2019-2020 CMS Course Director Biographies

Each Certificate in Museum Studies (CMS) course is delivered by highly qualified Course Directors who brings solid theoretical knowledge and extensive practical experience in the museum community. Meet our Course Directors for 2019-2020:


Cindy Colford - Artifacts


Cindy Colford is the Manager of Collections and Conservation at the Manitoba Museum where she oversees a team of collections and conservation professionals who manage and care for the Museum’s 2.9 million artifacts and specimens.  Prior to joining the Manitoba Museum in the fall of 2016, Cindy spent 11 years as a part-time faculty member in the Heritage Programs at Fleming College, and more than eight years as a conservator at the Peterborough Museum & Archives. Cindy has worked in a number of institutions across Canada and in the United States including the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Parks Canada Atlantic Service Centre, the Provincial Museum of Newfoundland & Labrador, and the Canadian Museum of History where her work has focussed on preventive and practical conservation, collections management, and collections and conservation training.  She is active in the Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property (CAC), and served as President from 2012-2017. Cindy received a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian and American History from McMaster University (Hamilton, ON), a diploma in Collections Conservation and Management, and a certificate in Adult Teacher/Trainer from Fleming College (Peterborough, ON).




Carmen Li - Care of Collections


Carmen Li is a conservator accredited with the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators with double specialization in the categories of Objects and Preventive Conservation. She received a Master of Art Conservation from Queen's University in 2006 and a Diploma in Collections Management and Conservation from Sir Sandford Fleming in 2004. Before joining the conservation team at the Royal Alberta Museum, Carmen held the position of Preventive Conservation Manager with the University of Alberta Museums, and coordinated a major collections move at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Through a series of advanced internships, she's had the opportunity to work at the Canadian Conservation Institute (2007-2008), National Museum of the American Indian (winter 2007), Fitzwilliam Museum (summer 2006), and Royal Ontario Museum (summer 2006).  In addition, she has worked as field conservator on archaeological site in Turkey and in the Canadian arctic.  Since 2013, Carmen has been employed at the Royal Alberta Museum, and was appointed Head of Conservation in 2014.  She currently oversees an active treatment and preventive conservation program for a large and diverse collection with a museum in the midst of a major renewal project. Carmen has co-instructed a Preventive Conservation course and served on panels and juries with the Alberta Museums Associations.

Bev Dietrich - Collections Management

A head and shoulders photo of Bev Dietrich.                              Bev Dietrich is the former curator of Guelph Museums which included the Guelph Civic Museum, McCrae house; the birthplace of First World War poet John McCrae of “In Flanders Fields” fame and Locomotive 6167.

Bev graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a B.A. in history and attended the Museum Technology Program at Algonquin College. She has completed the Ontario Museum Association’s Certificate in Museum Studies course and has been a course director for the Collection Management course for over 10 years.

Bev was honoured to receive the Award of Excellence for Lifetime Achievement from the Ontario Museum Association for her outstanding contribution to the Ontario museum community.


 Meredith Leonard - Education Programs; Exhibit Planning & Design 


Meredith Leonard is currently the Education and Community Coordinator at Halton Heritage Services. A certified teacher with more than ten years of experience in the heritage field, she previously served as Education and Community Relations Officer at Museum of Ontario Archaeology, Curator for Marketing, Programming and Exhibitions at Fort Erie Museum Services and Visitor Services Coordinator at the St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre. Meredith holds a Hons. BA in History and Political Science from McMaster University, Master of Museum Studies degree from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Adolescence Education from D'Youville College in Buffalo, New York. She was selected as a 2015 fellow in the Getty Leadership Institute's NextGen Program at Claremont Graduate University in California and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre.



John Summers - Exhibit Planning & Design; Education Programs 


Drawing on more than two decades of work at cultural institutions in Canada and the United States, John Summers brings a wide variety of skills and perspectives to the planning and design of museum exhibits. Through his experience with every aspect of exhibit development, his teaching and practice combine a curator’s attention to detail and authenticity with an educator’s sense of audience, a designer’s eye for colour and layout, a fabricator’s knowledge of tools and materials and a manager’s ability to lead collaborative teams and keep on top of budgets and schedules. He is currently Manager of Heritage Services and Curator for the Regional Municipality of Halton, where he leads, develops, designs and fabricates exhibit projects. He has taught students about museology, material culture studies, museums and technology and exhibition design and planning for the Ontario Museum Association, the Fleming College Museum Management and Curatorship Program, the University of Victoria’s Cultural Resource Management Program and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information, where he is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Master of Museum Studies Program. His new book, Creating Exhibits That Engage: A Manual for Museums and Historical Organizations, will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in March 2018.



