Inclusive Museum Leadership Symposium Speakers

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Ontario Science Centre (770 Don Mills Rd), North York

March 23, 2018, 9 - 5 pm

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Indigenous Welcome and Land Acknowledgement

Diane Montreule

Diane Montreule, is a Metis knowledge carrier, Docent at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) outreach. Indigenous Advisory Council member at TCDSD. Metis Presenter/ Artist, Diane expresses her Metis cultural roots through her Paintings, which were recently apart of an exhibition in a gallery organized by the ROM & AGO in 2017.  Also, part of the “International Women’s Day 2018” exhibited Artwork organized by Oasis & Toronto French Alliance. Diane is committed to raising a positive profile of the Metis history and ongoing contributions to Canadian identity. To uphold her dedication to advance awareness of Metis culture and identity, she holds the position of Board of Director of Education at “Council of the First Metis People in Canada”.   
Panel Discussion  

Karen Carter

Karen Carter is the Executive Director of the Myseum of Toronto, an innovative approach to the museum experience, and a new way to experience Toronto’s natural spaces, cultures, history, archaeology and architecture. She has over 20 years’ experience working and volunteering in a variety of cultural and educational settings in Toronto. She is the co-founder and Chair of Black Artists’ Networks Dialogue (BAND), an organization dedicated to the promotion of Black arts and culture in Canada and abroad. 

Gaëtane Verna

Gaëtane Verna is the Director of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada’s leading public gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art since 2012. Before taking up the post at The Power Plant, she was Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Musée d'art de Joliette in Lanaudière, Quebec during six years. Prior to this appointment, from 1998 to 2006, she was the curator of the Foreman Art Gallery at Bishop’s University, while also teaching in the Art History department of both Bishop’s University and the Université du Québec à Montréal. She has many years of experience in arts administration, curating, publishing catalogues and organizing exhibitions by emerging, mid-career and established Canadian and international artists a like.
Marie Lalonde

Marie Lalonde has extensive experience in the areas of cultural and non-profit organization management, fundraising, marketing, public relations, and communications. She has served in a variety of organizations, currently the Ontario Museum Association, and in previous years the Canadian Opera Company, the Canadian Cancer Society, TVOntario, and was founding Executive Director of BRAVO!FACT , a Foundation to assist Canadian Talent, for the BRAVO! Arts channel. She is a past chair of the FORUM of the Associations of Museums of Canada, and currently serves on the board of ICOM-Canada as Treasurer. As Executive Director of the Ontario Museum Association, she continues to lead Ontario’s museum sector organization, encouraging public support for Ontario’s museums, art galleries and historic sites.

Dr. Terri-Lynn Brennan


Dr. Terri-Lynn Brennan is the founder and CEO of Inclusive Voices, Inc.  She is of Kanien'keha and British descent and her family originates from Six Nations of the Grand River, Brantford, Ontario. As an archaeologist, educator, sociologist, public policy writer and inter-cultural planner, her professional and personal journey of the last 25 years has been one focused in social justice for racialized communities and individuals in the South Pacific, the UK, Europe, Egypt, Nepal, and across North America. Most recently as part of the Cultural Services team at the City of Kingston, Terri helped coordinate and link diverse identities and groups across multiple-sectors of the municipality and specifically extend the Corporations outreach with the Indigenous community and its allies. She currently lives on Wolfe Island, Ontario with her partner ornithologist Mark Read and their Portuguese water dog Higgs Boson.

Marc-André Bernier


Marc-André Bernier holds a bachelor’s degree in Archival Studies and Digital Information Management with a minor in History from the Université de Montréal and a MLIS from McGill University. Since July 2013, he has been at the bibliothèque Le Prévost where he works as a liaison librarian providing services Deaf patrons and liaising between the Deaf community and the Montreal public library network. Previously, he undertook a practicum as an archivist at the Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McGill University (Spring 2007), and he worked as an archivist at the Deaf Culture Centre in Toronto (summers 2007 and 2008). He also occupied the position of archivist and librarian at the Association québécoise pour le patrimoine industriel where he processed archives and collections of industrial heritage-related documents (summers 2009 and 2010). In addition to his professional occupation, he is carrying out part-time studies to earn a second bachelor’s degree in Management and Personal Financial Planning with a certificate in Law from the Université du Québec à Montréal.


