Museology

As the Vice President, Exhibitions, Research, and Design at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights I lead the strategic and creative design and development of exhibitions, film, immersive environments, games, apps, and many other trans/mixed-media projects, as well as all collections related activities.

Over the 5 year inaugural project, of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, between 2009 and the museum’s opening in 2014, I was the Project Director responsible for conceptualizing, designing, developing, and installing 11 galleries — 4700 square meters (50,000 square feet) — of mixed-media, immersive exhibition programs, as well as the museum’s web presence, mobile app, digital signage, and digital infrastructure. I directed 15 exhibition, graphic, media, and digital design firms spread across several countries, as well as exhibition fabricators and scenographers, AV integrators, and technology companies, while leading the commissioning of art installations, the loans and acquisitions of several hundred artefacts, the copyright and IP management of thousands of photo and video assets, and a whole lot more. I was also heavily involved in architectural fit-up (eventually becoming the client authority). I began my time at CMHR as a department of 1 and was responsible for hiring a multidisciplinary team of museum professionals, creating departments, polices, procedures, and being responsible for several institutional tasks, such as sitting on the Crown Corporation’s first collective bargaining team.

From my early days at an interactive design studio with many museum clients, to my time leading the design teams at CHIN (Canadian Heritage’s special operating agency that works with museums on innovation projects), to my freelance work focusing predominantly on the cultural domain, and finally as a member of the senior management team of the aforementioned national museum, my career has been focused on museological work. Since 2000 I have been fortunate to work on a wide variety of projects with a large percentage of Canada’s 3000+ museums, as well as several American and international museums. This diversity of experience has enabled me to acquire not only a rich portfolio of projects but a perspective into how various museums, galleries, and science centres conduct their practice.

Below is a list of select projects with various museum clients and partners.

Bank of Canada Museum Capital Project (client representation)
2016

. Bank of Canada Museum

Department Creation (structure & responsibilities) and Staffing consultation
2013

. Royal Alberta Museum

ICT Strategy
2011

. Global Centre for Pluralism

Joe Fafard 3D Project
2008-2009

. National Gallery of Canada
. McKenzie Art Gallery
. McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Virtual Museum of Canada Redesign, & Institutional Enterprise Architecture
2007-2009

. Department of Canadian Heritage
. Canadian Museums Association (Great Canadian Guide to Museums/Find a Museum)

Air, Land, and Sea: A Story of Exploration
2008-2009

. McCord Museum
. Canadian Space Agency
. National Research Centre of Canada
. Canadian Museum of Nature

Thule Whalebone House
2008

. Glenbow Museum

Media Art
2008

. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
. DOCAM (Documentation and Conservation of Media Arts Heritage)
. Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology

Podcast Project
2006

. Royal Ontario Museum
. Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
. Musée Acadien de l’Université de Moncton

Artefacts Canada
2006-2009

. Canadian Conservation Institute
. Parks Canada
. Cataloguing Cultural Objects Working Group (English, ICOM)
. Archeology Working Group (French, ICOM)

Massive Change in Action
2005

. Vancouver Art Gallery
. Art Gallery of Ontario
. Musée Acadien de l’Université de Moncton
. George Brown University and the Institute Without Boundaries
. Toronto District School Board

Virtual Learning Environment
2004-2005

. Royal Ontario Museum
. McMichael Canadian Art Collection
. Direction du patrimoine, province du Nouveau Brunswick
. Mendel Art Gallery
. Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
. Canadian Museum of Nature
. Art Gallery of Hamilton
. Library and Archives Canada
. Portrait Gallery of Canada

Community Memories Program
2003 / 2005

. 1200 museums across Canada (digital needs national museum survey)
. 24 pilot museums from across Canada

History of the Vote in Canada Exhibit
2002

. Canadian Museum of Civilizations
. Elections Canada

Oil Derrick Charlie Stalnacher Exhibition
2002

. Canadian Museum of Civilizations