January 7, 2019 Calgary Arts Development Welcomes Sara Bateman Calgary Arts Development is pleased to announce Sara Bateman as the new Director, Community Investment and Impact. “We are excited that Sara has joined our team to oversee our Community Investment and Impact streams,” says President & CEO Patti Pon. “Through her wide-ranging experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors, Sara brings an exceptional range of knowledge and skills to Calgary Arts Development. We look forward to the many contributions she will make to our two strategic priorities: Fostering a sustainable and resilient arts sector and arts-led city building.” “This job aligns so well with my skills and interests,” says Bateman. “I share a fundamental belief in demonstrating the value of arts in our community and I’m excited about the possibilities for the sector in this new budget cycle. Calgary Arts Development is at a point in its story to make big changes and I look forward to working together with the team to realize greater support for artists and arts organizations in our city.” Sara Bateman Bio Sara Bateman is a graduate of the Social Innovation Graduate program at the University of Waterloo. Through her 12+ years of experience in community investment, evaluation, and social innovation with the Suncor Energy Foundation, RBC Foundation, and Canada Safeway, she brings a developmental evaluation and system-thinking lens to her work. For the past two years, as a consultant, she co-created and facilitated system change strategies for clients that embed development evaluation, creativity, and learning. Working across organizations and sectors is vital to her approach as a necessity to build diverse partnerships in addressing complex social issues and, ultimately, create sustained change for the better. She brings cross-sectoral experience as both corporate funder and non-profit experience that build trust with partners to nurture strong relationships.