BC Museums Association Council (Board of Directors). L-R back row: Scott Marsden, David Alexander, Carolyn Holmes, Joelle Hodgins
L-R front row: Lynn Saffery, Jodi Simkin, Tania Muir, Kit Grauer, Catherine Oullet-Martin, Jenifer Chilcott, Nataley Nagy
Absent: Erika Stenson
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.
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.
David Alexander, Head of Archives, Access and Digital
Royal BC Museum
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.
Erika Stenson, Head of Marketing, Sales and Business Development
Royal BC Museum
Erika is the head of marketing, communications and business development at the Royal BC Museum. She brings a depth of experience in providing vision and leadership in organizational development, community relations, international marketing, operations, government relations and business development in both the private and public sectors. Erika’s extensive portfolio includes responsibility for the marketing communications teams, wholesale program, media relations and corporate communications, membership, publishing department, licensing, consumer and economic impact research and other related activities. She also leads on business development strategy and sponsorship initiatives.
She is an alumna of Harvard Business School, a communications and advertising accredited professional, and has a diploma in applied communications. In additional to the BCMA, Erika currently sits on the Board of Tourism Victoria, chairing the Finance and Membership committee. She is a past board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters Victoria, and a Royal BC Museum representative on the marketing committee of the National Association of Natural History Museums.
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.
Nataley Nagy, Executive Director
Kelowna Art Gallery
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 innovative art programs. 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, including the 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). 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).
Dr. Scott Marsden, PhD
Scott Marsden has worked for more than 20+ years in the cultural sector, working in various art institutions across Canada in the areas of research, development and presentation of exhibitions, public programming and community engagement. His academic qualifications include; Ph.D. (Arts Education) and an M.F.A. (Studio & Curatorial Practice). The focus of his work has been working in unique regions of Canada with eclectic visual art practices, specific cultural perspectives and exploring new hybrid cultural institutions. His curatorial practice asserts that exhibitions are creative forms of critical inquiry and the presentation of multiple voices (art works) investigating diverse issues will offer a more holistic approach to critical dialogue in contemporary culture.
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 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, 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 Adam 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.
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.
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.
Jenifer Chilcott, LL.B., LL.M (Cor) – Councilor – 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 – Cultural and Operations Administrator
Westbank First Nation Sncəwips Heritage Museum
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 is grateful to all friends and supporters who helped establish the Sncəwips Heritage Museum. Sncəwips provides a safe space for positive experiences for all to enjoy and for the people to respect who they are and where they come from. Jordan has been fortunate to lead Sncəwips to a number of awards as well as successful projects and exhibitions through collaborations and partnerships. Despite the success, Jordan will always respect the guidance of the knowledge keepers of his Nation to ensure the foundational knowledge of the children and future generations are a reflection of their traditional ways of being.