Our Board & Staff
Carolyn has been with the museum since 2002 in roles including Education Co-ordinator, Public Programs Manager, Interim General Manager, and Director of Operations. Prior to joining the museum, Carolyn held positions at Camp Kawartha, Outward Bound Canada, Canada World Youth, Quetico Foundation and the Bluewater District School Board. She earned a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University’s Outdoor and Experiential Education program and a Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University. She is devoted to outdoor education, and has active memberships with the Ontario College of Teachers and the Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association (instructor level).
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James has been a part of the museum since its inception, having held a number of roles including, most recently, the Director of Development and Director Emeritus. He served as the Executive Director from 2008 to 2014, the Curator in 2007, and worked on the first education program in 1999. This work stemmed from his volunteer involvement on the museum’s Education Advisory Committee in the 1990s, which he undertook as a professor at Queen’s University in the Faculty of Education. He held a number of positions with Queen’s from 1982 to 1999 and is also a graduate of the University. James holds a Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Education, Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science. He is a celebrated author of numerous books including Circling the Midnight Sun: Culture and Change in the invisible Arctic, and the national bestsellers Emperor of the North: Sir George Simpson and the Remarkable Story of the Hudson’s Bay Company and Deep Waters: Courage, Character and the Canoeing Tragedy of Lake Timiskaming. James has been honoured with numerous recognitions and awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada, Honourary Doctor of Laws from the University of Guelph, and a number of others related to his considerable work as a writer and outdoorsman. Years spent as a camper and staff member at Camp Kandalore from 1959 to 1973 inspired James’ lifelong interest in the collection.
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Jeremy’s involvement with the museum began as a volunteer. He joined the staff in 1997. Previously, he coordinated a field school for Trent University in the Nunavut community of Pangnirtung, and undertook cabinetmaking, birch bark canoe building and archaeological work in Greece. A graduate of Trent University’s Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies programs, Jeremy’s work has included curating or producing more than ten major exhibitions, many of which are still on display or travelling. He has also researched, and been featured in, documentaries aired on the Discovery Channel and the BBC, including most recently The Nature of Things. A notable project was the research and construction of a 36-foot birch bark canoe. Working before the public at the museum along with a team of volunteers, Jeremy built an authentic, functional example of the canot du maître, the workhorse vehicle of the 18th and early 19th century fur trade in Canada. Jeremy has also acted as the Director of the Museum Small Craft Association on a volunteer basis.
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Director of Philanthropy
Shirlanne joined the museum in 2016 and is a senior fundraising executive with more than 25 years’ experience. She has held a variety of leadership roles in education, health care and the not-for-profit sector for organizations including Trent University, Fleming College, BC’s Children’s Hospital and United Way. She is a graduate of Fleming College and has taken on volunteer roles with numerous groups including The Rotary Club of Peterborough, The Mount Project, The Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough’s 2015 and 2016 Philanthropy Forum, Peterborough Regional Health Centre, United Way of Peterborough & District, Strath McLean Child Care Centre and the YWCA of Peterborough.
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Director of Programs
Karen has been with museum since 2007 and in the role of Education Manager since 2012. Previously, she facilitated school programs as a Part-Time Animator. Prior to joining the museum, Karen led the coordination of the Peterborough Parent-Child Mother Goose Program and taught private music lessons. Past volunteer roles include Executive Director of the Peterborough Folk Festival and as a Board Member of Children’s Stage Lakefield. Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts Joint Honours in History and Anthropology from McGill University. In 2012, Karen’s education team won the Samuel Armour Heritage Award from the Peterborough Historical Society.
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Stacey came to the museum in 2012 from the Heart and Stroke Foundation, where she held the position of Program Manager. Her past roles include Outdoor Education Instructor and Wilderness Guide at Project Canoe, Nipika Mountain Resort, Camp Kandalore and Boundless Adventures. She has an instructor level membership with ORCKA, as well as professional memberships with the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association and Therapeutic Recreation Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of PhysEd (Outdoor Adventure Leadership) from Laurentian University, and both a Masters in Environmental Studies (specializing in Adventure Therapy) and an Environmental Sustainability & Education diploma from York University. She has volunteered her time as the Director of Finance for the Association of Managers of Volunteer Services.
