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Artistic Leadership

Kimberley Cooper, Artistic Director

Kimberley Cooper has been dancing and creating dance for most of her life.  She joined DJD in 1989 as an apprentice, became Resident Choreographer/Artistic Associate in 2002 and was appointed A.D. in 2013. She has created over 17 full length pieces on DJD and numerous shorter works. She has had a full independent career as a dancer and choreographer as well and has created work, performed, taught and studied all over the world.  She was named Emerging Artist of the Year by Alberta Dance Alliance (2002), Artist in Residence at the Calgary Tower in Calgary as Cultural Capital of Canada (2012) She was awarded Dance Victoria’s Crystal Dance Prize for research in Brazil (2014). Cooper recently wrote a chapter in the book City of Animals produced by University of Calgary’s Humanities Dept. (2017)

Organizational Leadership

Kathi Sundstrom, Executive Director

Kathi Sundstrom attended DJD’s premiere production, Body and Sole, in 1984 and became an instant supporter. In 1989, Kathi joined the DJD Board of Directors and in 1992 became President of the

Board. In 1993, Kathi made a courageous career move when she left the for-profit world to become General Manager of DJD. The move offered Kathi myriad new challenges along with a radical reduction in her annual income. She promised to work with the company for two years, and now, over 24 years later, is still at the helm. She was the proud recipient of the 2005 Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Management and the 2017 Calgary Awards for Community Achievement in the Arts. In addition to those awards and other achievements, Kathi also led the major expansion of DJD with opening of the $28 million DJD Dance Centre in April 2016.

Before coming to DJD, Kathi worked for 10 years for three different operating divisions of TNT Express Worldwide in western Canada, in roles in Sales, Management and as a Facilitator and Trainer in Total Quality Management. Prior to that she spent four years in Management in western Canada for Mariposa Stores, where she coordinated the openings of their first two stores in the United States. Kathi graduated from SAIT with a major in Business Administration and Consumer Marketing and was listed on the President’s Honour Roll. Kathi served as Treasurer of the Canadian Dance Assembly from 2007-2011, was co-chair of the Mayor’s Lunch for Business and the Arts in 1999 and 2000, and was a member of the executive committee of the Calgary Professional Arts Alliance from 1994-2000.

Board Leadership

pam corbett, DJD BOARD CHAIR

Pam is a Partner at Cenera, Calgary’s leading HR and Business Consulting firm. Pam leads Cenera’s Career Transition practice. Starting with a core belief in the current expertise and future potential of her clients, Pam thrives on working with them to generate new possibilities for career renewal. Clients are motivated by Pam’s energy, resourcefulness and enthusiasm. As part of Cenera’s participation in Career Partners International (CPI), Pam served as Region Leader for Canada, helping align and support the work of this global partnership.

A sense of community investment and participation was instilled in Pam from a young age. And she has continued to find ways to support the community, volunteering as a Board member with some incredible organizations including The YWCA of Calgary, The Women’s Centre and currently, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks.

When not at work, you can find Pam on a travel adventure, volunteering somewhere in Calgary or finding her bliss in a yoga class.

 

 

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