President & CEO, Canadian Museum of Nature
On June 6, 2011, Meg Beckel began her five-year appointment as President & CEO of the Canadian Museum of Nature. In December 2015, her appointment was extended another five years. Beckel leads a team of passionate and committed individuals dedicated to the museum’s vision to inspire understanding and respect for nature. Prior to joining the Museum Meg was Vice-President, External Relations at the University of Waterloo for four years and Chief Operating Officer of the Royal Ontario Museum for nine years.
Interim Creative Director, Design Exchange
Nina Boccia is the Interim Creative Director at Design Exchange (DX) in Toronto, where she leads the programming, development, and marketing teams. She is responsible for developing engaging, educational, and financially viable public and education programs that demonstrate the transformational power of design, innovation, and technology to change the world for the better for everyone. Prior to joining DX, Nina was an associate editor at Azure magazine and managing editor of its sister magazine Designlines, where she wrote about design, architecture, and culture in Toronto, Canada, and across the globe.
Senior Consultant, KCI Philanthropy
Allison Bone is a seasoned development professional with over 20 years’ experience in the areas of annual and major giving, campaign management, strategic planning and organizational development. Currently she is working on a variety of projects in the area of organizational capacity assessment and revenue generation planning. In this capacity, she has worked on assignments for organizations in the health care, social services, cultural and education sectors. Clients in the cultural sector include ROM Governors, Stratford Festival, National Arts Centre Foundation, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Telefilm Canada, THEMUSEUM, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Winnipeg Art Gallery.
Director, Haliburton Highlands Museum
Kate has been Director of the Haliburton Highlands Museum since 2013. Prior to that, she worked in a variety of roles in the heritage sector in both Ireland and across Canada. A folklorist by trade, she has taught at both Memorial University in Newfoundland and Cape Breton University and has conducted fieldwork in countries from Jamaica to Morocco and beyond. Kate attended AltCon as a delegate in 2018.
Director, Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, OCAD University
Zev Farber is the founding Director of the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada. He is an experienced leader and entrepreneur who has spent the past 18 years working in higher education and the arts & culture sector. His background includes professional development, creative technologies, strategic program development & implementation, teaching, fundraising and leading change. Zev is passionate about art and design, highly collaborative teams and creating impact through meaningful outcomes. He holds an MFA in visual art from York University and an undergraduate degree from U of T.
Senior Consultant, Lord Cultural Resources
Sarah Hill is a Senior Consultant within the Management Consulting team at Lord Cultural Resources. Sarah’s core competencies include visitor experience design, public engagement, program planning, strategic development, feasibility studies, and business planning. With the rise of digital technologies, Sarah has taken a particular interest in helping museums to develop a new visitor experience that seamlessly transitions between physical and virtual, and is a company leader in thinking and planning ‘digitally’. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and International Business from McGill University, Montreal and a Master of Arts with distinction from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh in Arts and Culture Management.
Manager and Curator, M.S Norgoma – St Mary’s River Marine Heritage Centre
William has a Bachelor in Fine Arts – Sculpture/Installation Art from the Ontario College of Art and Design University and he has recently completed a Certificate in Museum Studies with the Ontario Museum Association, and has working in museums and galleries for 7 years taking on a variety of roles and responsibilities. Having relocated to Sault Ste. Marie, his hometown, from the Greater Toronto Area, Will is now the volunteer Manager & Curator for the M.S Norgoma as well as works fulltime within museums in Sault Ste. Marie. Will Hollingshead sits as the Chair for the North Shore Cultural Attractions Network and the Vice Chair for the Group of Ontario Emerging Museum Professionals.
Senior Human Resources Consultant and Leadership Coach, Hyatt Human Capital Solutions
An experienced Human Resources Executive, Suzanne has spent her career working with entrepreneurs, founders and leaders of scaling organizations. Suzanne is experienced in human capital strategy development, developing talent attraction and retention strategies, employee engagement strategies, and managing organizational change and transformation efforts. Prior to her personal consultancy, Suzanne was Vice President, People and Culture with Axonify, where she was responsible for establishing a leading human capital function and team in a fast growth organization. Suzanne is a member and active contributor of Forbes Human Resource Council, is an active HR leadership mentor and acts in an advisory capacity for many early stage technology businesses.
