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Alberta government dismisses board at Banff Centre, replaces with administrator

By The Canadian Press on October 27, 2023.

The Alberta government has dismissed the entire board of the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and replaced it with a temporary administrator. The Banff National Park entrance is shown in Banff, Alta., on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

BANFF, Alta. – The Alberta government has dismissed the entire board of the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and replaced it with a temporary administrator.

The centre in the mountain town of Banff, west of Calgary, develops and promotes creative work in the arts, sciences, business and the environment.

The government says in a statement late Thursday that it’s supporting the centre as it focuses on its mandate while “strengthening its future competitiveness and sustainability.”

It says the temporary administrator, Paul Baay, will review the internal processes and policies at the Banff Centre over the next six to nine months, and take on the responsibilities of the board of governors until a new chair and board can be appointed.

Baay, who’s president and chief executive officer of Touchstone Exploration Inc., has worked for various oil and gas companies in the past 25 years.

He has also served on numerous boards and is the current chairman of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 27, 2023.

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