Executive Director and CEO   
John G. McAvity, C.M.  

John G. McAvity was born in Saint John NB, attended the University of New Brunswick, and is a certified Association Executive. On December 26 2014, he was appointed to the Order of Canada by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, for his contributions to preserving Canada’s cultural heritage. On October 19, 2007, John received an honorary doctorate from the University of New Brunswick, in recognition of his 35-year career in service to Canada’s museum community. Prior to joining the CMA, he worked at Kings Landing Historical Settlement, the New Brunswick Museum, the Canadian Inventory of Historic Buildings, the Ontario Museum Association, and founded Association Museums New Brunswick. He is active with the International Council of Museums, and has been the executive director of the CMA since 1981. He loves collecting Canadian art, and odd antiques such as fire hydrants and hardware.

Manon Blanchette  
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. 

Gerry Osmond 
Provincial Director of Heritage
Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development
Newfoundland and Labrador

Gerry Osmond is the Provincial Director of Heritage with the Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development. He has worked in the museum field for the past twenty years including positions in management, advisory, curatorial, programming, collections and conservation. He has experience in a variety of museums in Newfoundland & Labrador, Alberta, New Brunswick, and the UK.  He also worked for seven years at the Alberta Museums Association, the last 3 years as Executive Director and recently spent seven years as Manager of Provincial Historic Sites – Newfoundland and Labrador. Gerry has been actively involved in the national museum community over the past fifteen years. He has served on a number of Canadian Museums Association (CMA) committees including Conference, Awards, Fellows, Membership, Young Canada Works, and Election Readiness, as well as a moderator and presenter at various Annual Conferences. He has also served on the Board of ICOM Canada, Museums Assistance Program Juries, and CHIN Advisory Committees. Gerry holds a Bachelor of Arts (Archaeology), a Master of Arts (Museum Studies), and is a Certified Association Executive.

Karen Bachmann  
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.

Jane Fullerton  
New Brunswick Museum

Jane Fullerton is currently the Director and CEO of the New Brunswick Museum (NBM), where she has worked since 1993. As CEO, she leads a staff of approximately 85 full-time, part-time, casual and seasonal staff to fulfill the NBM’s mandate of collecting, researching, preserving and interpreting the province and related regions’ natural and human heritage. She is also a member of the project team working on the development of a Renewed Cultural Policy for New Brunswick and was a member of the original working group for the province’s 2002 Cultural Policy. Jane is co-staff lead of the New Brunswick Provincial Commemorations Committee and serves on the Board of the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada, Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick, New Brunswick Nature Trust and Stonehammer Global Geopark. She served previously as co-chair of Industrial Cities in Transition, a major federally funded community-based research and education program with the University of New Brunswick in Saint John.

Susan Burrows Johnson
CEO/Executive Director
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.


Barb Cameron   
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.

Jack Lohman   
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 


David Marskell   

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.


Nancy Noble
Director and CEO
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Nancy Noble is the Director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax (NS). Previous to her appointment in September 2016, Nancy led, as CEO, the Museum of Vancouver Museum through transformative change including the creation of a new vision, values, direction and brand. This has led to numerous awards from within and outside the museum community. Nancy has worked extensively in museums in Canada for over 25 years. She moved to Vancouver from Winnipeg, where she was Director of Research, Collections and Programs at the Manitoba Museum. Nancy has a Bachelor of Arts (History) from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters of Arts (Museums Studies) from Leicester University. She has been active in numerous arts and cultural organizations over the years and currently sits on the Greater Vancouver Society to Bridge Arts and Community and is a member of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture’s (UBC) Advisory Board.