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Britt Braaten

President

Britt is the Acting Advisor, Strategic Planning of Exhibitions at the Canadian Museum of History.  She holds a Master of Museum Studies and a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Arts & Science from McMaster University.  Her passion for cultural heritage was ignited as a student intern at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne, Australia.  Since then, she has put this into practice, developing exhibitions, programs and online offerings with the Multicultural History Society of Ontario (Toronto), the Canada Science and Technology Museum and the Canadian War Museum.  Her work focuses on exhibition storytelling, as well as promoting accessibility and inclusion in museums.  Britt comes to the Board as a strong believer in the importance of collaboration and mutual support within the heritage sector. She served as CHC|CPC secretary in 2020-21 and President in 2021-22.

 

Skylee-Storm Hogan-Stacey

Vice – President 

Skylee-Storm Hogan-Stacey (they/them) is an Indigenous public historian whose research focuses on Indigenous archival practice, residential schools, and Kahnawá:ke history. They have published in various journals and books and presented at national and international conferences on these research areas. Skylee-Storm is a Historian with Know History based out of what is now known as Ottawa, Ontario, on the unceded territories of the Algonquin. During their time with Know History’s Ottawa office, Skylee-Storm has worked on large and small projects, including oral history and documentary film, focusing on Indigenous clients and their father’s community in Kahnawá:ke. After their early experiences working with the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre, Skylee-Storm has become an advocate for critiquing power dynamics in heritage and settler Canadian historical narratives. Their forthcoming book with Krista McCracken, Decolonial Archival Futures, continues this work.

 

Patricia Grimshaw

Treasurer

Patricia is an Exhibitions Project Manager at the Canadian War Museum. She holds a Master of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto, a Master of Arts in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, and a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University. Her passion for museums began at a young age and continued right up to her first job in the field as Assistant Curator of the Fort Frederick Museum in Kingston (Ontario), and then as Curator of the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum in London (Ontario) before joining the Canadian War Museum in 2002.

Since then, she has continued to develop and implement numerous temporary exhibitions and online offerings, as well as traveling exhibitions and updates to the permanent galleries. Her work focuses on taking an exhibition proposal and turning it into reality, all the while keeping the project on track and on budget, resulting in the best visitor experience possible for today’s CWM audiences.

 

Elizabeth Hale

Director

Elizabeth is a Technical Project Manager at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (History) from Carleton University, a Diploma in Museum Studies, and Certificate in Project Management from Algonquin College. She has worked in the museum and heritage field for 25 years as an Exhibition Project Manager and Collections Manager including time at the National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Museum of History, Canadian War Museum, Library and Archives Canada and the Canada Science and Technology Museum. She has also worked as a consultant for the Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin / Algonquin Way Cultural Centre and the Arnprior & District Museum.

Elizabeth has been a part-time Professor for the Algonquin College Applied Museum Studies program for the past 7 years and enjoys teaching and mentoring the next generation of heritage professionals. As a member of CHC|CPC, she hopes to continue this important work by helping the organization grow its membership, heritage networking opportunities and programming.

 

 

Emmanuel Hogg

Director

A PhD in History from Carleton University, Emmanuel is passionate about the value of historical knowledge and public communication. Emmanuel has over ten years’ experience as an educator—as a sessional instructor at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa—and in scholarly publishing—as an editor and director of academic journals. He has worked as an editor and director for the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, as the book review editor, and as managing editor Histoire sociale / Social History. He is the current Executive Director of Histoire sociale / Social History’s parent non-profit independent publisher. He also served as the managing editor of the University of Ottawa Press. In 2017, Emmanuel was elected as the President-elect of the Canadian Association of Learned Journals (CALJ). He has since been a vocal advocate on behalf of members to federal funding agencies, government departments, and other important stakeholders in the scholarly publishing industry, serving on several boards and advisory committees. Emmanuel hopes to serve the heritage community, something he holds dearly, with similar enthusiasm and commitment.

 

Keely McCavitt

Director

Keely McCavitt is a historical researcher and media coordinator for Ottawa historical research firm Know History. She has a BA in Studio art, as well as an MA in Art history with a focus on museum studies, both from the University of Western Ontario. She worked at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC as a collections management intern and worked abroad in Iziko Museums South Africa to develop an MOU between institutions regarding the repatriation of Ancestral remains, while based out of Cape Town, SA.

She relocated to the capital region in 2018 to join the team at Know History and fell in love with the rich history of the area.Her most recent work involves oral history interviews and projects, as well as traditional Knowledge and Land use studies. Keely also loves filming and editing documentary footage and audio, lending her technical knowledge to both professional and creative projects.

 

Kyola Fakah

Director

Kyola Fakah is a dynamic professional with expertise in Human Resource Management, Administration, and Client Service Management in both public and private sectors spanning 15 years.

he has a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) and is a member of the Human Resource Professional Association with a keen interest in managing projects. Kyola’s passion for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the workplace and in the society at large motivates her continuous learning in this field.

As a Human Resource Generalist with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, she has carried out a variety of mandates related but not limited to recruitment and selection, training and development, employee relations, as well as compensation and classification.

Kyola has travelled globally and has lived in Nigeria and the UK. In her spare time, she enjoys road trips, gardening, and DIY projects. She also loves to write and has a growing interest in interior design.