Cockerill is the owner of Kate + Sebastian, a Vancouver-based communications and design firm, and brings both association and event management experience to the job. She replaces interim executive director Sylvia Skene and Corey Van't Haaff, the former executive director.
"After an extensive executive search, the board of directors is very pleased that Kate has agreed to join our organization. We look forward to building on the strengths of the foundation with Kate at the helm,” said Jane Nahirny, WMAF president.
Cockerill has held senior positions with the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies - BC (ACEC-BC), from 1998 to 2005, the International Institute of Communications (IIC), from 1993 to 1997 and has served on a number of boards including: Architectural Foundation of BC; Society for the Museum of Original Costume; International Children's Film Festival; and the Vancouver Opera Guild.
The 32nd annual Western Magazine Awards are being presented this year at a gala reception on Friday, June 20. Finalists will be announced in May.