Council

 

BCMA Council

 

President

David Alexander, Head of Archives, Access and Digital
Royal BC Museum
Victoria, BC

Pursuing passions for museums and the digital world, David oversees an integrated department at the Royal BC Museum and Archives that includes the archives, physical and digital access to collections and preservation and digital services and initiatives. David is responsible for the care of the archives collection, growth and maintenance of the museum’s collections management databases, the development of strategic partnerships and an array of related services. In his role, David has created a new digital sphere for the museum and archives by developing and maintaining secure, open-source, publicly accessible systems for managing and sharing BC’s cultural resources.  David has a background in technology and culture and holds a Masters of Applied Communication degree with a specialty in digital communications.

As well as president of the BC Museums Association, David is also Development Chair for the Greater Victoria Public Library System and Advocacy Chair for the Association of Canadian Archives.

 

Tania (3 of 9)Vice-President

Tania Muir, Program Director,
Cultural Resource Management Program
University of Victoria, Division of Continuing Studies
Victoria, BC

Tania Muir is the Director of the Cultural Resource Management Programs at the University of Victoria offering professional development workshops as well as undergraduate, and graduate level programs for museum and heritage professionals. Prior to her work at the University of Victoria, Tania spent 10 years at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria working in the area of Marketing and Communication for several years, and then assuming the role of Manager of Education developing innovative educational programs for diverse audiences.

Tania received an Honours degree from the University of Ottawa in English Literature and Art History, completed the Post-Degree Professional Program in Elementary Education from the University of Victoria, and received her Master of Arts in Professional Communication from Royal Roads University. Her primary areas of interest include: community engagement, creative place-making, cultural memory, and the role of cultural production in public sphere.

 

Peter Ord, President, BC Museums AssociationPast President

Peter Ord, Managing Director
The Robert Bateman Centre
Victoria, BC

 

 

 

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Rebecca Clarke, Executive Director
Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
Richmond, BC

Rebecca Clarke is the Executive Director for the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society, operating the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. Rebecca brings a passion for industrial heritage and public engagement to her work. Building on a Master?s degree in Sociology of Education from UBC, Rebecca has worked to educate people of all ages for over 20 years. Her experience at the Port Moody Station Museum and the Museum of Vancouver, allowed Rebecca to focus her educational work in the field of history and learn museum work from collecting artifacts, to creating exhibits and co-editing a history book.

 

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Secretary

Nataley Nagy, Executive Director
Kelowna Art Gallery
Kelowna, BC

Nataley Nagy (pronounced näzh) has nearly thirty years’ executive experience in the visual arts sector. Before moving to Kelowna to assume the position of Executive Director at the Kelowna Art Gallery (2010), Nagy was the Executive Director of the Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto (2002-2009), Executive Director of the Art Gallery of Windsor (1993-2001), Arts Officer at the Ontario Arts Council (1988-1993), and Director of Gallerie SAW Gallery/SAW Video (1984-1988).

Nagy is widely recognized for providing effective leadership in developing and implementing a wide array of innovative and frequently award-winning art programs, working in both union and non-union environments. Her areas of demonstrated expertise include leading organizational change, developing entrepreneurial approaches towards revenue generation, financial management, and producing/curating exhibitions, projects and educational programs. She has a proven track record of successful fundraising and capital campaigns, notably including the capital campaign/ building project that created the award-winning, purpose-built $27 million facility for the Art Gallery of Windsor (2000, designed by Moffat Kinoshita).

Nagy is a Past President of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries, past board member of the Canadian Museums Association, and a current member of Canadian Art Museum Directors Association (CAMDO). Nataley has recently joined the Board of Directors of the British Columbia Museums Association. She is an alumnus of the Getty Leadership Institute (2007) and the Banff Arts Administration Training Program (1984). For her contributions to arts and culture, she was awarded a Honourary Doctorate from the University of Windsor (1998).

