President search for The Banff Centre


The Banff Centre is seeking qualified applicants for the role of President.  The President of The Banff Centre will inspire the Board, staff, stakeholders and the public to ensure that the organization continues to be a home for excellence, innovation and creativity, and has the financial and operational capacity to fully support its mission today and in the future.

The President’s major role, working with the Board, will be to refine, operationalize, and advance the strategic plan, develop and implement fundraising to carry out this strategy, and make The Banff Centre’s exciting and visionary plans come to life over the coming years.

By providing the strategic leadership for The Banff Centre, the President will drive the Centre to become an even more effective, productive and recognized key player in creativity across the arts and leadership in Alberta, Canada and internationally.

The President is responsible for overall management of The Banff Centre including all programming, financial management, human resources and ensuring stability and success in all aspects of the organization. The President should have a passion for and understanding of the multi-disciplinary and cross-sectorial nature of the programs of The Banff Centre. 

In working with the Board to clarify, periodically update, and advance the strategic vision for The Banff Centre the President will provide leadership under the following areas:

Creative Excellence

• Provide guidance to the staff and accountability to the Board on the content, quality and format of programs offered, to ensure The Banff Centre is recognized as an institution that offers exceptional programs across a wide range of disciplines and sectors to highly talented individuals from around the world.
• Develop collaborative working relationships with appropriate arts and leadership organizations both within Canada and world-wide to ensure The Banff Centre’s leadership position in its defined sectors.
• Continue to strengthen and focus The Banff Centre brand, locally, nationally and internationally through traditional and digital platforms; review, adjust and oversee the development of marketing plans as required to ensure alignment with the strategic vision
Effective Management / Leadership
• Ensure the highest possible skills and performance of staff at The Banff Centre. Work with senior management team to develop them, supervise, recruit and motivate, delegate as required; hold individuals accountable for specific and collective performance; maintain morale and provide direction; and continue focus on diversity. Continually evaluate performance, guide human resource planning, and improve organizational effectiveness.
• Chair the Executive Officers group and the internal, senior management Leadership Council. 
• Recommend and develop policies and strategies to ensure The Banff Centre continues to grow in a sustainable manner while continuing to strive for excellence in support of its mission.
• Nurture and maintain relationships and/or partnerships with persons and organizations that are important to the Centre, including national and provincial government personnel, the local mayor and town council, Banff National Park officials, etc. 
• Maintain a collegial working relationship with the head of the local support staff union.
Financial Sustainability
Financial health of the Banff Centre will result from a combination of earned revenue and creative and aggressive fundraising. Continuing to build a strong team internally and excellent relationships with external stakeholders including government sponsors at the municipal, provincial and federal level are essential.
• Develop a plan and build the team for fundraising to support the vision.
• Serve as an enthusiastic and highly visible ambassador and fundraiser for The Banff Centre. Play a pivotal role in developing donor relationships and securing campaign gifts. Work with all supporting communities, including private donors and government representatives.
• Be creative and entrepreneurial in pursuit of additional earned income opportunities.
• Frequently host important evening and weekend donor events in the President’s house in Banff and elsewhere. 



• A minimum of ten years of senior leadership experience, with a track record of success leading a complex organization with a wide range of stakeholders, in an institution or company known for quality and excellence. 
• An impeccable reputation for integrity, and widely recognized for strong, creative leadership.
• A profound understanding of arts and culture and its importance to society, with a wide range and knowledge of arts, and multi-disciplinary experience.
• International knowledge and experience in the arts.
• Intellectual curiosity and a broad knowledge and awareness of current economic, political, and social forces and issues.
• A goal-oriented pacesetter with a demonstrated ability to create momentum in pursuit of institutional objectives.
• A track record in building funding relationships with both institutions and individuals, experience in leading a significant and successful capital campaign, and a history of sound fiscal management.
• A proven ability to work with Government regarding funding, support and policy change.
• Experience in management of building/rebuilding facilities.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with outstanding social skills.
• Experience in guiding, engaging and supporting senior leaders.
• Demonstrated understanding of how technology and emerging digital platforms can play a key role in the dissemination of arts and culture to the world and how they can enhance the service of programs and conferences at The Banff Centre.
• A university or post-graduate degree.
• Demonstrated commitment to the principles of equity and diversity, and proven ability to deal effectively with a diverse population.
• Fluency in French is an asset.


