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August 19, 2016
Toronto—SITE Canada Members (and Staff) Dominate 2016 Hall of Fame Awards

SITE Canada members and staff dominated the Meetings + Incentive Travel (M&IT) Hall of Fame Award ceremony this week at the IncentiveWorks trade show. Four SITE Canada members came away with the coveted hardware. Leslie Wright, although technically not a member of SITE Canada, has been instrumental in the governance of the chapter, through her company Fletcher Wright Associates. 

The SITE Canada members in the 2016 Hall of Fame inductees include: 
•    INDUSTRY PLANNER: Heather Douglas, Meridican Incentive Consultants
•    INDUSTRY INNOVATOR: Grant Snider, DMCP, Meeting Escrow Inc.
•    INDUSTRY VOLUNTEER: Hayley Bishop, CMP, Wynford
•    RISING STAR: Christy Wright, CIS, SM+I/Strategic Meetings + Incentives
And our SITE Canada Secretariat:
•    INDUSTRY VETERAN: Leslie Wright, Fletcher Wright Associates

SITE Canada President, John Crowe says “I’m delighted and pleased to see so many chapter members as recipients of the Hall of Fame Award for 2016. All of us at SITE Canada are well aware of the incredible dedication of our members—recognition is so important and every winner is so deserving in every category. Congratulations to you all.”

M+IT’s Hall of Fame awards launched in 2009. Its goal is to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of meeting and incentive travel industry professionals. 

SITE Canada is part of a global network of travel and event professionals committed to motivational experiences that deliver business results. Our chapter provides insights and connections that inspire the utilization of this powerful tool across diverse industries, regions, and cultures and serves as a source of knowledge and best practices where members can make personal connections that sustain professional growth.

For further information please connect with 
John Crowe, President, SITE Canada 
T: 905.812.7483
office@sitecanada.org 
www.sitecanada.org 

August 08, 2016
Exposoft Solutions Celebrates its 20th Anniversary in RIO!

Exposoft is providing event services at the 2016 Olympics taking place in Rio, Brazil.

Toronto, ON—Exposoft Solutions continues to provide leading edge solutions to the corporate hospitality market as it deploys its services at the RIO 2016 Olympics.  Exposoft has been providing software and services to top Olympic sponsors since 2004 and has managed more than a hundred thousand guests for the past seven games.  The system developed originally for The Coca Cola Company has evolved over the past 14 years to what it has become today, Crystal Event Management System (CEMS).

“We are proud to have been involved with these Olympic projects for the past 14 years.  The experience that we gain from these events has a direct impact on all of our other incentive travel partners” stated CEO, Bassel Annab, “We continue to evolve our technology and expand our services solutions to simplify the operational demands.  The coupling of skilled experienced event staff along with the Crystal platform guarantees a seamless guest experience.”

Exposoft’s Crystal platform is a one of kind system designed specifically for incentive travel operators and meeting/conference planners providing personalized experiences for each of their guests.  Exposoft provides a 360 degree solution from invitation to onsite accreditation, security tracking and post event survey.  The power of the system is that all aspects of the guests’ experiences are in one central location.  Ticketing, Housing and Travel inventory are all easily managed to create a great event experience for the guests and a stress free roll out for the operators.

August 05, 2016
Halifax Convention Centre Names FMAV as Official AV Partner

Five-year agreement aligns new facility with innovative event technology

Halifax, NS—FMAV is pleased to announce it has been named as the official in-house audio visual partner for the Halifax Convention Centre. As the first supplier selected for the new venue, FMAV will provide audio, visual, digital signage software and support including exclusive rigging services.

“We’re thrilled to strengthen our relationship with the Halifax Convention Centre team and look forward to operating in an exciting new leading edge facility,” said Bill Brown, President and CEO, FMAV. “With this partnership, we look forward to create exceptional event experiences for clients and their participants through the delivery of innovative event technology services.”

FMAV maintains a long standing track record in Atlantic Canada in both event staging and providing in-house venue services including as the official audio visual provider in the Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre.

“We look forward to strengthening our partnership with FMAV as we take an exciting step toward opening and operating our new Halifax Convention Centre,” said Carrie Cussons, acting President and CEO of the Halifax Convention Centre. “We are committed to delivering a strong customer experience, and together with FMAV, we’ll invest in better technical support for clients and align technology trends with our new, more sophisticated facility to provide innovative offerings.”

