BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Executive Director and CEO
John G. McAvity, C.M.
Director and CEO
La Fabrique de la Paroisse Notre-Dame de Montréal
An art historian and arts administrator, Manon Blanchette began her career at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in 1976. She holds a D.E.A. (Paris, 1984) and a PhD in arts studies and practices (UQAM, 2003). She received the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres (France) in 1992, and Woman of Distinction (Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal) in 1997. In 2012, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. She has also chaired and sat on numerous boards. She has been the President of ICOM Canada and Chair of the AVICOM committee. From 2007 to 2012, she was Executive Director of the Board of Montreal Museum Directors and since April 2013, she sits on the Board of Directors of the Conseil des arts de Montréal. Previous to her appointment at La Fabrique in October 2016, Manon was the Chief Operating Officer at Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History from 2012 to 2016.
Provincial Director of Heritage
Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development
Newfoundland and Labrador
Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre
New Brunswick Museum
Susan Burrows Johnson
Galt Museum and Archives
Susan Burrows-Johnson has been the CEO/executive director of the Galt Museum & Archives for the last eight years and has an extensive background in senior management of non-profits. This is her fourth posting as a director in a service-oriented organization. She has worked as a fundraising mentor and in various areas of the non-profit sector. Her educational background includes post-secondary education in history, public relations/communications, management and museum studies.
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre
Barb Cameron began her museum career at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife in 1990 and has worked in the roles of heritage training coordinator, curator of education, assistant director and director. She is currently the director for the Culture and Heritage Division for the Department of Education, Culture and Employment, Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT). Her interest in northern culture was inspired in part through her teaching experiences at Arctic College in Fort Smith and Inuvik and as the Aboriginal language and culture coordinator for Yellowknife schools. Barb completed a master’s of education degree from the University of Toronto, a professional specialization certificate in cultural heritage sector leadership from the University of Victoria, and the GNWT Executive Leadership Development Program at the University of Alberta’s Alberta School of Business. She has been living in the Northwest Territories for over 30 years and traveled extensively along northern wilderness trails by canoe and dogsled.
Royal British Columbia Museum
Of Polish origin, Jack Lohman is CEO of the Royal British Columbia Museum. He is a member of the Executive Commitee of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Board of the National Museum in Warsaw, the Second World War Museum in Gdansk, the Institute for National Museums in Rwanda and the European Museum Academy. He was previously director of the Museum of London, chairman of the National Museum in Warsaw and chief executive of the Iziko Museums in Cape Town. He was educated at the University of East Anglia where he studied the history of art and at the Freien Universitat in Berlin where he studied architecture
David Marskell is chief executive officer of THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener, Ont. David successfully rebranded the organization — originally a children's museum — bringing world class exhibitions, including Discovering Chimpanzees: The Remarkable World of Jane Goodall, James Cameron’s Avatar: The Exhibition, and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. Other exhibitions created by THEMUSEUM include Andy Warhol’s Factory 2009, RAM: Rethinking Art & Machine, and Getting Naked, presented in collaboration with the Canada Council Art Bank. Prior to that, David was director of marketing at the Canadian National Exhibition and spent two years at Ontario Place where he spearheaded the successful Chinese Lantern Festival.
Director and CEO
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Nancy Noble is the Director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax (NS). Previous to her appointment in September 2016, Nancy led, as CEO, the Museum of Vancouver Museum through transformative change including the creation of a new vision, values, direction and brand. This has led to numerous awards from within and outside the museum community. Nancy has worked extensively in museums in Canada for over 25 years. She moved to Vancouver from Winnipeg, where she was Director of Research, Collections and Programs at the Manitoba Museum. Nancy has a Bachelor of Arts (History) from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters of Arts (Museums Studies) from Leicester University. She has been active in numerous arts and cultural organizations over the years and currently sits on the Greater Vancouver Society to Bridge Arts and Community and is a member of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture’s (UBC) Advisory Board.