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A new administrator at Banff Centre

By Government of Alberta Posted on October 26, 2023

Alberta appoints Paul Baay as temporary administrator of Banff Centre.

Alberta’s government is appointing Paul Baay as temporary administrator at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, replacing the current chair and board of governors. Over the next six to nine months, the administrator will review internal processes and policies at the Banff Centre and take on the responsibilities of the board of governors until a new chair and board can be appointed.

"We’re looking forward to working with Paul Baay. He has a wide range of Board governance expertise in arts organizations. I expect that his review of internal processes and policies at Banff Centre will play a valuable role in reinforcing our firm foundation as we take Banff Centre forward with the implementation of our strategic plan. The administrator’s terms of reference articulate that his focus will be on governance matters, particularly processes and policies. We want to reinforce that Banff Centre will continue its work to offer exceptional arts and leadership programs and events. This announcement is strictly linked to governance improvement, not financial, management, or programmatic matters. I’d also like to thank the departing board members for their time, expertise and passion."
- Chris Lorway, President and CEO of Banff Centre

Under the Post-secondary Learning Act, Alberta’s government is responsible for appointing people to the board of governors of public post-secondary institutions – including appointing an administrator.

About Paul Baay
Paul Baay is an experienced business leader, corporate director and founder of Touchstone Exploration, Inc. He has more than 25 years of leadership experience in oil and gas exploration and production companies. He has significant experience serving as chair of various boards of directors and is currently chair of the board of directors of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. His background and dedication to the arts and arts organizations also includes serving on the board of the National Gallery of Canada for more than 14 years and the board of the Alberta College of Art and Design (now the Alberta University of the Arts) for four years. Mr. Baay has an ICD.D designation, having completed the directors education program at the Institute of Corporate Directors.

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