When the new Halifax Convention Centre facility opens in 2017, FMAV will provide audio visual services for meetings, conventions and trade shows over a five-year contract and has committed to an investment approaching half a million dollars in systems and equipment to deliver best in class meeting and convention services.

About FMAV
FMAV is the audiovisual and event technology company for people who plan meetings and live events. As the largest independent audiovisual firm in Canada, FMAV has more than 250 staff across seven offices from coast to coast, including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. For more information, visit fmav.ca.

About the Halifax Convention Centre
The Halifax Convention Centre is part of the Nova Centre, a one-million square-foot, mixed-use development including a hotel, financial tower and retail space. The Centre will have 120,000 square feet of event space, including two convention levels and a mix of multi-purpose, meeting a ballroom space. For more information, visit www.halifaxconventioncentre.com.

Media Contacts:
Alissa Hurley
FMAV
613-222-0453
ahurley@fmav.ca

Suzanne Fougere
Trade Centre Limited
902-421-7016
suzanne@tclns.com

July 25, 2016
WestJet adds more flights for Canadians

Canada's low-fare leader invests in communities across the country 

Calgary—WestJet announced today it will add dozens of new flights to its growing domestic and international networks as part of its 2016-2017 winter schedule, enhancing service for leisure and business travellers.

"WestJet has been Canada's low-fare leader for 20 years with a proven track record of bringing safe, affordable and stress-free air travel to communities across the country," said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial. "The addition of dozens of new flights demonstrates our commitment to invest in communities and serve Canadians now and in the future, a commitment backed by our established, trusted brand and caring, people-driven service. These increases enable communities to stimulate development, improve infrastructure and grow their economies. As our network of more than 100 destinations in over 20 countries continues to expand, we remain committed to offering our guests more choices, better connectivity and the opportunity to fly with Canada's highest-rated airline for customer service." 

Highlights of WestJet's 2016-2017 winter schedule:

  • New non-stop weekly service between Regina and Orlando, Florida, effective October 27, 2016.
  • New flights from Toronto to a number of Canadian and international destinations including Vancouver, Ottawa, Moncton, Myrtle Beach, Aruba, Kingston (Jamaica), San Jose and Liberia (Costa Rica), Port of Spain and St. Martin.
  • An increase of 41 new weekly flights between Vancouver and Kelowna, Prince George, Toronto, Honolulu, Cancun, Cabo San Lucas and Los Angeles.
  • Kelowna will see 19 new flights per week to Vancouver and two additional weekly flights to Calgary.
  • Service from Halifax will increase with seven additional weekly flights to Sydney, Nova Scotia, and daily flights added this summer scheduled to continue through the winter.
  • Extension of existing seasonal services through the winter, including Vancouver-Montreal, and Toronto to Gander, Nashville, Los Angeles and Brandon.
  • Additional flights from Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg to domestic and international destinations.
  • As previously announced, non-stop service to London Gatwick from Calgary and Toronto will operate on year-round basis through the winter.

For more information on new routes and increased frequencies in WestJet's 2016-2017 winter schedule, please visit www.westjet.com/winterschedule.

This winter, WestJet will operate an average of 642 daily flights to 95 destinations including 36 in Canada, 25 in the United States and 34 in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and Europe. Combining summer and winter routes, this year WestJet will operate an average of 639 daily flights to 101 destinations including 38 in Canada, 27 in the United States and 36 in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and Europe.

WestJet Vacations provides affordable, reliable and easy-to-book travel experiences to 64 destinations in 20 countries, including the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, Mexico and United States.

About WestJet
We are proud to be Canada's highest-rated airline for customer service, powered by an award-winning culture of care and recognized as one of the country's top employers. We offer scheduled service to 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. Through our regional airline, WestJet Encore, and with partnerships with airlines representing every major region of the world, we offer our guests more than 150 destinations in more than 20 countries. Leveraging WestJet's extensive network, flight schedule and remarkable guest experience, WestJet Vacations delivers affordable, flexible travel experiences with a variety of accommodation options for every guest. Members of our WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Our members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of WestJet flights and vacations packages on any day, at any time, to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods  ̶  even on seat sales. For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com.  