• A pro-active and dynamic professional who inspires confidence; a superior intellect with strategic orientation and a polished presence
• A results oriented personality with a high level of ethics and integrity who understands the importance of ensuring The Banff Centre continues to be a world class beacon of creativity and innovation in the arts and a leading player in relating creativity to the development of leaders across sectors.
• Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills
• A self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit and strategic business skills
• A collaborative team builder
• Has a deep and passionate commitment to artistic creativity and innovation and its value to society and to the mission of The Banff Centre
• Strong organizational skills, can focus, prioritize and get it done
• An innovative and enthusiastic leader who inspires by example
• A mature bridge-builder, who engenders trust
• Intellectually curious and an out-of-the-box thinker
• Brings a sense of humour
• An enthusiastic fund-raiser
• Disciplined, takes initiative and accepts ownership with a hands-on approach
• Enjoys working under pressure, and is accomplished at multi-level multi-tasking
• Enjoys working and leading in a complex, open and transparent environment
• Comfortable living and working in a small community in the Rocky Mountains, eager to be involved in evening and weekend events
• Willing to travel across Canada and the world


At the intersection of art and ideas.

Our Mission is inspiring creativity. 

Our Vision is to be a global leader in arts and leadership development across disciplines and without boundaries. By making possible the creation of world-class original artistic work and developing innovative leadership solutions to current global challenges, The Banff Centre will be one of the great cultural institutions in a diverse and constantly evolving world.

The Banff Centre is a specialized Arts and Culture Institution providing non-parchment (non-degree) programs in the arts and leadership development.

Situated in one of the world’s most beautiful natural locations – the Rocky Mountains in Western Canada – The Banff Centre is the largest international arts and creativity incubator. From across Canada and around the world 7,000 artists, leaders, and researchers participate in programs at The Banff Centre every year. Every day new art and new ideas are born here.

Started in 1933 with a single course in drama, The Banff Centre continues its role in the 21st century as a catalyst for creativity. A globally respected arts, cultural, and educational institution and conference facility, The Banff Centre is a leader in the creation of original art and innovative leadership approaches across disciplines and sectors. The Banff Centre is also a major convenor of international conferences and summits. 

The governance and control of The Banff Centre is vested in a Board of Governors which consists of the President and 15 members. As a complex organization, The Banff Centre has a wide range of stakeholder groups including: artists and cultural organizations, aboriginal, business and government leaders, government departments, major donors, foundations and others.

Approximately 36 per cent of the annual operating budget of $53.5 million is provided by a direct grant from the Province of Alberta, the balance is generated by The Banff Centre itself through its conference-hosting business, hospitality services, fees, facilities rentals, donations from individuals, corporations and foundations, and other means. In addition, Arts programs are supported by funding from the Government of Canada through the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Department of Canadian Heritage. 

A visionary programming plan and an innovative new campus master plan will guide the dynamic learning and physical evolution of The Banff Centre for the next decade while continuing a record of excellent financial management. The organization is now engaged in raising considerable new funds to advance its strategic plan. 


A competitive compensation package including base salary, benefits and a house will be provided.


Please apply by Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 with your cover letter and resume to:

We thank applicants for their interest, however, only those advancing in the process will be contacted.

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Executive Director search for Theatre Calgary


Theatre Calgary is southern Alberta’s foremost professional non-profit theatre, presenting an eclectic mix of productions that stimulate, provoke, and delight.

Under Dennis Garnhum’s artistic leadership, along with company President Tom McCabe, Theatre Calgary has engaged in national and international collaborations with companies such as Soulpepper, the National Arts Centre, and American Conservatory Theater. At the same time, Theatre Calgary’s FUSE Enbridge Play Development Program has led directly to the world premieres of several new Canadian works on the Max Bell stage, including Governor General’s Award nominee Lost – A Memoir. The company has also deepened its commitment to Calgary’s theatre community, presenting an annual co-production in One Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo and partnering with Mount Royal University to produce Calgary’s annual outdoor theatre festival, Shakespeare in the Park. As Theatre Calgary approaches its 50th anniversary, it aims to set a national standard for ambitious programming, passionate community engagement, and extraordinary productions.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will be accountable for the general management of the Theatre, including advising and/or assisting the Board in the development, promotion and implementation of sound policies and objectives in support of the advancement and development of the Theatre. An experienced leader and strategic thinker, the new ED will work closely in partnership with the Artistic Director to help ensure the future success of the organization, leading Theatre Calgary to a new level of prominence and importance amongst North American theatre companies. 

Successful candidates will possess creativity, strong leadership acumen and solid interpersonal skills. With a firm understanding of management processes, candidates will have demonstrated financial and budgetary skills, and possess outgoing and proactive community-building skills. Although experience leading a theatre company is not a requirement, candidates will be expected to exhibit their passion for the arts. 

To explore this exciting opportunity further, please contact Nathan Berko at 403-410-6700 or send your resume and contact details to

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