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.
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.
Digital Artisan, Museum Design
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.
Director 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. 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.
Theatre Museum of Canada
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.