Mark O'Neill, President and CEO, Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation
Friday, October 19 - 9:30am to 10:15am
Mr. O’Neill will speak about Canada’s national museums of human and military history and the unique and vital role they play in enhancing public understanding of our country’s past and present, and in fostering a sense of Canadian identity. He will share recent research results that confirm Canadians’ interest in their common history, and will describe how the Civilization and War Museums are responding to that public thirst for information and understanding. He will underline Museums’ role in celebrating and commemorating seminal events and refer in particular to the War Museum’s ground-breaking exhibition about the War of 1812, and the Museum of Civilization’s uniquely Canadian commemoration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Mr. O’Neill will also speak about the Corporation’s deepening commitment to national outreach and the building of partnerships with other cultural institutions from coast to coast to coast.
Mark O’Neill was appointed President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation (CMCC) in June 2011. A museum professional with over 20 years of experience in the field of arts and culture, Mr. O’Neill joined the CMCC in 2001 as Director, Strategic Planning and Corporate Secretary and has successively assumed increasing responsibilities in order to take on a more prominent leadership role in the Corporation, as Vice-President of Public Affairs and Publishing, and most recently as Director-General of Canada’s military history museum, the Canadian War Museum.