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Board

Kelly Eyamie

President

Kelly works at the Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum. Kelly holds a BFAH in Fine Arts from Queens University. She is a communications and marketing specialist with over 15 years of experience in the cultural sector. She specializes in marketing, business development, revenue generation strategy development, fundraising, and web and social media development.

Kelly currently serves on the Membership Committee for the West Ottawa Board of Trade, the Ottawa Museum Network Marketing Committee, and represents the Diefenbunker Museum at Ottawa Tourism. In her spare time, Kelly spends time creating art, and exploring our vibrant city with her family.

Julie Leclair

Past President

Julie works with the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation.  She holds a BA in Urban Geography and Cultural Anthropology from McGill University, as well as a diploma in Applied Museum Studies from Algonquin College.  Julie found her love of everything culture and heritage after taking a course on material culture.  She has worked in the museum field for over 13 years and is currently working in strategic and corporate planning, in addition to being a certified PMP (Project Management Professional).

Julie has also been involved with Girl Guides of Canada for nearly 20 years.

Justin Labelle

Treasurer

Justin works for the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) as their Corporate Services Manager. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a specialization in accounting from the University of Ottawa and is currently working towards his CPA designation.  Upon graduating in 2012, Justin went to work for the finance department of Centretown Community Health Centre in Ottawa. He has remained in the non-profit sector since joining CAUBO, where is currently responsible for their accounting, reporting, information technology, human resources, and operational support.

 

Jim Dean

Director

Jim is the Creative Director of Haunted Walks Inc., Canada’s largest walking tour company offering experiences in Ottawa, Kingston and Toronto, Ontario. He holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario and an MA in Film Studies from Carleton University. For the past 15 years he has lead product innovation and marketing initiatives for The Haunted Walk. This includes, the popular “Haunted Talks” podcast he hosts, and the hours of video content he has produced. Jim is also the owner of James Dean Creative, which offers consulting services in the areas of marketing, innovation and customer service.

 

David Dean

Director

David Dean, Professor of History at Carleton University, holds a BA and MA from Auckland, a PhD from Cambridge, and came to Ottawa after teaching for over a decade at the University of London, England. Co-ordinator of Carleton’s MA in Public History, David teaches a variety of courses on public history, museums, and performance and facilitates the undergraduate practicum and graduate internship programmes.

Co-Director of Carleton’s Centre for Public History, he is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Theatre, University of Ottawa, and a member of the steering committee of the International Federation for Public History. David is a long-time activist with the Workers’ History Museum and currently leads their Ottawa 2017 Arts, Culture, and Heritage Investment Program project, Capital History Kiosks.

Teigan Goldsmith

Director

Teigan Goldsmith works at the Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator. She oversees all social media, marketing, advertising and communications needs as well as provides tours of the facility.

She has a BAH in History from Trent University and a Graduate Diploma in Museum Management and Curatorial Studies from Fleming College. The Diefenbunker Museum is her first job out of school since graduating in 2019 and is looking forward to working in Ottawa’s heritage sector for many years to come.

Heather Leroux

Director

Heather is an emerging cultural heritage professional who currently works as an Archives Technician and Research Coordinator at Archives and Research Collections in the Carleton University Library. Her main responsibilities include overseeing the archive’s refugee collections, managing an oral history project, and creating archival exhibits.

Heather is a graduate of Carleton University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, and a Master of Arts in Canadian Studies with focus in Heritage Conservation. Her interests include intangible cultural heritage, cultural landscapes, and architectural history.

André Mersereau

Director

André is the owner of Chapter One, a design and production company that specializes in conceptualizing, designing, and delivering exhibit experiences. By blending business requirements with form and function, he offers well-designed solutions that target and engage audiences. With a strong connection to Ottawa’s cultural community, he hopes to maximize the CHC’s stakeholder engagement by building stronger partnerships.

Cindy Stelmackowich

Director

Cindy Stelmackowich is an artist, curator, and academic. She has a BA and BFA from the University of Saskatchewan, MA focusing in Cultural Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies from Carleton University, and Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Art from Binghamton University, New York. She has a studio at the Enriched Bread Artists in Ottawa, and her artworks have been exhibited across Canada, the United States, and Europe in solo and group exhibitions.

As a museum professional, Cindy has developed innovative curatorial projects that often feature historical artifacts. She has planned exhibitions for the Canada Science and Technology Museum, Canadian Museum of Nature, Bytown Museum, Canadian Consulate in New York, as well as for contemporary art galleries, including the Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Carleton University Art Gallery, Enriched Bread Artists, and Artists Space in New York City.