Rosemary Thompson, Vice President for Marketing, Communications and Public Affairs
The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Rosemary Thompson was appointed as Vice President for Marketing, Communications, and Public Affairs on January 2, 2018. Thompson is responsible for raising the profile of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity as one of Canada and the world’s leading arts and leadership training institutes. She ensures Banff Centre communicates its institutional mission in all areas as outlined in the five-year strategic plan, The Creative Voice. Additionally, Thompson oversees relations with Banff Centre’s Board of Governors and Directors, including management of materials for quarterly meetings and the annual report, improved communications procedures, recruitment of Board members, and an enhanced level of service and information to those serving on the Board.
Thompson previously served as Executive Director of Communications, Public Affairs, and Corporate Secretary of the National Arts Centre (NAC) in Ottawa, where she served as a key member of the executive team that secured $225.4 M for the architectural and production renewal of Canada’s home of the performing arts. Thompson joined the NAC in 2009 after a career in journalism with CTV National News, where she served as the first female correspondent in the Washington bureau during 9/11, as well as Deputy Bureau Chief of the Parliamentary Bureau in Ottawa and as Montréal Bureau Chief during the 1995 Referendum on Québec Sovereignty. She also worked at CBC with reporting duties in Winnipeg and Montréal.
Dedicated to serving the community, Thompson is a member of the National Theatre School in Montréal. She has volunteered for diverse organizations including Carleton University’s Board of Governors, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Famous Five Foundation, and the Children’s Bridge Foundation, which raises funds to benefit orphaned and abandoned children in Asia and Africa. Thompson is a founding member of the Canada 150 Alliance, which served as the national network to support the federal government’s sesquicentennial celebrations. Thompson grew up in Montreal and is bilingual, her family has deep roots in Western Canada. She is married with two children.