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New board members appointed to Banff Centre

By Government of Alberta Posted on April 10, 2024
Chris Lorway & Paul Baay

Photo by Rita Taylor

Alberta’s government has appointed a new chair and public members to the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity board of governors. 

For more than ninety years, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity has served as a hub for artistic and creative development. To support its important work, Alberta’s government is appointing Paul Baay as the new chair of the board of governors of Banff Centre, along with five new public board members: Brinna Brinkerhoff, Lori Paine, Naomi Schmold, Pinder Sandhu, and Myron Tétreault. 

With significant qualifications in non-profit and community organizations, arts leadership and the corporate sector, the new board members bring exemplary expertise and experience in finance, human resources, law, risk management and strategic planning to their positions. 

“Since 1933, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity has fostered a legacy of Alberta excellence in post-secondary education for creative and leadership endeavours. These new board appointments will see the centre fulfil its time-honoured mandate and continue inspiring artists, leaders, and thinkers.” 

Rajan Sawhney, Minister of Advanced Education

“While working with Banff Centre, I have come to understand its unique and important contributions to Alberta and the world. It is an educational and arts institution with a long history of being responsive to the evolving needs of those it supports. Working with Banff Centre leadership, particularly president and CEO Chris Lorway, has been excellent. It is an honour to continue to support the governance of Banff Centre as its chair as its leadership looks ahead to the 100th anniversary.”

Paul Baay, chair, Banff Centre Board of Governors 

“It is my pleasure to welcome the new government appointees to the Banff Centre Board of Governors. I wish to extend my sincere, personal thanks to Mr. Paul Baay for his attentive work over the past several months as interim administrator. I look forward to continuing this fruitful collaboration. Over the past several months, the Banff Centre team has been welcoming artists, leaders, audiences, and guests to our campus, preparing for an exciting summer season, planning for fall and winter educational programming, and looking ahead to a bright future. Today’s announcement will contribute to Banff Centre’s ongoing service to arts and education in Alberta and beyond.”

Chris Lorway, president, Banff Centre 

Quick facts 

Banff Centre is a public, board-governed post-secondary institution specializing in arts and culture. 

  • The Board of Governors of The Banff Centre consists of: 
    • a board chair appointed by government 
    • the president of the Banff Centre 
    • five public members appointed by government 
    • nine members appointed by the board, including one board-appointed member nominated to the board by the federal minister responsible for the National Parks Act 

The appointment of the new board of governors follows the dissolution of the previous board in October 2023. At that time, the government appointed Paul Baay as administrator to maintain board duties and to review the centre’s internal processes and policies.  

Related information 

Updated board policies and procedures are available

Government of Alberta article