Co-founder/Director, Dance Collection Danse
Miriam Adams is the Co-founder/Director of Dance Collection Danse. She danced with The National Ballet of Canada, and with her late husband, Lawrence Adams, founded 15 Dance Laboratorium, Toronto’s first experimental dance venue.
The Adams then established Visus Foundation to videotape dance activity in Canada. In 1983, they initiated the ENCORE! ENCORE! reconstruction project to rescue choreographic works created in the 1940s and 1950s. Dance Collection Danse, Canada’s national dance archives and publisher, was founded in 1986.
Miriam has been a board member of many arts organizations and was named Adjunct Professor of York University in 2005. In 2010, she joined Theatre Museum Canada’s Advisory Board. She received a Dance in Canada Service Award; a Mayor’s Medal of Service; and, with Lawrence, the Dance Ontario Award for her contributions to dance. In 2009, Miriam received the Rita Davies and Margo Bindhardt Award for Cultural Leadership from the Toronto Arts Foundation.
Co-ordinator of Marketing and Communications Planning, Housing and Community Services, Region of Waterloo
Keren Adderley is the Coordinator of Communications and Marketing for the Planning, Housing and Community Services Department at the Region of Waterloo. A former journalist, Keren worked for a PR agency specializing in risk and crisis communications and training, before joining the Region in 2005. In addition to working on the public consultation process for the Region’s recently approved rapid transit system, Keren led an internal team of communicators who developed the Region’s social media guidelines for staff.
Interim Curator, Scugog Shores Museum
Amy Barron has a BA in History and a PhD in Archaeology, as well as a Certificate in Museum Studies. She has been in the museum field for nearly twenty years and worked in a variety of sites both large and small. Her particular strength has been in education and public programming, though she has covered all aspects of museum work including administrative and curatorial duties, event planning and exhibit design. In 2010-2011, she served as Interim Curator for the Scugog Shores Museums where she had the opportunity to develop a new permanent gallery for the museum focusing on the history and archaeology of the local First Nations. Amy also spends time on archaeological excavations abroad and being an occasional lecturer at the University of Toronto.
Director, Mystus Exhibits
Matthew Bates, director and owner of Mystus Exhibits, brings 28 years of experience in exhibit-making to the team. He has been a key player in the creation of many immersive exhibitions for museums. After graduation from the University of Toronto with an honours degree in Physics and Astronomy, Matthew worked in astronomy research. He went on to join the Ontario Science Centre as a multimedia and interactive exhibit designer/developer. Understanding that interactive exhibit-making requires a diverse vocabulary, Matthew started Mystus Exhibits with a multi-disciplinary vision. Matthew is himself an expert in most services that Mystus offers and at the same time a practical business-person and manager. He brings lateral thinking to solving challenges. He is dedicated to creating works that stay true to original intentions. During his career Matthew has worked for many museums throughout the world.
Museum & Heritage Advisor, Ministry of Tourism & Culture
Cathy Blackbourn, B.A, B.Ed, MMSt, is a Museum & Heritage Advisor for the Ministry of Tourism & Culture. Prior to assuming that position in April 2011, she was Professional Development Program Manager for the Ontario Museum Association for 13 years. She was Education Coordinator at the Joseph Schneider Haus Museum for 10 years. Cathy has also worked for the Royal Ontario Museum, London Regional Children’s Museum, Toronto Historical Board and Oakville Museums. As a member of The Learning Coalition, Cathy co-authored Building Responsive Museums: A Discussion Framework, Human Resource Planning Tool for Successful Museums, two online learning modules (for CHIN) on Project Management and Storyline Development,Improving Performance Through Evaluation A Resource Guide for Museum Training Providers and Managers and, Guidelines for Developing Entry-Level Museum Practice Programs.
