Speakers for Summit on the Value of Libraries, Archives and Museums

Taking  it to the Streets: Summit on the Value of Libraries, Archives and Museums in a  Changing World 

Karen Bachmann

Director, Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre and Vice-President for the Canadian Museums Association


Karen Bachmann is Director/Curator of the Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre. She has been with the institution for 30 years.

Ms. Bachmann's volunteer activities include an appointment as Vice-President for the Canadian Museums Association and over 15 years' service with the Ontario Museum Association, serving as President in 1996. She has also served on the Awards Committee for the Canadian Museums Association.

Ms. Bachmann was a member of the Ontario Celebrate Canada Committee for over 18 years. She has held board positions with the Porcupine United Way, the Cochrane Temiskaming Museums and Galleries Association, Arts and Culture Timmins, the Timmins Local Immigration Partnership Council, and most recently with the Timmins Symphony Orchestra. She served as "History" Chair for the 100th anniversary celebrations for the City of Timmins.

Ms. Bachmann has authored three books on the history of the Porcupine Camp. She currently writes a weekly column on history and heritage issues for The Daily Press (Timmins).


Guy Berthiaume

Librarian and Archivist of Canada, Library and Archives Canada


Guy Berthiaume assumed the position of Librarian and Archivist of Canada on June 23, 2014. Prior to joining Library and Archives Canada, he was the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec between 2009 and 2014, following a 30 year career in academia. Dr. Berthiaume holds a Doctorate in History.

In addition to serving as a professor of Ancient History at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), he held administrative positions focusing on research and university development. Previous roles include Vice-President, Development and Public Affairs, Université de Montréal, and Vice-President, Research and Creation, UQAM.


Donna Bourne-Tyson

Dalhousie University Librarian, and Interim Co-Chair, Canadian Federation of Library Associations


Donna Bourne-Tyson is the University Librarian at Dalhousie University, responsible for five libraries, two learning commons, and 120 personnel.  Research interests include digital scholarship, research data management, and open access publishing, and the impact of technology on equitable access, reading and learning.  Donna is currently the Vice-President / President-Elect for the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, Vice-Chair of the Council of Atlantic University Libraries, and the Co-Chair of the Interim Board for the Canadian Federation of Library Associations.  She has served as Board Vice-Chair/Chair of the Executive for the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, Chair of the Novanet Board of Directors, and is an active member of numerous library associations.


Vickery Bowles

City Librarian, Toronto Public Library 


Vickery Bowles is the City Librarian at Toronto Public Library (TPL), one of the world's biggest and busiest public libraries. She believes passionately in the difference public libraries make in the lives of individuals, in communities and cities.

Ms. Bowles has worked in a number of leadership positions, spearheading service development including with Toronto's high-needs and diverse communities to develop library-led solutions that support capacity building, civic engagement and settlement. She is currently working on the implementation of a new Strategic Plan and the many opportunities ahead for advancing TPL's digital strategies that support new service models, mobility, e-learning and innovation.

Ms. Bowles is a Board member for the U.S.-based Urban Libraries Council, the Canadian Urban Libraries Council and the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries. She is a member of the International Federation of Library Association's Standing Committee on Library Services to Multicultural Populations. She is also Vice Chair of Canadiana.org.

Abstract for Session 3 - Assessing the value of LAMs in Canada


Simon Brault

Director and CEO, Canada Council for the Arts


Simon Brault began his five-year term as Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts on June 26, 2014. He comes to the position with a full understanding of his role, having served as Vice-Chair of the Council's Board of Directors from 2004 to 2014.

Mr. Brault has been active in the cultural sector for over 30 years and has been a driving force behind a number of major projects. Notably, as Administrative Director and Director General of the National Theatre School of Canada, he coordinated the ambitious project of restoring Montréal's historic Monument-National.

He has held key positions in national organizations and has participated actively in initiatives such as the Forum d'action des milieux culturels de la Métropole, the steering committee of the Chantier de l'économie sociale, the Montréal Summit, the Rendez-vous novembre 2007 Montréal Métropole culturelle and Agenda 21C de la culture au Québec. An initiator of Journées de la culture, he was also a founding member and Chair of Culture Montréal from 2002 to 2014.

