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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 is appointed by the Governor in Council.

Board of Trustees as of June 1, 2018.

Chair

J. Pauline Rafferty, Victoria, British Columbia 

Vice Chair

Vacant

Trustees

Jeannette Acheson, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Gail Asper, O.C., O.M., LL.D. (Hon.), Winnipeg, Manitoba
Mark L. Berlin, Ottawa, Ontario
Dr. Wilton Littlechild, Maskwacis, Alberta
Lindy Ledohowski, Ph.D., Ottawa, Ontario
Pardeep Singh Nagra, Toronto, Ontario
Benjamin Nycum, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Ana Serrano, Toronto, Ontario
Margaret Vandenberg, Vancouver, British Columbia
 

 

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.

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.

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.

Mark L. Berlin, Ottawa, Ontario

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.

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.

Pardeep Singh Nagra, Toronto, Ontario

Benjamin Nycum, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Ana Serrano, Toronto, Ontario

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.