COLIN FUNK Colin Funk joined Leadership Development as adjunct Faculty in 1994. Colin is well known for his ability to artfully assist individuals, teams and organizations in enhancing their capacity for creativity and innovation.Colin has spent the last 20 years working as an actor, director and theatre producer throughout western Canada. He is a graduate of the British Columbia Institute of Technology – with a special focus on Broadcast Communications (1981), and a graduate of the Vancouver Playhouse – specializing in Theatre Arts and Dramaturgy (1985). Colin is the founder and Artistic Director of Precipice Theatre based in Banff, Alberta. Since 1989, Colin has led the creation of unique leadership development initiatives that bring the arts, ecology and business together through the medium of Theatre.Over the last 10 years, Colin has also played a number of diverse roles both as a performer and as an Arts Administrator with The Banff Centre. More recently, Colin has taken the role of Director, Creativity, for the Leadership Lab, Leadership Development.Colin is a firm believer in the power of the arts as a transformative means for increasing our capacity as leaders and team members. KIM BATER Kim Bater is a human development consultant providing facilitation and training services to business, community organizations and government. Kim’s focus is on assisting the health, education and social sectors and he specializes in the areas of enhancing team skills and leadership. A Certified Life Skills Coach since 1991 and Coach trainer since 1993, Kim has trained new coaches in facilitation techniques, communication skill building, conflict resolution, problem-solving approaches, effective feedback, group development, and program planning and delivery. Kim uses an experiential approach to assist people in the learning process. His facilitation techniques link the practices of creativity and leadership to individual, team and organizational development. Kim Bater is also an actor and musician and who is engaged in a life-long exploration of creativity. Clowning, juggling, theatre improv, music and outdoor games are a few of the creative tools he uses to assist his clients with increasing their effectiveness and reaching their potential. The phrase ―thinking outside the box‖ needs tools and a practice to make it real and come alive. Kim assist people to feel and know what it is to be ―outside the box‖ and how to transfer this to work and life situations. To think, feel, and do things differently and then achieve different results. This is increasingly important in a world of change and complexity. Kim and his wife Mandi Kujawa have lived in Banff for 21 years and are performers who use music and stories to entertain and educate. They have performed at Canada Day celebrations, Folk Festivals, Folk Clubs, and The Banff Centre. They also perform for Parks Canada interpreting and sharing the wonder of the natural world with visitors to the Mountain Parks. Kim is active putting leadership theory into practice as a community leader. He is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Rockies School Division and is a founder and Director of the Banff Community Foundation. Kim was the Executive Director of an early childhood program for 15 years and has a thorough knowledge of human development, which he applies to his work in community and professional development. He has discovered in these endeavours that leadership practice requires an acute attention to process in order to build success and create results. He has been a faculty member with Leadership Development at The Banff Centre since 1999. NICK NISSLEY Nick Nissley, EdD was appointed Executive Director for The Banff Centre’s Leadership Development programs on July 4th, 2006. Dr. Nissley is internationally recognized for his pioneering work in the practice of arts-based learning in management education and leadership development. Aware that The Banff Centre’s public programs, customized offerings, and Aboriginal programs have developed a world-wide reputation for inspiring creativity in leaders, his appointment will strengthen them with his wealth of research into the field and solid understanding of the practice. An accomplished academic, Nissley’s formal education includes a doctorate in education from George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., and an undergraduate degree in geology and mineralogy, from Ohio State University. He has been a professor in the department of Organization Learning and Development at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, where he served as Co-Chair, Department of Organization Learning and Development and Program Director for the Master’s Program in Human Resource Development. Dr. Nissley also held affiliations with the College of Business, Management Center, and Center for Nonprofit Management at the University of St. Thomas. While in academia, he consulted and presented to a variety of client organizations, including: schools, government, for-profit, non-profit, and faith- based communities; including local, regional, national, and international audiences and clients. In addition to teaching and consulting, Dr. Nissley has published widely in scholarly journals such as the British Journal of Management, Organizational Studies, Culture and Organization, and the International Journal of Training and Development. Frequently invited to speak on the topic of arts-based learning in management education and leadership development, he has spoken throughout North America and Europe. Most recently, Dr. Nissley was Vice President, Workforce and Organization Effectiveness at the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania, where he was responsible for providing leadership to the School’s strategic planning, human resources, organizational learning and leadership development, research and evaluation, and school history functions. He’s most proud of his role in setting the strategic direction for the school’s future – crafting the institution’s five- year strategic plan for putting the School’s approximately eight-billion dollar endowment to use ―fighting poverty in the United States, one child at a time.