BC Museums Association Council (Board of Directors). L-R: Joelle Hodgins, Meg Sugrue, Carolyn Holmes, Catherine Ouellet-Martin, Lynn Saffery, Tania Muir, and Brian Radburn.
Not pictured: Jodi Simkin, Jenifer Chilcott, Jordan Coble, Kevin David Meisner, Sherri Kajiwara, and Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra.
Jodi Simkin, Director of Culture and Heritage
Klahoose First Nation
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. Jodi worked at the University of British Columbia from 2003-2008, chairing the UBC Attractions Committee from 2006-2008 and taking on the role of Director of Emergency Social Services between 2005 and 2007. In 2008, Jodi took the helm of the Canucks Autism Network as Executive Director, building the strategic vision and implementation plan for the new signature charity of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks. Her work on this project earned her a 2010 Leadership Grant from Pricewaterhouse Cooper and, in 2011, she was honoured with the Autism Superstar Award from Autism Today as well as a profile in the Globe and Mail’s, “The Canadian Way of Giving”.
Jodi has recently shifted out of her role as Executive Director of Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre in the Village of Cape Mudge on Quadra Island to the Director of Cultural Affairs and Heritage for the Klahoose Nation on Cortes Island. Her focus continues to be on the research, location and repatriation of ancestral remains and items of cultural significance.
Catherine Ouellet-Martin, Administrative Manager
Beaty Biodiversity Museum
Catherine Ouellet-Martin is the Administrative Manager of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. 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 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 and later at the Fraser River Discovery Centre in New Westminster. Over the years, Catherine has served on Boards and committees including Tourism New Westminster Board, Coast and Mountain Tourism Region Board, The City of New Westminster Parks, Culture and Recreation Committee and 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.
Tania Muir, Program Director,
Cultural Resource Management Program
University of Victoria, Division of Continuing Studies
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.
Brian Radburn, Vice President, Corporate Operations & CFO
Brian Radburn is a Chartered Professional Accountant and worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for twenty-five years. He progressed through the firm to Partner, gaining significant financial and governance experience advising boards and management teams operating in diverse economic sectors and industries. After PwC, Brian was an engaged and strategic CFO for a number of emerging and growth enterprises. He is currently the Vice-President, Corporate Operations and CFO for Science World, British Columbia.
Brian has significant board and board committee experience and has served in a variety of roles, including chair and treasurer. These include the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Amnesty International – Canadian Section, Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Canada, Rumble Theatre and most recently, he joined the BCMA Finance Committee.
Brian takes full advantage of living in Vancouver and enjoys hiking, skiing and biking.
Carolyn Holmes, Managing Director
Two Rivers Gallery
Prince George, BC
Carolyn Holmes has been working in art galleries for more than 25 years. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Queen’s University in studio arts and a Masters of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. After contracts in a number of art galleries across Ontario, Carolyn moved to Prince George, BC to create an education program at the Prince George Art Gallery. During her tenure in Prince George at the now Two Rivers Gallery, she developed an educational department and team that has been recognized nationally. Under her direction Two Rivers Gallery has created a substantial outreach program, a Maker space, corporate team building opportunities, a vibrant studio program and a number of large annual public events. Carolyn assumed the role of Managing Director of Two Rivers Gallery in December 2015. In addition to being a member of the BC Museums Association Council, she is a member of the Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization, the Canadian Museums Association, she currently sits on the Roundup Magazine Editorial Committee and was a long standing board member of the Canadian Art Gallery Educators group CAGE.
Joelle Hodgins, Museum Director
Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre
Joelle Hodgins is presently the Museum Director of the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre in Rossland, BC. She moved to Rossland in November 2014 from Whitehorse, Yukon where she grew up. She was the Executive Director for the Miles Canyon Historic Railway Society – Waterfront Trolley and Copperbelt Railway & Mining Museum from 2011 to 2014; as well as Board Member and Vice-President of the Yukon Historical Museum Association from 2012 to 2014.
Joelle has a Bachelor’s degree in World & Comparative History and a diploma in Cultural Resource Management – both from the University of Victoria. She has been on the 2015 Heritage BC Conference Committee, 2012-2015 Young Canada Works Peer Review Committee, 2013 Yukon Museums Standards Development Committee, and 2013 Canadian Museums Association Conference Host Committee.
Lynn Saffery, Museum Manager
City of Surrey, Surrey Museum
Lynn Saffery began his career in heritage over 20 years ago at Canada Agriculture and Food Museum and the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa. After relocating to British Columbia in 1995, Lynn worked as Assistant Curator at the Surrey Museum as well as various research and curatorial projects in a number of community and municipal museums.