Community Relations Coordinator, Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener-Waterloo
Dianne joined the Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener Waterloo and Area in 2007 as Community Engagement Coordinator. This role connects volunteers from all ages and sectors from youth to suitable community involvement opportunities that may exist or perhaps need to be created for them. “Bridging the Gap” is what the Volunteer Action Centre does for its community. The research being presented reflects the existing state of volunteerism and is leading the way to understanding volunteers of a new era. Dianne has spent her entire career within the voluntary sector since graduating from Brock University as a Theatre Arts Major. She enjoys sharing her passion and enthusiasm for “the people services” with all audiences of all ages.
Director of Research, Dance Collection Danse
Amy Bowring (Hons. BA, Fine Arts Studies, York University; MA, Journalism, University of Western Ontario) is the Director of Research at the archives/publisher and research centre Dance Collection Danse. She is also the founder of the Society for Canadian Dance Studies, and the copy editor and news editor of The Dance Current. She has published articles and papers in journals, books, encyclopedias and conference proceedings. Amy teaches Canadian dance history at Ryerson University. She recently curated the exhibition Dancing Through Time: Toronto’s Dance History 1900-1980 at Toronto’s Market Gallery, and has curated virtual exhibitions on Toronto dance pioneers Alison Sutcliffe and Nancy Lima Dent. She was a co-recipient of the 2002 Toronto Emerging Dance Artist Award.
Education Day Coordinator, The Canadian Military Heritage Society
As a child Jeff Brown recalls staring with wide-eyed fascination at the portraits of two WWI Canadian soldiers which adorned the walls of this grandmother's parlour. Family members fought and died in both World Wars and were present at Vimy Ridge and Juno Beach.
Eventually this interest in Canadian military history would lead Jeff to develop a WWI themed Education Day Program. This program runs with the mutual cooperation of the Canadian Military Heritage Society and Fanshawe Pioneer Village.
By profession Jeff is a Registered Nurse. This has sparked an interest in things both medical and military. Currently he is involved in helping to start up an historical re-enactment group which focuses on WWI Canadian Nursing Sisters.
Jeff has participated as an historical re-enactor for the past fifteen years and enjoys bringing history to life for students and the general public. History is not boring.
Curator, Oshawa Community Museum
Melissa Cole has been employed at the Oshawa Community Museum for 11 years. She has been in the role of Curator for approximately 9 years. She has a Bachelor of Art Honours Degree in Anthropology from Trent University and a Museum Management and Curatorship Certificate from Sir Sandford Fleming College. Melissa was a part of the project team who was responsible for overseeing the cataloguing and curation of the recovered cultural material.
Senior Policy Lead, Ontario Nonprofit Network
Building on years of leadership in nonprofit organizations, Lynn has been consulting in the nonprofit sector since 1989. Currently, as a Metcalf Innovation Foundation Fellow, Lynn is involved in the establishment of the Ontario Nonprofit Network, (ONN) to better position the sector to address the cross cutting policy issues it faces. She continues to engage in sector research and is involved with ONN in identifying, developing and advocating for systemic reforms to improve the ability of the sector to undertake its important work.
For more on Lynn’s work www.lynneakin.com
Museum Education Co-ordinator, Woodland Cultural Centre
Tara Froman is the Museum Education Co-Ordinator of the Woodland Cultural Centre. She is Haudenosaunee (Six Nations) from the Lower Cayuga nation of the Wolf Clan. Tara holds a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, specializing in the physical anthropology stream (think blood and bones), from McMaster University, as well as assorted information and technology certificates. Archival photographs (just plain old pictures) have always interested Tara; and she was keen to be assigned to organize, digitize, and investigate the photograph collection of the Woodland Cultural Centre. 800 photographs into this undertaking, Tara’s enthusiasm for the community stories centered upon these photos has not dimmed (although she has lost any fondness for dust she may previously have held).
Public Education Extension Officer, Woodland Cultural Centre
Lorrie Gallant is a writer, illustrator, storyteller, visual artist, singer/songwriter born and raised on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.
