Appointed for a two-year term ending July 31, 2018.
Nini Baird has long been recognized as arts administrator and advocate, with management experience in the arts, post-secondary education and educational broadcasting, as well as corporate and private philanthropy. She has worked on the municipal, provincial, federal and international levels. A former Canada Council Board member and Chair of the BC Arts Council, she currently serves as Chair, Knowledge Network Corporation; Chair, TELUS Vancouver Community Board; and Chair, TELUS Fund, a national independent production fund focussing on health and wellness content for multiple platforms.
Ms. Baird’s BC post-secondary career spanned Simon Fraser University (Director, Centre for Communications and the Arts); Emily Carr College (now University) of Art and Design (Director, Outreach Programs); and Open Learning Agency/Knowledge Network (Director, Programming).
In 1993 she was named a member of the Order of Canada and in 2012 received the Diamond Jubilee Medal. She has received numerous awards including in 2015 an LL.D.(Hon.) from Simon Fraser University, the 2013 Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Award (Arts and Communications category) from the Women’s Executive Network (WXN); the Keith Kelly Award for Cultural Leadership from Canadian Conference of the Arts and the President’s 40th Anniversary Award from Simon Fraser University. She holds a BA in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.