 

 

Councillors

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Hanna Cho, Producer
NGX Interactive
Vancouver, BC

With a diverse background in cultural research, policy, and technology, Hanna’s work sits at the nexus of innovation, network culture, and engagement. Hanna joined Council in 2013, and has served as co-chair of the Innovation Committee since 2014. As a Producer for NGX Interactive, she creates digital interactive storytelling experiences for museums, discovery centres, exhibitions, and other community-based and educational organizations. Before joining NGX Interactive, she was Curator of Engagement and Dialogue at the Museum of Vancouver (MOV), where she spearheaded numerous community collaborations, participatory urban installations, and the museum’s first Virtual Museum of Canada exhibition and augmented reality app, “The Visible City”. Hanna holds degrees in History and Communications from the University of Ottawa (B.A.), and obtained her M.A. in Communication & Culture at York University (Toronto).

 

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Catherine Ouellet-Martin, Administrative Manager
Beaty Biodiversity Museum
Vancouver, BC

Catherine Ouellet-Martin is the Executive Director of the Fraser River Discovery Centre. Catherine has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Public History from Simon Fraser University in addition to having done archaeology and anthropology field studies in Europe.

Catherine’s past experiences in historic sites, museums and archaeological sites along the shores of the Mighty Fraser include:

  • Archaeology excavations at Fort Langley National Historic Site;
  • Historical Interpretation at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site in Steveston;
  • and work in education programming before becoming Executive Director at the Delta Museums and Archives Catherine is also Vice President of Tourism New Westminster, board member with Coast and Mountain Tourism Region, a member of the City of New Westminster Parks, Culture and Recreation Committee and a member of the Corridor Management Plan Committee for the Gold Rush Trail

Catherine relocated to British Columbia from Quebec City in 1989. She has lived in New Westminster ever since. Catherine joined the Fraser River Discovery Centre in September 2008 as Executive Director, a role that allows her to apply her strong passion for cultural organizations to the rich diversity of themes of the Fraser River.

 

 

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Danielle Lemon, Independent Legal Counsel
Innovative Travel Solutions, Vancouver Airport Authority
Vancouver, BC

Danielle Lemon is an experienced corporate lawyer who practices primarily in the areas of licensing, technology, outsourcing, e-commerce, media, communications and entertainment law. Called to the Bar of British Columbia in 2006, Danielle is a graduate of the University of Victoria Faculty of Law. Danielle is also a graduate of the London School of Economics, where she obtained a Masters? degree in Media and Communications Regulation and Policy.

Prior to advising Vancouver Airport Authority, Danielle was Corporate Counsel and Manager of North American Legal Services for Peer 1 Hosting, in Vancouver BC.  Danielle also owned and operated her own law firm, focused on startups and technology,was a member of two top-ranked Canadian national law firms, and also practiced with a top tier international firm based in London, England.  Danielle has been profiled Canadian Lawyer magazine and regularly writes and presents on technology law issues.

 

Scott Marsden, Executive Director
Haida Heritage Centre
Skidegate, BC

Scott Marsden is currently the Executive Director at the Haida Gwaii Museum. Before this position, Scott was the Curator at The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford from 2007 – 2014. Scott was the Gallery Director/Curator at the Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery in Whitehorse, Yukon from 2002 – 2007. Scott is a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Education, University of Victoria, holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from York University in Toronto, and is an Associate of the Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto. Scott is member of the Universities Art Association of Canada and the Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization. Scott has volunteered on numerous not for profit arts organizations and is currently a board member on the Edge of the World Music Festival.

 

Jodi Simkin, Executive Director
Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre
Quathiaski Cove, Quadra Island

Jodi Simkin began her work in First Nations communities during her studies at the Secwepemc
Cultural Education Society/Simon Fraser University program located on the Kamloops Indian
Reserve. As a trained archaeologist, she worked on a variety of projects that took her throughout
the Shuswap territory. In 2003, she began at the University of British Columbia, initially with the
University Neighbourhoods Association and eventually as an administrator for the UBC Botanical
Garden and Centre for Plant Research. Her dedication to community outreach and enthusiasm
for community engagement helped enhance established events like the Apple Festival reach
record numbers, attracting an estimated 25,000 visitors over two days! From 2006 through 2008,
Jodi chaired the UBC Attractions Committee which represented a variety of community
stakeholders from leading on-campus attractions including the Museum of Anthology, the Belkin
Art Gallery, the Nitobe Garden, the UBC Botanical Garden, and the Chan Centre. Jodi took on
the role of Director of Emergency Social Services for the University between 2005 and 2007.
In 2008, Jodi took the helm of the Canucks Autism Network as Executive Director, and
undertook the challenge of building the strategic vision and implementation plan for the new
signature charity of the NHL Vancouver Canucks. This project enabled her to travel extensively
throughout the province, meeting with facilities, local leadership, and stakeholders and hearing
firsthand the challenges faced by families with autistic children. Her work on this project earned
her a 2010 Leadership Grant from Pricewaterhouse Cooper and, in 2011, international
recognition as she was honoured with the Autism Superstar Award from Autism Today. In the
same year, Jodi was also profiled in the national Globe and Mail’s, “The Canadian Way of
Giving”.

