BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Executive Director and CEO
John G. McAvity, C.M.
Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre
New Brunswick Museum
Royal British Columbia Museum
Of Polish origin, Jack Lohman is CEO of the Royal British Columbia Museum. He is a member of the Executive Commitee of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Board of the National Museum in Warsaw, the Second World War Museum in Gdansk, the Institute for National Museums in Rwanda and the European Museum Academy. He was previously director of the Museum of London, chairman of the National Museum in Warsaw and chief executive of the Iziko Museums in Cape Town. He was educated at the University of East Anglia where he studied the history of art and at the Freien Universitat in Berlin where he studied architecture.
Susan Burrows Johnson
Galt Museum and Archives
Susan Burrows-Johnson has been the CEO/executive director of the Galt Museum & Archives for the last eight years and has an extensive background in senior management of non-profits. This is her fourth posting as a director in a service-oriented organization. She has worked as a fundraising mentor and in various areas of the non-profit sector. Her educational background includes post-secondary education in history, public relations/communications, management and museum studies.
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre
Barb Cameron began her museum career at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife in 1990 and has worked in the roles of heritage training coordinator, curator of education, assistant director and director. She is currently the director for the Culture and Heritage Division for the Department of Education, Culture and Employment, Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT). Her interest in northern culture was inspired in part through her teaching experiences at Arctic College in Fort Smith and Inuvik and as the Aboriginal language and culture coordinator for Yellowknife schools. Barb completed a master’s of education degree from the University of Toronto, a professional specialization certificate in cultural heritage sector leadership from the University of Victoria, and the GNWT Executive Leadership Development Program at the University of Alberta’s Alberta School of Business. She has been living in the Northwest Territories for over 30 years and traveled extensively along northern wilderness trails by canoe and dogsled.
David Marskell is chief executive officer of THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener, Ont. David successfully rebranded the organization — originally a children's museum — bringing world class exhibitions, including Discovering Chimpanzees: The Remarkable World of Jane Goodall, James Cameron’s Avatar: The Exhibition, and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition . Other exhibitions created by THEMUSEUM include Andy Warhol’s Factory 2009 , RAM: Rethinking Art & Machine, and Getting Naked, presented in collaboration with the Canada Council Art Bank. Prior to that, David was director of marketing at the Canadian National Exhibition and spent two years at Ontario Place where he spearheaded the successful Chinese Lantern Festival.
Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute
Sarah Pashagumskum is a member of the Cree Nation of Chisasibi in northern Quebec, and has been the Executive Director of Aanischaaukamikw, the regional Cree Cultural Institute for Eeyou Istchee, since 2015. She joined the Cree Cultural Institute when it opened in 2011 as Director of Programs, assisting in the organizational development of the Institute with her experience in program development and implementation, indigenous research, and public sector planning and management. In her capacity as Executive Director, Sarah leads a dynamic team supporting culture and heritage programming for the 9 Cree communities in Northern Quebec. Sarah has a background in First Nations education, culture and language maintenance, as a teacher, university instructor, education consultant, research coordinator, and author. Her community service includes terms as a band councilor and board member on various First Nations community organizations. Sarah holds a BA (Hons.), a BEd and MEd, a PhD in education, and a Master’s Certificate in Public Organization Management.
Direcor and CEO
Musées de la Civilisation
Historian, museologist and administrator, Katy Tari has been involved in the museum sector for more than 25 years, while also being an entrepreneur. In 1995, she founded her business Musée Média, under the banner of Orange Kiwi, offering a service of cultural dissemination project creation and development, namely through digital projects, co-productions and exhibition development. She has also occupied many positions, notably as Director of collections and relations with Quebec museums at the Musée de la civilisation de Québec from 2014 to 2017, seconded to the management team of the permanent exhibition renewal, which was launched on July 1st, 2017 at the Canadian Museum of History. In the early 2010s, she piloted projects highlighting the Lachine Canal in Montréal within Parks Canada. She has been very involved, sitting on many administrative boards, including the Musée maritime du Québec and ICOM-Canada, in addition to being on a number of committees. Until 2016, she was Board Member and then President of the Société des musées du Québec.
Director and CEO
La Fabrique de la Paroisse Notre-Dame de Montréal
An art historian and arts administrator, Manon Blanchette began her career at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in 1976. She holds a D.E.A. (Paris, 1984) and a PhD in arts studies and practices (UQAM, 2003). She received the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres (France) in 1992, and Woman of Distinction (Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal) in 1997. In 2012, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. She has also chaired and sat on numerous boards. She has been the President of ICOM Canada and Chair of the AVICOM committee. From 2007 to 2012, she was Executive Director of the Board of Montreal Museum Directors and since April 2013, she sits on the Board of Directors of the Conseil des arts de Montréal. Previous to her appointment at La Fabrique in October 2016, Manon was the Chief Operating Officer at Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History from 2012 to 2016.