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Board of Trustees

Under the Museums Act, the Museum’s Board of Trustees serves as its governing body and is accountable to Parliament for the stewardship of the Museum through the Minister of Canadian Heritage. The Board represents all regions of the country and is appointed by the Governor in Council.

The Government of Canada is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

  • Chairperson: Candidates must apply online by January 23, 2017 via the Governor in Council website.
  • Trustees: Candidates must apply online by January 9, 2017 via the Governor in Council website.

Board of Trustees as of August 8, 2016

Chair

Vacant

Vice Chair

J. Pauline Rafferty, Victoria, British Columbia* 

Chair, Audit Committee

Lisa M. Pankratz, CPA, FCA, CFA, Vancouver, British Columbia

Trustees

Gail Asper, O.C., O.M., LL.D. (Hon.), Winnipeg, Manitoba
Dr. Wilton Littlechild, Maskwacis, Alberta
Lindy Ledohowski, Ph.D., Ottawa, Ontario
Deena Spiro, Toronto, Ontario
Anthony Dale, Toronto, Ontario
Margaret Vandenberg, Vancouver, British Columbia
Jeannette Acheson, Winnipeg, Manitoba

 

J. Pauline Rafferty, Victoria, British Columbia

Pauline Rafferty is the former chief executive officer of the Royal British Columbia Museum (RBCM), a position that she held from 2001 to 2012. Trained as an archaeologist, Pauline’s work first centred on archaeology, then on heritage interpretation. Throughout her career, Pauline held various high-level positions in government, and was appointed assistant deputy minister at the Ministry of Women’s Equality in 1990. After retiring from the RBCM in March 2012, she has continued to be active on the boards of both national and provincial organizations. She serves on the board of the British Columbia Government House Foundation, and BC’s Provincial Health Services Authority. She is a former board member of Simon Fraser University, Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Victoria, as well as former president of the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada. Pauline has also been honoured for her work, with Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee Medal, and awards from the Canadian Museum Association, Tourism BC and other organizations.

*Currently serving as Interim Chairperson.

Lisa M. Pankratz, CPA, FCA, CFA, Vancouver, British Columbia

Lisa Pankratz is a Corporate Director and Advisor with over 25 years of executive experience and 12 years of experience as a corporate director. She also serves as a director on the boards of Sherritt International Corporation, IA Clarington Investments Inc. and a number of private companies. She is also an advisor to the Investment Committee of Pacific Blue Cross and BC Life and Casualty Company Ltd. and a member of the board and Investment Committee of the Vancouver Foundation. Prior to 2011, she held senior executive roles most recently in the investment industry with Mackenzie Financial Corporation and Cundill investment Research Ltd. Previously she served as director on the boards of CanWest Global Communications Corp. and the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. A graduate of the Ivey School of Business at Western, Ms. Pankratz is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder (CFA) and was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia (FCA) in 2007.

Gail Asper, Asper, O.C., O.M., LL.D. (Hon.), Winnipeg, Manitoba

Gail Asper is President of The Asper Foundation, a private charitable foundation. Previous to that she served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of CanWest Global Communications Corp. and was a member of the Board from 1992-2010. She graduated with an LLB from the University of Manitoba in 1984 and practiced corporate and commercial law in Halifax. Ms. Asper is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Arts Centre Foundation, a Governor of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and also the National Campaign Chair for the Museum’s private sector campaign. Ms. Asper has received numerous awards for her community service, including the 2005 Governor-General’s Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts, the Order of Manitoba, the Order of Canada and an honorary doctorate from the University of Manitoba. She has also received the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Dr. Wilton Littlechild, Maskwacis, Alberta

