Notice of the 2018 CMA Annual General Meeting

The 71st Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Museums Association will take place at the Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, for the following purposes:

  • to present the annual report of the Board of Directors;
  • to present the auditor’s report;
  • to appoint auditors for the ensuing year;
  • to sanction, if approved, the decisions and actions of the Board taken since the last AGM;
  • to elect members of the Board; and
  • to transact other business as may properly come before the meeting.

Voting members of the Association have the right to submit additional nominations for directors; which must be received in writing by the executive director of the CMA at the secretariat in Ottawa, by March 28, 2018. Nominations must be supported by at least two voting members in good standing and must include the concurrence of the nominee.

Candidates for the 2018 CMA Board of Directors

For a three-year (3) term: Directors

The following Board members will continue the terms:

  • Manon Blanchette, Past President, Montréal, QC (2017-2019)
  • Karen Bachmann, Timmins Museum, Timmins, ON (2017-2019)
  • Jane Fullerton, St. John, NB (2017-2019)
  • Jack Lohman, Royal BC Museum, Victoria, BC (2017-2019)
  • Sarah Pash, Aanischaaukamikw, the Cree Cultural Institute, Oujé-Bougoumou, QC (2017-2019)
  • Katy Tari, Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal, QC (2017-2019)


Unable to attend make your vote count by giving your proxy to someone else. Download 2018 Proxy.



Executive Director and CEO   
John G. McAvity, C.M.  

John G. McAvity was born in Saint John NB, attended the University of New Brunswick, and is a certified Association Executive. On December 26 2014, he was appointed to the Order of Canada by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, for his contributions to preserving Canada’s cultural heritage. On October 19, 2007, John received an honorary doctorate from the University of New Brunswick, in recognition of his 35-year career in service to Canada’s museum community. Prior to joining the CMA, he worked at Kings Landing Historical Settlement, the New Brunswick Museum, the Canadian Inventory of Historic Buildings, the Ontario Museum Association, and founded Association Museums New Brunswick. He is active with the International Council of Museums, and has been the executive director of the CMA since 1981. He loves collecting Canadian art, and odd antiques such as fire hydrants and hardware.

Karen Bachmann  
Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre

Karen Bachmann is the Director/Curator for the Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre and has been with the institution for over twenty-five years. Her volunteer activities include over fifteen years service with the Ontario Museum Association, serving as President in 1996 and has also served on and chaired the Awards Committee for the Canadian Museum Association She was a member of the Ontario Celebrate Canada Committee for over eighteen years. She has held board positions with the Porcupine United Way, the Cochrane Temiskaming Museums and Galleries Association, Arts and Culture Timmins, the Timmins Local Immigration Partnership Council and has been involved with committee work for the Timmins Chamber of Commerce. She has authored three books on the history of the Porcupine Camp and currently writes a weekly column on history and heritage issues for the Timmins Daily Press. She is presently the chair for the History Committee for the 100th anniversary celebrations for Timmins, and is thrilled that the new Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre finally re-opened in September 2011.

Jane Fullerton  
New Brunswick Museum

Jane Fullerton is currently the Director and CEO of the New Brunswick Museum (NBM), where she has worked since 1993. As CEO, she leads a staff of approximately 85 full-time, part-time, casual and seasonal staff to fulfill the NBM’s mandate of collecting, researching, preserving and interpreting the province and related regions’ natural and human heritage. She is also a member of the project team working on the development of a Renewed Cultural Policy for New Brunswick and was a member of the original working group for the province’s 2002 Cultural Policy. Jane is co-staff lead of the New Brunswick Provincial Commemorations Committee and serves on the Board of the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada, Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick, New Brunswick Nature Trust and Stonehammer Global Geopark. She served previously as co-chair of Industrial Cities in Transition, a major federally funded community-based research and education program with the University of New Brunswick in Saint John.

Jack Lohman   
Royal British Columbia Museum

Of Polish origin, Jack Lohman is CEO of the Royal British Columbia Museum. He is a member of the Executive Commitee of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Board of the National Museum in Warsaw, the Second World War Museum in Gdansk, the Institute for National Museums in Rwanda and the European Museum Academy. He was previously director of the Museum of London, chairman of the National Museum in Warsaw and chief executive of the Iziko Museums in Cape Town. He was educated at the University of East Anglia where he studied the history of art and at the Freien Universitat in Berlin where he studied architecture.

