Announcing Robin Etherington as OMA's Interim Executive Director

Feb 21, 2023
February 21, 2023
The OMA Welcomes Robin Etherington as Interim Executive Director
The Ontario Museum Association welcomes Robin Etherington as Interim Executive Director.

Robin Etherington is a graduate of University of Toronto Masters in Museum Studies Program and of University of Waterloo's Masters in Language and Professional Writing Program. 
Robin worked in myriad institutions, including the

National Institute of Anthropology and UNAM in Mexico, and the Royal Ontario Museum, and held the positions of: Executive Director of Guelph Museums, Manager, Culture and Heritage for the City of Kingston, and President and CEO of the RCMP Heritage Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan, and as Executive Director of the Bytown Museum from 2012 to 2022.  Robin has participated on Boards and Committees, such as the Ottawa Museums Network, Chair of Algonquin College AMTS Advisory Committee and UNAM Canada's Community Advisory Committee. She has written articles and blogs, including for CMA and OMA. Robin has been engaged in strategic and business planning, HR and financial management, community development and advocacy throughout her career.
"I am truly pleased to serve as Interim Executive Director of the Ontario Museum Association. OMA has served Ontario's museum community over the course of its 50 years. OMA engages in advocacy on behalf of Ontario's amazing museums, galleries and science sciences. It offers professional development and many benefits for its members. I truly look forward to working with staff, the Board and all of you - the strong members and member organizations of the OMA, as we work towards the future of OMA and of our individual museums and address the current issues of Truth and Reconciliation, Diversity and Inclusion, post-COVID economic re-development along with hybrid work spaces and updated programming and services for our communities. Thank you and talk soon."

- Robin Etherington, Interim Executive Director, Ontario Museum Association
Upcoming Webinar:
Actionable Online Accessibility

Small Bytes Webinar Series

Wednesday February 22, 2023
11:00AM - 12:30PM ET

There are simple steps we can take today to make our online communications more accessible for those of all abilities. Join us on Wednesday, February 22 at 11am ET when our speakers will take us through how to increase the accessibility of websites, online exhibits, online programs and social media to ensure that digital transformation also builds greater inclusion. 


  • Shelley Boden works as an independent access consultant ‘joining the dots’ and working with organizations, digital developers and test participants with access needs. Over a 30-year career-span, she has developed a unique perspective on museums, access and all things digital.
  • Francis Tomkins (they/them), Tangled Art + Disability, is an accessible communications professional, accessibility consultant and arts educator based in Toronto.
  • Sean Lee (he/they), Tangled Art + Disability, is an artist and curator exploring the assertion of disability art as the last avant-garde. Sean is also an independent lecturer, speaker, and writer.
Register today!
Get started thinking about disability inclusion! The OMA hosted a session at OMA Annual Conference 2022 to discuss practical advice on how cultural institutions can bring the voices of disabled people into their spaces in ways that respect and align with disability communities coming out of the pandemic. Watch the session recording HERE.
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