Manager, Individual Giving, CIFAR
Mimosa is a fundraising professional with experience in relationship-building and event management. She holds a BA honours degree in Global Development Studies and History from Queen's University, and post-graduate certificates from Humber College in Fundraising Management and the University of Leicester in Mass Communications. She is also a bookworm, pop culture enthusiast, wannabe globetrotter and sometimes blogger.
Society Administrator, Niagara Historical Society & Museum
Amy Klassen has been the Society Administrator at the Niagara Historical Society & Museum in Niagara-on-the-Lake since 2006. She holds an Honours BA in Anthropology from the University of Guelph and a Post-Graduate diploma in Human Resource Management from Niagara College. As Society Administrator she is responsible for financial administration, public relations, member services, volunteer coordination, event management and program development. She is currently Acting Managing Director.
Interpretive Services Coordinator, Halton Region Heritage Services
Meredith Leonard is currently the Interpretive Services Coordinator at Halton Region Heritage Services. She has championed (small) museum-community collaborations in her previous work as the Education and Community Relations Officer at Museum of Ontario Archaeology; Curator for Marketing, Programming and Exhibitions at Fort Erie Museum Services; and Visitor Services Coordinator at the St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre. Meredith holds a Master of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto and a Master of Science in Adolescence Education from D'Youville College. She currently teaches in the Ontario Museum Association Certificate in Museum Studies program, sits on the Board of Directors for the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre and was a 2015 fellow in the Getty Leadership Institute's NextGen Program.
VP Programs, Events & Commercial Services, Royal Ontario Museum
Connie lead two sessions at AltCon 2019: Cultural Creativity: Access, Experience and Engagement and Mission and Money: Your Museum’s USP.
RBC Olympian, Sledge Hockey
As the youngest member of the Men’s National Sledge Hockey Team, Tyler’s skill and spirit helped Canada capture gold at the 2013 World Championships in Goyang, South Korea. After competing for Team Canada in his first Paralympic Games, he became a bronze medallist at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. Tyler was named assistant captain during the 2014-2015 season, helping Canada capture a silver medal at the 2015 World Championships. Tyler will share his inspiring story with AltCon!
Campus Talent & Operations Specialist, North Inc.
Caitlin received her BA and MA in History from Wilfrid Laurier University before joining North (formerly Thalmic Labs) in 2016. Since then, she’s become an advocate for non-linear career paths into the tech industry, diversity and inclusion, and community engagement. She is also the founder of My Tech Wardrobe, an instagram account about navigating casual dress codes in the workplace.
President, Murphy Hospitality Group
Kevin is the Owner, Founder, and President of the Murphy Hospitality Group. Kevin graduated with a BBA from UPEI in 1979 and opened his first restaurant in 1980. Murphy Hospitality Group has grown to include 14 food and beverage operations, 2 boutique hotels, and the Prince Edward Island Brewing Company. Most recently, Kevin became a partner in CannaIsland Inc, an Island based Cannabis company that specializes in cannabis events, beverages, and tourism. Murphy Hospitality Group was based on these basic principles – friendly & knowledgeable staff, great food & beer, clean & comfortable locations, and providing an extraordinary experience. 38 years later, he still stands by this.
Style CoachTM and Owner, Wear Out There
Christina Proctor is a certified Style CoachTM with the International Association of Style CoachesTM. She works one-on-one with individuals to develop their personal style, dress according to their body shape, lifestyle and personality and hosts group workshops on style, personal image, and personal branding topics. Christina was born and raised in Waterloo Region and is an avid supporter of shopping local. To learn more about Christina and her business, Wear Out There, please visit: www.wearoutthere.ca.
Branch Manager, RBC
Adam has been with RBC for 8 years in many different roles. Currently he is the Branch Manager at the Fairway & Lackner location in Kitchener. He considers it a privilege to be able to represent RBC in the Community. In his spare time he enjoy sports, the outdoors and time with family.
Senior Consultant, Lord Cultural Resources
Christina Sjoberg is a Senior Consultant in the Exhibition Studio. She creates interpretive plans that present and organize content in interesting and thought provoking ways. Christina’s ability to understand the needs of both the client and the audience ensures that the right balance between information and learning is met. Christina holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, where she completed an Honours degree in Psychology and specialized in learning and is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) candidate with the Human Resources Professionals Association. Her passion for human resources, teaching and coordinating educational programs for all ages has brought Christina around the world.