Dean Prodan, Chair of the Board of Directors of Calgary Arts Development Authority (CADA) is pleased to announce that Patti Pon, veteran community and arts leader, has been hired as the organization's next President & CEO, effective August 1st, 2013.
Pon’s hiring comes at the conclusion of a rigorous national executive search process conducted by a committee of the Board. The process attracted a strong field and included interviews with candidates from Calgary and across Canada. Patti's vision and dedication to the mission of Calgary Arts Development, combined with her track record of leadership in the arts sector and service to the citizens of Calgary, make her an ideal successor for this role.
“Patti is a passionate and visionary champion for our city with a deep belief in Calgary's potential,” says Prodan. “Her extensive experience, proven leadership qualities and extraordinary community engagement skills will be sure to guide Calgary Arts Development to new heights as it embarks on the implementation of an integrated arts strategy for Calgary.”
Pon has deep and diverse experience in the arts sector, having served as Vice President, Administration at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts, with stints at the Alberta Performing Arts Stabilization Fund and Alberta Theatre Projects, among others. In the community, she serves on the boards of CKUA Radio Network, The Calgary Foundation, and on a committee for the Calgary Stampede. She was a founding board member of the Asian Heritage Foundation (Southern Alberta) and served on the steering committee for imagineCalgary. She comes to the position of President & CEO from her most recent position as Director, Resource Development, at Calgary Arts Development.
Pon holds BFA in Drama and an MBA in Arts Administration, and has been awarded the the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the 2013 Harry and Martha Cohen Award recognizing significant contribution to Calgary's theatre community.
“It is an honour and a privilege to accept the position of President & CEO at Calgary Arts Development,” says Pon. “I look forward to continuing the great work that has begun thanks to Terry's leadership. He is a great leader and colleague, and I have big shoes to fill.”
She adds, “I am thrilled to have been offered this opportunity and am so thankful to all of you who have encouraged me throughout the search process. I look forward to continuing our work together.”
Calgary Arts Development also announces that current President & CEO, Dr. Terry Rock, will officially conclude his duties at Calgary Arts Development on July 31st, 2013.