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Q&A | 29 Questions For Jim Olver

By Jennifer Liu on July 10, 2017

Jim Olver, Banff Centre Director of Customer Service (Photo: Jennifer Liu)
Jim Olver, Banff Centre Director of Customer Service (Photo: Jennifer Liu)

This summer, Musical Toronto shadowed Banff Centre’s refreshed classical music programs over nearly two and a half weeks. This article is part of our BANFF series chronicling their rebrand, featuring notable faces of this year’s edition along the way.

Jim Olver is the Director of Customer Service at Banff Centre, and has remained with the organisation for 34 years, over which time he has greeted 500,000 visitors and served under seven Presidents. A native of the Greater Toronto Area, Olver completed studies in geology at the University of Toronto, followed by an MBA at the University of Western Ontario Ivey School of Business. In 1983, Banff Centre’s Vice President visited the UWO campus to recruit employees. Following a decisive meeting, both parties agreed that Olver had found his calling.

Musical Toronto sent him our modified Q&A with 78 questions to pick and choose from. A Banff-themed Rorschach personality test, if you will.

Describe your present mood.


What are you wearing today?

Blue suit as always!

How many ties and hats do you own?

About 100 ties of which 20 are the ones I wear, and three wide brimmed “sun” hats

What is your dress code?

At work I have a “brand” which is a blue blazer, shirt tie and grey pants. People recognize me when they return to Banff Centre due to my consistent brand look.

What are two secrets about Banff Centre?

The rose quartz crystals in Sleeping Buffalo Mtn, and the Permian Extinction is recorded in the geological record (rocks) on Campus

What is one thing that the town of Banff doesn’t have, but should?

An ocean

Favourite spot at Banff Centre?

Anywhere where there is an artist, on the site of a mountain, piano maintenance shop

Your musical ancestry?

Church choir and a father who whistles

Favourite place in Canada?

Canoeing a rushing river surrounded by mountains

Out of the five senses, which is your strongest?


How do you spend a rainy day?


Are you a morning person or a night owl?


Favourite mode of transportation?


Jim Olver, Banff Centre Director of Customer Service (Photo: Jennifer Liu)
Jim Olver, Banff Centre Director of Customer Service (Photo: Jennifer Liu)

The most-prized gadget that you own?


If you won a million dollars tomorrow,…

Save it

Urban or rural life?


Things you miss about Ontario?


What’s your taste in cars?

Transportation. How many canoes can I stack on the roof

Drink of choice?

V & T

The different career path that you could have gone on?


Your spirit animal?


Your best-ever gamble in life?

Joining Banff Centre

What was the luckiest moment in your life?

Meeting Chip DeRoo

How do two people become friends?

By doing activities together

What are you listening to as you answer these questions?

Maroon 5 – One More Night

What is the one animal at Banff that scares you the most?


The first three things that you do every morning?

Eat, walk the dog, check communications

The best way to die?


If you were to do this all again,…

I’d take much better records about who I met!

Follow MT on their adventures in Banff HERE.

To read more from our Q&A Series, click HERE.


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