July 25, 2016
NewLeaf Travel Company Credits 16,000+ Canadian Supporters

Winnipeg/CNW/—NewLeaf Travel Company is excited to announce lift off with flights leaving from Hamilton, Kelowna, and Winnipeg on July 25, 2016.

Following NewLeaf Travel Company's June 23, 2016 announcement that they would resume sales for flights to 11 Canadian destinations, President and CEO Jim Young credited the 16,000+ Canadians who "purchased tickets and placed their trust in NewLeaf Travel Company. We've accomplished a lot, and walked through many hurdles in order to deliver an ultra-low-cost travel service."

Less than one month after ticket sales opened, NewLeaf Travel Company announced that the inaugural flight from Hamilton to Moncton on July 29th has sold out.  "This exceeds our projections, and we are thrilled.  In addition, many of our flights are near capacity," shared NewLeaf Travel Company's President and CEO, Jim Young.

NewLeaf Travel Company in partnership with Flair Air offers a long-awaited ultra-low-cost option for Canadian travellers.  NewLeaf Travel Company achieves base fares that are below other Canadian carriers through cost-saving measures, such as operating out of regional airports with lower landing fees; flying a simple point-to-point network with minimal time between flights; and offering purchase options for carry-on verses checked baggage, priority boarding, and call-centre assistance. 

Flights booked through NewLeaf Travel Company will be operated by Flair Air, a licensed Canadian airline with an experienced crew and pilots flying Boeing 737‐400 passenger jets.

NewLeaf Travel Company Inc. is a privately-held Canadian company headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba that provides leisure travellers with low fares and travel options that are unbundled and transparent.  See more at www.GoNewLeaf.ca

Flair Airlines Ltd. is a Canadian airline with operations based in Kelowna, Calgary and Hamilton.  In business since 2003, Flair Air has a strong track record of safety and service. Learn more at www.Flairair.ca.

July 12, 2016
American Express Global Business Travel and Airbnb for Business Announce New Agreement for Business Travellers

First-of-its-kind agreement adds home sharing accommodations to corporate travel programs and helps travel managers provide more options to business travellers

Toronto—American Express Global Business Travel (“GBT”) today announced a commercial agreement with Airbnb, the world's leading community-driven hospitality company. The new referral partnership will make Airbnb for Business more accessible to GBT customers and allow data transfer and traveler tracking.

Since being founded in 2008, Airbnb hosts have welcomed more than 100 million guest arrivals at Airbnb listings worldwide. Approximately 10 percent of all travellers on Airbnb are business travellers. This trend is largely driven by travellers seeking accommodations that allow them to experience cities and neighborhoods they visit.

During the first phase of the program, once GBT refers a customer to Airbnb, individual travellers can book accommodations directly on Airbnb.com using a corporate email address. In the coming weeks, GBT and Airbnb will integrate Airbnb booking information into GBT’s reporting platform so that GBT’s customers can easily track their travellers’ Airbnb bookings. Once that integration is complete, the reservation details for each business trip will automatically be shared with GBT. Travel managers can then access the data through corporate reporting and duty of care platforms. Travellers will then be able to access that booking information through GBT’s corporate reporting and duty of care platforms. Travellers will also have the ability to view their booking details in their regular corporate itineraries and on mobile devices.

“Business travellers want the freedom to choose accommodations that align with their personal and professional tastes,” said Wes Bergstrom, Vice President, Global Supplier Relations, American Express Global Business Travel. “At the same time, traveler safety and security are a top priority for companies. As the first travel management company (TMC) to partner with Airbnb, our customers can further evolve their travel policies and offer their travellers the ability to book preferred accommodations.”

“We are excited to be working with one of the leaders in the travel management space, and look forward to helping business travellers feel more at home while traveling on the road,” said Lex Bayer, head of Global Payments and Business Travel at Airbnb. “Airbnb for Business gives business travellers access to more than two million homes around the world, and the ability to explore a city like a local, even if it’s just for one night.”

The first phase of this partnership is expected to go live in the U.S. in the next few weeks, and to expand to additional countries later this year. GBT and Airbnb will continue to develop additional phases of this program, which will enable greater integration throughout the booking process.

About American Express Global Business Travel
American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) equips companies of all sizes with the insights, tools, services and expertise they need to keep their travellers safe, focused and productive while on the road. With approximately 12,000 employees and operations in nearly 120 countries worldwide, GBT empowers customers to take control of their travel programs, optimizing the return on their travel and meetings investments, while, more importantly, providing extraordinary traveler care. Learn more at amexglobalbusinesstravel.com and amexglobalbusinesstravel.com/content/. Follow us @ twitter.com/amexgbt.

