C.V.

Bernadette McDonald A.O.E.

Box 1063
Banff, AB
T1L 1B1
(403)762-8490 (H) (403)383-7937 (M) bmcdonald6351@gmail.com Born in Biggar, Saskatchewan, 1951

Publications

Magazine and Journal Publications

  • Walrus, Alpine Journal, American Alpine Journal, Vertical, Alpe, Museo della Montagna, Himalayan Journal, Alpinist.

Cultural Leadership

  • Banff Centre for Mountain Culture – founded in 1997 as a centre for culture and environment, focused on mountain issues. Served as Vice President, The Banff Centre, and Director, Mountain Culture until 2006.
  • Banff Mountain Book Festival – founded mountain literature festival in 1995 at The Banff Centre. Festival is now acknowledged as the most prestigious, and largest, festival of its kind in the world. Served as Director until 2006.
  • Banff Mountain Film Festival – assumed directorship of festival in 1988 and expanded it from a three-day regional festival into a nine-day internationally acclaimed event which is recognized as the gold standard of mountain film festivals world-wide. Served as Director until 2006.
  • Banff World Tour – founded in 1989 as an outreach program of the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Begun as a three-city tour in Canada, the world tour now appears on seven continents, in more than 30 countries, with 350 screenings, and seen by approximately 175,000 audience members. It became the outreach model for film festivals world-wide, including the Toronto International Film Festival.
  • Banff Mountain Writing Program – founded in 2005 as an intensive, three-week writing program at The Banff Centre for emerging mountain authors. Graduates of the program are now being published and are winning prizes at mountain and outdoor literature competitions.
  • Banff Mountain Filmmaker Seminar – founded in 1994, initially as a one-day workshop, but expanded to a seven-day intensive program. Graduates of the program are now working professionally in the mountain film genre and are finalists and winners at mountain film festivals world-wide.
  • Banff Mountain Photography Workshop – founded in 2004 as a four-day, intensive workshop for emerging photographers, in partnership with National Geographic Magazine.
  • Banff Mountain Network Series – created in 1996 as an outreach program for the Banff Mountain Film Festival. The multi-part series is a prime-time program of the Resort Sports Network and is now in its 13th season.
  • Banff Mountain Environment Conferences – created an annual series of environment conferences that addressed issues such as human use, governance and amenity migration in mountain areas.
  • Banff Mountain Summits – created a series of international summits that addressed issues such as water, endangered mountain cultures and mountaineering.
  • Curatorial Experience – curated photography exhibitions by Alberta mountain photographers in Canada, France, Mexico, Italy, Switzerland, England, Scotland, Spain, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Japan.
  • Film Jury Experience – chaired or participated in film juries in Japan, France, Italy, Slovakia, England, Scotland, Alaska, Austria, Spain, the Czech Republic and Switzerland.
  • Museum Experience – was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies for three years and served as Chair of the Board for two years.
  • International Associations – was a founding member of the International Alliance for Mountain Film and is currently an honorary member.
  • International Centre for the Uplands – was a founding member of the Centre, based in Cumbria, England and is currently an advisor.

Awards and Honours

Professional Experience

  • Independent Author, 2006 to present
  • International mountain cultural consultant, 2006 to present
  • International advisory committee member, National Geographic Expeditions Council, 2006 to present
  • Founding Vice President, Mountain Culture, The Banff Centre, 1997 to 2006 http://www.banffcentre.ca/MountainCulture/about/
  • Founding Director, Banff Mountain Book Festival, 1994 to 2006 http://www.banffcentre.ca/MountainCulture/about/book.asp
  • Director, Banff Mountain Film Festival, 1988 to 2006
  • President, The Ideas Group, 1992 – 1996
  • Co-founder and performer, Fusion 5 contemporary music ensemble, 1993 – 1996
  • Coordinator, Academy of Singing, The Banff Centre, 1986 – 87
  • Director, Whistler Adventure Film Festival, 1986
  • Supervisor, Parks Canada Interpretive Centre, 1980 – 85
  • Instructor, private music studio, 1982 – 86
  • Performing musician 1968 – 83
  • Okanagan College music instructor, 1978 – 79

Education

  • Graduate level Banff Centre Winter Cycle 1979 – 1981 – Music
  • Graduate level University of Western Ontario 1973 – 74 – Music
  • Undergraduate Pacific Lutheran University 1968 – 72 – Music and Arts
  • Bachelor of Music cum laude – 1972 – Performance
  • Bachelor of Arts cum laude – 1972 – English

Other Interests

  • Growing grapes
  • Public speaking
  • Rock-climbing, alpine climbing, ski-mountaineering, canoeing, horse-packing and hiking – anywhere and everywhere.