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.
Alison Andersen, Executive Assistant
Alison Andersen graduated from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in photography and printmaking. After moving to Calgary in 2010 she started her career in the arts and has since gained experience in arts administration, event coordination, guest service experiences and commercial photography, including a number of international publications for her architectural and fashion photography. Alison is incredibly passionate about the arts and welcomes all opportunities to be a part of engaging art experiences.
Ryan Doherty, Interim Chief Curator
Ryan Doherty is a writer, curator and administrator working out of Lethbridge and Calgary, Alberta. He received his MA from the Centre for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in New York (2007) and his undergraduate degree at the University of Lethbridge in 1997. He worked at the U of L Art Gallery curating exhibitions from their extensive collections and at Southern Alberta Art Gallery as both Director and Curator until mid-2018. His curatorial practice has explored the construction of meaning in the information age, social practice & community engagement, and notions of maintenance, adaptability and institutional reflection. As an administrator, Doherty has become well-versed in art advocacy and in particular with helping direct institutions through facility renovations and expansions.
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.
Chris Petrik, Director of Development
Chris Petrik brings over 15 years of experience in leadership, major gifts, strategic partnerships, stewardship, and corporate sponsorships to the role. Prior to joining Contemporary Calgary, Chris has enjoyed fundraising for several public institutions, including Glenbow Museum, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, South African National Gallery, and the Ontario Science Centre. Chris is a graduate of the Masters in Museum Studies Program in Toronto, and has a B.A and M.A in Classics from the University of Alberta.
Kate Silver, Communications, Membership & Event Coordinator
Born and raised in Calgary, Kate left town to complete an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art History from the University of Toronto specializing in Impressionist, Modern, Surrealist and Contemporary Art. From there, Kate moved abroad to London, United Kingdom, where she held a number of exciting and interesting posts at Sotheby’s, Skarstedt, and Galerie Thaddeaus Ropac. During this time, she was Executive Assistant to Dame Julia Peyton-Jones DBE and Melanie Clore, amongst others, where she was able to assist with all aspects of commercial exhibitions, liaise with established artists and their studios, and manage a number of high-profile events. Kate brings an enormous passion for Modern and Contemporary Art to Contemporary Calgary, and she looks forward to making significant contributions to our communication, membership and event streams of work.