Donna has impressive experience in leading change in western Canadian arts and cultural organizations. She is well known in the Calgary community and has a deep understanding of Glenbow from her experience as Vice President of Programs and Exhibitions in the 1990s and from her role as a member of Glenbow’s Board of Directors where she chaired the Collections and Access Committee.
Donna came to Glenbow from the University of Calgary where she served as the new Director of Cultural and Community Programs with Libraries and Cultural Resources. In this position, she explored ways in which to engage the campus and Calgary communities with bold programs that showcase the rich digital resources of the new Taylor Family Digital Library, the Nickle Galleries, and the diverse collections of Libraries and Cultural Resources.
Donna joined the University of Calgary in 2008 as Director of the University of Calgary Press. Under her leadership, the Press initiated a new vision of “Making a difference. Making you think.” and is now playing a leading role in open access publishing. Under her leadership, the Press was named Alberta Book Publisher of the Year in 2012. Donna was appointed President of the Book Publishers’ Association of Alberta the same year.
Donna has wide experience in change management in nonprofit organizations in western Canada. As Executive Director of the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre and Planetarium in Vancouver for five years, she introduced new programming with an emphasis on sustainability - “putting the planet back into planetarium.”
Donna is the author of Cowboy Spirit: Guy Weadick and the Calgary Stampede (Greystone, 1996). In 2011, she completed a MA in Creative Writing from the University of Lancaster and has her first novel before a publisher. She and her husband own Livingstone & Cavell Extraordinary Toys in Kensington (est. 1992).
Under Donna’s leadership, Glenbow is repositioning itself and its amazing resources to bring new vibrancy to Calgary’s downtown arts community.