American Express Global Business Travel (“GBT”) is a joint venture that is not wholly-owned by American Express Company or any of its subsidiaries (“American Express”). “American Express Global Business Travel”, “American Express” and the American Express logo are trademarks of American Express, and are used under limited license.

About Airbnb
Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone or tablet. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 191 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.

July 05, 2016
Montréal crowned top international business tourism city in the Americas

Montréal, QC—For a fifth consecutive year, Montréal ranks first in the Americas for international events, according to the International Meetings Statistics Report for the Year 2015 released by the Union of International Association (UIA), representing yet another outstanding performance. Overall, the city hosted 108 international events in 2015, up 29% from 2014.

This is an enviable position given how competitive the industry is worldwide. Montréal outranked all major U.S. cities by hosting:

  • 42% more international events than New York City (ranked first in the U.S.); and
  • 59% more than Washington DC, the U.S. capital.

Within Canada, the city clearly dominated by hosting over half (52%) the international events held in the country’s three major cities, i.e. Toronto, Vancouver and Montréal.

“As Montréal’s main venue for large-scale conventions, the Palais is proud of the city’s standing among the world’s leading destinations. Everyone in the business tourism industry keeps mobilizing, and this is essential to secure big international events so we may continue to be steadfast in our pursuit of generating ever more intellectual benefits and tourism revenue for Montréal,” declared Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès. “We’ve earned the AIPC Gold Quality Standards certification, the highest in the convention industry, and have been named a finalist for the AIPC* World’s Best Congress Centre award, so the Palais is clearly thoroughly equipped to handle major events,” he added.

“Montréal attracts thousands of business tourists each year, thus entrenching its standing as a tourism leader in the Americas. At Tourisme Montréal, we are committed to working alongside our clients to ensure they host successful events and to give them a unique experience. I would like to point out the hard work of our local tourism industry in maintaining Montréal’s Number One ranking at the top of the list of leading host cities for international events,” stated Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal. 

For the 2015-16 year, the Palais des congrès welcomed almost 57,000 participants who attended 25 international events**, generating nearly $118,000,000 in tourism revenues for Montréal.

About the Palais des congrès de Montréal
Recipient of the AIPC Gold Quality Standards certification, the highest in the convention industry, and shortlisted by the AIPC for its World’s Best Congress Centre award, the Palais des congrès de Montréal attracts and hosts conventions, exhibitions, conferences, meetings and other events, and generates significant tourism revenues for Montréal while contributing to promoting the city’s international reputation. www.congresmtl.com

About Tourisme Montréal
Tourisme Montréal is responsible for providing leadership with regard to the concerted hospitality and promotion efforts aimed at positioning Montréal in leisure and business travel markets. It is also responsible for developing Montréal's tourism product in accordance with changing market conditions. For more information, visit www.mtl.org.

About the Union of International Associations (UIA)
The Union of International Associations, founded in 1907, is a research institute and documentation centre that specializes in researching, compiling and providing information on international organizations and international associations as a means of understanding global issues

* International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC)
** Including U.S. conventions

Sources:
Palais des congrès de Montréal and Tourisme Montréal

For information:
Amélie Asselin
Advisor, Communications and Public Affairs
Palais des congrès de Montréal
amelie.asselin@congresmtl.com
Phone: 514 871-5897

Andrée-Anne Pelletier
Manager – Corporate Public Relations
Tourisme Montréal
aapelletier@mtl.org
Phone: 514 844-3344 / 514 264-1638

June 27, 2016
Ignite magazine awarded Best Trade Magazine of the Year at the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors' annual Editors’ Choice Awards

Ignite magazine was honoured with the award for Trade Magazine of the Year at the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors' annual Editors’ Choice Awards on Wednesday June 8, 2016.

Ignite's editor, Laura Bickle, accepted the award on behalf of the team. “It is truly an honour to be recognized by our magazine industry peers. The business events community we serve through Ignite is passionate and creative — and we try to capture that within the pages of our magazine. It's thrilling to know that the judges recognized that!"

