Known for her deep roots in the Vancouver and B.C. arts scene, Kim Spencer-Nairn has been tapped as the new managing director of Ballet BC. She will join the company on October 24.
“I am beyond excited to be joining Ballet BC, an organization I have long admired and supported, in the city and arts community that I call home.” Spencer-Nairn said in a Ballet BC release. “It’s a momentous time for the company, and I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to its continued growth and evolution."
Born in Montreal, Spencer-Nairn began her career as a dancer, studying with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Professional Division. She later shifted her focus to the financial side of things as a chartered professional accountant specializing in arts entrepreneurship and management.
After leaving public practice in 2008 she’s devoted her time to arts organizations across the province, founding the Capture Photography Festival in 2013, sitting on the board of the Canada Council for the Arts, and volunteering and fundraising with the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Museum of Anthropology, and the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra.
“The Board of Directors is absolutely thrilled to introduce Kim as Ballet BC’s new Managing Director,” Ballet BC board chair Laura Cundari said in the release. “Her appointment aligns with a new era for the organization, and her financial background combined with her deep roots in the Vancouver arts scene and proven leadership capabilities will ensure the company continues towards a bright future.”