WAG Announces New Director of Development

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is pleased to announce the appointment of Pamela G. Simmons, BA, APR, CFRE, as Director of Development effective immediately.

Working with the Executive Director, Simmons will oversee all aspects of a comprehensive development program with emphasis on a capital campaign, major gifts, and program sponsorships, building strong member relationships and strategic partnerships in the local and national community.


A graduate of the University of Winnipeg, Simmons was with Seven Oaks General Hospital as Executive Director of their Hospital Foundation and Director, Hospital and Community Relations. She was also President, FastTrack Consulting Corp. Since 1999 she has been working in the Middle East in various positions including Executive Director, Canadian Business Council and President/Consultant, coreNICHE Administrative Consultancy, both in Abu Dhabi. She is the founding president of the Manitoba Association for Volunteer Administration and of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives. and has occupied senior positions with Pan Am Games 1999 (Winnipeg), Take Pride Winnipeg!, Grey Cup Festival 1991, the Premier’s Awards for Volunteer Service, the Canadian Red Cross Society National Awards, to name only a few.

“Pamela Simmons brings an impressive set of skills to her new position at the WAG,” says Director Stephen Borys. “She has extensive experience in fund development and stewardship, volunteer management, public relations, and not-for-profit administration. We look forward to working with her and know she will be a great asset to our management team.”

“It's an honor to be selected as WAG's Director of Development,” says Simmons. “I’m looking forward to working with WAG staff, volunteers, members, and all who value the Gallery's excellent contributions to the visual arts in Manitoba and Canada. Together, we can achieve the WAG's exciting future plans and sustainability.”

Approaching its centenary in 2012, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is Canada’s oldest civic art gallery and Manitoba’s leading visual arts institution. With a collection of over 24,000 objects spanning many centuries and cultures—including the world’s largest collection of contemporary Inuit art—the WAG is constantly moving between the historical and the contemporary in an effort to engage a growing public with the power of art in our lives.



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