Ignite gives presenters 5 minutes and 20 slides to demonstrate their ideas and professional passions. Each slide is displayed for 15 seconds and automatically moves forward, making for a fast-paced and dynamic session! 

Meet the Presenters:

Future Care: The integration of arts and medicine


Education Coordinator, McMaster Museum of Art
Nicole Knibb (BA, Art History, McMaster University) is the Education Coordinator at the McMaster Museum of Art, responsible for developing innovative programs for McMaster University’s academic community, most notably The Art of Medicine visual literacy training with the Departments of Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Nicole has developed a successful Docent and Volunteer program which delivers tours and learning activities to meet the needs of all age groups visiting McMaster’s celebrated art collection. 




Knibb Nicole




Creating Relevance in Your Community


Executive Director, Canadian Bushplane Heritage Center
Mike Delfre has been the Executive Director of the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Center in Sault Ste Marie for the past 3 years. His career spans the education and employment fields as a college principal, professor, counsellor and administrator. He is married with 3 children.



   Delfre Michael

A Year with the 1906 Berlin Cook Book: Interpretation through a blog


Cooking and Blogging Every Day in 2012 @http://366dayswiththeberlincookbook.wordpress.com






Blackstock Carolyn


An Engaging Paradox: How leadership, innovation, and entertainment make a better museum


Manager / Curator, The Secrets of Radar Museum
For close to 20 years, Maya has worked in museums and galleries, big and small, across the country, in a wide variety of roles and departments.  She is a passionate social historian, museum and heritage advocate, cat-owning, people-watching explorer, foodie, beer snob, game-playing geek, and Blue Jays baseball fan. You can find her on the Twitters @mambolica.




Hirshman Maya




Marketing Museums in the 21st Century


Executive Director, Ottawa Museum Network
Laura manages an integrated marketing and public relations campaign for 11 community museums that are part of the Ottawa Museum Network. The Ottawa Museum Network engages specialist marketing staff from the museums to collaboratively plan the OMN marketing campaign and identify opportunities to be innovative in marketing practice.  Laura earned her Master in Museum Studies in Sydney, Australia and is working towards a Master in Business Administration at Carleton University.




Gibbs Laura




Mobile Apps & Living History: How to use your cell phone in 1914


Intern, Waterloo Region Museum
Megan Meloche is a recent graduate of Museum Management and Curatorship through Fleming College. During her internship with the Waterloo Region Museum, she helped develop an app for Doon Heritage Village using the online historic building database, Building Stories.  Previously she completed her Honours Undergrad and Masters in History from the University of Windsor. Megan is also the former Assistant Curator/Media Coordinator for the Canadian Transportation Museum and Heritage Village in Kingsville, Ontario.




Meloche Megan





 Thank you! Merci!

Total Transportation Solutions Inc.