Keynote Address


Shelley Falconer

Ms. Falconer's 25-year career includes national and international experience as a consultant, curator, educator and administrator. She has worked as a senior manager and consultant with a variety of important cultural/educational organizations including the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, University of Toronto, Centennial College, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Toronto District School Board, Department of Heritage, Government of Canada, Sotheby's London and Waddington Galleries, England.

Ms. Falconer has directed and managed numerous award winning projects including exhibitions and installations for Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Canada House in London, England and the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C. She has also authored and produced numerous exhibition texts and catalogues including the publication Stones, Bones and Stitches: Storytelling through Inuit Art. Her award winning Art2Life: the Canadian Century digital project won a prestigious United Nations World Summit award for best in e-content and creativity. Ms. Falconer was also awarded a York Region District School Board Applause Award for outstanding contributions to education and the community.

Her academic background includes undergraduate and graduate degrees in Art History, Museology and Arts Administration from York University, Sotheby’s England, Sorbonne, l’université de Paris and the University of Toronto. Ms. Falconer has a broad knowledge of Canadian and International art. She was a member of the University of Toronto's and Centennial College’s adjunct faculty in Culture & Museum Studies and lectures widely on a variety of educational and art historical subjects.

Design Thinking Session



Jess Mitchell

Jess Mitchell is Senior Manager, Research + Design at the Inclusive Design Research Centre ( She manages large-scale international projects and initiatives focusing on fostering innovation within diverse communities while achieving outcomes that benefit everyone.

Jess is a community leader who works in a highly collaborative, open, and iterative manner borrowing methods from complex project management, agile, participatory, and inclusive design.

Jess has worked on a number of complex distributed projects, bridging gaps among diverse stakeholders and fostering innovation. Those projects have ranged from building the Ghana Internet Exchange Point in West Africa, teaching an open source project course with 4th year students at Duke University, facilitating workshops with government, industry, and non-profit partners, and working to make the Internet accessible and inclusive to all.


Mark V. Campbell, PhD

Mark is an adjunct professor at the RTA School of Media and a former Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Regina's Department of Fine Arts. Mark is a scholar, DJ and advocate of the arts, with more than a decade of radio experience. His research interests include; Afrodiasporic theory and culture, Canadian hip hop cultures, DJ cultures, afrosonic innovations and  community development projects. Mark is founding director at Northside Hip Hop Archive, Canada's first national hip hop archive and also a co-founder of the non-profit arts organization, Nia Centre for the Arts which celebrates arts from across the African diaspora. Mark has published widely with essays appearing in the Southern Journal of Canadian Studies, Critical Studies in Improvisation, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society and the CLR Journal of Caribbean Ideas.

Afternoon Speaker


Eliza Chandler, PhD

Earning her PhD from the Social Justice and Education department at the University of Toronto in 2014, Eliza Chandler was dually appointed as the Artistic Director at Tangled Art + Disability, an organization in Toronto dedicated to the cultivation of disability arts, and the postdoctoral research fellow in Ryerson University’s School of Disability Studies from 2014-2016. During this time she was the also the founding Artistic Director of Tangled Art Gallery, Canada’s first art gallery dedicated to showcasing disability art and advancing accessible curatorial practice. Chandler is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University. She is the co-director of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)-funded partnership project, Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology, and Access to Life. This seven-year, multi-partnered research project considers the close relationship between art, accessibility, and social change as it contributes to the development of activist art, aesthetics, curriculum, and accessible curatorial practices across Canada. Chandler sits on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Arts Council and is a practicing disability artist and curator. She recently co-curated the group exhibition Bodies in Translation: Age and Creativity at the Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery and recent publications include Disability Arts and Re-Worlding Possibilities, a/b: Auto-Biographic Studies (2018). Chandler regularly give lectures, interviews, and consultations related to disability arts, accessible curatorial practices, and disability politics in Canada.
Inclusive Museum toolkit Presentations + Roundtable Discussions



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Ontario Museum Association
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This Symposium was made possible by the generous support of the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.