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Banff Centre Foundation appoints new board chair

Jill Price, who joined the foundation in May 2019 and assumed her new role Feb. 1, said she is excited to lead the team’s philanthropic endeavors and continued focus on the responsible management of endowment funds.

BANFF – The Banff Centre Foundation board has a new chair in Jill Price.

“Banff Centre’s support of artists, event hosting, learning facilitation, truth and reconciliation leadership, and Indigenous programming are just a few ways that reinforce how this is a truly world-class centre for the arts in Canada,” she said in a press release.

Price has expertise in executive leadership and board management, as well as fundraising, government relations, governance, and fund management oversight. She has previously worked with diverse clientele including large and small organizations across various sectors, such as alternative energy, hospitals, investment firms, and not-for-profit entities.

Banff Centre president and CEO Janice Price said she believes the foundation is in good hands with its new lead but also praised the outgoing chair of the foundation, Tim Kitchen, for his leadership in the role. Kitchen first joined the foundation six years ago.

“Under his leadership as chair, the directors have successfully navigated the organization through the most challenging financial years in our 90-year history,” Janice said in a press release. “I commend Tim and the board on their thoughtful and dedicated hard work in fundraising and endowment management.”

Kitchen’s family has a long history at the Banff Centre, a tradition that he said he was honoured to continue as chair of the foundation board for the past four years.

“The directors in place have the expertise, vision, and passion to provide outstanding oversight over Banff Centre’s endowments and to support the foundation’s fundraising efforts,” he said in a press release. “I am excited about the future of this amazing institution.”

The Banff Centre Foundation's mission is to oversee the management of endowment funds contributed by generous donors and supplemented with funding from the federal government's endowment incentives program.

The Foundation is also responsible for suggesting yearly allocations of the earnings from funding to sustain Banff Centre programs. It works in collaboration with the organization’s development committee to raise both endowment and operating funds to support the Centre's programs and operations.

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