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Nathalie Bondil

Nathalie Bondil is the Director General and Chief Curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Appointed Chief Curator in 2000 and Director General in January 2007, she has initiated innovative programming with exhibitions designed, produced and circulated by the MMFA that have distinguished the Museum on the international scene.

With the addition of a fourth pavilion to the Museum complex in 2011, Ms. Bondil and her team undertook the study, restoration and reinstallation of some 4,000 works from the Museum’s encyclopedic collection, from world cultures to Old Masters and Canadian and contemporary art. In 2016, the Museum expanded again with a fifth addition, the Pavilion for Peace dedicated to international art and education.

A dual citizen of Canada and France, Ms. Bondil is an art historian by training. She graduated from the École du Louvre and the Institut national du patrimoine, Paris. She has curated many of the exhibitions presented by the Museum, including Metamorphoses: In Rodin’s Studio; Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism: From Spain to Morocco, Benjamin-Constant in His Time; ¡Cuba! Art and History from 1868 to Today; Van Dongen; Painting the Town Fauve; Catherine the Great: Art for Empire; Voyage into Myth: Gauguin to Matisse; the French Avant-Garde from the State Hermitage Museum; Maurice Denis: Earthly Paradise; Picasso Érotique; Hitchcock and Art: Fatal Coincidences.

Nathalie Bondil was elected Personality of the Year in Culture by La Presse (2017),  awarded the Médaille de l’assemblée nationale, Québec (2016) as well as being appointed Member of the Order of Canada, receiving the Prix Camille-Laurin (Office Québécois de la langue française) and an honorary doctorate from the University of Montreal (2015).

Ms. Bondil is Vice-Chair of the Canada Council for the Arts and Vice-president of the Société des célébrations du 375e anniversaire de Montréal.



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Scott Cooper

Dr. Scott Cooper has spent twenty years protecting, promoting and transforming cultural sites and institutions. At the Royal BC Museum Scott is responsible for advancing the museum’s collections and knowledge resources, developing research and academic partnerships, and ensuring that the museum is a truly provincial institution that is used by, and of value to, citizens throughout British Columbia. He leads a team of staff who oversee collections, registration and conservation; curation, research and academic relations; online, onsite and offsite learning and public programs; visitor experience; and the design, production and presentation of exhibitions as well as the museum’s First Nations and Repatriation Program department.

Scott read building engineering at the University of Manchester and architectural conservation at Edinburgh College of Art. He was awarded a UNESCO scholarship to study stone conservation in Venice and subsequently returned to Edinburgh College of Art where he was awarded the Principal’s Scholarship to complete his doctoral research on Scottish architectural history. Scott is a Member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and a Fellow of the Getty Leadership Institute where he continues as faculty.

Scott joined the Royal BC Museum from the Qatar Foundation where, as director of Museums, he developed four heritage house museums, including the first museum of slavery in the Islamic world. Previously CEO of Fulham Palace, he oversaw the award-winning regeneration of the Tudor residence of the bishops of London. He was treasurer of the International Council of Museums (ICOM UK) from 2008 to 2011, and is the former head of Hammersmith and Fulham Archives.