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  Thomson Portrait

Thomson Highway

Opening Keynote — Tuesday Morning

Tomson Highway is the proud son of legendary caribou hunter and world championship dogsled racer, Joe Highway, and artist-in-her-own-right (as bead-worker and quilt-maker extraordinaire), Pelagie Highway. A full-blood Cree, he is a registered member of the Barren Lands First Nation, the village for which is called Brochet (pronounced "Bro-shay") located in northern Manitoba. Playwright, novelist, pianist and songwriter, Highway has been awarded nine honorary degrees, is a member of the Order of Canada and named in Maclean's magazine as one of the 100 most important people in Canadian history.

 
   
 
 
  Maayan Ziv portrait

Maayan Ziv

Keynote — Tuesday Afternoon

Maayan Ziv is an activist, a photographer and an entrepreneur based in Toronto, Canada. From a young age, Maayan challenged norms and worked within her community to increase awareness of disability issues and improve accessibility.

 
   
 
 
  Kent Monkman

Kent Monkman

Keynote — Wednesday Morning

Kent Monkman, a painter, filmmaker and illustrator of Cree descent, is well known for his provocative reinterpretations of romantic North American landscapes. Themes of colonization, sexuality, loss, resilience and the complexities of historic and contemporary Indigenous experience, are explored in a variety of mediums, including painting, film/video, performance, and installation. By injecting Canada’s First Nations people into romanticized landscapes, or casting Modernist figures from Pablo Picasso into urban scenes, Monkman brings to question the cost of modernity while highlighting the resilience and agency of those forced to adapt. His glamorous, gender fluid alter-ego Miss Chief Eagle Testickle appears in much of his work as a time travelling, shape shifting and supernatural being, who reverses the colonial gaze, upending received notions of history and Indigenous people. His work has been exhibited internationally and is widely represented in the collections of major museums in Canada and the USA.

 
   
 
 
  Gail Lord

Gail Dexter Lord

Closing Keynote — Wednesday Afternoon

The Museums of the Future and the Future of Museums
In the final keynote address of the conference, Gail wraps up the conference's findings and provides a glimpse of What's Next? There are at least two museums in the world that have assumed the name "Museum of the Future". But the 'future of museums,' the theme of this conference, is a very different matter. Are we confident that museums have a future? What can we as museum professionals do in the present moment to ensure that museums have a future?

Gail Dexter Lord is one of the world’s foremost museum, gallery, and cultural planners. Perfectly suited to address the CMA's 2019 theme, What Now? What's Next?, her clients include the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Ottawa’s National Holocaust Monument, the National African American Museum of History and Culture, and the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, just to name a few. She is an art critic, feature writer, frequent commentator, public speaker, and the co-author of several books including Cities, Museums, and Soft Power and the Manual of Strategic Planning for Cultural Organizations. She is currently writing Museum Development in China. Gail is a Member of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters in the French Ministry of Culture and holds an Honorary Doctor of Letters from McMaster University.