was in Fredericton that she and her husband, artist Michael Khoury, owned and operated three successful women’s wear fashions and children’s boutiques for over 22 years. During these years, they raised four children. She says that they are her greatest pride accomplishment.

Today, simultaneous to an executive position in government as a Ministerial staff, she is director of the Michael Khoury Fine Art Gallery in Fredericton. Nadia is also an active volunteer for several organizations and art committees. She is the chair for the New Brunswick Foundation for the Arts, a co-chair for the New Brunswick Grassroots movement Culture Days and participates in chairing various fund raising committees for the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.


Jacques Laprise
2nd Vice-Chair

Born in Edmundston, Jacques Laprise is the Director General for the Federal Public Service pension center and Atlantic Labour Market Development programs and Strategic Services Directorate with Service Canada. He previously worked in communications, teaching and consultation and international development. He also has board management experiences for not for profit organizations such as school board, public library commission, film co-op, community radio, community access center and Theatre populaire d’Acadie among others.


Joan Chandra

Joan Chandra is a Certified Management Accountant and act as Treasurer for the Village of New Maryland. She previously served as Accountant and Controller with York Structural Steel Ltd.

Joan has lived and worked in Fredericton for 40 years. She is married and has one son.


Jean-Bernard Lafontaine

Jean-Bernard served as Regional Executive Director, Atlantic Region, for the Department of Canadian Heritage until his retirement. He previously served as Director, Canadian Heritage for New Brunswick, Senior Policy Advisor for the Atlantic Region of the Department of Canadian Haritage and Exectutive Director of the Fédération des francophones hor-Québec. In 2009, he received a Public Service of Canada Award of Excellence.

He is married to Gabrielle Thibodeau and has two children, Martin and Caroline.


Anne E. Bertrand, QC

Anne Bertrand has been a lawyer in private practice for over 20 years, currently practicing under Le Cabinet BERTRAND Law. She has acquired extensive experience as counsel appearing before all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada, and has sat as an adjudicator (arbitrator) and mediator to resolve workplace conflicts in both public and private sectors.

During the last 20 years, Madame Bertrand also served the public as a dedicated volunteer for not-for-profit and charitable organizations.