Catherine C. Cole
Catherine C. Cole is the Director of Planning, Inuit Heritage Trust, working on the Nunavut Heritage Centre in Iqaluit, and Principal Consultant, Catherine C. Cole and Associates. She has written municipal cultural plans, institutional strategic plans and policies, and program reviews, and been the project manager/curator for several large, multidisciplinary arts and heritage projects. She worked on the preservation of Indigenous heritage in the Solomon Islands from 1991-1993. Prior to that she was a social/labour history curator with Alberta Culture and worked in interpretation for Parks Canada and historic sites in Ontario.
An ICOM member since 1980, Catherine has been a board member (2010-2013) and Vice-Chair of ICOM CAMOC (Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities, 2016-2022) and a member of ICOM’s Strategic Allocations Review Committee (SAREC, 2016-2020). She is co-editing an ICOM book on Museum Management. She was Secretary-General of the ICOM-Affiliated Organization, the Commonwealth Association of Museums (CAM, 2013-2020). Catherine organized the 2012 CAMOC Conference in Vancouver hosted by the Museum of Vancouver, and the 2017 CAM Conference, study tour of Indigenous heritage sites, and Indigenous heritage roundtable in Calgary, hosted by the Glenbow Museum, Fort Calgary, and local partners. She has organized demonstration projects, conferences, workshops, and international internships throughout the Commonwealth. Catherine is Métis and is
interested in how museums can use their resources, their collections, exhibitions, programs, and expertise to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
She has received numerous awards including being recognized as a Fellow of the CMA and a recipient of ICOM Canada International Achievement Award and the AMA’s Lieutenant-Governor’s Award.
Anne Élisabeth Thibault
Without a doubt, we live in challenging times. I assumed the directorship of Pointe-à-Callière in January 2021, during the pandemic, and it would be accurate to say that this job deserves my full attention; but I also feel that we must look beyond the walls of our own institutions, and I firmly believe in the importance of working together for the common good. This is the mindset behind my application, and it explains why I am applying to serve on the ICOM Canada board of directors. I would consider it a great honour.
I bring 25 years of professional experience in the fields of museology; heritage; technology development; and human, financial, and material resources management. As part of several high-performance teams— including Moment Factory and FLOAT4—and with Pointe-à-Callière, I have shepherded large-scale projects that achieved national and international renown. At a personal level, my peers describe me as a team player, and I have a reputation for leadership, good people skills, and the ability to motivate my troops.
My many trips abroad, either for conferences or to negotiate agreements for major exhibitions, have given me a real sense of the high regard that our colleagues from other countries hold for Canadian museum know-how. With my extensive experience and my interest in ICOM Canada, I am eager to join you and make tangible contributions to your mission and collaborative projects.
Dr Sarah Carr-Locke
I would like to formally submit my name for consideration as a board director.
I would bring several key strengths to the board: a practical knowledge of museum leadership; academic expertise in museum anthropology; practical and theoretical understanding of Indigenous reconciliation with museums; experience with all levels of government arts and culture policy; as well as an understanding of museology, culture, and heritage in Canada’s north. I am dedicated to supporting Indigenous people in Canada to tell their own stories and continuing to look at ways to decolonize and modernize Canada’s arts and culture institutions.
I am interested in this position to learn about ICOM as a global organization and to mobilize it to supporting Canada’s museums to continue to play a positive role in society.
I have previous board experience in the arts and culture field, and take pride in my dedication, leadership, and contributions to those organizations. With a passion for art, culture, and archaeology, I believe I can make a positive impact by working with ICOM on the board.