Lorrie is the author and illustrator of the children’s books, “Bread and Cheese, Noi:a, No:ia, Border Crossing and is currently working on “Little Lorrie and a Big Bowl of Corn Soup” which is illustrated in clay. As well as beginning a graphic novel and Adventure Series for young readers called “The Six – The Big Dig”
As the Public Education Extension Officer of the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford, Lorrie uses her gifts to reveal the rich culture and traditions of First Nations people. Lorrie worked on a community arts project to produce children’s books on the History of Wahta and Tyendinaga Mohawk Territories and the book “The Voice of Our Elders” for the community of Six Nations. Lorrie sits on the Board of Directors for the Brant Community Foundations, a member of the Six Nations Writers, Co-founder of the Dwa Na Ga Das First Nations Youth Choir and a Leader for Community Builders and Youth Leadership training program.
Lorrie completed a project based on youth interviewing elders of the Six Nations Community and created 4 books as well as an art exhibition of the images. Lorrie’s goal in all that she does is to inspire Native people to preserve their culture and traditions and celebrate who they are in this contemporary world!
Education Officer, Woodstock Museum National Historic Site
Kerrie Gill is the Education Officer of the Woodstock Museum National Historic Site. She has graduated with a certificate in Museum Management and Curatorship through Sir Sandford Fleming College after attending the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. She was past Curator of the Norwich and District Museum and Education Assistant at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery.
She is currently a member of the steering committee for the Thames Valley Regional Heritage Fair, chair for the Canadian Quaker Library and Archives, co-chair of the Volunteer Network of Oxford and the newest member of the London Museum School conglomerate.
General Manager, J.P. Metras Sports Museum, University of Western Ontario
Jordan Goldstein is the General Manager at the J.P. Metras Sports Museum at the University of Western Ontario. Since graduating with his Master of Arts in History from UWO in October 2010, Jordan has held primary responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the museum. His responsibilities include but are not limited to cataloguing and accessioning artifacts, research coordination for external parties, and director of staff initiatives. His graduate work in the Public History program exposed him to the latest technologies and theories of museum operations. Jordan is a native Londoner and holds a tremendous amount of local knowledge about both the city and the University which greatly adds to the research abilities of the museum. An avid enthusiast of both sports and history, he will be pursuing a PhD in Sports History at U.W.O. starting in January 2012. Jordan is also an accomplished musician with two records under his belt.
Information Officer, McMaster Museum of Art
Teresa Gregorio has an Honours BA in Art History from McMaster University as well as a Diploma in Cultural Resource Management from the University of Victoria. She has been involved in the museum field for almost ten years, working in a variety of institutions and in an array of capacities. The past four years have been devoted to working in education as an Information Officer at the McMaster Museum of Art, along with fellow presenter and Education Coordinator, Nicole Knibb. In 2010, the Museum began an interdisciplinary partnership with the Department of Family Medicine, to develop the program, The Art of Seeing. A fascinating and exciting opportunity, the program allows the opportunity to facilitate visual learning for medical doctors.
Executive Director, Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener-Waterloo
Jane Hennig is the Executive Director of the Volunteer Action Centre which provides services and resources to strengthen and build the capacity of over 160 charity and not-for-profit groups to engage and support volunteers. Jane has degrees from both the University of Calgary and Wilfrid Laurier University. Jane's expertise is volunteer management and board governance and her over 35 years volunteering for local, regional and national organizations have contributed to her belief in the value of volunteer involvement and the incredible impact of the voluntary sector on our Canadian identity.
CEO and Executive Director, Institute for Canadian Citizenship
Gillian Hewitt Smith is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. The ICC is a national, non-profit organization that engages Canadians in citizenship through innovative programs, campaigns and partnerships. Prior to joining the ICC, Gillian spent more than fifteen years working in corporate communications and corporate affairs, most recently with the Royal Bank of Canada as Senior Advisor, Corporate Affairs and Head of Communications for RBC's Group Head, Strategy, Treasury and Corporate Services. Her other mandates have included media and stakeholder relations, crisis and issues management and corporate social responsibility. Gillian believes in active, engaged citizenship. To that end, she gives her time as a volunteer to and has served on the boards of numerous organizations. A graduate of Queen's University, Gillian holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Sociology (major), History and French (dual minors). Gillian lives in Toronto with her husband, Paul G. Smith, and is stepmother to Arnaud.