Currently, Jodi is the Executive Director of the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre in Cape Mudge on
Quadra Island. Although recognizing the significant challenges that exist in the organization, she
remains determined to help steer a more strategic and sustainable path for this historic
collection of artifacts and in doing so, help illustrate the cultural traditions and heritage of the
Kwak’wala, Laich-Kwil-Tach and K’omoks peoples to a wider audience.

Jodi has taken an active role in her new community, sitting as an Appointed Member of the
Rivercorp Tourism Advisory Committee, Board Member with the Quadra Island Festival of
Chamber Music, Board Member with the Campbell River Creative Industries Council, volunteer
with the Quadra Island Emergency Social Services, Committee Member of International
Women’s Day Celebration Quadra Island, and Lead Coordinator for Canada Day at the Cape
2014 . She is a past presenter at the Learned Society and a life-time member of the Golden Key
International Honour Society, which recognizes academic excellence at the post-secondary level.
Currently, Jodi is pursuing her MBA at the University of Roehampton London.

 

Dr. Kit Grauer, Professor Emerita of Art and Museum Education
University of British Columbia, Faculty of Education
Vancouver, BC

Kit Grauer is Professor Emerita of Art and Museum Education at the University of British Columbia. Kit has been involved in presenting and writing about museum education for the past twenty years. In the past decade, with her former doctoral students, Cheryl Mezaros and Jill Baird, she developed intensive Museum Education Teacher Institutes at the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Museum of Anthropology. Kit was also on the team that developed the Museum Masters program at UBC and taught the first cohort through to completion. Her graduate students are now museum professional throughout British Columbia. Currently she serves as Vice Chair on the board of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society and is Chair of the Programs and Exhibits Committee. She also has two Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada Research grants and teaches with her husband, Peter Scurr (also retired) at Elder College and on contract, when she is not involved with art making at their studio on Galiano.

 

Daniel Smith, Vice President
Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre
Quathiaski Cove, Quadra Island

Daniel Smith is a citizen of the Laich Kwil Tach Nation, member of the Campbell River Indian Band in Vancouver Island and former Chief Negotiator for the Hamatla Treaty Society.

Dan has considerable working experience with local First Nations communities, provincial, national and international Indigenous organizations and provincial and federal governments. He began his career in the commercial fishing, logging and trucking industry, gaining experience in negotiations as an active member of the International Woodworkers of America and the Teamsters Union of Canada.

Dan has worked in senior positions with Canada Employment and Immigration, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Indian Northern Affairs Canada and Canadian Heritage. He was elected by the Chiefs of the First Nations Summit as one of three members of its Political Executive and Leadership Council. After serving his term, the Chiefs elected him to the BC Treaty Commission as a commissioner. Dan is now retired.

Dan was raised by his grandparents in Wuikinuxv Nation, Rivers Inlet and Campbell River Indian Band and later moved to Vancouver to attend school.

 

Joelle Hodgins, Museum Director
Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre
Rossland, BC

 

Committees

Executive Committee

  • David Alexander, BCMA President and Head of Archives, Access and Digital, Royal BC Museum (Committee Chair)
  • Tania Muir, BCMA Vice-President and Program Director, Cultural Resource Management Program, University of Victoria
  • Peter Ord, Managing Director, The Robert Bateman Centre
  • Rebecca Clarke, Executive Director, Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society
  • Nataley Nagy, Executive Director, Kelowna Art Gallery

Finance Committee

  • Rebecca Clarke, Executive Director, Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society (Committee Chair)
  • David Alexander, Head of Archives, Access and Digital, Royal BC Museum
  • Tania Muir, Program Director, Cultural Resource Management Program, University of Victoria
  • Erika Stenson, Head of Marketing and Business Development, Royal BC Museum
  • Leah Best, Head of Knowledge, Royal BC Museum

