TORONTO, ON (November 23, 2020) — Olivia Nuamah has been appointed ACTRA National Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging. In this newly created position, she will support ACTRA’s objectives to improve the working lives of Canadian professional performers and oversee strategies to ensure more diverse representation on all of our screens.

Olivia began her career as an artist before becoming a community activist and senior advocate for equity-seeking groups. She holds a Masters in Behavioural Science from Brunel University, London, England, and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Anthropology from the University of Toronto.

Olivia has held senior policy and workforce strategy development roles in both the public and private sectors. As Executive Director of the Atkinson Foundation, she oversaw important policy initiatives, including All-Day Kindergarten, Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy and The Black Experience Project study of Black communities across the GTA. As the Executive Director of Pride Toronto, Olivia garnered partnerships with North America’s biggest brands while creating ground-breaking sponsorship investments, including $10 million for national arts programs and $8 million for LGBTQ+ community-based initiatives. In London, England, Olivia was National Diversity and Engagement Manager and Senior Policy Manager with the U.K. Civil Service.

Olivia will be reporting to Marie Kelly, National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator of ACTRA National. “We are delighted to have such an experienced Diversity, Equity and Inclusion practitioner on our leadership team,” said Ms. Kelly. “We look forward to working together to advance the work opportunities and conditions of our professional performers, while increasing the diversity of our on- and off-screen talent.”

ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of over 27,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community.


Media Contact: Carol Taverner, Public Relations Officer, ACTRA National, Tel: 416-644-1519, E-mail: