BOARD OF DIRECTORS

     

       
    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.

       
    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.

       
    Vice-President
    Jane Fullerton  
    CEO  
    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.

         
    Vice-President
    Jack Lohman   
    CEO
    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.

         
    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



    Director
    Sarah
    Pashagumskum
    Executive Director
    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
    Katy Tari

    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.


    Director 
    Michael Wallace   
    Executive Director
    Theatre Museum of Canada
    Toronto, Ontario



         
    Past President
    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.