Supervisor of Marketing and Communications, Waterloo Region Museum
Sean Jasmins is the Supervisor of Marketing and Communications for the Waterloo Region Museum. Sean has 20 years experience in marketing, communications and public relations. Sean’s career spans media, corporate business, non-profit and municipal government.
Prior to joining the management team of the Waterloo Region Museum Sean was a marketing specialist and publicist for the live performance arts hall the Centre In The Square where he focused on media planning and ad buying, high profile event planning, project management, coordinating advertising creative, public relations and sponsorship development.
Sean also has marketing experience in corporate business. He developed and implemented marketing strategies to promote Home Hardware’s national brand). To round things out, Sean has municipal experience gained through the City of Kitchener where he strategized and consulted with department managers to create effective ways to enhance public awareness of city departments and services, including community and special events, golf courses, Kitchener Market, cemeteries and The Aud.
Assistant Vice President, Education and Programs, Royal Ontario Museum
VP, Visitor Relations & Commercial Services, Royal Ontario Museum
A veteran of Toronto’s non-profit and arts community since 1987, Ania Kordiuk joined the Royal Ontario Museum in 1993.
She began her involvement at the ROM by overseeing the Annual Giving, Membership and Patron fundraising programs. Under her leadership membership revenues increased an impressive 503%, with the Patron program growing by 70%. On an ongoing basis, she was also involved in a number of additional fundraising initiatives and directed the Public Capital Campaign from ’05 – ‘08, which generated in excess of $4m.
Ania also acted as Director of Marketing at the ROM from September ’97 – March ’98, Co-Executive Director of the ROM Foundation from March ‘98 – Sept ‘98 and VP, Marketing & Commercial Development from March ’07 – July ’07.
In July ’07 Ania was appointed VP, Visitor Relations & Commercial Services, overseeing the public operations at the museum. She manages Security, Visitor Experience (including front-line public/member customer service & sales and access), Hospitality Events, Restaurants, Retail and the Volunteer Department.
Under her direction, this new division has become cohesive and client focused with the result of greatly enhancing the overall Visitor Experience. Overall satisfaction has increased to 94%. In addition, innovative revenue opportunities and programs have been introduced and integrated throughout the operation. Notably, Ania has ensured that the ROM is an industry leader in the development of many Access initiatives, in response to the new legislation "Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act".
Prior to joining the ROM, Ania worked in leading arts organizations such as Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, The Canadian Opera Company and The Canadian Stage Company. There she also lead fundraising, marketing and service teams to meet strategic objectives and exceed revenue and service targets.
Education Coordinator, McMaster Museum of Art
Nicole Knibb (Hons. BA, Art History, McMaster University) is the Education Coordinator at the McMaster Museum of Art. My colleague and MMA Information Officer, Teresa Gregorio, and I work alongside curatorial staff (both in-house and visiting curators), to develop innovative tours and programs for McMaster's academic community, such as The Art of Seeing with the McMaster Department of Family Medicine. The Museum also welcomes and designs specific tours and learning activities to meet the needs of school groups and visitors from the local, national and international community. As a teaching collection, I coordinate access to works of art in storage for students, professors, tour groups, and those who are just plain curious. One of the finest aspects of my position is working with of our Docents and Volunteers. As volunteer myself, I have volunteered with the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Workers’ Art and Heritage Centre, and the HBSPCA.
