David Leinster, Chief Executive Officer
David Leinster has built a successful career leading brand strategy, marketing and digital communications for Enbridge, and was responsible for ensuring the strategic development and execution of the long-term brand vision for the organization. Prior to that, he led a series of high profile corporate and non-profit accounts at leading western Canadian branding Agency, Karo Group.
No stranger to the visual arts community, David has served as a strategic advisor for the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Art (IMCA) since 2008. His ability to combine strategic and creative thinking was instrumental in helping IMCA advance its successful application for CSIP funding for the Centennial Planetarium in 2011. A passionate supporter of the arts, David has been involved with Contemporary Calgary in a leading role, most significantly with our successful Expression of Interest submission for the Centennial Planetarium in 2013.
David is an energetic leader who brings a diverse skillset to the organization that includes strategy, planning, research, marketing, communications, stakeholder engagement and project management. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia where he also studied drawing and painting.
Steven Gallant, Business Manager
Steven Gallant is the Business Manager at Contemporary Calgary where he has a diverse range of responsibilities in the management of services and processes that support business development. Steven oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization while implementing systems and solutions, creating value, and supporting programs and activity with a focus on finance and audit.
Lisa Baldissera, Senior Curator
Lisa Baldissera has worked in curatorial roles in public art galleries throughout Western Canada and as an independent curator, consultant, and writer for over 15 years. She was Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Chief Curator at the Mendel Art Gallery and has produced more than fifty exhibitions of local, Canadian, and international artists. She holds MFAs in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and in Art from the University of Saskatchewan, and is currently a PhD student at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She has served on contemporary art juries across Canada, including the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, the Sobey Art Award, the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the British Columbia Arts Council and was a Professional Affiliate at the University of Saskatchewan as well as a contributing editor for the Arts Canada Institute online art book series, where she produced a publication on Emily Carr.
Charlotte Le Gallais, Public Programs Coordinator and Curatorial Assistant
Charlotte Le Gallais is the Public Programs Coordinator and Curatorial Assistant at Contemporary Calgary, developing and executing a diverse range of public programs as well as assisting with exhibitions and partnerships. Charlotte received her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History with Distinction from McGill University. Prior to her current position at Contemporary Calgary she worked at Lougheed House where she assisted with public programs, educational programs and curatorial work. In 2017, Charlotte and her two colleagues at Lougheed House were awarded the Alberta Museums Association Leadership Award for Engagement for their alTOURnatives series, which featured tours developed by Calgary Beltline residents. Charlotte is a board member of the Calgary Allied Arts Foundation where she assists with curating their Gallery 505 exhibitions. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the McGill Alumni Association of Calgary.