Jane Needles' wide experience in the arts covers all disciplines of the cultural world, primarily arts administration and teaching administrative techniques. Born into a well-known theatre family, she learned from an early age, working hands-on, in almost every aspect of productions and latterly, of producing artistic events and theatre seasons. Along with her regular employment, she has maintained an active role in the arts world as a volunteer lobbyist, board member, consultant, teacher and participant in many groups and committees, both French and English. Her involvement with both cultures has increased her awareness of their complex diversities, and has encouraged her to pursue a Doctoral Degree in Arts Administration at the Université de Montréal and École des hautes études commerciales. Currently she is the Executive Director of the Montreal Young Company, Past President of the Quebec Drama Federation, Vice President of ELAN, President of the Centre d'activitées réatives et educatives de Montreal (Project C.A.R.E.), board member and Executive Committee member of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), and National Advisory Board Member for the Actors Fund of Canada, to name some of the volunteer activities she has taken on. She teaches Arts Administration at Bishops' University as well as career management courses for the various anglophone CEGEPs in Montreal.