Conference 2017 - Keynote Speakers

Dr. Guy Berthiaume

Librarian & Archivist of Canada, Library and Archives Canada


Dr. Guy Berthiaume assumed the position of Librarian and Archivist of Canada on June 23, 2014. Prior to joining Library and Archives Canada, he was the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec between 2009 and 2014, following a 30 year career in academia. Dr. Berthiaume holds a Doctorate in History.
In addition to serving as a professor of Ancient History at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), he held administrative positions focusing on research and university development. Previous roles include Vice-President, Development and Public Affairs, Université de Montréal, and Vice-President, Research and Creation, UQAM.
Watch Dr. Guy Berthiaume's Keynote Address at the conference HERE.


Elizabeth Merritt

Vice President, Strategic Foresight & Founding Director, Center for the Future of Museums, American Alliance of Museums


Believing that museums can change the world, Elizabeth Merritt is devoted to helping museums create a brighter future for their communities. As founding director of the American Alliance of Museums’ Center for the Future of Museums, she applies the tools of strategic foresight to the nonprofit realm. Ms. Merritt conducts trends forecasting and scenario development for museums, sharing her work through publications, social media and presentations. She is the author of CFM’s annual TrendsWatch report and produces the weekly e-newsletter Dispatches from the Future of Museums. She frequently keynotes at conferences in the US and abroad. In recent years, her work has expanded to encompass libraries, orchestras and opera as well. Elizabeth earned has her B.S. from Yale and an M.A. in cell and molecular biology from Duke University, as well as training in futures studies at the University of Houston. 







Glen Shackleton

Founder/CEO, Haunted Walks Inc.

Glen Shackleton is the owner and founder of Haunted Walks Inc. What started as a summer job has grown over 23 years into Canada’s largest walking tour company with close to 100 extraordinary tour guides across Kingston, Ottawa and Toronto.  In 2016, Glen and his team were the recipients of the Ontario Tourism Employer of the Year award for their innovative hiring and HR practices. Glen also works with many cultural institutions and historic sites to create unique and memorable programming, provide training and staff development, and offer a unique perspective on interacting and connecting with the public.


Watch Glen Shackleton's Keynote Address HERE.