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Interim Volunteer Manager
Rachelia has joined the museum to support its valued volunteers as interim Volunteer Manager. She comes to the museum from the Kawartha World Issues Centre, where she coordinated the Seeds for Justice Youth Program and the TEACH Outside the Box Social Justice Certificate and Alternative Placement Program. Rachelia has spent more than 10 years engaging youth and her community in issues of social and environmental justice. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Gender Studies from Trent University and is intending to return to Trent next fall to pursue her MA in Canadian and Indigenous Studies.
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Beth has been with the museum in many different capacities since 2006. After starting as seasonal staff, she worked to grow the Artisan Workshop Program and took on her current role in the Curatorial Department. Beth has had a life-long love of making things, and she found her passion for sharing history and traditional skills in a previous position at Lang Pioneer Village. She earned an Honours Degree in Arts and Science at the University of Guelph combining her interests in History and Biology into her studies.
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Robin Binèsi Cavanagh
Director of Indigenous Peoples’ Collaborative Relations
Robin believes that true leadership is to be an excellent helper. Since 1986, he has been a helper to Anishinaabe Elder Herb Nabigon (now deceased), acquiring cultural knowledge/protocols in an effort to ensure that cultural teachings, ceremonies and philosophy continue for generations to come. Through this lens, Robin has focused his education, employment and community activity. Robin holds a Master of Environmental Studies from York University (Development of an Aboriginal Organizational Theory) and a Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies from Trent University.
For 20 years, Robin has been working to promote and support Indigenous perspectives as a researcher, policy analyst and writer, and as a curriculum developer and educator at the graduate level. His work spans Indigenous communities, organizations and post-secondary institutions, including the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, where he taught a leading course on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for teacher candidates. His most recent roles include Senior Policy Advisor with the Chiefs of Ontario, and Associate Director, Indigenous Education Coalition.
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Retail & Visitor Services Manager
Dayne joined the museum team in November of 2018. With a background in both museum and gallery retail, education and tour guiding, Dayne brings a passion for storytelling to the Tumblehome Shop and to every visitor experience. Previously in her role at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery she worked to create accessible and inclusive public programming that centered on both fine art and Canadian History. She connected community members to a diverse range of artists and artisans to drive a local economy in the heart of Oshawa, ON and looks to do the same for The Canadian Canoe Museum. Dayne holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Trent University and a Museum and Gallery Studies Certificate from Georgian College.
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Annual Giving Coordinator
Caroline comes to the museum with a background in events, media, and volunteer management for non-profit organizations such as, The Walrus Foundation and The Institute for Canadian Citizenship. With her relocation to Peterborough she wanted to continue her work supporting organizations rooted in education, community, and inclusivity. She completed her honours degree in conflict studies and human rights at the University of Ottawa, and in her free time enjoys exploring Ontario’s lakes and trails with her Australian Shepherd, Guinness. Outside of her role as the Annual Giving Coordinator, you will find Caroline leading Float + Flow Yoga here at the museum on Wednesday evenings.
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(Part-time) Having volunteered as a tour guide with the museum for several years, Jen joined the Education Program as an education animator in 2001 and took on leadership responsibilities with the team in 2012. Jen studied Indigenous Studies and Anthropology at Trent University and Nursing at Fleming College prior to becoming part of the award-winning team – twice recognized with the Peterborough Historical Society’s Samuel Armour Award for heritage education. A love of the canoe and its place in the Canadian experience is an important aspect of Jen’s every day, both at the museum and as an occasional ORCKA instructor.
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Karen joined the development team at the Museum in April 2018, to work on the campaign which will see the museum make its move to the water’s edge. As the General Manager of Market Hall Performing Arts Centre in Peterborough, Karen helped raise $9.7 million for a comprehensive rehabilitation of the heritage building, ensuring its future as a performing arts centre. Most recently, she has been the Manager of Membership Services at the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce. As a volunteer, Karen has worked with the YWCA, Kawartha Land Trust, The Mount Community Centre and the Community Foundation’s 2016 Philanthropy Forum.
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Executive Assistant to the Executive Director
Kate joined the museum in 2018 and has a varied career background including the healthcare, education and charitable sectors with over ten years’ experience in administration in Ontario and Manitoba. Most recently, Kate was the Family Support Manager at Threads of Life – the Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support. With a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Sociology from Trent University, she is also a graduate of the Post-Grad Event Management Program at Fleming College and is proud to call Peterborough home.
