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Cultural Conversations with Calgary 2026

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Royal Canadian Legion Branch 1

116 7 Avenue Southeast

Calgary, AB T2G 0H5

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Join Calgary 2026 Culture and Education advisors Burke Taylor and Karen Ball to hear about culture's role in the Games and to discuss Calgary's potential for cultural programs and partnerships as part of the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Bid.

This is a free informal gathering for those in the cultural community (practitioners, administrators, supporters, etc) who are interested in learning more.


About Burke Taylor:

Burke Taylor is a principal in Taylor-Harvey Inc. (THI), a full spectrum international cultural planning and producing consultancy with clients in both private and public sectors. A cross-section of clients and volunteer activities include: International Olympic Committee (IOC), Reconciliation Canada, the University of British Columbia (UBC), Toronto 2015 Pan/Para Pan American Games, National Capital Commission of Canada (NCC), United Nations Development Program in China (UNDP), Creative City Consortium of Japan (CCCJ), Municipality of Shanghai Cultural Administration, Creative City Network of Canada (CCNC), City of Yokohama, City of Tokyo, and the Pyeongchang 2018 Organizing Committee. Concurrent with consulting activity Burke is the co-founder and Co-Director of the University of British Columbia Centre for Cultural Planning and Development. The Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games were the culmination of Burke’s Olympic journey from creation of the Vancouver Bid through delivery of “Canada’s Games” as the VANOC Vice-President for Culture, Celebrations and Education, and as Executive Producer of the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) commissioned Burke to write the first IOC Guide on Cultural Olympiad, setting out for future Games Organizing Committees (OCOGs) the Olympic Movement’s cultural public engagement vision and the means to achieve it.

About Karen Ball:

Karen is a nationally recognized culture leader with over 20 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 City of Calgary in the creation of their Culture Plan, working with the Premier’s Council for Culture to advance Alberta’s cultural prosperity and providing strategic direction for Canada 150. Karen was on the Board of the Calgary Olympic Bid Exploration and is a member of the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organization’s Board of Directors. Karen has served as the Executive Director of Calgary 2012 (our year as Cultural Capital of Canada), Director of Community Investment for Calgary Arts Development, Network Officer for Western Canada with Canada Council for the Arts, Director of Advancement for ACAD and Major Gifts Officer for The Banff Centre.



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