A much sought-after speaker, Mr. Brault has given many speeches at national and international venues addressing the economic and social contributions of the arts and culture.

Abstract for keynote address : Simon Brault


Eric Sze-Lang Chan

Digital Artisan (a.k.a. eepmon)


Eric Chan a.k.a. eepmon, is a Digital Artisan intersecting computer code and drawing. His multidisciplinary creations combine the handmade with digital design.

eepmon saw how the Internet transformed world industries, with art as no exception, and with this he was inspired to become an artist of the Digital Age. "Technology provides a new area for innovators and artists to experiment and develop new modes of creative expression." He sees the computer as an artistic tool, just like the paintbrush, and set out to generate dense, dynamic and beautiful digital graphic compositions that attracted clients like Marvel, Canada Goose, Microsoft Xbox, and more.

Exhibitions include the Library and Archives Canada, Design Exchange Museum, TEDx Toronto, HPGRP Gallery NYC, and the Ottawa Art Gallery. Press features include GQ Magazine France, Highsnobiety, Selectism, JAY-Z's Life+Times, Computer Arts, and Applied Arts.

He has been accepted into artist residencies at The School of Visual Arts in New York City and the Banff Centre. Accolades include the 2015 Design Exchange Museum Emerging Designer Cosentino People's Choice and the Young Alumni Achievement Award at Carleton University. His work has been acquisition into the Canada Council Art Bank.

A former design professor, eepmon is currently a Digital Artist Resident at the Algonquin College Applied Research and Innovation Centre in Ottawa, Canada.

To find out more about our speaker, please visit his website at http://eepmon.com

Abstract for Session 2 - Creativity, innovation and LAM collections


Marie Chapman

Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 


Marie Chapman started her fundraising career in 1991 at Mount Allison University, her alma mater. Since that time, she has worked for Dalhousie University and the IWK Foundation. In 1998, she was Director of Marketing and Development for Pier 21, during the $9 million campaign to open its doors as Canada's Immigration Museum, and she returned to the Pier in 2003 as Chief Operating Officer and Director, Marketing Sales & Development, responsible for the operating revenue side of the business, including fundraising, rentals, marketing and gift shop sales. When Pier 21 was designated a Federal Crown Corporation in 2010, and became the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, she was appointed to her current role as Chief Executive Officer in 2011.

Ms. Chapman has been an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals NS and its predecessor, SFRE. She has served as Board Chair, Awards Chair, and chaired the annual philanthropy conference twice. She is currently invested as the Programming and Outreach Chair of the International Women's Forum – Atlantic Chapter. She has taught several fundraising courses at the Nova Scotia Community College. 

In June of 2007, Ms. Chapman was named "Outstanding Professional Fundraising Executive" by the Atlantic Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is also a proud recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Abstract for Session 1 - Creating value through innovation and non-traditional partnerships


Victoria Dickenson

Independent scholar and consultant


Victoria Dickenson is an independent scholar and consultant. With over 30 years' experience at senior levels in museums and cultural administration, she has an in-depth understanding of contemporary issues and challenges in culture and heritage. A noted historian, she teaches and publishes in the areas of material culture, museum studies, environmental history and cultural geography.

In museums, Dr. Dickenson has worked in both collections and research, as well as public programs, including the development of numerous exhibitions and interpretive projects within the museum community and in the private sector. She is an acknowledged leader in the application of information technology to collections and museum practice, and has a particular interest in inclusive applications. She also works and writes on the relationship between museums and communities, particularly in the related contexts of traditional knowledge, diversity and globalization.

In 2003, Dr. Dickenson was chosen by the Canadian Museums Association as one of the recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, in recognition of her significant contributions to the museum community in Canada. In 2005, she was named a Fellow of the Canadian Museums Association. She is a member of the Acquisitions Committee of Library and Archives Canada, and sits on the editorial board of the journal Museum Management and Curatorship.