Research Assistant, J.P. Metras Sports Museum, University of Western Ontario
Michael Lapointe is a Head of Research at the J.P. Metras Sports Museum at the University of Western Ontario. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy from U.W.O. in 2008. He then received his Master of Arts in Comparative Political Science from Western in 2010. Michael has lived in London Ontario his entire life and has extensive knowledge of the university’s athletic traditions. His responsibilities at the museum include cataloguing and accessioning athletic artifacts and pictures, researching coaching biographies, and overseeing an ongoing project honouring former Western Olympians. As a former high-school athlete and minor football coach, Michael has been involved in London’s athletic community for over a decade. Michael is an aspiring political journalist and hopes to pursue another Master of Arts in Journalism beginning in September 2012.
Jason Leaver is a writer, director, cinematographer, editor and the list goes on. By day he is a corporate video producer – always putting a creative/fun spin on things. By night he is a filmmaker – crafting his own personal project. His labour of love is the internationally awarded web series Out With Dad, his first foray into web series production.
Throughout the years he’s participated in several 24/48hr film challenges with award-winning results. His video installation project “Mobius” appeared in Toronto’s 2009 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. Jason’s projects have been nominated and awarded for its writing, direction, action and music by the Independent Soap Awards, 2011 LAweb Festival, One Minute Film Festival in Toronto. Including a nomination for a Webby Award.
Jason is also a co-organizer/co-host of the Toronto Web Series Community, a growing, supportive network of digital storytellers. He is passionate about sharing knowledge and encouraging new storytellers of all ages.
Director, Advertising, Home Depot Canada
Gaye Mandel is a seasoned advertising and marketing professional. Her passion has focused on representing winning retailers and iconic brands like The Home Depot, where she has been since 2006. She governs the overall brand consistency and is responsible for ensuring creative is aligned to the objectives of each of the business units for broadcast, print and on-line execution. Prior to The Home Depot, Gaye worked for other great brands including Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall/Pharma Plus and Pizza Pizza. She is currently on the board of directors of POPAI, The Global Association for Marketing at Retail.
Principal, Micheline McKay + Associates
Micheline McKay is founder and publisher of The Arts Advocate Report. Designed to deliver unique sector-specific information to strengthen subscribers’ own advocacy efforts, The Report consistently provides succinct and pertinent intelligence on the politics and policies affecting Ontario’s cultural sector.
For twelve years, Micheline shared her time between her consulting practice, Opera.ca and The Arts Advocate. Until 2008, Micheline was the part-time Executive Director of Opera.ca, where she built the organization from its earliest days as a small committee of OPERA America to a full-fledged national arts service association recognized for championing the interests of the Canadian opera sector. Read more at www.michelinemckay.ca
Producer, ROM Media Productions, Royal Ontario Museum
An experienced journalist/director/digital media producer in television current affairs, documentary film, and digital interactivity, Rob got his start in the industry as an editor for renowned animation company Nelvana Inc., before moving on to CBC’s evening news The National, where he edited and co-produced current affairs segments. This was followed by work at The National Film Board of Canada, CBC’s Newsworld, and CTV’s Book Television ,where he was a story producer on the literary current affairs show The Word This Week. Rob has also directed a growing portfolio of documentary films, including Re: Imagining the City (art/culture of urban space), Write about the Music (analysis of music criticism), and Remembering a Memory (Diaspora and commemoration). Currently, Rob is an interactive producer with the Royal Ontario Museum, creating digital media as an integral component of a new generation of participatory exhibitions.
Youth Resource Lead, Scarborough Museum
Devon is thrilled to be presenting at this year's OMA conference. She currently works at the Scarborough Museum as the Youth Resource Lead, a job that allows her to see local youth flourish. With an outside the box approach Devon views every encounter as a new opportunity. Over the past few years she has helped to grow the volunteer youth teams, and sees endless potential in the energy youth can bring to a museum. Devon holds a B.A. from the University Of Toronto at Scarborough.