Governance Committee

  • Danielle Lemon, Independent Legal Counsel, Innovative Travel Solutions, Vancouver Airport Authority (Committee Co-Chair)
  • Catherine Ouellet-Martin, Administrative Manager, Beaty Biodiversity Museum (Committee Co-Chair)
  • Daniel Smith, Member of the Laich Kwil Tach Nation and Campbell River Indian Band

Membership & Revenue Development Committee

  • David Alexander, Head of Archives, Access and Digital, Royal BC Museum (Committee Chair)
  • Nataley Nagy, Executive Director, Kelowna Art Gallery
  • Rebecca Clarke, Executive Director, Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society

Advocacy Committee

  • Dr. Scott Marsden, Executive Director at The Haida Gwaii Museum (Committee Chair)
  • Peter Ord, Managing Director, The Robert Bateman Centre
  • Jodi Simkin, Executive Director of the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre in Cape Mudge on Quadra Island
  • Lillian Hunt, Director/Co-Chair, Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC
  • Daniel Smith, Member of the Laich Kwil Tach Nation and Campbell River Indian Band

Advocacy Committee Terms of Reference

Professional Development Committee

  • Tania Muir, BCMA Vice-President and Program Director, Cultural Resource Management Program, University of Victoria (Committee Co-Chair)
  • Hanna Cho, Producer, NGX Interactive (Committee Co-Chair)
  • Kit Grauer, Professor Emerita of Art and Museum Education, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Education
  • Joelle Hodgins, Museum Director, Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre
  • Lynn Saffery, Manager, Surrey Museum
  • Mairin Kerr, Communications Specialist, Royal BC Museum
Professional Development Sub-Committees:
Conference 2017
  • Dr. Scott Marsden, BCMA Council Member and Executive Director at The Haida Gwaii Museum
  • Tania Muir, BCMA Vice-President and Program Director, Cultural Resource Management Program, University of Victoria (Committee Co-Chair)
  • Peter Ord, Managing Director, The Robert Bateman Centre
  • Erika Stenson, Head of Marketing and Business Development, Royal BC Museum
BCMA Awards for Outstanding Achievement
  • Tammy Bradford, Creston & District Museum and Archives (Committee Co-Chair)
  • Hanna Cho, NGX Interactive (Committee Co-Chair)
  • Kirstin Clausen, Britannia Mine Museum, Britannia Beach
  • Jill Baird, UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver
  • Bob Campbell, The Exploration Place, Prince George
  • David Jensen, David Jensen and Associates, Vancouver
  • Haema Sivanesan, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria
  • Alyssa Tobin, The Exploration Place, Prince George
Roundup Editorial Committee

The Roundup Editorial Committee is responsible for advising the Editor of Roundup Magazine, Jane Lemke and Designer, Shannon Bettles.

Members:
Kit Grauer, Professor Emerita of Art and Museum Education, UBC (Chair)
David Alexander, Head of Archives, Access and Digital, Royal BC Museum
Darlene Clover, Professor of Leadership Studies and Adult Education, UVic
Aimee Greenaway, Interpretation Curator, Nanaimo Museum
Carolyn Holmes, Managing Director, Two Rivers Gallery
Lynn Saffery, Museum Manager, Surrey Museum
Meagan Sugrue, Web & E-Commerce Specialist, Royal BC Museum

Roundup Editorial Committee Terms of Reference: (Updated February 15, 2016)

The Editorial Committee is a subcommittee of the Professional Development Committee and is responsible for advising the Editor of the Roundup including:

  • suggesting content, this may also include, if appropriate, making pitches to contacts or providing introductions
  • reviewing a proposed table of content for each issue of the Roundup (four/year) and make suggestions to fill gaps
  • participating in an annual planning session to set themes for each of the four issues
  • helping with development of policy if necessary

The Editorial Committee will meet via conference calls four times per year and in person at the annual BCMA conference once a year with additional communications via email.

The Committee shall be comprised of BC Museums Association members (individual or institutional) of good standing from across the province. The Roundup Editor or editorial team is included in this committee.