Following six years as Design Supervisor at the Burnaby Village Museum, Lynn returned to Surrey in 2014 to become Museum Manager. Currently, he is overseeing the design and construction of a Museum expansion that includes community, exhibition, and special event spaces, and the relocation of two heritage buildings. Lynn is interested in finding ways to build connection and engagement through storytelling and cultural sharing and believes our cultural heritage fosters local citizenship and community identity. Lynn sees museums as ideal spaces for people to engage and connect. Lynn holds a diploma in Museum Studies, BA in Political Geography, and MA in Cultural Geography and is a member of the American Association of Geographers and Heritage Vancouver.
Jenifer Chilcott, LL.B., LL.M (Cor) – Non-Museum Representative
Farris, Vaughan, Wills &
Jenifer is Counsel with top British Columbia law firm Farris, Vaughan Wills & Murphy LLP, practicing primarily in the areas of technology law, Internet law, intellectual property, commercial law and privacy.
For nearly 25 years, Jenifer has worked in both private practice and as in-house counsel – including extensive international experience gained as both a senior executive and in-house counsel for some of the world’s foremost high technology companies. In addition to the practice of law, Jenifer has also worked as an assistant to the archivist at the City of Ottawa Archives, and as a trained sommelier.
Jenifer holds law degrees from Cornell University (LL.M 1994) and McGill University (LL.B 1991), a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Political Science from McGill University (1988), and a Certificate in Negotiation from Harvard Law School (1998). She is a member of the Bars of Ontario (1993) and British Columbia (2008). Jenifer is fluent in English and French, and has a basic knowledge of Spanish.
Jordan Coble (c̓ris), səxʷk̓ʷinmaʔm̓ – Councillor Westbank First Nation
Jordan was born and raised in the heart of the Okanagan and is dedicated to working for his Nation, community and people. Through the celebration of living history, Jordan strives to provide transformative experiences empowering the voice of the Okanagan/syilx people to be heard and understood as valuable to all walks of life in relation to past, present and future generations. Jordan ensures the application and interpretation of Indigenous knowledge is valued in a respectful manner to create and healthier relationships to serve as the stepping-stones in the reconciliation process. A more comprehensive understanding of the historical interconnectedness between people and place is essential in moving forward together and is rooted in Okanagan pedagogy.
Jordan has been fortunate to lead the Sncəwips Heritage Museum to a number of awards as well as successful projects and exhibitions through collaborations and partnerships. In 2019, he has been elected as Councillor for Westbank First Nation and continues to sit on the Board of Directors for Sncəwips Heritage Society.
Meg Sugrue, Digital Manager
Royal BC Museum
Meg Sugrue is the Web & E-Commerce Specialist at the Royal BC Museum. Her diverse experience includes communications, graphic design, web development, event coordination and marketing. She is passionate about leading innovative and engaging digital projects, building partnerships and leveraging data to improve visitor engagement. Meg has worked in a variety of positions throughout her career, including as A/Digital Manager at the Royal BC Museum, Marketing & Events Coordinator with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and Marketing & Communications Coordinator at the Victoria Film Festival.
Kevin David Meisner, Education Experience Designer
Britannia Mine Museum
Britannia Beach, BC
Kevin David Meisner began at the Britannia Mine Museum as an Interpreter before branching out into interpretive training, interpretive planning, program development, and exhibit development. Prior to this, he had worked in computer network design and volunteered with a variety of organizations interested in wilderness and animal protection.
Sherri Kajiwara, Director/Curator
Nikkei National Museum
Sherri Kajiwara has been a fine arts professional since 1992 as a gallerist, gallery director, gallery owner, writer, editor, publisher, and curator. After co-owning the Bjornson Kajiwara Gallery in Vancouver from 2004 – 2008, she launched an online arts communications company Vantage Art Projects and is currently Director and Curator of the Nikkei National Museum at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre, dedicated to honour, preserve, and share Japanese culture and Japanese Canadian history and heritage for a better Canada.
Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra, Director
South Asian Studies Institute, University of the Fraser Valley
Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of British Columbia, a Sessional Faculty in the Department of History at the University of the Fraser Valley and a co-curator and co-manager of the Sikh Heritage Museum, a National Historic Site of Canada.
Sharn’s Doctoral dissertation and research will be looking at the experiences of people as they visit the Sikh Heritage Museum and as a comparative, the Nikkei National Museum in Burnaby. Sharan believes strongly that work cannot be done without the representation of diverse (a word used broadly) people across various sectors connected to the world of culture. Her background and knowledge as well as lived experience will be an important contribution to the Council.