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Director of Communications
Alicia joined the team in early 2018, having spent six years working with not-for-profit and public sector organizations as a strategic planning and communications consultant. Previously, she worked for a decade with Peterborough Regional Health Centre, and for several years with Trent University, with a focus on community and stakeholder relations. A graduate of Ryerson University, Alicia is formally trained as a journalist, and storytelling continues to guide her in her work. She serves on the board of the Community Counselling and Resource Centre and as chair of Children’s Stage Lakefield.
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Kelly has been with the Canoe Museum since 2011 as an animator, as well as providing support to program revisions and French program resources since that time. She brings a deep understanding of our education programs and the needs of the department to the role as well as demonstrated skills in a similar role, as Education Coordinator at Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute, Ouje-Bougoumou, QC. Kelly has her MA in Indigenous Studies and Canadian Studies, and her BA Hons in Indigenous Studies and History from Trent and is currently completing her Certificate in Museum Studies (Ontario Museum Association.)
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A staff member since June 2016, Victoria was previously a historical interpreter for Huronia Historical Parks – Saint Marie among the Hurons and Discovery Harbour. She also completed an internship with the Nova Scotia Museum. Victoria’s Honours Bachelor of Arts and Masters of History were completed at Trent University, where she was a teaching assistant. These degrees were augmented with a diploma in Museum Management and Curatorship from Fleming College. Victoria is the recipient of a number of distinctions that include the Trent Community Research Centre History Research Fellowship (2016), Runner Up for Trent University’s James Middleton Prize for history writing (2015) and Trent University’s Indigenous history prize, the Seth Newhouse Prize (2013).
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Meet our Education Program Animators
Fresh out of the Museum Management and Curatorship program at Fleming College, Amanda joined the Animator team in 2018. She believes experiencing history is the best way to learn about it. She developed her interpretation skills with Scugog Shores Museum and Black Creek Pioneer Village. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours in History with a minor in English Literature from Laurentian University, and a Fine Arts diploma from Georgian College.
Carolyne has been an Education Animator at the museum since 2018. Previously, she has worked in ecological interpretation at Ontario Parks in Northwestern Ontario and in science interpretation at an observatory in Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!, Quebec. Carolyne has also worked on the management team at a developing organic farm in Northern India and in compost and gardening education at schools in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad. She is a graduate of a B.A. in Cross-Disciplinary Studies from Western University, with a concentration of subjects in History, Social Justice and Peace Studies. Carolyne is an avid wilderness canoe tripper and in general, a lover of all outdoors pursuits. Her canoe adventures have led her to explore some of the remotest corners of Ontario and Quebec, including James Bay and the Lower North Shore of the St. Lawrence River, and has taken her down several historic trading avenues, including the French River and along the coast of Georgian Bay.
Jasmine joined the Education Team as an animator in the Fall of 2018. She studied English and Education at Trent University and Queen’s University respectively. While at Trent, Jasmine was an active member of both the Trent University Music Society, as Concert Band Representative and Concert Band Conductor, and an executive member of the Trent English Student Society. Jasmine spent the two years following the completion of her Bachelor of Education teaching Year 3 in England and was the Music Lead at her school.
Museum Board of Directors
John Ronson, Chair
John Ronson is an executive with TELUS, and a lawyer by training. He previously held the position of Chief of Staff to Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. John has served on the Waterfront Toronto Board, and on both provincial and national boards for the Canadian Cancer Society. A Peterborough resident, he is an avid canoeist and camper.
Bill Morris, Past Chair
Bill Morris is the primary shareholder and CEO of the Stewart Group, a private investment company with actively-managed interests in Canada, the United States, Ireland and India. Bill is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business. He serves on the boards of the United Way of Peterborough and District and the Lakefield College School Foundation. The Morris family spends as much time as possible at its cottage at Nares Inlet, Georgian Bay.
Rob Clark, Treasurer
Rob Clark, CPA, CA, ICD.D, is the President and CEO of DLF Pickseed Canada, a private company that is a leader in the development, production and distribution of turfgrass and forage crop seed. Rob previously held senior management positions in the poultry farming, food processing and beer industries. Rob is a proud member of the Métis Nation of Ontario with voyageur ancestral roots.