Susan Burrows Johnson
CEO/Executive Director
Galt Museum and Archives

Susan Burrows-Johnson has been the CEO/executive director of the Galt Museum & Archives for the last eight years and has an extensive background in senior management of non-profits. This is her fourth posting as a director in a service-oriented organization. She has worked as a fundraising mentor and in various areas of the non-profit sector. Her educational background includes post-secondary education in history, public relations/communications, management and museum studies.


Barb Cameron   
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre

Barb Cameron began her museum career at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife in 1990 and has worked in the roles of heritage training coordinator, curator of education, assistant director and director. She is currently the director for the Culture and Heritage Division for the Department of Education, Culture and Employment, Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT). Her interest in northern culture was inspired in part through her teaching experiences at Arctic College in Fort Smith and Inuvik and as the Aboriginal language and culture coordinator for Yellowknife schools. Barb completed a master’s of education degree from the University of Toronto, a professional specialization certificate in cultural heritage sector leadership from the University of Victoria, and the GNWT Executive Leadership Development Program at the University of Alberta’s Alberta School of Business. She has been living in the Northwest Territories for over 30 years and traveled extensively along northern wilderness trails by canoe and dogsled.

David Marskell   

David Marskell is chief executive officer of THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener, Ont. David successfully rebranded the organization — originally a children's museum — bringing world class exhibitions, including Discovering Chimpanzees: The Remarkable World of Jane Goodall, James Cameron’s Avatar: The Exhibition, and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition . Other exhibitions created by THEMUSEUM include Andy Warhol’s Factory 2009 , RAM: Rethinking Art & Machine, and Getting Naked, presented in collaboration with the Canada Council Art Bank. Prior to that, David was director of marketing at the Canadian National Exhibition and spent two years at Ontario Place where he spearheaded the successful Chinese Lantern Festival.

Executive Director
Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute

Sarah Pashagumskum is a member of the Cree Nation of Chisasibi in northern Quebec, and has been the Executive Director of Aanischaaukamikw, the regional Cree Cultural Institute for Eeyou Istchee, since 2015. She joined the Cree Cultural Institute when it opened in 2011 as Director of Programs, assisting in the organizational development of the Institute with her experience in program development and implementation, indigenous research, and public sector planning and management. In her capacity as Executive Director, Sarah leads a dynamic team supporting culture and heritage programming for the 9 Cree communities in Northern Quebec. Sarah has a background in First Nations education, culture and language maintenance, as a teacher, university instructor, education consultant, research coordinator, and author. Her community service includes terms as a band councilor and board member on various First Nations community organizations. Sarah holds a BA (Hons.), a BEd and MEd, a PhD in education, and a Master’s Certificate in Public Organization Management.

Katy Tari

Director and CEO
Musées de la Civilisation

Historian, museologist and administrator, Katy Tari has been involved in the museum sector for more than 25 years, while also being an entrepreneur. She joined Pointe-à-Callière in 2017 as director of Collections — Public and Programs Services. She has also occupied many positions, notably as Director of collections and relations with Quebec museums at the Musée de la civilisation de Québec from 2014 to 2017, seconded to the management team of the permanent exhibition renewal, which was launched on July 1st, 2017 at the Canadian Museum of History. In the early 2010s, she piloted projects highlighting the Lachine Canal in Montréal within Parks Canada.  In 1995, she founded her business Musée Média, under the banner of Orange Kiwi, offering a service of cultural dissemination project creation and development, namely through digital projects, co-productions and exhibition development. She has been very involved, sitting on many administrative boards, including the Musée maritime du Québec and ICOM-Canada, in addition to being on a number of committees. Until 2016, she was Board Member and then President of the Société des musées du Québec.


Past President
Manon Blanchette  
Director and CEO
La Fabrique de la Paroisse Notre-Dame de Montréal

An art historian and arts administrator, Manon Blanchette began her career at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in 1976. She holds a D.E.A. (Paris, 1984) and a PhD in arts studies and practices (UQAM, 2003). She received the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres (France) in 1992, and Woman of Distinction (Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal) in 1997. In 2012, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. She has also chaired and sat on numerous boards. She has been the President of ICOM Canada and Chair of the AVICOM committee. From 2007 to 2012, she was Executive Director of the Board of Montreal Museum Directors and since April 2013, she sits on the Board of Directors of the Conseil des arts de Montréal. Previous to her appointment at La Fabrique in October 2016, Manon was the Chief Operating Officer at Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History from 2012 to 2016.