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.
Natalie holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Carleton University and a degree in Music Performance from the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. Natalie has over three years experience working in the culture sector and has worked and volunteered with institutions such as the Ottawa Art Gallery, Carleton University Art Gallery, Diefenbunker Museum and BEING studio.
Her interests include museum education, event planning and accessibility in museums and galleries. Last March, Natalie planned and hosted Community and Connection, a symposium on the subject of accessibility and inclusion in museums and galleries, which was held at the Ottawa Art Gallery.
She is excited to be joining the Capital Heritage Connexion team and to be working in the interest of heritage stakeholders across the Capital region.
In addition to an undergraduate honours degree in History from the University of Ottawa (2009 – 2016), Trisha also studied at the master’s level in History at Concordia University (2016 – 2019): where her research focused particularly on the history of museums in Canada. The catalyst to her studies were many years of experience within the heritage field; working at The Museum of Jewish Montreal, The Canada Aviation and Space Museum, the Bytown Museum, and the National Gallery of Canada.
As Communication Coordinator at Capital Heritage Connexion, Trisha is excited to create accessible and compelling promotional material to widen heritage community outreach.
In addition to her role with CHC, Trisha also serves as creative director for Start Proud Ottawa, which facilitates professional development within the LGBTQ2S+ community.
When not focusing on heritage or graphic design, Trisha can be spotted biking along the many great bike paths of Ottawa.