The Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Management



The Rozsa Award Liaison, Brenda-Ann Marks serves as the jury chair. Other jury members include the past two recipients of the Rozsa Award, individuals chosen by the Rozsa Award partners, and other outstanding business leaders from around the province.

The jury process is rigorous. Following a well-defined scoring system, each juror independently ranks the candidates. Then the jury meets as a group to explain their choices.


Following the discussion, each juror again ranks the candidates. Typically, one candidate receives a unanimous number one ranking. The jury may conduct on-site interviews to further evaluate candidates.


  • The independent Rozsa Award Jury (“Jury”) is composed of Award partners or their designates, two previous Rozsa Award recipients, an educational institute representative, and a representative from the Rozsa Foundation.

  • The Jury reserves the right to contact the nominators and/or nominee for further information. 

  • The Jury will be asked to declare any conflict of interest with a nominee and/or a nominator.

  • The Jury reserves the right to withhold the Rozsa Award in a given year, and all decisions of the Jury will be final.

  • The Jury may not be addressed by the nominees or nominators – either to help their nomination or explain where the nomination could be improved for the following year. 

Brenda-Ann Marks

Jury Chair for the Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Management / Rozsa Foundation Board Director


Brenda-Ann began her career in the non-profit sector in 1986 as a staff writer at the Calgary Philharmonic Society, graduating to the position of Director of Fund Development within a few years. Her experience as a fundraising specialist led to her subsequent leadership appointments at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Fine Arts and the Nickle Arts Museum. She joined Calgary Opera as Director of Development in 1998, and was recently invited to rejoin Calgary Opera as Capital Campaign Manager for the new building project, the Calgary Opera Community Arts Centre, a position she held for two years. Throughout her career, BA also consulted professionally for other arts organizations, including Lunch Box Theatre and Alberta Ballet, and for social service organizations including Calgary Counselling Centre, Hospice Calgary, and Canada Bridges.


Since her retirement from full-time employment, and having recently graduated with a Masters of Arts in Integrated Studies, focusing on Cultural and Literary Studies, BA has begun the process of researching and crafting her first novel.


Over the years, BA has volunteered with several professional associations such as the Association for Fundraising Professionals, as well as with local and city-wide community organizations and welfare initiatives including the Victims’ Assistance Unit program associated with the Calgary Police Service. In her spare time, Brenda-Ann enjoys performing as a supernumerary in Calgary Opera productions, notably Marriage of Figaro (2016) and Rigoletto (2019).


BA became a Member of the Rozsa Foundation and has been on the Board of Directors since 2003, and she and has served as Jury Chair for the Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Management since 2004.

Eva Cairns
2016 Recipient of the Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Management

Freelance Arts Administrator and Producer

Eva is a freelance arts administrator and producer who has worked with dance and theatre across Canada. Projects that have been highlighted over twenty-five years include European and Asian tours with Montreal’s O Vertigo Danse, four years hosting exciting international work as the Performing Arts Administrator at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, and producing and touring Catalyst Theatre’s Frankenstein, Nevermore and Vigilante during eleven years as the company’s Managing Producer. She recently returned to Edmonton after working and learning (a lot!) as a Program Officer for the Canada Council for the Arts in Ottawa.


She is the recipient of 2016 Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Management and the 2011 Rozsa Award for Innovation, the Canada Council’s 2011 John Hobday Award for Excellence in Arts Management, and 2011 Margaret Money Award for Arts Administration from the Edmonton theatre community.  Eva lives in Edmonton with her husband David, and sons Rowan and Sebastian. 

Graeme Climie

Alumni from Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary
Director of Business Strategy and Marketing for Cantaré Children’s Choir


Graeme is a recent graduate of the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business specializing his studies in areas of entrepreneurship, marketing, and not-for-profit management, Graeme has become a dedicated advocate for bringing contemporary business strategies into the unique environment of the arts world. Throughout his studies, Graeme has consistently been recognized as one of Haskayne’s best and brightest being selected by faculty on multiple occasions to represent the prestigious school at various conferences and competitions. Graeme has been a competitor and finalist at the JDC West Business Competition, the RBC Fast Pitch Entrepreneurship Competition, and the McDonough Hilltop Business Strategy Challenge at Georgetown University. In 2017, Graeme was one of four students selected to conduct a study auditing marketing practices of arts organizations under the supervision of Associate Dean Dr. Scott Radford in partnership with the Rosza Foundation.


