Scaling the Mountain
Mentoring younger women to help them make it to the top
When people ask me how I ended up working as Interim Executive Director of Lincoln Centre in New York City, or being the CEO of the Kimmel Centre in Philadelphia, or being the founding CEO of the Luminato Festival in Toronto, or now serving as the President and CEO of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, I tell them it’s all about working hard, and believing your organization can reach greater heights.
While there are many women working in the arts in Canada today, there are very few who actually make it to the top. Since winning the WXN Top 100 Award I’ve felt a big responsibility to give back, and to mentor younger women in my organization.
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is Canada’s largest postgraduate arts school which welcomes close to 4,000 artists and leaders to our beautiful campus in the Rockies. We are building a great team in Alberta, and many of the stars in our organization are young women.
Since winning the WXN Top 100 award I’ve created a CEO’s Circle at Banff Centre, where our group gets together every month to talk about how to become better leaders.
Leadership requires many different characteristics, you have to have clear vision, you need to know how to build an incredible team, you have to be a great listener, and you must be able to make very tough decisions.
I’ve sacrificed a lot over the years to run major arts organizations, the hours are long, and projects can be incredibly complex, but it’s worth it to me because the arts define who we are as a people, they delight us, inspire us, they challenge us and help us understand who we are.
It’s been the honour of a lifetime to help artists achieve their dreams, and to scale greater heights in their artistic practice—it’s what helps me walk up the mountain every day to my office at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
After 40 years in the arts, and now leading a $70M organization, I know that we can only be strong if we put the right teams together, and that they have the resources they need to ensure success.
But ultimately what I tell young women is that they need to love what they do, they need to work hard, all of the winners of the WXN award are in difficult jobs and they are very committed, that is my recipe for success.
Janice Price, a leader in the arts and entertainment sector in Canada and the United States, is a Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner in the Arts, Sports & Entertainment Category for 2018. She has been honoured because of how she has shaped Canadian thinking, communications and culture.
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Janice Price is President and CEO of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
2018 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner
BMO Arts, Sports & Entertainment
Diversity CEO and Champion for WXN/CBDC Diversity Council
Janice Price has over 30 years of experience as a senior executive in leadership roles in the arts and entertainment sector in Canada and the United States. She was appointed President and CEO of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in March 2015. Prior to her appointment at Banff Centre, Ms. Price served as CEO of the Luminato Festival, Toronto’s annual multi-‐arts festival, an organization she led since its inception in 2006. As the Festival’s Founding CEO, Janice helped Luminato become one of the world’s largest and most respected annual multi-‐arts festivals. Previous to Luminato, Janice was President and CEO of The Kimmel Centre for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia from 2002-‐2006, and prior to that position she was Vice President of Marketing and Communications and then Interim Executive Director at New York’s Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts. Prior to her professional engagements in the United States, Janice held senior positions at a number of Toronto arts organizations, including the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts and The Corporation of Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall. From 1992–1996, Janice was the Director of Marketing and Special Projects for the Stratford Festival.
Ms. Price has served on numerous national and international arts sector
Boards including ISPA (International Society for the Performing Arts), the National Board of Culture Days, the Toronto Arts Foundation, and the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. She served on the National Executive of the Governor General’s Leadership Conference and Chaired the national Festivals and Major Events board. Ms. Price currently serves on the board of Business for the Arts and on the Council of Post-‐ Secondary Presidents of Alberta.