Abstract for Session 1 - Creating value through innovation and non-traditional partnerships


Graham Flack

Deputy Minister, Canadian Heritage


Graham Flack became Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage in July 2014, returning to the department where he started as a summer student.

In 1995 Graham joined the Privy Council Office to work on the Quebec referendum campaign, Secession Reference and Clarity Act and became its Director of Strategic and Legal Affairs. Following 9/11, he became Director of Operations responsible for developing and implementing the Canada-US Smart Borders Declaration and Action Plan and for developing Canada's National Security Policy - Securing an Open Society.

From 2010 to 2013, he was Associate Deputy Minister then Acting Deputy Minister at Public Safety Canada whose mandate is to build a safe and resilient Canada by addressing risks such as natural disasters, crime and terrorism.

In 2013 and 2014, Graham was Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Plans and Consultations and Intergovernmental Affairs) at the Privy Council Office.

Graham was the founding chair of the Deputy Minister Committee on Policy Innovation. He is also Deputy Minister Champion for the Federal Youth Network and for Dalhousie University.

He developed and coordinated a government-wide recruitment program which over the last 14 years has attracted hundreds of exceptional Canadians to the federal public service and is a recipient of the Public Service Award of Excellence.

Graham received degrees in political science and economics from Dalhousie and Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He is a former law clerk of the Supreme Court of Canada and graduated with an LL.B. from Dalhousie University and an LL.M. from Harvard University.


Paul Gilbert

President, Calliope Consulting Inc. and past Executive Director, The Bateman Foundation 


Paul Gilbert is President of Calliope Consulting Inc. a family-owned consulting practice.  He is a brand strategy expert with over 40 years experience advising organizations across diverse sectors.

Mr. Gilbert was Executive Director of the Bateman Foundation in Victoria, British Columbia from 2010 to 2015. He created the Foundation for his childhood art teacher – Robert Bateman – raising funds and building The Robert Bateman Centre in Victoria.  Mr. Gilbert acted as Interim Director, Marketing at the Art Gallery of Ontario for a short period after the Frank Gehry renovations.

Mr. Gilbert was CEO of Thruyou.com, a digital philanthropy startup that transformed into Benevity – one of the world's largest web-based employee giving programs. From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Gilbert led the brand shift at Aeroplan becoming its first Vice President, Marketing. Prior to Aeroplan, Mr. Gilbert owned and operated a series of creative agencies in Ottawa, Toronto and Atlantic Canada serving such diverse clients as Bell, Canadian Stage Company, McCain Foods, Mitel, Molsons, the National Arts Centre, Rogers, SunLife, Tourism New Brunswick and TD Bank.

Over 36 cultural organizations have benefited from his pro bono contributions over the years including The Theatre of Early Music, Theatre Passé Muraille, Tarragon, The National Ballet of Canada, Kirov Ballet, Atlantic Theatre Festival and more recently, The Institute of National Museums of Rwanda. Mr. Gilbert has held positions at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and The Owens Art Gallery. He was responsible for the design of The Cape Jourimain Nature Interpretation Centre in New Brunswick. Mr. Gilbert holds a Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mount Allison University.

Abstract for Session 3 - Assessing the value of LAMs in Canada


Sébastien Goupil

Secretary General, Canadian Commission for UNESCO


Prior to joining the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, Sébastien worked for over 12 years in the federal public service, mostly as a leader in policy development. He also spent two years outside the federal government, including as Senior Advisor to Montfort Hospital's CEO. His most recent position was Acting Corporate Secretary and Chief of Staff to the Librarian and Archivist of Canada at Library and Archives Canada.

Between 2010 and 2014, Sébastien was the first man to sit on the executive committee of Status of Women Canada, including as Director General of Policy and External Relations. In this position, he led policy development, research, intergovernmental affairs and international relations. He was also responsible for the government-wide implementation of gender-based analysis, Canada's approach to gender mainstreaming.

