Calgary, AB (September 4, 2019) – The Heritage Park Society Board of Trustees and Chair David Rodych announce the retirement of President and Chief Executive Officer, Alida A. Visbach, effective December 31st, 2019.
For the past 14 years, Ms. Visbach has led the iconic institution through a period of unrivalled change and growth. Under her leadership, Heritage Park undertook the single largest capital expansion of its 55-year history, doubling its footprint and transforming the museum into a year-round operation. During her tenure she was instrumental in fundraising for the Park, including $65 million for the “It’s About Time” capital campaign and led her team to 59 awards of excellence and achievement for Heritage Park.
With Ms. Visbach’s guidance, Heritage Park has grown to become Canada’s largest living history museum and a worldwide leader in the museum sector through the establishment of a robust business model, implementing sustainable business practices and leveraging innovative growth opportunities.
“During Alida’s tenure growth and development have been exceptional, with the addition of the Gasoline Alley Museum and Heritage Town Square and Mercantile Block, the Little Synagogue project, the Famous 5 Centre for Canadian Women and the restoration of countless historically significant artifacts, including the 1202 Colonist Car in 2017,” said Rodych.
Prior to her role as President and CEO at Heritage Park, Ms. Visbach served as President and CEO of Kings Landing Historical Settlement in New Brunswick, where she led the redesign and expansion of critical infrastructure, including the development and implementation of an environmental plan.
The strong senior leadership team put in place by Ms. Visbach will continue to build upon the success of Heritage Park and carry out its mission of ‘Connecting People to the Settlement of Western Canada and Preserving our Heritage and Culture’.
The Board thanks Alida for her dedication and commitment to Heritage Park over the past 14 years and wishes her all the best in her retirement. Alida lives in Calgary with her husband, Paul Corbett.
For more information, contact:
Heritage Park Historical Village
Ph. (403) 268-8506