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.
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.
Peter Ord, Managing Director
The Robert Bateman Centre
Born in the far east, Peter arrived in Canada in 1996 after completing his MA in Social Anthropology & Archaeology in Edinburgh. Before starting his career in the heritage sector, Peter worked in the corporate world in London, later receiving a BA in Economics and Asian & Pacific Studies from UVic. He was founder & principal of Archaeomark Consulting, a cultural resource management company working with First Nations. Previously Vice-President of Knowledge, Collection & Archives at RBC Museum and 9 years as Director of the Penticton Museum, Peter joined the Bateman Centre in 2015.
Rebecca Clarke, Executive Director
Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
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.
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 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).
Hanna Cho, Producer
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).
Catherine Ouellet-Martin, Administrative Manager
Beaty Biodiversity Museum
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:
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.
Danielle Lemon, Independent Legal Counsel
Innovative Travel Solutions, Vancouver Airport Authority
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
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, Director of Culture and Heritage
Klahoose First Nation
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”.
Most recently, Jodi was 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 remained 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 took an active role in her 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
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
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.
Ms. Hodgins 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.
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:
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.