Previously, Sébastien worked in Portfolio Affairs at the Department of Canadian Heritage, notably as Director of Policy and Governance where he provided advice on issues relating to one of the largest portfolios of cultural organizations working at arm's length from government. During his tenure, he focused on the long-term sustainability of national cultural institutions, in particular Canada's national museums.

Sébastien holds both a Master's and a Bachelor's degree in history from the Université du Québec à Montréal. His specialization is in Ancient Greek history and Antiquity. He is married and has two daughters.


Charlotte Gray

Biographer, historian and author


Charlotte Gray is one of Canada's best-known biographers and historians, and author of 10 acclaimed books of literary non-fiction. Her most recent bestseller is The Promise of Canada: 150 Years—People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country. She is also the author of The Massey Murder, which won or was nominated for most major Canadian non-fiction awards.

Ms. Gray's award-winning bestseller Reluctant Genius: Alexander Graham Bell and the Passion for Invention is currently in production as a television miniseries. The television miniseries Klondike, broadcast on Discovery Channel in Canada and the United States in January 2014, was based on Charlotte's 2010 award-winning bestseller Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike. Gold Diggers is also the basis for a PBS documentary.

Born in Sheffield, United Kingdom, and educated at Oxford University and the London School of Economics, Ms. Gray worked as a political commentator, book reviewer and magazine columnist before she turned to biography and popular history. An adjunct research professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, she holds five honorary degrees and is a member of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. A regular guest on television and radio programs, she lives in Ottawa with her husband, George Anderson, and has three sons.

Abstract for Keynote Address: Making History in 2017


Chris Kitzan

Director General, Canada Aviation and Space Museum


Currently Director General of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Chris Kitzan has a wealth of policy and program experience in the public service, including most recently as Chief of Staff at Library and Archives Canada. The majority of his career, however, has been spent developing programs, exhibitions and publications for cultural organizations such as the Canadian Museum of Civilization (now the Canadian Museum of History) and the Diefenbaker Canada Centre.


Derek Kwan

Actor, filmmaker


Derek Kwan is an actor, creator and food eater from Vancouver, British Columbia. He has a bachelor's degree in Communications and Marketing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. However, since graduation he has taken his career in a more creative pathway. His documentary film Taste of Identity was made with the help of the resources available at the Vancouver Public Library's Inspiration Lab. Taste of Identity was the winner of Best Canadian Short and Best Documentary at the 2015 Canada Shorts Film Festival. The film was also a 2015 Official Selection at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival, where it was nominated for Best Canadian Short. As a result of the success of the film, Mr. Kwan was one of 15 filmmakers from across Canada invited to the CBC Development Workshop for Diverse Creators this past September. His current projects all revolve around creation: from a documentary film exploring a 211-year-old sake brewery in rural Japan, to chronicling food travels on YouTube, to an upcoming piece with CBC Arts.


Abstract for Session 2 - Creativity, innovation and LAM collections


Patrice Landry

Management Support Officer, Swiss National Library


Patrice Landry is a Canadian who has been employed at the Swiss National Library since 1996, where he is currently the Management Support Officer. He is principally responsible for statistics, evaluation and standards. He is the current Chair of the Swiss Standards Association's National Committee INB NK 104 for ISO TC 46. He was head of the Subject Indexing service from 1996 to 2012.

Prior to moving to Switzerland, Patrice Landry held various management positions at the Library and Archives Canada and at the Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions (CIHM).

Patrice Landry has represented the Swiss National Library in IFLA since 1998, notably as Chair of the Committee on Standards (2011-2015) and as a member of the IFLA Governing Board (2007-2011). He has published and presented in the areas of subject indexing, multilingual subject access, library value, and library standards. His current research interest is in the field of library assessment and value. He holds Masters degrees from McGill University and University of Ottawa and is currently a PhD candidate at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Abstract for Interactive session: Setting the context


Donna Livingstone

President and CEO, Glenbow Museum 


Donna Livingstone took over duties as President and CEO of Glenbow on May 8th, 2013. Donna has impressive experience in leading change in western Canadian arts and cultural organizations. She is well known in the Calgary community and has a deep understanding of Glenbow from her experience as Vice President of Programs and Exhibitions in the 1990s and from her role as a member of Glenbow's Board of Directors where she chaired the Collections and Access Committee.

