As of October/17, there are over 600 supporters of the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice. We are your current Advisory Group members. Scroll down to read more about us!
M. CHRISTINE CASTLE – MEMBER AT LARGE
Chris Castle is an independent museum education consultant (semi-retired) and an Adjunct Professor in the University of Toronto’s Museum Studies program. She has worked and volunteered in the museum field for over 40 years as, variously, historical interpreter, curator, consultant, and board member. She believes that museums have the potential to be “suggestive institutions” in the struggle for climate justice.
JOY DAVIS – MEMBER AT LARGE
Joy Davis worked with the University of Victoria for over thirty years, directing such innovative programs as Cultural Resource Management, Aboriginal Language Revitalization and Intercultural Education. And in her final years at UVic, she took on interim dean or director positions with a range of units including Continuing Studies, University Art Collections, and Community Relations. In her new role as a freelance cultural heritage specialist and in her work with the Coalition, she has an abiding interest in how learning is adapted to meet the situated needs of museums, and in museums’ capacity to respond to changing expectations.
NAOMI GRATTAN – MEMBER AT LARGE
Naomi Grattan has worked in and around museums for most of the last 17 years contributing to four cultural capital projects, and recently completing her MA in Leadership at Royal Roads University, which focused on museum leadership development for the sector in partnership with the Canadian Museums Association. She teaches museum management for the University of Calgary and the Alberta Museums Association.
ROBERT R. JANES – CO-CHAIR
Robert R. Janes is an independent scholar and served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Museum Management and Curatorship from 2003 to 2014. He is also a visiting research fellow at the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester (United Kingdom). He has worked in and around museums for over 40 years as an executive, consultant, editor, author, board member, archaeologist, instructor, volunteer, and philanthropist. Janes has devoted his career to championing museums as important social institutions that are capable of making a difference in the lives of individuals and heir communities. His latest book is Museums without Borders (2016) – a collection of nearly 40 years of his writing.
DAVID JENSEN – CO-CHAIR
David is the Principal at D. Jensen & Associates Ltd. D. Jensen & Associates Ltd. (DJA) is a company of exhibit designers, planners and graphic artists who for the past 40 years have been involved in the research, planning and design of exhibits for museums, science centres, world expositions, cultural institutions and government agencies.
David has a heart-felt interest and appreciation for the world around him and a wish to share this appreciation with others through his work. He understands the importance of people and teamwork, cooperation and good project and personnel management planning. David believes museum and other cultural institutions can play an important role in educating the public about climate issues and inspiring them to make changes in their everyday lives to help address this exigent situation.
PETER ORD – MEMBER AT LARGE
Born and bred in the Far East, Peter first came to Canada in 1982 to receive his BA in Economics and Asian & Pacific Studies from University of Victoria. He subsequently worked in the corporate world of London, UK until deciding on a different career path in 1992 by pursuing a MA in Social Anthropology & Archaeology from Edinburgh University. He moved to Vancouver in 1996 and became founder & principal of Archaeomark Consulting, a cultural resource management company working with First Nations. Before joining the Robert Bateman Centre as Managing Director in 2015, Peter was Vice-President of Knowledge, Collection & Archives at Royal BC Museum and Director of the Penticton Museum in the Okanagan. The outdoors is his key passion and spends most of his time with his wife and two children exploring adventures on land and water.
RENÉ RIVARD FCMA – MEMBER AT LARGE
Museum specialist and project manager at CULTURA bureau d’études since 1987, René Rivard has more than 45 years of experience in museum planning, exhibition production, and heritage interpretation and valorization in Québec, in Canada, in France, in the USA and Scandinavia, and elsewhere in the world. He started his career in 1970 as Superintendent of NATIONAL HISTORIC SITES for Quebec and Ontario. In 1973, he created the Interpretation Service at PARKS CANADA/Quebec Region, which he directed until 1980. From 1978 10 1985, he was commissioned by UNESCO as museum expert for many African countries. In 45 years of a successful career, he participated in the creation and renovation of more than 200 museums, ecomuseums, and heritage sites.