The Banff Centre is a leader in developing and promoting creative work in the arts, sciences, business and environment. Alberta’s government is supporting the centre as it focuses on its mandate while strengthening its future competitiveness and sustainability.

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 deeply appreciate the service of all former board members, including the chair, government appointees and board of governor appointees alike, at the Banff Centre. They have given their time and attention to furthering this important institution, and their collective contributions have positively positioned the Banff Centre for future success. This change offers an opportunity to focus on a refreshed future for the Banff Centre.

“Paul Baay has a wide range of relevant experience that will make him an effective administrator. I am confident in his ability to fulfil his role in place of the board of governors of the Banff Centre until a new chair and board are appointed.”

Rajan Sawhney, Minister of Advanced Education

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.

Quick facts

  • 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 Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

  • The Banff Centre is a public, board-governed, specialized arts and culture institute.
  • The board of governors of the Banff Centre consists of:
    • a board chair
    • a president
    • 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
  • At the time of appointing the administrator, there were five vacancies on the board for board-appointed members.
  • Once a new board is appointed, the federal minister will nominate a person for appointment to the new board.