Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity appoints Rosemary Thompson as Vice President, Marketing, Communications, and Board Relations

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Thompson raised the profile of the NAC during a period of extraordinary growth

BANFF, AB, November 1, 2017 – Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity announced today the appointment of Rosemary Thompson as Vice President, Marketing, Communications, and Board Relations, effective January 2, 2018. Thompson is currently serving as Executive Director of Communications, Public Affairs, and Corporate Secretary of the National Arts Centre (NAC) in Ottawa, where she has completed eight successful years promoting the NAC to national and international audiences.

Thompson joined the NAC in 2009 after a career in journalism with CTV National News, where she served as the first female correspondent in the Washington bureau during 9/11, as well as Deputy Bureau Chief of the Parliamentary Bureau in Ottawa and as Montréal Bureau Chief during the 1995 Referendum on Québec Sovereignty. She also worked at CBC with reporting duties in Winnipeg and Montréal. 

Thompson’s role at the NAC was to raise its profile, and to serve on the executive team led by President and CEO Peter Herrndorf that was charged with creating the strategy and execution of the $225.4 million Architectural and Production Renewal unveiled this past July. The project was supported by two successive Governments, and was the largest Canada 150 gift dedicated to artists and audiences. Thompson was the Executive Producer of the grand opening of the “new” NAC on Canada Day when 150 artists, architects, construction workers, audience members and NAC staff cut the official ribbon. 

“I have a genuine passion for building and strengthening arts organizations. In the months following  the official opening the “new” NAC on Canada Day, I felt it was time to share the many lessons I have learned at the NAC with a sister arts organization like Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity,” said Thompson. “It’s a dream job in one of the most beautiful places in the world, which also gives me the opportunity to work with Janice Price, one of Canada’s leading arts executives. I look forward to joining Janice and the stellar senior management team in the new year.”

As Vice President for Marketing, Communications, and Board Relations, Thompson will be responsible for enhancing the brand of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity as one of Canada and the world’s leading arts and leadership training institutes. She will ensure Banff Centre communicates its institutional mission in all areas as outlined in the five-year strategic plan, The Creative Voice. Additionally, Thompson will oversee relations with Banff Centre’s Board of Governors and Directors, including management of materials for quarterly meetings and the annual report, improved communications procedures, recruitment of Board members, and an enhanced level of service and information to those serving on the Board. 

“Rosemary has done an extraordinary job for the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and played a critical role in the NAC’s most recent success in both its spectacular building transformation and new programmatic initiatives,” said Janice Price, President and CEO of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. “We know that she will be instrumental in helping Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity achieve the goals set out in its five-year strategic plan, particularly with respect to the Centre’s national and global brand identity and reputation.”

“We are proud of Rosemary’s success,” said Peter Herrndorf, President and CEO of the National Arts Centre. “She served as a pivotal member of our team, and is one of the NAC’s greatest champions. We will miss her, but we know she will move mountains to raise the profile of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. We are confident her presence in Banff will help foster a closer working partnership between both national arts organizations.”

Dedicated to serving the community, Thompson is a current member of the Board of Carleton University in Ottawa, and the National Theatre School in Montréal. She has volunteered for diverse organizations including the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Famous Five Foundation, and the Children’s Bridge Foundation, which raises funds to benefit orphaned and abandoned children in Asia and Africa. Thompson is a founding member of the Canada 150 Alliance, which served as the national network to support the federal government’s sesquicentennial celebrations.

Thompson is married to Pierre Boulet, a French Teacher at Ashbury College in Ottawa. Together they have two children, Louis-Alexandre Boulet, a theatre student at the University of Toronto, and Jasmine Boulet, who was adopted from China in 2007.

About Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity: Founded in 1933, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organization built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organization leading in arts, culture, and creativity across dozens of disciplines. From our home in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aims to inspire everyone who attends our campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers – to unleash their creative potential and realize their unique contribution to society through cross-disciplinary learning opportunities, world-class performances, and public outreach.