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.


Katie Macpherson

Katie Macpherson is a professional fundraiser, having specialized in fund development across Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia for over 10 years.  An accomplished musician with a bachelor of arts in Music at the University of Alberta, Kate has spent many years working within the arts and culture sector in a variety of roles and senior positions over the course of her fundraising career including: The Writers Guild of Alberta, Alberta Ballet, the National Music Centre and most recently The Banff Centre where she provided leadership in the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gifts from individuals, charitable foundations and corporations across Canada.   

In 2016, Katie moved to Nelson and is presently working as a consultant helping organizations to achieve increased annual revenue with an emphasis on relationship building, donor cultivation, and stewardship.  Katie is delighted to bring her talents to KEA Canada helping to advance organizational fund development strategies and contribute to their overall sustainability. 

On her personal time, Katie instructs yoga and plays the piano and guitar. 


Kristy Davison

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.