Is there a dress code for the Summit?  

The dress code for the Summit is business casual. Business casual or business attire is acceptable for the President’s Dinner on Saturday, March 23, 2024.

Please note that Banff has a cool, dry climate. It is subject to daily changes in temperatures and conditions. We recommend bringing warm winter clothing and monitoring weather conditions in advance of your departure.

Where should I go upon arrival?  

Upon your arrival, please visit the Professional Development Centre Front Desk. Check-in at the Banff Centre is anytime after 4 p.m. Early arrivals may make arrangements with the bell desk to have their luggage stored until their room becomes available.

Following this, please proceed to the registration table to pick up your name badge, opening at 2:00 pm at the Kinnear Centre for Creativity & Innovation.

Are meals included?  

Most meals are included in your registration fee. Please note that breakfast vouchers will be provided upon registering; for any other meals, bring your name badge for access.

The following meals are included:

  • Thursday, March 21: Coffee/Tea in the afternoon & refreshments at the opening reception
  • Friday, March 22: Breakfast, lunch & dinner at Vistas Dining Room
  • Saturday, March 23: Breakfast & lunch at Vistas Dining Room & President’s Dinner at the Kinnear Centre

Vistas Dining Room Hours:

  • Breakfast hours: 7:00 to 9:30
  • Lunch hours: 11:30 to 13:30
  • Dinner hours: 17:30 to 19:30

The Maclab Bistro is also open for dinner until 21:00. Reservations recommended. (not included in your registration fee)

An important message to any attendees with severe allergies to nuts: We will do our best to accommodate all dietary restrictions. However, Banff Centre is NOT a nut-free facility. Please note that any “Nut-free” items must be brought in from a nut-free facility. If these items are removed from their package prior to serving, they will no longer be considered “nut-free.” The risk of cross contamination is there. Please have delegates with severe allergies see a Banff Centre staff member during meals for assistance.

I am travelling with a guest, can they join me for meals?  

Vistas Dining Hall is open to the public and offers a walk-in rate. The President’s Dinner is reserved for Summit delegates.

How can I access Wi-Fi at the Banff Centre?  

Wireless internet is available free of charge and the coverage is campus-wide. Look for banffcentre.ca from your computer, a password is not required.

How far is the Banff Centre from Banff?  

The Banff Centre is located on the east side of Banff, four blocks from Banff Avenue. The town can be accessed by foot three ways, St-Julien Road, Buffalo Street, and the Ken Madsen Path to town. It is a 15-20 minute walk downhill to town. The return trip is slightly longer as it is uphill.

Downtown Banff can be reached by taxi. There is no shuttle bus that runs from the Banff Centre to downtown Banff.

Can I park at the Banff Centre?  
Delegates who are driving will need to provide their license plate number at check-in. Delegates are invited to park at the Music Building Parkade (No 11) or at the parking lot near the Professional Development Centre (next to No 22).
  • A National Park Pass is required when entering a national park in Canada. Banff National Park entry and service fees help support visitor services and facilities.
  • Your day pass or temporary discovery pass must be printed and displayed on the dash of your vehicle while travelling in the national park.
  • Park Passes can be purchased online, at the park gates if driving to Banff National Park, or in person at the Visitor Centres in Banff and Lake Louise.
  • All information related to Park Pass is provided by Parks Canada. It is also monitored and handled by Parks Canada.

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Can I use the recreational facilities at the Banff Centre?  

Delegates staying on campus have free access to the Sally Borden Recreation Centre with their room key.

Who should I contact for other questions?  

For all questions related to accommodations, please review the Arrivals and Residence Information FAQ or contact the Banff Centre at (403)762-6308 reservations@banffcentre.ca.

For questions related to programming, please contact us at info@businessforthearts.org.

What is the Canadian Arts Summit?  

The Canadian Arts Summit was founded in 1998 by Business / Arts and The Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity.

The Summit is a leadership forum in April of each year that brings together the chief executives, artistic directors, and board chairs of Canada’s largest not-for-profit arts and cultural institutions, including symphony orchestras, theatres, opera and ballet companies, heritage and art museums, as well as other key stakeholders with a vested interest in nurturing and fostering a thriving arts ecosystem in Canada.

The Summit is founded on the core principle that it is a gathering of leaders, the outcome of which is shaped by the participants. For that reason, the Summit has become, over its history, not just a weekend event in the spring, but an ongoing network of arts leaders working together, throughout the year.

What is the mission of the Summit?  

The mission of the Canadian Arts Summit is to inspire meaningful engagement in the arts by:

  • Creating a forum where institutional leaders in the arts and culture sector can meet, network, exchange ideas, share best practices and collaborate; and
  • Leading interactions and initiatives that contribute strategically to the advancement of key issues in the arts and culture sector; and
  • Championing the benefits of arts and culture to government, business and the wider public.


    How does the Summit operate?  

    The Summit operates as a partnership between Business / Arts and The Banff Centre. The activities of the Summit are guided by a Steering Committee composed of Delegates and coordinated by a Secretariat, currently Business / Arts.

    Who are the members of the Summit?  

    The Summit does not operate with a formal membership structure. The stakeholders of the Summit include organizations that meet a set of qualifying criteria. Generally, Delegates include the lead artistic, executive and board representatives of charitable, government-funded arts and culture organizations with annual operating budgets of $3 million and over. Organizations represent performing arts, visual arts, film, museums, producing venues and festivals. At times, exceptions are made.

    What kinds of activities does the Summit undertake?  

    The primary activities of the Summit include hosting the annual Summit event, as well as ongoing advocacy. From time to time, the Summit may also undertake special projects such as research.

    Who attends the annual Summit?  

    The annual Summit is attended by Delegates. Each year, external speakers and presenters involved in the Summit program also attend. A number of additional guests who don’t meet the qualifying criteria are also included among the invitees.

    Will Summit summaries be available publicly?  

    Each year, a report is compiled following the Canadian Arts Summit with programming highlights, advocacy efforts and key takeaways from the gathering. The report is distributed to all Summit Delegates and made publically available. Access the reports here.

    How can I register for the Summit?  

    Registration typically opens in January and is available online at www.canadianartssummit.com.