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Western Canada Theatre names new executive director

Leslie Biles brings a background in venue operations and other arts work, as well as a history of volunteering and non-profit management
Leslie Biles is WCT's new executive director.

A new executive director has been named for Western Canada Theatre.

Leslie Biles has been recruited by the Kamloops theatre organization. She began her tenure on Nov. 21.

Coming to Kamloops from Calgary, Biles brings with her a background in venue operations, management and volunteering.

Biles received a master of fine arts degree from the University of Calgary and a bachelor of arts degree from Bishop's University in Quebec.

Her past work experience includes work as the vice-president of operations at Arts Commons, the third largest performing arts centre in Canada and as the general manager of Calgary's Lunchbox Theatre.

Biles was also named in Avenue Magazine's Top 40 under 40 in Calgary list in 2010.

Her volunteer roles include a past presidency of the Rotary Club of Calgary East, membership of the Calgary Stampede Horse Show and Grandstand Committees, treasurer of Urban Curvz Theatre, chair of the trustees for entertainment union IATSE Local 212 and treasurer for Broad Minds Productions.

"She's a passionate arts leader with a range of experiences that will help lead WCT as we launch our new strategic plan," said WCT artistic director James MacDonald.

That strategic plan, planned for 2023 to 2026, is focused on building out the organization and its financial sustainability, strengthening its identity and communicating impact, working with and supporting Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, advising on and investing in the development of cultural capital infrastructure and deepening community engagement and collaborations.