For more than 30 years, Dr. Littlechild has worked to build bridges between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people through athletics, politics, and law. An accomplished lawyer, he is the first Indigenous person appointed to Queen's Council by the Alberta Law Society. He brought Native issues to public attention while serving as the first Treaty Indian Member of Parliament. Dr. Littlechild has been active with a number of organizations both within Canada and abroad, including the Indigenous Parliament of the Americas, the United Nations, the National Indian Athletic Association, and the Canadian Council of International Law. He has given lectures on various occasions, including at the Human Rights Institute of the University of Hawaii. For his participation in Aboriginal and athletic endeavours, Dr. Littlechild has been honoured with several awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award as an Aboriginal Role Model and the Order of Canada and inducted into seven sports Halls of Fame. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a Master's Degree in Physical Education, a Bachelor of Law Degree, and an Honourary Doctorate at Law. Dr. Littlechild is serving as one of three Commissioners on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Lindy Ledohowski, Ph.D., Ottawa, Ontario

Ex-teacher and ex-professor, Lindy Ledohowski was born and raised in the hospitality industry in Winnipeg, Manitoba and completed her B.A. (Hons.) at the University of Manitoba before heading to Ontario. She completed her B.Ed., M.A., and Ph.D. at the University of Toronto. Her SSHRC-funded doctoral dissertation theorized Ukrainian Canadian identity politics in post-multicultural Canada using fifty years of English-language Ukrainian Canadian literature as her key case study. She then completed a SSHRC-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Ottawa. She taught at the University of Toronto, Scarborough and the University of Waterloo before starting her own educational business in Ontario. As a cultural studies expert focusing on issues of ethno-national identities in contemporary Canada, she focuses on postcolonial, ethnic, racial, diasporic, and transnational concerns in her scholarly publications, such as her co-edited book with the University of Toronto Press that asks questions about what it means to be Ukrainian in Canada today.

Deena Spiro, Toronto, Ontario

Deena Spiro has served as the Director of Issues Management for Minister of Canadian Heritage & Official languages. Prior to working for the Government, she operated Granot Design, a full service interior designer firm, and worked on a wide range of residential as well as commercial projects. Ms. Spiro served as Chair of the Canada Israel Committees/Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee young Leaders Advocacy Training Program and on the Board of ORT Canada. Ms. Spiro holds an Interior Design degree from the International Academy of Design and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Western Ontario.

Anthony Dale, Toronto, Ontario

Anthony Dale is President and CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA). Appointed to this role in 2013, he is dedicated to an agenda of policy innovation and thought leadership, relationship-building and high standards of member engagement and service. He has been at the OHA since 2004, most recently as Vice President, Policy and Public Affairs. Previously he served as an aide to the Premier of Ontario and to the Ministers of Health and Long Term Care and Labour in progressively more senior staff advisory roles. He has also worked as a consultant at a leading public affairs consulting firm. He is a Member of the Board of Trustees for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, and is a Board Member of The Change Foundation, a Toronto-based health care think tank. He previously served as a federal government appointee on the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, and also sits on numerous advisory groups and panels within Ontario's health care system. Anthony Dale holds a Master of Public Administration (1995) and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in political studies (1992), both from Queen's University. He has also completed the Accelerated Development Program (ADP) in General Management at London Business School.

Margaret Vandenberg, Vancouver, British Columbia

Margaret Vandenberg is a highly regarded External Relations Consultant specializing in government relations, fund development and board governance. Her extensive background includes positions as Director of External Relations at the Justice Institute of BC, and Director of External Relations for the Faculty of Business Administration at Simon Fraser University (SFU). While at SFU, Ms. Vandenberg successfully managed the capital campaign for the Segal Graduate School of Business. Ms. Vandenberg has also held a number of Directorships including Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and the Royal British Columbia Museum. She is currently a director of Knowledge Network, BC’s public broadcaster.

Jeannette Acheson, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Jeannette Acheson has a degree (with distinction) in Criminology and Psychology at the University of Manitoba. She has worked with the Correctional Service of Canada since 1984, holding a variety of positions. Jeannette is also an expert witness for the Correctional Service of Canada in the area of dangerous offenders and testifies in Manitoba and Ontario courts. She is fluently bilingual. Jeannette is a committed community volunteer, who has served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for The Laurel Centre in Winnipeg, a treatment centre for women who were sexually abused as children. She continues to be involved with The Laurel Centre as an Honorary Board Member.