‖ Prior work experiences have included senior leadership roles in the mining industry and healthcare sector. Dr. Nissley’s affinity for the arts isn’t purely intellectual. He has performed semi-professionally with Playback Theatre (a form of improvisational theater in which the audience members tell stories from their lives and watch them enacted on the spot). He has also acted in organizational theatre performances in Denver and London. In the autumn of 2006, he has been invited to act in an organizational theatre performance in Krakow, Poland. In addition, he engages in creative writing about organizational / work life and was invited to the Detroit Worker-Writer Festival, in Detroit, Michigan, where he performed a short story reading. Nick’s interest in the arts, education, environment, and social service has led him to serve on the boards of organizations including: the Arts and Business Council’s Creativity Connection Advisory Board in New York City, Minneapolis’s Springboard for the Arts, the Minnesota Association for Continuing Adult Education, Antioch College’s Glen Helen Ecology Institute, and the Hershey Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Dr. Nissley’s wealth of research into the field and solid understanding of the practice of arts-based management education and leadership development, combined with his practical work experiences will allow him the opportunity to further develop the world-wide reputation that The Banff Centre’s Leadership Development Programs have earned for inspiring creative leadership. BRIAN TATE A native Vancouverite, Brian Tate is a vocalist, choral director, facilitator, and award-winning composer. Brian works extensively with the singing voice both as a performer and facilitator. Beginning with a love of jazz and improvisation followed by classical music studies, he received his degree from the UBC School of Music and went on to further studies in London, England, and the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. Brian studied choral conducting with James Fankhauser at the University of B.C. and Jon Washburn through the Vancouver Chamber Choir's International Conductors' Symposium. He founded the Vancouver Actors' Chorus and is currently music director of the Universal Gospel Choir, a multi-faith chorus that performs sacred music from many cultures. He is frequently invited to give workshops for school, church, and community choirs. As a performer, Brian sings jazz with the Brian Tate Quartet and is active as a solo unaccompanied vocalist augmented with electronic looping. He is currently collaborating with visual artist Kate Collie creating spontaneous, improvised works of music and art. Brian has enjoyed many different roles in theatre. In addition to composing dozens of scores for plays and radio dramas, he has twice received the Jessie Richardson Award for sound design, once for original music and once for improvisations. For many years he co-facilitated The Mastery of Self-Expression in Vancouver, a theatre-based workshop founded by The Actors' Institute in New York. Brian is currently on the faculty of Studio 58, Langara College's professional theatre school, where he teaches singing and choir. He is also the creator of Free Your Voice: The Singing Workshop, where participants use singing as a path toward finding their authentic voice, expanding their range of expression, and exploring and communicating meaning through song text. In the corporate environment, Brian gives workshops using music-making as a tool for creativity, innovation, managing change, and teambuilding. He is on the faculty of Leadership Development at The Banff Centre. KEITH WEBB Keith Webb has formed a career out of living his passion by taking people out into the Rocky mountain landscape for the last 35 years. Recently, he was hired by Leadership Development as Ecologist-in-Residence at the Banff Centre, demonstrating how ecological understanding can inform business leaders about coping with a world growing more global and complex. He has given presentations and walks to hundreds of groups such as; Mckinsey, Telus, Talisman Energy, Raymond James and elementary school children. Keith has worked as ski-mountaineering guide, and is the owner/operator of a nature tour company, taking clients on trips from guided nature walks, to week-long mountaineering trips. He trains aspiring park naturalists to understand and communicate local ecology. Keith is a member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and is a certified hiking guide. Keith managed the nature interpretation program for the City of Calgary and for a decade managed the interpretive program at Glacier and Mt. Revelstoke National Parks. He has also worked as a helicopter ski-guide, a ski-mountaineering guide and taught mountain climbing to the Canadian military. Keith graduated from the University of Calgary with a B.A. in English Literature and began his mountain career by working as a glaciologist. His personal passion is to understand how and why natural systems (including business) work. There’s only one model of sufficient scale and complexity to enable us to grasp our situation—Nature. "The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between the way nature works and the way mankind thinks." -Gregory Bateson DR. BRIAN WOODWARD Brian Woodward, Ph.D., C.Psych. is trained as an Educational Psychologist, and has worked as an organizational consultant for over 25 years. His work focuses on individual and team performance, individual and team assessment, organizational effectiveness, adult learning and development, and individual and group decision making and problem solving. He has led large assessment projects for organizational transition and facilitated a variety of executive, management, and leadership teams for organizational change and transitions (mergers, restructuring, re-engineering). He has designed and implemented programs for human resource profiling, management development, career transition and succession planning, increased organizational problem solving, synchronized change, implementing strategic plans, work role effectiveness, innovation centers, and technology applications for learning. Brian’s key strengths include the ability to creatively apply professional training to real world problems, particularly within organizations. He has demonstrated very strong interpersonal, organizational, and leadership skills.