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Catherine Lindquist

Executive Director

Catherine brings her love of Canada’s Capital –past, present and future- to the helm of the Capital Heritage Connexion (CHC), as well as her extensive experience in strategic policy, planning, project and event management; partnership development; and marketing and communications.

A Senior Advisor to a past Mayor of Ottawa, she now serves on the current Mayor’s Heritage Matters Taskforce.

Catherine is a co-founder of the Ottawa Cultural Alliance comprised of six organizations, including the CHC, presently developing a Cultural RoadMap for Ottawa 2019-2022. She is also a member of the Ottawa Cultural Tourism Working Group. In her capacity as a past Vice President, Industry Development with Ottawa’s tourism & convention authority, Catherine worked to elevate the profile of and advance the industry and such niche sectors as heritage, culture, festivals and rural tourism. She was a key contributor to the development of the Ottawa 20/20 Arts and Heritage Plan for the City of Ottawa.

Catherine/the CHC was pleased to co-steward the Ottawa 2017 Arts, Culture and Heritage Investment Program that funded fourteen sesquicentennial projects.

Throughout her career and as a volunteer, Catherine has worked with a diverse range of Ottawa culture, arts, festival, business, main street, community, health and sports organization Boards, Committees and initiatives.

She is excited to be working with and on behalf of CHC Members and the heritage community who, together, continue to steward and showcase the rich tapestry that is Ottawa’s heritage.



Meghan Walsh

Program Manager

Meghan is joining the Connex team as our new Program Manager.  She is excited to bring her love of heritage and passion for advocacy to the Ottawa heritage sector.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Anthropological Archaeology from Trent University and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Museum Management and Curatorship from Fleming College.

Meghan has experience in Alberta and Ontario, having traveled to Banff, Alberta to intern in collections & archives at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.  She later accepted two other positions there:  Collections Management Coordinator for the Alpine Club of Canada Library Collection, and was the first to take on the role of Digital Content Coordinator.  While in Alberta she was also fortunate to participate in Travel Alberta’s 2018 SHiFT Experiential Training program which brings industry professionals together to workshop new and innovative ways to transform products into experiences.  In Ontario, she has worked at the Greater Sudbury Museums, the City of Kingston, and at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO) in various capacities. 

She currently sits on the Group of Ontario Emerging Museum Professionals Committee (GOEMP), working with like minded colleagues to support Ontario EMPs in their budding careers.

Meghan looks forward to collaborating with Members and finding creative ways to advocate for the heritage sector in Ottawa. 



Melissa Oswald

Communications Coordinator

Melissa is joining our team as our new Communications Coordinator.  She brings with her a passion for building an ever more vibrant and creative Capital region.  Melissa completed her Bachelor of Design at Ryerson University, where she also studied communications and marketing.  Throughout her studies, she volunteered as a writer for The Eye Opener, and at Toronto Fashion Week.

Melissa has been an active member in Ottawa’s arts and cultural sector since 2014 in a wide breadth of areas including:  apparel design, graphic design, UX/web design, marketing, and event planning.  She has collaborated with many local artists, entrepreneurs, and businesses to develop, execute, and maintain their unique creative visions.

She looks forward to implementing innovative solutions to promote the initiatives of CHC’s members, and continuing her work in Ottawa’s heritage and cultural communities.



Sam Gardiner

Projects Coordinator

Originally from the UK, Sam has lived in Ottawa for nearly three years. He is a student of linguistics, specialising in historical sociolinguistics, and is currently studying for his PhD at the University of Ottawa. He has an MA in English Language and Linguistics from the University of Sheffield, and a BA in English Language from the University of Chester.

As a former beneficiary of the Capital Heritage Connexion Mentorship Programme, Sam is excited to be able to see things from the other side of the river, and give back to the organisation that supported him early on in his Canadian adventure. He began his mentorship mere days after arriving in Canada, and found it to be an amazing introduction to the city, the country, its culture and its heritage. Sam is a big supporter of social responsibility, and preserving and promoting local heritage is a key aspect of this.