Michèle Stanners, BA, MBA/LLB, MTS, is a nationally recognized culture leader and nation builder with over 30 years developing the arts and cultural landscape in Canada. Through her consulting practice she has been a thought leader and collaborator in key cultural planning within Alberta including providing strategic direction and leading multi-stakeholder consultation for the Province of Alberta and creating the province’s cultural policy.
She is a pioneer in indigenous relations, launching in 2000 the Crossroads program for the Canadian Unity Council and advising and leading the Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society following the tragic passing of its founder. Since 2015, she has developed a unique arts and experience-based methodology to build bridges of understanding towards reconciliation.
Michèle led Alberta Ballet through a rebrand and provided strategic advice to ACAD (now Alberta University of the Arts), Crow’s Theatre (Toronto), the Honens International Piano Competition, and Chief Crowchild of the Tsuut’ina Nation. As a volunteer, she is currently engaged with a number of strategic priorities for the International Women’s Forum.
She is a founding and board member of Futura20, a new collaboration between female leaders and influencers from Alberta and Quebec to identify the next “big ideas” to advance women’s issues. Michèle is a graduate of Harvard University, an accomplished pianist and acts as a mentor to a number of arts and culture leaders through Business for the Arts.