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.
Annie holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Université du Québec à Chicoutimi and a bachelor’s degree with a major in Museum Studies and a minor in Education from Université du Québec en Outaouais. After starting her career in Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean at the Centre Historique des Soeurs de Notre-Dame-Du-Bon-Conseil and the Centre d’histoire Sir-William-Price, she worked in multiple heritage organizations and museums in the National Capital Region like the Canadian Museums Association, the City of Gatineau, Parks Canada and the Mackenzie King Estate.
Passionate about the environment, citizen involvement and literature, she is also interested in education in heritage contexts, especially school visits in museums.
She is happy to be part of the Capital Heritage Connexion team to help to promote and showcase the diverse and dynamic heritage and cultural projects and initiatives in Ottawa.
Cassandra just completed her Master’s in Public History at Carleton University. Her oral history project culminated in an exhibit, which took place in Montreal. She graduated twice from Concordia University in Montreal with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts and an Italian minor, and a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Public History. In addition to making art and writing essays, she enjoys working with students, promoting interdisciplinarity and creativity in hands-on and interactive education.
She is very happy to be working alongside Catherine, Annie and the CHC’s member organisations to promote and showcase the diverse and dynamic heritage and cultural projects and initiatives in Ottawa.