President and CEO
Donna Livingstone took over duties as President and CEO of Glenbow on May 8th, 2013. Donna brings impressive experience in leading change in western Canadian arts and cultural organizations. She is well known in the Calgary community and has a deep understanding of Glenbow from her experience as Vice President of Programs and Exhibitions in the 1990s and from her role as a member of Glenbow's Board of Directors where she chaired the Collections and Access Committee.
Donna comes to Glenbow from the University of Calgary where she served as the new Director of Cultural and Community Programs with Libraries and Cultural Resources. In this position, she explored ways in which to engage the campus and Calgary communities with bold programs that showcase the rich digital resources of the new Taylor Family Digital Library, the Nickle Galleries, and the diverse collections of Libraries and Cultural Resources.
Donna joined the University of Calgary in 2008 as Director of the University of Calgary Press. Under her leadership, the Press initiated a new vision of "Making a difference. Making you think." and is now playing a leading role in open access publishing. Under her leadership, the Press was named Alberta Book Publisher of the Year in 2012. Donna has wide experience in change management in nonprofit organizations in western Canada. As Executive Director of the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre and Planetarium in Vancouver for five years, she introduced new programming with an emphasis on sustainability - "putting the planet back into planetarium".
She plays an active role in cultural planning in the province and has served on the Arts & Cultural Committee of the Calgary Foundation, President of the Book Publishers' Association of Alberta (2012), facilitator for Calgary's Vital Signs discussions, and on the executive of Theatre Lab at the University of Calgary. She has recently been appointed vice-chair of Beakerhead, and to the Alberta chapter of the Health Arts Societies.
Donna is the author of Cowboy Spirit: Guy Weadick and the Calgary Stampede (Greystone, 1996). In 2011, she completed an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Lancaster and has her first novel before a publisher. She and her husband own Livingstone & Cavell Extraordinary Toys in Kensington (est. 1992).