Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Banff Centre) has selected Sarah Nelems as Vice President of Development, following an international executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She will begin her tenure on April 1, 2019.
Ms. Nelems is a Canadian development expert dedicated to initiating transformative change through fundraising and philanthropy. Most recently, she served as CEO at Habitat for Humanity in Okagawan, British Columbia, where she provided leadership on nationally-led culture change and growth strategy. As a consultant for the United Nations Association of Canada, she coordinated the implementation of its Canada Green Corps. Ms. Nelems has served as the Philanthropy Director at the Canadian Red Cross Society (CRCS), Vice President of Engagement and Philanthropy at Lester B. Pearson College, and Executive Director of the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation. She has also held various development positions at Columbia University in New York. Ms. Nelem’s fundraising prowess has garnered national acclaim with her partnership of the CRCS and the Calgary Stampede’s “Come Hell or High Water” campaign.
Ms. Nelems is a Global Goodwill Ambassador and has served as a judge at the Institute of Fundraising Ireland’s International Fundraising Awards. She holds a bachelor of arts in English literature from the University of British Columbia and a master of arts in history of international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has also completed the Women’s Executive Leadership Program through the Haas School of Business and is currently completing a graduate certificate in Executive Leadership Coaching at Royal Roads University.
In making the announcement, Banff Centre President and CEO Janice Price stated, “Sarah Nelems is simply one of the best fundraising professionals in Canada. Banff Centre is Canada’s largest post graduate arts school and is a gem in the Alberta and Canadian cultural landscape. Sarah has great experience working with donors and sponsors in Calgary and across Canada, which we know will benefit Banff Centre.”
“It’s an honour to join the Banff Centre team,” said Ms. Nelems. “It’s a privilege to be able to work on behalf of artists to create more opportunities for them to learn at Banff Centre, to create extraordinary work, and to help them share it with Canada and the world. Banff Centre is a unique arts education institution in Canada and I am honoured to be taking on this role.”
“Congratulations to Banff Centre on selecting Sarah Nelems as Vice President of Development,” said ACG Senior Vice President Martin Bragg. “As a unique learning organization in the global arts, culture, and creative industry, the addition of Ms. Nelems to this extraordinary leadership team will create a new focus on philanthropic support and propel Banff Centre to even greater heights.”