Donna came to Glenbow from the University of Calgary where she served as the new Director of Cultural and Community Programs with Libraries and Cultural Resources. In this position, she explored ways in which to engage the campus and Calgary communities with bold programs that showcase the rich digital resources of the new Taylor Family Digital Library, the Nickle Galleries, and the diverse collections of Libraries and Cultural Resources.

Donna joined the University of Calgary in 2008 as Director of the University of Calgary Press. Under her leadership, the Press initiated a new vision of "Making a difference. Making you think." and is now playing a leading role in open access publishing. Under her leadership, the Press was named Alberta Book Publisher of the Year in 2012. Donna was appointed President of the Book Publishers' Association of Alberta the same year.

Abstract for keynote address : Donna Livingstone 


John McAvity

Executive Director, Canadian Museums Association


John G. McAvity has served as the Executive Director of the Canadian Museums Association since 1981. He was born in Saint John, is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick and a certified Association Executive. In February 2016, he was inducted into the Order of Canada by the Governor General for his contributions to preserving Canada's cultural heritage. In 2007, Mr. McAvity received an honorary doctorate of letters from the University of New Brunswick. He is also a recipient of the Queen's Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals, and in October 2016 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Mr. McAvity has wide experience in the heritage sector, including working at Kings Landing Historical Settlement, the New Brunswick Museum, the Canadian Inventory of Historic Buildings and the Ontario Museum Association. He is a founder of the Association Museums New Brunswick. Mr. McAvity is active with the International Council of Museums, and serves on LAC's national stakeholders' forum. He loves gardening, collecting Canadian art, and odd antiques such as fire hydrants and hardware. He lives in a heritage home in Ottawa and in another in Rothesay, New Brunswick


Danielle McDonald

Chief Executive Officer, Ottawa Public Library


As the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ottawa Public Library (OPL), Danielle McDonald provides strategic leadership and guidance in the administration of the OPL's departments, programs and services in accordance with policies and plans established by the Board of Directors. In her capacity as CEO, she is a member of the City of Ottawa's Senior Management Committee and the Order of Ottawa Selection Committee, and represents the OPL on a number of industry committees, including the Canadian Urban Libraries Council, Urban Libraries Council and Chief Executives of Large Public Libraries of Ontario.

Since joining the OPL in January 2009, Ms. McDonald has led significant initiatives in library facilities planning and development, including the delivery of $5.75 million in renovations and new construction of branches; business services, where she was responsible for OPL budgets, finance and risk management; and public services in 18 OPL branches, including all those serving Ottawa's rural communities.

Ms. McDonald holds a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies, Honours, in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo. Her educational background is complemented by more than 25 years of management experience, including strategic planning, finance, human resources and technology with the City of Ottawa and the OPL.

Serving more than 900,000 residents, the OPL helps to build a strong, vibrant and sustainable community by supporting literacy and lifelong learning, fostering inspiration and enjoyment, and connecting people to each other and the world.


Robert McIntosh

Director General, Government Records Branch, Library and Archives Canada


Robert McIntosh has been Director General of the Government Records Branch of Library and Archives Canada (LAC) since April 2016.  He previously held a range of positions at LAC in private sector acquisition, preservation, stewardship, and public services. He started his career at LAC in 1992 as the archivist responsible for military records.

He has published widely in the fields of archival science and history.  His article "The Great War, Archives, and Modern Memory" received the W. Kaye Lamb Award in 1999.  His book, Boys in the Pits: Child Labour in Coal Mines, was published by McGill-Queen's University Press in 2000.  From 2004 to 2007, he was General Editor of Archivaria: The Journal of the Canadian Association of Archivists, during which time he oversaw the roll-out of e-Archivaria.

Prior to his arrival at Library and Archives Canada, he studied at the universities of Alberta, Strasbourg, Carleton and Ottawa.


