Ballet BC Announces Kim Spencer-Nairn as Incoming Managing Director

Ballet BC’s Board of Directors is delighted to welcome Kim Spencer-Nairn to the organization’s leadership team, effective October 24, 2022.

Kim Spencer-Nairn is a chartered professional accountant with expertise in arts entrepreneurship and management. Born in Montréal and raised in Vancouver, she spent four years studying with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Professional Division before pursuing a career in finance. She worked for KPMG and Ernst & Young providing audit, accounting and taxation services to music and film clients.

Since leaving public practice in 2008, Kim has devoted her time to supporting the Arts in Canada.  She founded the Capture Photography Festival in Vancouver in 2013 and served as the Festival’s Executive Director and Board Chair. She has been a Board Trustee of the Audain Art Museum in Whistler and was appointed to the board of Canada Council for the Arts in 2018. She has held volunteer committee and fundraising roles with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Museum of Anthropology and the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, and holds a master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Enterprise from Central Saint Martins in London, England.

“The Board of Directors is absolutely thrilled to introduce Kim as Ballet BC’s new Managing Director,” says Laura Cundari, Chair of the Board. “Her appointment aligns with a new era for the organization, and her financial background combined with her deeps roots in the Vancouver arts scene and proven leadership capabilities will ensure the company continues towards a bright future.”

Artistic Director Medhi Walerski adds, “It is with great pleasure that we welcome Kim to the Ballet BC family. Her passion for the arts is inspiring, and her vast experience will undoubtedly allow us to reach new heights. I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish as we work together to achieve our collective vision for Ballet BC.”

“I am beyond excited to be joining Ballet BC, an organization I have long admired and supported, in the city and arts community that I call home.” says Kim Spencer-Nairn. “It’s a momentous time for the company, and I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to its continued growth and evolution.”

In June 2022 it was announced that former Executive Director John Clark would depart the company after five years. The Board, Medhi, and the entire Ballet BC team thanks John for all he has contributed to the company throughout his tenure and wish him well in his future endeavours.

Kim Spencer-Nairn