Board members

The CMA is governed by an elected Board of Directors. Meet the CMA’s Board.

President

Jack Lohman

CEO
Royal British Columbia Museum

Of Polish origin, Jack Lohman is CEO of the Royal British Columbia Museum. He is a board member of the City of Warsaw Museum, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute 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 Iziko Museums in Cape Town. He was educated at the University of East Anglia where he studied History of Art and at the Freie Universität in Berlin where he studied Architecture. He has taught at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Ain Shams University in Cairo and at the University of Havana. He has received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Westminster, London (PUNO) and East Anglia. He received the Bene Merito Medal from the Republic of Poland in 2011 for services to museums and a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2012 for his work with museums around the world.


Vice-President

Katy Tari

Director of Collections — Public and Programs Services
Pointe-à-Callière, cité d'archéologie et d'histoire de Montréal

Historian, museologist and administrator, Katy Tari has been involved in the museum sector for more than 25 years, while also being an entrepreneur. She joined Pointe-à-Callière in 2017 as director of Collections — Public and Programs Services. 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.  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 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.


Vice-President

Michael Wallace

Executive Director
Theatre Museum of Canada — Toronto, Ontario

Michael Wallace is the Executive Director of Theatre Museum Canada, a small museum preserving and celebrating our country's performing arts heritage. He is a graduate of the University of King's College (Theatre Studies & Production) and worked in professional theatre as a stage manager before returning to school and earning an MBA at York University/s Schulich School of Business with its specializations in nonprofit and arts management. He has volunteered with the CMA for many years, as well as with the Ontario Museums Association/s conferences and the Toronto Museums Network. Mike is a member of the CNE Association's Finance and Audit Committee, and  was also Treasurer of the Roden Community Child Care Centre.


Director

Stephen Borys

Director and CEO
Winnipeg Art Gallery — Winnipeg, Manitoba

Stephen Borys is the Director and CEO of the Winnipeg Art Gallery where he is leading the development of a national Inuit Art Centre. At the core of his directorship is the goal of advancing a meaningful dialogue with the public, and creating a welcoming forum where art and culture are at the forefront with audiences and stakeholders. Dr. Borys is also an adjunct professor at the University of Winnipeg, and has held leadership and curatorial posts at the Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida; Allen Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. He holds an Executive MBA, a PhD in Art and Architectural History from McGill University, a MA in Art History from the University of Toronto, and a BA Honours from the University of Winnipeg. Dr. Borys has organized numerous exhibitions, written accompanying catalogues and scholarly articles, and lectured across North America and internationally. He is a past board trustee of the Association of Art Museum Directors, and past president of the Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization.


Director

Margaret Chrumka

Executive Director
Kamloops Art Gallery

Margaret Chrumka is the Executive Director of the Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC and has worked with the Gallery since 2012. She has worked in the cultural, financial and post-secondary sectors throughout her career. A graduate from the Getty Leadership Institute, she has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria, BC and a Master’s of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, ON.


Director

Eepmon

Digital Artisan
Museum Design — Ottawa, Ontario

Intersecting digital arts / design, creative consulting, entrepreneurship and an advocate for STEAM, Eepmon has collaborated with industries spanning museums, education, fashion to video games and fine art. His clients include Microsoft Xbox, Canada Goose, Alpha Industries, MINI and the Canada Science & Technology Museum. In 2018 he represented Canada on its first Creative Industries Trade Mission to China led by Canada’s then Minister of Heritage, the Honourable Mélanie Joly. EEPMON has been featured in HYPEBEAST, GQ, Complex, JAY-Z’s Life+Times, Computer Arts, and Applied Arts. Exhibitions include, Library and Archives Canada, Design Exchange Museum and HPGRP Gallery NYC. A seasoned speaker, he has presented at Adobe, IDEO, Rhode Island School of Design, PechaKucha Tokyo, City University of Hong Kong, Guangzhou University, New Brunswick Museum, The Canadian Museums Association, Library and Archives Canada, iSchool Institute at University of Toronto, FITC and the Canada-China Cultural Delegation (Can4Culture) in Beijing. An artist of the 21st century, EEPMON’s work provides insight into the creative and cultural expressions of contemporary society.

Director

Ken Ross

Executive Director
Bank of Canada Museum — Ottawa, Ontario

Ken Ross joined the Bank of Canada in 2002, following a career as a television screenwriter. He became the Director of what was then the Bank of Canada Currency Museum in 2011. When the museum closed July 2, 2013 he led the re-imagining, complete re-design and implementation of a newly conceived central bank museum: interactive, friendly and aimed at the layperson. No longer a currency museum, the renamed Bank of Canada Museum reopened to the public July 1, 2017 and has since been striving to creatively bring the work of the Bank of Canada to Canadians by demystifying the Bank’s key functions and interpreting Canada’s monetary heritage.


Past-President

Karen Bachmann

Director/Curator
Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre

Karen Bachmann is the Director/Curator for the Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre and has been with the institution for over twenty-five years. Her volunteer activities include over fifteen years service with the Ontario Museum Association, serving as President in 1996 and has also served on and chaired the Awards Committee for the Canadian Museum Association She was a member of the Ontario Celebrate Canada Committee for over eighteen years. She has held board positions with the Porcupine United Way, the Cochrane Temiskaming Museums and Galleries Association, Arts and Culture Timmins, the Timmins Local Immigration Partnership Council and has been involved with committee work for the Timmins Chamber of Commerce. She has authored three books on the history of the Porcupine Camp and currently writes a weekly column on history and heritage issues for the Timmins Daily Press. She is presently the chair for the History Committee for the 100th anniversary celebrations for Timmins, and is thrilled that the new Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre finally re-opened in September 2011.


Ex-Officio

Vanda Vitali

Executive Director
Canadian Museums Association

Dr. Vanda Vitali is the Executive Director of the Canadian Museums Association. Dr. Vitali is a physicist, art historian, museum director, master planner, and a Canadian.  Fluent in both official Canadian languages, Dr. Vitali has directed or been involved at a senior level with museums of various sizes and interests nationally, as well as with heritage, contemporary art, and overall cultural concerns globally. She has also taught museum and related studies here in Canada, in the United States, and in France.  Dr. Vitali was the Chief Information Officer of the International Center for Innovation and Transfer of Technology in Jiaxing, China and has held roles as CEO of New Zealand’s Auckland Museum, Vice President for Public Programs at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, museology advisor to the president of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, and director of the ROM's Institute of Contemporary Culture. Honoured by the World Academy for the Future of Women, she has been designated as Chevalier of Art and Culture of France and is the recipient of the Jim Blackaby Ingenuity Award from the AAM.