Mark O'Neill

President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Museum of History


Mark O'Neill is President and Chief Executive Officer of the federal Crown Corporation that operates the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum, Canada's national museums of human and military history. The corporation also operates the Canadian Children's Museum, the Virtual Museum of New France and the Virtual Museum of Canada.

Mr. O'Neill has led these museums since June 2011, when he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation. Under his leadership, the museums have placed new emphasis on telling the comprehensive story of Canada and its people from ancient times to the present day.

A native of Toronto, Mr. O'Neill grew up in Ottawa and attended Carleton University, where he studied political science and Canadian studies. He is a community volunteer in Ottawa and was presented with the Mayor's City Builder Award in 2013. This honour recognized his outstanding community service and public advocacy, which led to the 9-1-1 emergency phone number, an advanced-care paramedic system and mandatory cardiopulmonary resuscitation training in local schools.

Abstract for Interactive session: Setting the context


John Roberts

Chief Privacy Officer and Archivist of Ontario 


John Roberts is the Chief Privacy Officer and Archivist of Ontario, at the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services since September 2015.

He has over 25 years of experience ranging from operational, policy and senior leadership roles to government information management and e-government initiatives, primarily working at Archives New Zealand.

His extensive knowledge of information management and privacy protection has contributed to his numerous achievements, which include successfully creating and leading the policy design and implementation of new public recordkeeping legislation in New Zealand; supporting the integration of Archives New Zealand, the National Library of New Zealand and the Department of Internal Affairs; and leading strategic engagement with New Zealand state sector agencies to support their involvement with the Government Chief Information Officer and Government Chief Privacy Officer.

His enthusiasm for archives and recordkeeping, and his passion for improving public service through customer-centred information management, began during a student internship position at Archives New Zealand while completing an MA in medieval German at Victoria University of Wellington.

Mr. Roberts has also held leadership roles in a number of professional associations. He has been active in international initiatives, and has published and presented widely within New Zealand and internationally. He holds an MA from Victoria University of Wellington, and a Master's in Information Management and Systems from Monash University in Australia.

Abstract for Session 3 - Assessing the value of LAMs in Canada


Maureen Sawa

Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Victoria Public Library


An award-winning librarian, Maureen Sawa was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Victoria Public Library in 2010. She had previously served for eight years as Director, Public Services at the Hamilton Public Library. There she developed and implemented the spectacular Central Library renovation project, an innovative partnership with the Hamilton Farmers' Market. 

Ms. Sawa began her library career in her hometown of Kitchener, Ontario, and received a Master of Information Studies from the University of Toronto in 1999. As a firm believer in the essential role that public libraries play in building community, Ms. Sawa is known for her collaborative and non-traditional approach to library service and for her pioneering work with cross-sector partnership initiatives.

A former children's librarian, Ms. Sawa is the author of two critically acclaimed children's books, The Library Book, which has been translated into Spanish, Japanese and Korean, and Car Smarts (co-authored with Phil Edmonston, the creator of the iconic Lemonaid Car Guide series). Ms. Sawa has spoken at numerous library conferences, forums and leadership events across Canada, and was a featured presenter for the City of Victoria's inaugural TEDxMileZero series. She has published articles on library programming and partnerships, and is particularly known for her popular 12 Habits of Highly Successful Librarians presentations.

In 2015, Ms. Sawa was awarded a prestigious Victoria Leadership Award, the United Way Greater Victoria Award for Collaboration and Partnership, in recognition of the more than 100 community partnerships developed by the Greater Victoria Public Library.

Abstract for Session 1 - Creating value through innovation and non-traditional partnerships


Paul Takala

Chief Librarian and CEO, Hamilton Public Library


Paul Takala is currently the Chief Librarian/CEO of the Hamilton Public Library. He held several technology leadership positions at the Hamilton Public Library before becoming Chief Librarian/CEO in 2012. Paul graduated from the University of Toronto with his Masters of Library Science in 1994. Prior to working at HPL Paul worked for The New York Public Library. In 2006 Paul was named the public librarian of the year for the province of Ontario. Paul is currently the Chair of the Canadian Urban Library Council (CULC) and Co-Chair of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA). Paul is an active member of the Rotary Club of Hamilton and is a 2015 recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship Award.


