Our team

One of the benefits of working with KEA Canada the ability to access KEA’s network of seasoned professional whose expertise is ideally suited to particular assignments. 

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Kathy Arney, president, KEA Canada Ltd.

Kathy has spent her career growing organizational capacity and improving results, and has a passion for enabling people to reach their full potential.

Kathy is an expert in fund development, capacity-building, campaigns, strategy and operations. Her business and executive background together with two decades of working in philanthropy combine to provide a unique skill set for clients. She provides services in a variety of areas including resource development, capacity-building, strategic planning, board development, campaign planning and management, coaching and interim leadership.

Kathy had a lengthy tenure at Queen’s University in Kingston in both executive education and advancement, most recently as Executive Director of Advancement Operations and CFO (Advancement) during a $262 Million capital campaign. She helped initiate the development office at the new UBC Okanagan campus then moved to Carleton University where she was Director of Faculty Development and Major Gifts in a leadership role for a comprehensive campaign. From there she moved to Banff, Alberta as Chief Development Officer at The Banff Centre developing a deeper understanding and expertise in fundraising for the arts.   Recently Kathy provided interim leadership for almost two years in University Relations at the University of Saskatchewan during a period of transition and restructuring.

Kathy has consulted with universities, arts organizations, community and social service organizations and the health sector on advancement restructuring, strategic and operational planning, and campaigns.  She has presented at regional, national and international conferences and has a commerce degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, obtained her ARCT in piano performance in 1985 and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.


Kristy Davison, Communications and Design

Kristy is a writer, designer, and community builder. She is the founding publisher of Highline Magazine and has 10+ years expertise in publishing, editing, creative and technical writing, layout and design, photography, community organizing and events leadership. 

As founding publisher and editor-in-chief, she was engaged in all levels of business at Highline including strategy, content creation, sourcing and editing writing and photography, events promotion and operations, marketing, advertising sales, and printing and distribution.

Communications/writing/design clients include: the Banff Canmore Community Foundation, Patagonia Elements, The Banff Centre, Tuja Wellness, the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Amiskwi Lodge, the Alpine Club of Canada and others.

She is an expert at maximizing a small budget to generate tangible impacts through marketing plans and writing/design collateral in print and web, proposal writing and event organization and management.


Lynette Markham

With over 20 years of experience in fund development, events, marketing-communications and advertising, Lynette has worked with a broad range of corporations, not-for-profits, committees and volunteers. 

During her 10-year tenure at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, as Associate Director of Sponsorship and Events Lynette grew the Centre’s flagship fundraising event, the Midsummer Ball Weekend, into the most successful arts fundraising event in Canada. She has extensive experience in major gift fundraising with individual donors and has worked closely in the sponsorship field with a wide range of large and small corporations--from national leaders like Husky Energy, RBC, Shaw Communications, Progress Energy, and The Globe and Mail, to local businesses such as Canada House Gallery, J. Vair Anderson Jewellers, Masters Gallery, McAra Printing, and many others.

Prior to coming to Banff, Lynette spent over 10 years in the marketing and communications field with two of Western Canada's largest advertising agencies, Trigger Communications and Design, and Parallel Strategies. As an Account Director she developed marketing communications plans and advertising campaigns for companies such as Shaw Cable, Canadian Pacific Railway, Enbridge, Cedarglen Homes, and not-for-profit organizations such as Calgary United Way and Women of Distinction. 

Lynette has a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Political Science from Queen's University and her CAAP (Certified Advertising Agency Practitioner) certification, but is most proud of her ability to cultivate long-term relationships with donors and supporters. Born and raised in Calgary, and now based in Banff, her personal passions include skiing, cycling, hiking, friends, food and wine.


Emily Bocking, Consultant

Emily has over 12 years of experience in philanthropy and focuses on reinvigorating fundraising programs for organizations, working with volunteers and boards, and executing fundraising campaigns for programs and capital projects.

Emily began her career working for a national charity that provides disaster relief and programming to communities spread around the world. During her tenure at CARE Canada, she was part of the implementation team for the I Am Powerful campaign a national branding and awareness raising campaign aimed at highlighting the positive change a woman in the developing world can make for her family and community. She also worked with corporate partners to implement cause-related marketing campaigns, and supporting executives in achieving success in their major gifts efforts.

At the University of Saskatchewan, she reinvigorated fundraising and development programs for two of the largest and most prominent colleges on Campus, significantly increasing revenue, reinvigorating relationships, strategically increasing engagements and diversifying financial giving options. This included increasing revenue by 30% year on year, and implementing engagement and stakeholder relations program to build strong relationships with targeted groups. Emily was most recently responsible for managing a $6.3 million dollar capital campaign for the Livestock Forage Centre of Excellence, a $36 million dollar infrastructure investment.

Emily is also a talented proposal and grants writer and has crafted proposals for 6 and 7 figure solicitations. She is passionate about helping organizations implement fundraising programs; building philanthropic cultures, and finding and creating sustainable revenue streams for charities.

A life-long learner, Emily is a candidate for the Certified Fund Raising Executive certification.


James Perkins, Associate

A passionate fundraiser, community-relationship builder and educator, James proudly holds a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation. James is excited about empowering non-profits and charities to build sustainable revenue streams and the vital fundraising infrastructure needed to carry out their mission.

James’ skill-set was learned at a number of large and small charities and includes annual, major, and planned gift campaigns in addition to the behind the scenes skills required to be successful. He is widely recognized as a gifted stewardship expert and ensures donors are informed, connected, and inspired by the charity’s mission before, during and after they make their gift. Currently enjoying a half-time role with Bethany Manor in Saskatoon, James is focusing his talents on planned giving relationships - helping donors achieve their legacy while providing the bespoke recognition they desire.

James’ experience includes roles as a Major Gift Officer leading vigorous gift solicitation and stewardship activities, managing a volunteer alumni fundraising committee and providing development support to senior leaders. James also brings deep annual giving experience from his work at United Way and Agriculture in the Classroom in campaigns, sponsorships, and solicitation appeals, using his strong people and presenting abilities.

James holds a Bachelor of Arts in History (4 year, magna cum laude) and a Bachelor of Education (cum laude) that shows in his strong strategic thinking and love of collaborating with people of all ages.

In his free time, James always has a number of activities on the go with his wife, their daughter and new-born son. Notably, he is a past president of a local community association, founder of a thriving community garden and is a passionate gardener.