Debbie van der Beek, co-publisher of Ignite, shared, “It’s such an exciting time for our publication. We continue to seek new and innovative ways to deliver content to our readers — both in print and through our digital interactive edition. Laura is exceptional at seeking out great stories that are relevant and keeping the writing fresh. Our design studio also understands our vision, delivering a vibrant design that makes it easy to consume on the run… perfect for business planners."

The Editors’ Choice Awards are designed to recognize the outstanding achievements of Canadian publications and their editors, who aim to provide engaging content and innovative ideas to their readers.

The 2016 Award recipients are:

Magazine of the Year, Small Circulation
Winner: BC Business
Editor: Matt O’Grady

Magazine of the Year, Medium Circulation *Tie *
Winner #1: Elle Canada
Editor: Noreen Flanagan
Winner #2: Today’s Parent
Editor: Sasha Emmons

Trade Magazine of the Year
Winner: Ignite Magazine
Editor: Laura Bickle

Custom Magazine of the Year
Winner: Mercedes-Benz Magazine
Editor: Natasha Mekhail

Best Tablet
Winner: Today’s Parent
Editor-in-chief: Sasha Emmons
Tablet Designers: Stephanie Han-Kim, Jamie Piper, Sanjay Pinnock, Nicole Chung, Nica Patricio

Best Web Editorial
Winner: TodaysParent.com
Editor-in-Chief: Sasha Emmons & Web Editors: Suzanne Gardner and Alyssa Ashton

Best Front of Book *Tie*
Winner #1: Fairmont Magazine
Editor: Natasha Mekhail
Winner #2: BC Business
Editor: Matt O’Grady

Best Art Integration
Winner: Western Living
Editor: Anicka Quinn Art Director: Paul Roelofs

Jim Cormier Award for Display Writing
Winner: Elle Canada
Editor: Noreen Flanagan

Ignite is Canada’s leading source of ideas and inspiration for business event planners. Experience our engaging new suite of resources including Ignite’s fully interactive digital edition (complete with video, slideshows, downloads and more)! Plus, visit our website for helpful new tools such as the Fabulous Fams listings, Job Board and What’s On Calendar. Tired of trying to find relevant info on the internet? Check out a refreshing way to research destinations, venues and more in Ignite’s new Inspiration Room. Visit us at ignitemag.ca and sign up for your flexible FREE subscription that lets you pick the products that you want to receive, so you create a fully personalized experience.

Media Contact:
Melaya Horsten, CMP
Marketing & Communications, Ignite
Melaya@ignitemag.ca
(647) 637-9952

June 23, 2016
FICP Introduces New Mission, Vision and Brand Statement

Chicago—Today, at the 2016 Financial & Insurance Conference Planners (FICP) Education Forum, Chair Caryn Taylor Lucia introduced the organization’s new mission, vision and brand statements. The new direction reflects the needs of meetings and events professionals in the financial services and insurance industries and reaffirms FICP’s commitment to elevating those professionals.

“Moving forward, FICP will not only focus on the development of its members and partners, but will be looking to increase visibility into the positive impact, and value, these individuals provide within their organization,” said Taylor Lucia.

The new statements are as follows:

Vision
FICP’s vision is to amplify the positive impact and value of financial services and insurance industry meetings and events professionals.

Mission
FICP serves to strengthen our members through education, outreach and partnerships so that the positive impact and value of their work is fully recognized by both their organizations as well as the meetings and events industry.

Brand Statement
FICP is a community of financial services and insurance industry meetings and events professionals dedicated to developing members, and advocating the positive impact and value of their work. We elevate the profession by leveraging partnerships and our members’ collective skills and experiences to create purposeful interactions for all stakeholders whose professional success is linked to our members’ work.

For more information on the updated mission, vision and brand statements, as well as strategic goals for the coming years, visit www.ficpnet.com.

About Financial & Insurance Conference Planners (FICP)
FICP serves to strengthen our members through education, outreach and partnerships so that the positive impact and value of their work is fully recognized by both their organizations as well as the meetings and events industry. For more information, please visit ficpnet.com.

June 23, 2016
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity launches new strategic direction and visual identity

Banff, AB/CNW/--Together with its Board of Governors, Banff Centre is proud to unveil a new, long range strategic plan in order to advance and secure its position as the global leader in arts, culture, and creativity. Work on the Banff Centre five-year strategic plan commenced in May 2015, and was accompanied by a thorough review of the mission, vision and strategic direction. Concurrent to the strategic planning work, the Centre undertook an update to its branding and institutional graphic identity.

