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Our Mission

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) is an international organization of museums and professionals committed to the conservation, continuation and communication to society of the world’s natural and cultural heritage, present and future, tangible and intangible.

ICOM Canada is the voice of its members among the international museum community. The values shared by ICOM Canada members embrace the values of the International Council of Museums in its entirety.

  • ICOM values human creativity and its contribution to understanding the past, shaping the present and mapping the future.
  • ICOM believes heritage has a humanistic value.
  • ICOM values global dialogue based on intellectual, cultural and social diversity.
  • ICOM values transparent dialogue including cross-cultural understanding of human rights.
  • ICOM recognizes museums’ responsibility to society through their engagement with public issues of social change.

As the National Committee for ICOM in Canada, ICOM Canada exists:

  • To further the primary objectives of ICOM as the international body representing museums to the Canadian public
  • To collaborate in the research, study and exchange of ideas in the field of museology with other organizations whose aims are similar to those of ICOM, and especially with UNESCO
  • To encourage the participation of Canadian museums and of all Canadian museum professionals in the research, protection, conservation, interpretation and circulation of museum collections
  • To act within Canada as an advisor on and a reference centre for international information that may be of interest to Canadian museums and the Canadian public
  • To increase the awareness of the Canadian public about the existence of museums in Canada and to further the understanding of their role in culture and society
  • To foster co-operation, mutual assistance and the exchange of information among its members

ICOM Canada 2020 Board


Marie Lalonde
Executive Director
Ontario Museum Association
Toronto, ON


Dr. Elka Weinstein
Toronto, ON


Anne Chafe
Chief Executive Officer
The Rooms
St. John’s, NL


Leah Best
Head of Knowledge
Royal BC Museum
Victoria, BC


Sophie Cormier
City of Moncton Culture and Heritage Department
Moncton, NB

Dr. Shabnam Inanloo Dailoo
Director & Associate Professor
Athabasca University- Heritage Resources Management Program
Edmonton, AB

Karine Duhamel, Ph.D
Winnipeg, MB

Dr. Sascha Priewe
Associate Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships
Royal Ontario Museum
Toronto, ON

Michèle Rivet, C.M., Ad.E.
Museologist, Lawyer
Visiting Professor, Université de Sherbrooke – Faculté de droit
Vice-Chair, Board of Trustees, Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Montréal, QC

Our Partners

We are very proud and thankful to be associated with the Canadian Museums Association.

The CMA provides ICOM Canada with very important support for our membership administration, the ICOM Canada Award, the AGM and the ICOM educational sessions.

Group LELYS is the largest flexography printer in Quebec with strong ties to many U.S. printers. Canadian Printer has listed it among the top 50 printers in Canada.

The company has two sales offices in Canada and provides services to its American customers through various U.S. printers.

President’s Reports

PDF documents

2018 2016

Other Documents

Annual Reports

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2018 2017 2016 2015

Strategic Plan

PDF documents

Current Edition


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Current Edition


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Annual financial statements and documents are available to ICOM Canada members upon request. Please email icomcanada@gmail.com for access.