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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 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, 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.

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 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

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.