Panel: New Directions, New Visions Across Ontario

Friday November 4th, 1:15 to 2:15p.m.  


Yves Théoret
Yves Théoret, OMA Councillor and Managing Director of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), introduces the panelists.
Janet Carding
Janet Carding, Director and CEO, Royal Ontario Museum
Victoria Dickenson
Victoria Dickenson, Director and CEO, McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Guy Labine
Guy Labine, Chief Executive Officer, Science North
Denise Amyot
Denise Amyot, President and CEO, Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
Cathy Blackbourn
Cathy Blackbourn, Museum & Heritage Advisor, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, asks the panelists about their outlook on the future of their respective institutions and Ontario's museum sector.
Marie Lalonde
Marie Lalonde, OMA Executive Director, thanks the panelists on behalf of the OMA and delegates.
Janet Carding was appointed Director and CEO, Royal Ontario Museum on June 17, 2010, and assumed the role on September 13, 2010. Ms. Carding is responsible for furthering the Museum’s mission, advocating for its ongoing public and private sector support, promoting its research, programs, and collections, and overseeing the management of the Museum’s operations, which include exhibitions, programs, education, visitor services, administration and facilities management. Ms. Carding is the first woman appointed to the position of ROM Director and CEO.

A museum professional for over two decades, Ms. Carding originally hails from England where she obtained her degree from Cambridge University in History and Philosophy of Science and a Masters from the University of London in History of Science and Medicine. Her career in museology began as an entry-level curator with London’s Science Museum, before moving into the areas of exhibition and programs development.   
Victoria Dickenson took on the directorship of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in April 2011, with the mandate to revitalize this important national institution in light of major changes to its legislative mandate. In 2009, Dr. Dickenson initiated the post of Chief Knowledge Officer of the new federal institution, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was formerly Executive Director of the McCord Museum of Canadian History in Montreal from 1998-2009. She is a graduate of the Master in Museum Studies Program at the University of Toronto and has over thirty-five years experience working in the Canadian and international museum 
communities. Dr. Dickenson has worked in collections and research, as well as public programs. She has been involved with the development of numerous exhibitions and interpretive projects, within the museum community and in the private sector. She is an acknowledged leader in the application of information technology to museum practice. She also works and writes on the relationship between museums and communities, particularly in the related contexts of diversity and globalization.

Guy Labine became CEO of Science North in May 2011. He has been part of the Science North team since 2001, originally as the Director of Business Development where he successfully led the ongoing growth and development of Science North's international sales and consulting business. He played a major role in the success of the fundraising for Dynamic Earth, Science North's Earth science centre. Guy was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in November 2009. In April 2011 Guy completed a one year post graduate program of the Noyce Leadership Institute, a program specifically designed to enhance the leadership skills of senior science centre professionals. Before joining Science North in 2001 Guy was General Manager of the Sudbury Regional Development Corporation.
On the volunteer front, Guy served as Chair of the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation from 2007-2010.

Denise Amyot is currently, President and CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation whose mandate is to foster scientific and technological literacy throughout the country. The Corporation and its three museums – the Canada Agriculture Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum – tell the stories of Canadian ingenuity and achievement in science and technology.

She has worked both in National Headquarters and in regions in several federal departments including central agencies, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, National Defense, Natural Resources Canada, and Canadian Heritage. In her former three roles as Assistant Deputy Minister, she was respectively responsible for leading and managing leadership development programs and developing policies for employees and executives throughout the public Service of Canada, the corporate management services, as well as public affairs and ministerial services. She has worked extensively in policy and line operations in the context of programs and service delivery, in social, economic, and cultural areas. She also worked for few years with the Government of the Northwest Territories.

Ms Amyot is the former President of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, Vice-President of the Head of Federal Agencies Steering Committee, and member of the Board of Governors at the Ottawa University and at the Algonquin College. She is the former President of the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada and former President of the Communications Community Office.

Ms Amyot has obtained a Master's degree in Education and three Bachelor degrees in Biology, in Arts and in Education.

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