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Jim Dean

A/President

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.

Kelly Eyamie

Past 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.

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.

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.

Kimberley MacDonald

Director

Kimberley is a Learning Design Specialist for the Government of Canada. She holds a Masters of Education and Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ryerson University. Prior this this, she was the Program Manager for the Capital Heritage Connexion (CHC). Throughout her time working for the CHC, she had the opportunity to work with and learn about its valued members. She worked to develop meaningful networking and training programs, such as the pilot Capital Heritage Mentorship Program, as well as other important events such as Heritage Day and Bytown Days. Kimberley is pleased to be back to serve as a Board Member and hopes to further strengthen the connection amongst the heritage sector.