Andrew Tessler

Associate Director, Oxford Economics 


Andrew Tessler is a dual Australian/United Kingdom national who joined Oxford Economics (U.K.) in July 2007, moving to Oxford Economics (Australia) in July 2015. He has some 19 years' experience as an economist, including 4 years at the New South Wales Treasury and 7 at Booz & Co., Australia (now PwC Strategy&). Mr. Tessler's work has covered a diverse range of sectors, including the arts, environment, law enforcement, transport and health. His work has included economic appraisals, valuations, rate of return studies, market analysis and program reviews.

Mr. Tessler was educated at the University of Sydney, where he majored in Economics and Government, graduating with first class honours, and at the University of New South Wales, where he earned a Master of Commerce (Econometrics and Marketing). He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Transport Management (Economics) from the University of Sydney, is a past joint winner of the AC Nielsen (Australia) prize in Market Research, and received a Graduate Diploma in Finance and Investment from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia/Kaplan.

Mr. Tessler is a member of the Economic Society of Australia and of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. He is also a patron of Sydney's annual Sculpture by the Sea installation art exhibition.

Abstract for keynote address : Andrew Tessler


Michael Wallace

Executive Director, Theatre Museum Canada 


Michael Wallace is the Executive Director of Theatre Museum Canada, a charity that seeks to preserve, explore and celebrate Canada's performing arts heritage. This small museum now serves its audience with online initiatives, pop-up exhibits and public learning events. Planning is under way for a new 10,000 square foot facility in the heart of Toronto's Entertainment District. Mr. Wallace worked in theatre as a freelance stage manager for 10 years, including plays at the National Arts Centre, Stratford Festival, Blyth Festival, Canadian Stage, Soulpepper and Crow's Theatre. He toured the Maritimes with Theatre New Brunswick, Neptune Theatre and Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. He graduated with a BA in Theatre Studies from the University of King's College and with an MBA from the Schulich School of Business with specializations in arts and non-profit management.

Abstract for Session 2 - Creativity, innovation and LAM collections


Liz White

Head of Strategy Development, British Library 


Liz White joined the British Library as Head of Strategy Development in 2013, following more than a decade in the Civil Service of the United Kingdom. 

Ms. White is a member of the British Library's Strategic Leadership Team. She worked with the Chief Executive to publish Living Knowledge: The British Library 2015–2023, which set out the Library's mission to make our intellectual heritage available to everyone for research, inspiration and enjoyment. She also led the development of the Living Knowledge Network, a new partnership that includes 21 major public libraries, the National Library of Scotland and the National Library of Wales. 

Ms. White is a Trustee of the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She has an MA in English Literature from Durham University and an MBA from Imperial College London.

Abstract for Session 1 - Creating value through innovation and non-traditional partnerships


Pam Wright

Chief Innovation Officer, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)


Ms. Wright is the first Chief Innovation Officer at the U.S. National Archives. As such, she is responsible for igniting innovation projects across the Agency as well as formulating and implementing NARA's strategic direction for providing online public access to NARA holdings. She directs an office with 70 staff members, who work in the divisions for digitization, digital engagement, project management, the Innovation Hub, and lifecycle authorities and standards.

She leads the Agency's social media, online catalog, digitization, and web services programs.  She is the Agency's representative to the White House Inter-Agency Open Government Working Group and was recently named as co-chair. She and her staff chair numerous cross-office working groups at the National Archives, including the Innovation Council, the Digital Governance Board, the Social Media Working Group, the Open Government Working Group, and the Online Public Access Integrated Project Team, which have been responsible for launching ground-breaking digital projects across the agency.

She holds degrees in English and history from the University of Montana, and was a staff historian and lead researcher for a private consulting firm before joining the National Archives.

Abstract for Session 2 - Creativity, innovation and LAM collections

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