Sara Diamond received her post-secondary education in Canada and the United Kingdom as a social historian, communications and new media theorist and creative practitioner. Diamond comes to the Ontario College of Art & Design from The Banff Centre, Canada’s national and international premier professional development institution. Diamond began her work there in 1992 and served as the Artistic Director of Media and Visual Art until 2003, and then as Director of Research for the entire Banff Centre from 2003 to 2005. She created the renowned Banff New Media Institute (BNMI) in 1995 and led this research and development centre for ten years. Diamond developed international summits and workshops that explored the near future of new media. She built alliances between artists, designers, architects, scientists, social scientists, and international and Canadian businesses. Under her leadership, BNMI developed award winning new media co-productions. She led research teams in data visualization, mobile new media content and engineering, fashion and technology, distance learning, collaborative methods and tools [in] art and technology. Diamond established new media and business development models and built and funded Accelerator initiatives. Diamond created and was Editor-in-Chief of an on-line showcase for new media art and design, in collaboration with Heritage Canada.