Ken Powell, Past Chair
Ken Powell has had a national and international business career as an executive with Imperial Oil, Exxon Corporation and Esso Inter-America. Subsequently, he was a management consultant with Coopers and Lybrand Consulting, Associate Director of the Canadian Outward Bound Wilderness School, taught business and public policy courses part time at Seneca College and worked with CESO, consulting in Malaysia. He has served as Chair of the Peterborough Regional Health Centre Board of Directors and has volunteered with a number of other organizations including Junior Achievement of Canada, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Corporate- Higher Education Forum, Toronto and Atlantic Symphony Orchestras. He has canoed many lakes and rivers of Canada and is passionate about travel and photography.
Meredith Brown, a champion for freshwater protection, is widely known throughout the vast Ottawa River Watershed as the founding Riverkeeper and former leader of the charitable organization Ottawa Riverkeeper, a licensed member of Waterkeeper Alliance.
Meredith holds degrees in biology, environmental engineering and resource and environmental management. Meredith is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and was awarded the Nature Inspiration Award from the Canadian Museum of Nature.
Over 15 years as a Riverkeeper, Meredith significantly raised the profile of the Ottawa River and brought together community organizations, municipal, provincial, federal governments, First Nation leaders, industry and civil society to work collaboratively to protect and restore the ecological health and resilience of the watershed. Under Meredith’s leadership, Ottawa Riverkeeper brought annual paddling events back to the Ottawa River, created a large network of dedicated citizen scientists and was a founding affiliate of the Waterkeeper Swim Guide.
Connecting Canadians to their local lakes, rivers and oceans is Meredith’s passion and she is continuing her work in this field through several exciting projects, always with a focus on water protection and restoration.
Vicky Grant is from the Loon Clan, Teme-Augama Anishnabai Qway, (Deep Water Woman) whose Traditional Territory is the Temagami area in Northern Ontario. She is a status Indian registered as a member of the Temagami First Nation, a status given to her through Canada’s Indian Act. She would describe her most important roles in her life is that of being a wife, mother, and grandmother. Throughout her career, always with a passionate voice, in her work and in her volunteer activities has always been and continues to be an advocate for more robust Indigenous engagement. She has served on board of directors for a number of Foundations, locally, provincially and nationally, including as Chair of the Board of Directors for Community Foundations of Canada.
Brian Groves is an avid paddler and outdoor enthusiast originally from Temagami, Ontario, who lives in Whitehorse, Yukon. He is a graduate of both Trent University and Fleming College and had his first job in the museum sector welcoming visitors to the Kanawa Canoe Museum – Temagami Collection. He has been working in the museum and heritage sector for close to 20 years.
Brian is currently the Manager, Museums and Heritage for the Department of Tourism and Culture, Government of Yukon. He is responsible for managing a broad range of programs and technical services in support of Yukon museums, interpretive centres and First Nation cultural/heritage centres and oversees the management Yukon’s archaeology, palaeontology and place names programs.
Brian has served on the executive of the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada, including as President from 2014 to 2016. Brian has worked with other cultural heritage institutions, including the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre as Manager.
Dr. Jenny Ingram
Dr. Jenny Ingram is a specialist in Internal and Geriatric Medicine, practicing in Peterborough, Ontario. She is the Founder and Principal Investigator at the Kawartha Regional Memory Clinic, a specialty geriatric and clinical research facility. Jenny is also the founding Chair of both the Peterborough Council on Aging and the Peterborough chapter of Osteoporosis Canada. In 2016, Jenny received the Irma M. Parhad Award for Excellence from the Consortium of Canadian Centers for Clinical Cognitive Research and the Glenn Sawyer Service Award from the Ontario Medical Association for outstanding contributions to the medical profession and the community.
Deborah Jacobs is a Councillor with Curve Lake First Nation and an active member of her community. Having lived in Curve Lake all her life, Deborah worked for many years at the Curve Lake Day Care Centre and also taught early childhood education classes for the Anishinabek Education Institute in North Bay. Her parents, Aileen and Amos Irons, are full-blooded Ojibway, both from Curve Lake. Deborah’s family is her “pride and joy.” She has been married for 46 years and has three sons and 10 grandchildren. She has always enjoyed the water; fishing, boating and canoeing at her family cabin on Dead Horse Island have played a significant part in her life.