Entitled The Creative Voice: 2016- 2021, the strategic plan includes the introduction of:

  • An update of its public name to Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
  • An ongoing commitment to excellence in artistic learning
  • A dedicated public arts program
  • A world-class public presenting series
  • The development and introduction of a dedicated cultural leadership program
  • A commitment to be a centre of excellence for Indigenous arts and leadership programs
  • The long term plan for the investment and stewardship of our campus infrastructure

"The six strategic goals detailed in this plan celebrate the dynamic work we do at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and provide the strategic framework to enable the continued creation of work for the national and global stage," said Janice Price, President and CEO, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. "As we look forward to the next five years, we see an organization that's equipped to realize its mission and vision, including the aspiration to become the global leader in arts, culture, and creativity. Our success in implementing this five year plan will be measured by our ability to nurture the creative voices of today and tomorrow."

Banff Centre Board Chair David Weyant added, "The work outlined in the five year strategic plan, that has been endorsed and unanimously adopted by Banff Centre Board of Governors, truly represents the outstanding creative practice that takes place on our campus. We are now firmly positioned to be a powerful and sustainable force in the world of arts and creativity." 

As a public introduction to the new strategic plan and visual identity, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is hosting a free, celebratory concert on July 16 at the Centre's Shaw Amphitheatre featuring the legendary Buffy Sainte-Marie, singer-songwriter Dan Mangan, nine-piece string ensemble collectif 9, Cree singer Mariame Hasni, and kora player Seckou Keita along with emerging voices from Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity programs. Tickets are free, but must be reserved at banffcentre.ca

The Creative Voice Overview

The plan, The Creative Voice, has helped to shape a clarified mission and vision and identifies six key areas of focus over the next five years. Highlights of activities in each of the strategic objectives include:

1 - Excellence in artistic learning

  • Banff Centre summer classical music programs will engage an international faculty of artists, thinkers, and composers to create new work and re-examine traditional repertoire under the co-artistic direction of Claire Chase and Steven Schick.
  • Banff Centre opera programs will continue to explore new approaches to the art form in collaboration with national and international partners through one full production residency each year.
  • Banff Centre will develop new media programs in digital storytelling, audio and video, gaming and virtual reality, with additional theatre production training in rigging, lighting and sound, and projection.
  • Banff Centre will continue to contribute to our artistic community throughout Alberta and the arts and cultural sector with a dedicated public outreach strategy.

2 - Banff Centre as a cultural destination

  • Banff Centre will create a public art walk from the town of Banff to the Centre with an accompanying art park on campus. The experience will help to bring to life the creative practice that is present throughout learning programs.
  • Banff Centre will commission a series of public art works, beginning in summer 2017. 

3 - Becoming a leading destination for creativity in Leadership and Conferences

  • Banff Centre will work with Russell Willis Taylor, former President and CEO of the US based National Arts Strategies, to establish a new, value-based leadership program for executive level cultural administrators and in addition to overseeing all leadership programs.
  • Banff Centre will facilitate unique conference experiences that utilize arts, creativity, leadership practices and the natural environment while advancing programmatic practices and conference measurement techniques.

4 - A centre of excellence for Indigenous programs

  • Banff Centre will maintain its world respected programs in Indigenous Leadership and Management.
  • Banff Centre will develop new programs that bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners around topics of national importance, including training and summits based on recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
  • Banff Centre will annually commission an emerging Indigenous visual artist annually with an award of $20,000 to create a new work. This first award will be announced in summer 2016.
  • Banff Centre will provide year-round programing and artistic direction in Indigenous arts. 

5 - Celebrating and preserving our creative home in the Canadian Rocky Mountains   

  • Banff Centre will steward, invest, and improve the existing buildings and venues on its campus to best support artists, leaders, and guests.

6 - An adaptable, resilient organization

  • Banff Centre will continue to operate as a not-for-profit that is driven to invest its earned and contributed income into arts program in support of its mission/vision, while delivering balanced or surplus operating results

For more information about Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity's strategic plan and to reserve tickets for the free concert in the Shaw Amphitheatre on July 16, visit banffcentre.ca

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. www.banffcentre.ca

SOURCE Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity