Joseph Boyden Portrait  

Joseph Boyden, CM

Joseph Boyden, CM, is a novelist, short-story writer, and journalist. Joseph’s award-winning writing career focuses on the historical and contemporary experience of First Nations peoples. Published in over twenty languages, his first novel, Three Day Road, won numerous awards including the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, First Novel Award, and the McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year. His second novel, Through Black Spruce, was awarded the Scotiabank Giller Prize and named the Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Book of the Year; it also earned him the CBA’s Libris Author of the Year Award. The Orenda won Canada Reads in 2014, as well as Libris’ Novel and Author of the year. In 2015 The Orenda was awarded France’s Prix Literaire du Monde and the France/Canada Prize. It was also a finalist for the Governor General’s English Language Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Award. In 2012, Boyden received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Canadian art and culture. A member of The Order of Canada, Joseph’s also been honoured with five honorary doctorates. Boyden is a member of the creative writing faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and he sits on the board of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. He divides his time between Northern Ontario and Louisiana. Of Irish, Scots, and Anishnaabe descent, Joseph is the son of the British Empire’s most highly decorated medical officer of World War II, Raymond Wilfrid Boyden.

Angela Cassie

Angela Cassie

In her role as Vice-President, Public Affairs & Programs at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Angela Cassie leads a team that delivers world-class public and educational programming and positions the museum nationally and internationally through communications and marketing campaigns. She also leads the organization’s partnership and government relations functions.

Eric Chan AKA eepmon

Eric Chan a.k.a. eepmon

eepmon is digital artisan working at the intersections of art and code. His creations bridge the gap between analog and digital worlds, tradition and modernity and the handmade with digital design. His exhibitions include Open Books at the Library and Archives Canada and Smarter. Faster. Tougher. at the Design Exchange Museum. He has collaborated with some of industry’s major brands including Microsoft, Marvel Entertainment and Canada Goose. Currently he is a Digital Artist in Residence at the Algonquin College Applied Research and Innovation Centre in Ottawa.

Alexandra Cherry

Alexandra Cherry

Alexandra Cherry is the Public Programs Coordinator at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queen’s University and a Masters of Museum Studies from l’Université du Québec à Montréal. She has previously worked at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Ontario Museum, Canadian Museum of History and the National Gallery of Canada.

Michel Peter Edson Portrait

Michael Peter Edson

Michael Peter Edson is a strategist and thought leader at the forefront of digital transformation in the cultural sector. He is the co-founder, Associate Director and Head of Digital at the UN Live Museum for Humanity, a new institution currently being envisioned for Copenhagen, Denmark, and he was formerly the Director of Web and New Media Strategy for the Smithsonian Institution. Michael is a Presidential Distinguished Fellow at the Council for Libraries and Information Resources (USA) and he is the founder of the Openlab Workshop initiative. Michael is an O'Reilly Foo Camp alumni and he was named a "Tech Titan: person to watch" by Washingtonian magazine.

Jeremy Hansen Portrait

Jeremy Hansen

Jeremy Hansen is a modern day explorer. Dreaming of becoming an astronaut as far back as he can remember, Jeremy began flying at the age of 17, eventually becoming a CF-18 fighter pilot. In 2009, Jeremy was selected by the Canadian Space Agency from a pool of over 5,300 candidates to become one of two Canadian astronauts. Since then, his astronaut training has included geological expeditions in the High Arctic, exploring alien caves, flying jets, learning to spacewalk and operate space robots, and working at NASA’s Mission Control Centre.

Sebastian Irvine Portrait

Sebastian Irvine 

Sebastian Irvine is an anthropologist and archaeologist by training. He is a member of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO’s Youth Advisory Group and works on repatriation and First Nations initiatives at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria.

Sarah Parcak Portrait

Sarah Parcak

“Sarah Parcak’s blend of ambitious scientific research, historic preservation and humanitarianism sets her apart.”
– Forbes

Sarah Parcak
is a “Space Archaeologist”. Often referred to as the “Indiana Jones from space” Sarah is the 2016 TED Prize Winner. Using satellite imagery and a complex process she has developed, Sarah has identified thousands of undiscovered archaeological sites around the world, including a potential Norse site at Point Rosee in Newfoundland.

Inspired by her grandfather, an early pioneer of aerial photography, Sarah took an interest in remote sensing while studying Egyptology at Yale. Her extraordinary technique analyses imagery to identify subtle differences in vegetation health.

Sarah serves as the founding director of the Laboratory for Global Observation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she is an Associate professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is also CEO of Spectral Globe technologies and married to Canadian, Dr. Greg Mumford.

Senator Murray Sinclair

Senator Murray Sinclair

Aboriginal leader and lawyer, has said that he has pushed the rock uphill, now it is time for others to push it further.

Sinclair was the Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission which published its landmark report with recommendations in 2015. This is a must read document for museum professionals and specifically names CMA to take action in its recommendations. In 2016 this strong advocate for indigenous issues was named a Senator of Canada.