Dianne Lister is a lawyer and has held executive roles in Canada’s charitable sector since 1986, including immediate past CEO of ROM Governors, Vice- President External Relations at Trent University, and President and CEO of Sick Kids Foundation. She is the Principal of The Dianne Lister Group, which provides services to the non-profit sector, and a senior associate of the Hutchinson Group, an executive search and talent development firm. Dianne is an author, as well as a sessional instructor at the University of Victoria. She has volunteered for many organizations, and is currently a founding director of the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council and founding member of the CKL Arts & Cultural Roundtable.
Bill Lockington is a partner and business lawyer with LLF Lawyers. He has been an active member of the Peterborough community for decades through his involvement on a number of boards and with community projects. He serves on the Community Foundations of Canada Board and is the Founding Chair of the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough. Bill has also been involved with organizations including the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster, Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation, YMCA Canada and Peterborough, Festival of Trees, Jr. Lakers Lacrosse and the Art School of Peterborough. Has been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary for outstanding community service and was chosen Peterborough’s Business Citizen of the Year in 2009.
Hugh Macklin is the President of Linmac Inc., a third-generation family business that owns and manages commercial properties in Cobourg. After graduating from Ryerson School of Business, Hugh spent many years as a partner and manager with Schickedanz Bros. Ltd., a company that creates residential and commercial developments in Canada and the United States. Hugh enjoys spending time on the land and on the water as well as with family and his wife, Sharon. Together they have four children and presently five grandchildren.
Jocelyn Brown was welcomed to the Board of Directors. Jocelyn is Vice-President Customer Success with Allocadia, a recognized leader in Marketing Performance Management. Prior to Allocadia, she spent nine years at Eloqua, where she proved her aptitude and talent for building and managing high-performing customer success teams. Her love of canoes and canoe tripping began as a camper and then staff member with Camp Wapomeo, a Taylor Statten Camp in Algonquin Park.
Kevin Malone has been with BMO Financial Group for over 30 years in senior leadership roles with two business groups, BMO Private Banking and BMO Capital Markets. Kevin began his banking career at BMO in Corporate Banking in 1985 and moved to the Investment Banking Group in 2000 where he was a senior relationship manager in the two industry sectors, Media and Telecommunications and Diversified Industries where he advised public and privately owned Canadian companies with respect to mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, debt and equity financings.
Kevin joined BMO Private Banking in 2009 and is currently responsible for the overall leadership and strategy of Ultra High Net Worth Group in the Greater Toronto Area. With many years of experience serving corporate, ultra and high net worth clients, Kevin and his team work with wealthy Canadian families and assist in managing their complex wealth management needs.
Kevin has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queen’s University, and a certificate from the Sauder School of Business Family Enterprise Advisor Program, University of British Columbia
Kevin is active in the community; he is a Trustee of Lakefield College School, a Director and past President of Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme’s National Board, and has served on the fundraising committees for a number of not-for-profit organizations including Nature Conservancy of Canada, Stratford Express and Dixon Hall. Kevin is a recipient of Her Majesty the Queen Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) and Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012).
Kevin and his wife Mona are proud parents to 3 children and as a family are actively involved in amateur sports, travel, the arts and numerous charitable organizations.
Val McRae grew up in Toronto and attended the University of Western Ontario. After teaching for four years, she turned her attention to raising their four children. Meanwhile, Val’s involvement in the Peterborough community has focused on education and health care, including work with Lakefield College School, Festival of Trees, School for Young Moms, Beaver Club Gala, and the Osteoporosis Ladies Golf Classic. She currently serves on the Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation Board and the Osteoporosis Peterborough Chapter Board. She and her husband, John, enjoy spending time in Whitney on the edge of Algonquin Park.
Joined the board in May 2018. Biographical information to come.
Heather Stelzer has experience in international and national management and business development, and is currently involved in an array of activities that further the respect of the land and the water. She has brought extensive experience in mentorship, fundraising, and strategic planning to numerous community organizations including the Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation, Community Care Access Centre, Fleming College, YWCA and Stony Lake Cottages Association, as well as to political campaigns at all three levels of government. She is on the board of Voices for the Trent-Severn Waterway, a member of the Age-Friendly Business Academy, and a Partner in Nordixx Pole Walking Canada. Her outstanding contributions to the community earned her the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.