Graeme Climie is also a Calgary based professional choral singer and member of Pro Coro Canada. He is a two-time alumnus of the Canadian National Youth Choir and was recently one of three Canadians selected to be a member of the prestigious World Youth Choir. Graeme currently works as the Director of Business Strategy and Marketing for Cantaré Children’s Choir – his childhood choir.

Rose Ginther BA, MA
Associate Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications, MacEwan University


Rose Ginther is Associate Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications at MacEwan University in Edmonton. After a successful and fulfilling career in arts management, Rose has also had a long career as a university professor, with 2019 marking 27 years of teaching. Her commitment to teaching excellence was rewarded with MacEwan’s Distinguished Teaching Award in February, 2002 and again in 2015. Over the years, Rose’s research interests have focused on arts and cultural organizations and their ability to fulfill their organizational capacity; the ways in which technology has impacted the sector; the importance of experiential learning in university education and; most recently, the establishment of a university record label. In January, 2018 Rose’s career took a new direction with her attaining the position of Associate Dean. In this position, Rose plays a key role in more closely connecting the university with its diverse communities and working with students and faculty in all programs to help them achieve their aims.

Sheila O’Brien

President of Belvedere1 Investments


Sheila O’Brien, President of Belvedere1 Investments, is a corporate director and business consultant specializing in workforce and leadership capacity with over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas, pipeline and petrochemical sectors in Canada, USA and Europe. Ms. O’Brien has held executive positions in the areas of human resources, investor relations, public affairs and government relations with AmocoInternational, Petro-Canada and NOVA Corporation.

Ms O’Brien’s board experience includes chairing Human Resources and Compensation Committees forAdvantage Oil and Gas, Alberta Energy Regulator, Gildan Activewear, MaRS, Transforce Income Fund and Skye Resources. She was a member of the founding Board of Directors of the Alberta Energy Regulator, and currently serves as Board Chair.She has served on the Boards of Directors of the Alberta College ofArt and Design, Wordfest, Grace Women’s Wellness Foundation, Foothills Hospital Foundation, CanadianMental Health Association, Alberta Status of Women Action Committee, Therese Casgrain Foundation, ABC Canada, Theatre Calgary, the Alberta Theatre Projects on and the Society of ManagementAccountants. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Art Gallery of Alberta, and the Board ofCareers: The Next Generation and is a Trustee of the Calgary Zoo. 

Active in government and community affairs, Ms. O’Brien has served as a member of the Dean’s AdvisoryCouncil for the Faculty of Commerce & Business Administration, University of British Columbia; and theAlberta Foundation for Environmental Excellence Honorary Council. She has been a member of TheExecutive Committee of The Conference Board of Canada, Council of Human Resource Executives, andThe Board of Directors of The Canadian Centre for Philanthropy, C.D. Howe Institute, the Public Policy Forum.


She was President of the Board of Directors of the Calgary YWCA, Campaign Chair of the University ofCalgary Alumnae campaign and member of the United Way campaign cabinet. She has served as a member of the Development Appeal Board, the Alberta Regional Council of the Canadian PensionConference and was Founder and President of the Western Women’s Committee for Pension Reform. She was a member of the steering committee of Catalysts’ ground breaking study “Closing the Gender Gap”in 1998. She is the Co-Founder of The Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking.Ms. O’Brien’s past associations in the areas of women’s issues, human rights, education and health and welfare have been recognized through her receipt of the Women of Distinction Award in the category ofAdvancement of Women, and a Citation for Citizenship-Government of Canada Award for CommunityLeadership, and The Presidential Citation from the Students Union in recognition of her passion and commitment to Students in 2007.In February 1999, she was invested as a member of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest honor, and in 2012 she was awarded The Diamond Jubilee Medal for her significant contributions to Canada. 

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