Kelowna: October 21-23, 2018

The BC Museums Association is excited to announce our 2018 Conference Keynote Speakers: Dr. Yosef Wosk, OBC and Megan Richardson!

Titles and descriptions of each keynote presentation will be available in the Conference Program.  Please view our speaker bios below to learn more about this year’s two Keynote Speakers.

Dr. Yosef Wosk, OBC – Philanthropist

Yosef Wosk is an Adjunct Professor in Humanities, a Shadbolt Fellow, and former Director of Interdisciplinary Programs in Continuing Studies at Simon Fraser University where he developed seminal programs such as The Philosophers’ Café and The Canadian Academy of Independent Scholars. In addition to being an ordained rabbi and receiving two honorary doctorates, he holds Ph.D.s in Religion & Literature as well as in Psychology, and Masters degrees in Education and Theology. As a businessman, he is president of Binyan and Kolbo Holdings. Widely travelled, including expeditions to both the North and South Poles, Yosef is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He founded hundreds of libraries and supported museums on all seven continents, endowed Vancouver’s Poet Laureate, and has taught thousands of students around the world. Identified as one of the top ten thinkers and most thoughtful citizens in the province, he is included in Canadian Who’s Who and has been presented with numerous awards including The Order of British Columbia, The Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals, an Outstanding Achievement Award and The President’s Medal from the Canadian Museums Association, as well as a Culture Beyond Borders Medal from the United Nations. Active in communal affairs—especially in the areas of education, libraries, museums, the arts, social services, heritage conservation, gardens, philanthropy and religion—Yosef is a media commentator, public speaker and published author.

Photo credit: Joshua Berson

Megan Richardson – Director, Virtual Museum of Canada

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Megan Richardson has spent her career creating and supporting connections among people and museum collections.

After establishing the education program at the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Megan moved to the National Gallery of Canada where she was a manager, and then head, of education. She introduced the Gallery’s first collection app, a national online teen art contest, and the distance learning program. She also revitalized the flagship family program; and oversaw onsite and online interpretation for major international temporary exhibitions.

Megan is currently the Director of the Virtual Museum of Canada, a national digital cultural investment program, managed by the Canadian Museum of History. She is responsible for the annual calls for proposals, dozens of projects in development, and the program websites. Megan is leading the VMC renewal, an intensive 3-step process to better meet the needs of Canadian museums and heritage organizations.