Director of Development and Marketing, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
Caroline Oliver has been the Director of Development & Marketing with the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery since 2003. She holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and an Honours Bachelor of Journalism degree from Carleton University, and has completed numerous professional development courses and seminars in marketing and fundraising. She has served on the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo and Area Chamber of Commerce’s Networking Breakfast Committee since 2003, including two years as Chair. In addition to her volunteer work for the Chamber, she served on the Program Advisory Committee for the Public Relations program at Conestoga College, is a member of the Program Committee for the local chapter of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, and is a member of the Marketing Committee with the Waterloo Regional Tourism Marketing Corporation. Previously she was a Board member with the Child Witness Centre of Waterloo Region. In 2011 she received the Business Excellence Award for Volunteer of the Year from the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo and Area Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Oliver helped spearhead the introduction of the Cultural Access Pass program to Waterloo Region in 2009.
Education Manager, Fanshawe Pioneer Village
Lana Pharoah has been involved in the msueum sector for the past 15 years as a volunteer/weekend attendant and education assistant with Guelph Museums. She graduated from the University of Guelph with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in History and Sociology. In 2003/2004 she completed her Bachelor of Education degree with Nipissing University. Lana is currently enjoying her time as the Education Manager with Fanshawe Pioneer Village located in London, Ontario.
VP, Gallery Development, Royal Ontario Museum
VP, Programs and Content Communication, Royal Ontario Museum
Executive Director, Oshawa Community Museum
Laura has been employed at the museum for 21 years and is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the museum. She has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree from Trent University majoring in Anthropology, a Master of Arts degree from York University in History and a Certificate in Adult Teaching and Training. This will be the third archaeological project that Laura has participated in within the Oshawa community.
“The whole idea of introducing historical archaeology to the Oshawa area, for the benefit of students, visitors and residents, is very exciting. The past is really important and we need to share and protect this history.” - Laura Suchan
Affiliate Researcher, Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation, University of Waterloo
Mark Tovey received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science at Carleton University. Mark was the editor of the book Collective Intelligence (2008). His second book, The Reputation Society (co-edited with Hassan Masum), will be published by MIT Press in December 2011.
Mark is keenly interested in the theatre history of London, Ontario. Together with Joe Lella, he co-founded GarrisonTheatricals.com, which offers opportunities to appreciate London’s theatrical past. Inspired by Mark's paper ‘The First Stage: The Officers of the London Garrison and the Theatre Royal’ (London and Middlesex Historian, vol. 20), and with the support of the London Heritage Council, Garrison Theatricals staged a play this summer at the Fanshawe Pioneer Village, as it might have been performed by the Officers of the London Garrison in 1842. This production resulted in invitations to speak at theCanadian Museums Association Conference, the Canadian Creative Cities Summit, and Forward Into the Past.
Education & Community Relations Officer, Museum of Ontario Archaeology
Katrina (Katie) Urban holds an Honours BA in Classics and Classical Archaeology from Wilfrid Laurier University and a MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester, in the UK. She has been involved in the museum field for nearly ten years and in that time has gained experience in museum education, programming, social media, curatorial research and exhibit design. She is the author of two recent Muse articles, Online Social Media: Who Are You Reaching?, and How to build your own Wiimote interactive whiteboard. She was also co-curator and researcher for the recent exhibit “Lost Collections of the Ancient World: How Roman Britain and Ur Came to Ontario.” Katrina believes that our greatest asset in the museum’s field is each other and she is always eager to collaborate on exciting projects with colleagues. Katrina can be reached at email@example.com orwww.newmuseumkat.ca
Coordinator of Volunteer Resources, Waterloo Region Museum
Deborah Young is the Coordinator of Volunteer Resources for the Region of Waterloo, Waterloo Region Museum. Deborah has an International Designation in Volunteer Administration and Human Resource Management and has more than 16 years of experience in the municipal government and museum field. The Waterloo Region Museum has approximately 1,200 volunteers involved with Collections, Conservation, Costuming, Heritage Gardening, Programming, Research, Doors Open Waterloo Region and the Waterloo Wellington Children’s Groundwater Festival. Deborah has been involved with projects for Volunteer Canada, the Canadian Volunteer Initiatives and the Municipal Volunteer Toolkit. Deborah teaches Volunteer Management at Conestoga College and at workshops across the Province.