Dr. Amy Barron - Museums & the Community 


Dr. Amy Barron has worked in the museum field for over twenty years specializing in museums’ roles in community engagement through education, public programs, and community partnerships.  She currently teaches for Fleming College’s Museum Management and Curatorship program and the OMA’s Certificate in Museum Studies. She has also previously taught ancient history and archaeology at the University of Toronto (where she received her PhD) and the University of Guelph-Humber. She presently serves as the Program Coordinator for the Clarington Museums and Archives in Bowmanville.


Amber Lloydlangston - Museums in Context


Amber Lloydlangston holds a Master of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Ottawa. She worked for ten years at the Canadian War Museum where she undertook a variety of different tasks. In addition to conducting historical and material culture research for exhibitions, she provided guided tours, gave formal and informal talks, wrote for the media, supervised interns and contract employees, developed computer interactives, and also directed audio and video productions. At Museum London from August 2014 in the position of curator of regional history, Amber does many of the same tasks and then some. She is pleased to be able to bring experiences in a smaller, regional museum to the position of course director.


Marcus Letourneau - Museums in Historic Buildings (Facilities Management)


Marcus Létourneau is the Principal of Létourneau Heritage Consulting Inc. He is also a Senior Associate with Bray Heritage; an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University; and, a Contributing Associate for the Heritage Resources Centre at the University of Waterloo. Marcus currently serves on the boards of several heritage organizations. Marcus was previously the Manager for the Sustainability and Heritage Management Discipline Team (Ottawa/Kingston) and a Senior Cultural Heritage Specialist for Golder Associates Limited (2011-2015). Marcus has a PhD in Cultural/Historical Geography; a MA in Cultural Geopolitics; BA (Hons) in Geography with a History Minor; a Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies; a Professional Certificate in Heritage Conservation Planning; an OMA Certificate in Museum Studies; a Certificate in Management Leadership; and, training in Marine/ Foreshore Archaeology.


Gordon Robinson - Museums in Historic Buildings (Facilities Management) 


Gordon Robinson, BSc. is a museum specialist and has worked in every aspect of the museum profession. With 14 years of experience working in industrial heritage museums, Gordon brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the museum and heritage fields. With experience in exhibit development, museum management, physical plant management, educational program development, collections management and project management Gordon’s broad knowledge of the museum community is of benefit to any project.

Gordon brings over 14 years of experience working within the museum and heritage sector. He has a broad range of experience working within both municipal and the not-for profit museums with a large portion of Gordon’s experience previously being a Curator with the Cultural Services Department of the City of Kingston. As Course Director of the OMA‘s Museums in Historic Buildings (Facilities Management), Gordon brings his experience and knowledge to emerging and developing museum professionals.

His key projects include the restoration of the Spirit of Sir John A. Locomotive and the redevelopment of the Pump House Steam Museum into one of the premier museums in Kingston. He was formerly the Curator of the City of Kingston’s MacLachlan Woodworking Museum and Kingston Civic Collection, and Museum Manager of the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes.


Joan Kanigan - Organization & Management of Museums


Joan Kanigan has more than 20 years of experience as a senior manager in non-profit organizations.  As the CEO of the Western Development Museum in Saskatchewan, she is responsible for providing strategic leadership and management oversight throughout the organization. Joan oversees four museum branches and curatorial centre located throughout Saskatchewan and supports the Board of Directors in setting the vision and strategic direction for the WDM.  Prior to this, Joan was the Executive Director for the Museum of Ontario Archaeology (MOA).  At MOA, Joan re-focused the museum through community lead mission development, established a new museum brand, and built a stronger community profile.  Joan also served as the Executive Director for the Brant Historical Society (BHS) where she worked to establish stronger relationships with community organizations, increase programming and partnerships, and strengthen operational accountabilities.  Joan has been the Course Director for Organization and Management of Museums since 2012 and enjoys sharing her passion for museums and the impact they have in communities with colleagues and students.