Twenty-two leaders from across Canada gather at Banff Centre for year two of Cultural Leadership program

BANFF, AB, October 31, 2018 – Following a successful first year, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is thrilled to announce year two of its Cultural Leadership program – a seven-month development program for leaders who are committed to and passionate about strengthening Canada's cultural sector. On November 11, 2018, a cohort of 22 impressive leaders from across the country will gather in Banff for the first of four intensive sessions designed to empower them to make a lasting impact in Canada’s arts and culture sector. 

The Cultural Leadership program is led by Howard Jang, Vice President, Arts and Leadership at Banff Centre, and Diane Ragsdale, Assistant Professor at The New School (New York), as well as an impressive faculty of domain experts, experiential educators, and artists from across disciplines, sectors, and the world. 

“Banff Centre Leadership programs are inspired by the idea that leadership development is both an inward and an outward journey; an opportunity to enhance our understanding of ourselves as well as the systems in which we operate,” said Jang. “We have designed a program that builds upon each individual’s natural leadership abilities while strengthening the skills and frameworks they need to successfully navigate the complexity of Canada’s cultural landscape – today and tomorrow.” 

The program features applied learning, small group work, rigorous and reflective practice, large group forums, interactive processes, lectures, and case-study analysis. It will be delivered through four on-site intensives (three in Banff, one in Montréal) as well as workshops, seminars, and projects that may take place virtually or at venues across Canada.

Faculty for the Cultural Leadership program include: Ronnie Brooks, Founding Director of the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute; Tim Cynova, Chief Operating Officer of Fractured Atlas; Alexis Frasz, Co-Director of Helicon Collaborative; Jamie Gamble, Principal of Imprint Consulting; Anne Gloger, Principal at East Scarborough Storefront and the Centre for Connected Communities; Alexia McKinnon, Associate Director, Indigenous Leadership and Management, Banff Centre; Dr. Julian Norris, Faculty at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business; Jill Robinson, President and CEO of TRG Arts; E. Andrew Taylor, Associate Professor at American University; Dr. Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz, Founder of the New Mexico Women of Color Nonprofit Leadership Initiative at the Santa Fe Community Foundation; Lisa Watson, Co-Founder of Openly and Founder of Strategies for Social Impact; and, Joshua J. Yates, Research Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia. 

The Cultural Leadership program was developed and is offered in collaboration with Canada’s first Artistic Leadership Development Program at the National Theatre School in Montreal, QC. The program runs from November 11, 2018 - June 13, 2019. 

The Cultural Leadership program is generously supported by BMO Financial Group, The Globe and Mail, and Thomson Reuters. 

Banff Centre Leadership programs are developed with support from the Peter Lougheed Leadership Initiative.

Meet the cohort here. For more information about this and other Leadership programs at Banff Centre, visit

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.

About the National Theatre School of Canada: Founded in 1960, in Montréal, the National Theatre School of Canada (NTS) offers incomparable training for theatre artists of all kinds, actors, directors, designers, writers, production specialists, to create work that matters. A bilingual school, NTS includes both an English section and a French section. The School has graduated some 2,000 artists who have made incalculable contributions to our collective identity. Some of this most important theatre, performance, film, and television artists are among their ranks, and the influence is felt from coast to coast to coast and across the globe.