Janice Price, President and CEO of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, is named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) in Toronto

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BANFF, AB, November 22, 2018 — Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is thrilled to congratulate President and CEO Janice Price on winning the prestigious 2018 WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Award in the BMO Arts, Sports, and Entertainment category. 

Price has over 30 years of experience as a senior executive in leadership roles in the arts and entertainment sector in Canada and the United States. She was appointed President and CEO of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in March 2015. 

Prior to her appointment at Banff Centre, Price served as CEO of the Luminato Festival, Toronto’s annual multi-arts festival, an organization she led since its inception in 2006. As the Festival’s Founding CEO, Price helped Luminato become one of the world’s largest and most respected annual multi-disciplinary arts festivals. 

Previous to Luminato, Price was President and CEO of The Kimmel Centre for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia from 2002-06, and prior to that position she was Vice President of Marketing and Communications and then Interim Executive Director at New York’s Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts. 

Since taking the helm of Banff Centre in 2015, Price has applied her considerable experience to re-branding the iconic arts education institution, launching a new strategic plan, opening a newly renovated student residence, and founding a leadership training program that will prepare the next generation of arts administrators to run the largest arts organizations in Canada.

“One thing I always like to remind people is what a big business the arts is. When you factor in film and digital, our sector is bigger than the forestry, fishing and auto industries combined. It is a big economic driver in this country. I am constantly fighting this battle that the arts are not simply a nice-to-have, but a must-have,” said Price, a 2018 winner in the BMO Arts, Sports, and Entertainment category. 

Price has mentored many younger professionals during her remarkable 40 year career, and has launched the careers of many of North America’s most exciting artists and arts administrators. During the WXN summit, Price will interview Katie Telford, Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada, who is also a Top 100 Winner this year,  in a session about women in leadership. 

“We are proud of Janice’s success, and thank her for her dedication to build Banff Centre into one of our country’s most exciting post-graduate arts schools.  We applaud her on this significant achievement,” said David Weyant, Chair of the Board of Governors of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

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 on Treaty 7 territory 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. In 2018, Banff Centre celebrates 85 years of creative practice.