Parks Canada Staff
Ms. Donna Alexander Zwicker, Alberta Representative© Parks Canada
Ms. Donna Alexander Zwicker
Donna Alexander Zwicker holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Arts in Western Canadian History from the University of Calgary. Ms. Zwicker has served on the Board of Directors of the Historical Society of Alberta, the Crowsnest Historical Society and Calgary’s Chinook Country Historical Society. She is a founding member of the Communities Heritage Roundtable, a grassroots forum featuring local heritage information, initiatives and issues as well as heritage networking opportunities. Ms. Zwicker has been actively involved in committee work where heritage has been successfully integrated into planning matters. As a guest speaker, panellist, and leader of a Historic Calgary Week stroll through the past or a Jane’s Walk through the neighbourhood, she has been actively involved in promoting community connectivity and heritage awareness. In 2005 she was appointed as an Alberta Centennial Ambassador and presented with the Alberta Centennial Medal.
First appointment: December 14, 2011, to December 15, 2014
Dr. Harold D. Kalman
Dr. Harold D. Kalman, British Columbia Representative© Hal Kalman
A heritage consultant and principal at Commonwealth Historic Resource Management Ltd. since 1984, Kalman earned a Ph.D. in Art and Archaeology from Princeton University (1971) and received an honorary LL.D. from the University of Victoria (2010). He has extensive experience in the conservation and development of historic places throughout Canada and abroad. His research interests are in heritage conservation and the history of architecture, and he has published more than a dozen books on the two subjects, including the definitive work, “A History of Canadian Architecture” in two volumes. He is the recipient of the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize for History (1995), the British Columbia Heritage Award (2006), and the Gabrielle Léger Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Heritage Conservation (2009). He is engaged in a number of professional associations including the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals, ICOMOS Canada, and the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada.
First appointment: May 19, 2008, to May 18, 2013
Second appointment: May 19, 2013 to May 18, 2018
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Dr. Richard A. Wishart
Dr. Richard A. Wishart, Manitoba Representative© Parks Canada
Rick Wishart has worked with Ducks Unlimited Canada in a number of research and management roles over the last 30 years. Since 1996 he has been National Director of Education and most recently is also responsible as Director of the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre near Winnipeg. Dr. Wishart is a board member with the Canadian Forestry Association, was founding chair of the Manitoba Education for Sustainable Development Working Group, serves on the steering committee for ESD Canada, volunteers with the Save Our Seine community conservation initiative and acts as an adjunct professor with the Department of Education at the University of Manitoba. He is the author of many scientific publications and book chapters, and has presented numerous papers and briefs to diverse audiences. Dr. Wishart received his BSc and MSc in natural resource management from McGill University, and a PhD in zoology from the University of Manitoba.
First appointment: February 29, 2012, to February 28, 2015
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Ms. Margot Sackett
Ms. Margot Sackett, New Brunswick Representative© Margot Sackett
Ms. Sackett became a museum curator after completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Sir George Williams (now Concordia University) in 1972. Since 1995, she has been Director of the Ross Memorial Museum in St. Andrew's, New Brunswick, and previously spent 20 years professionally restoring provincial and national historic sites in Atlantic Canada. Ms. Sackett has been the Chair of the Fundy Culture Museum Network, an advisor to the T.R. Meighen Family Foundation, and a member of several heritage boards, including Old Government House Advisory Committee and the Association of Museums of New Brunswick. She is presently on the boards of "Save Passamoquoddy Bay Canada" and the Canadian Federation of Friends of Museums.
First appointment: June 4, 2007, to June 3, 2010
Second appointment: June 4, 2010, to June 3, 2014
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Mr. Lorne Wheeler
Lorne Wheeler, Newfoundland and Labrador Representative© Parks Canada / M.Trépanier & A. Guindon / 2008
Mr. Wheeler earned bachelor degrees in Education and History from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He taught high school history and occupied a number of administrative positions in the school system from 1955 to 1980, when he became Director of School Services in the Department of Education. He was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister of Education in 1980 and was the Deputy Minister of Education from 1985 to 1989.
Mr. Wheeler was a member of the provincial government's expenditure review and program renewal committees (1986–88, 2003–04). He served as the senior policy advisor to the Office of the Official Opposition in Newfoundland and Labrador (1990–03) and to the federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (2006–07). A former President of the Newfoundland Teachers' Association, Mr. Wheeler continues to be involved with the Association as an honorary member. He also served as the Chair of the Board of Regents, Memorial University (2004–06).
First appointment: June 18, 2008, to June 17, 2013
Second appointment: June 18, 2013 to June 17, 2017
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Kenn Harper is a long-time resident of Canada’s North, currently living in Iqaluit. He is a businessman, as well as a researcher and writer in the fields of Inuit culture, history and language. Fluent in English and Inuktituk, he is the author of “Give Me My Father’s Body: The Life of Minik, the New York Eskimo”. He writes a column called “Taissumani” (Inuktitut for “long ago”) for Nunatsiaq News, an online publication for Nunavut residents.
First appointment: April 25, 2013 to April 24, 2017
Dr. Richard M. Alway
Chairman and Ontario Representative
Dr. Richard M. Alway, Chairman and Ontario representative© Parks Canada / M. Savard / October 2002
An Officer of the Order of Canada, and member of the Order of Ontario, Dr. Alway holds two graduate degrees in Modern History from the University of Toronto. He is presently the Praeses of the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, and was previously the President and Vice-chancellor of the University of St. Michael's College in Toronto. Dr. Alway has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Museums of Canada and Chair of its National Programmes Committee, Chairman of the National Gallery of Canada, as Acting Director of the National Gallery of Canada, Chairman of the National Museum of Natural Sciences, and a member of the Board of the National Postal Museum. Former Chairman and CEO of the Ontario Heritage Foundation, he is currently Chairman of the C.D. Howe Memorial Foundation (Montreal) and a member of the Quebecor Ontario Advisory Board.
First appointment: September 10, 1996, to September 9, 2001
Second appointment: September 11, 2001, to September 10, 2006
Third appointment: March 5, 2007, to March 4, 2012
Fourth appointment: May 03, 2012, to May 02, 2017
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Mr. Leonard Cusack
Mr. Leonard Cusack, Prince Edward Island Representative
© M. Trépanier, 2007
Mr. Cusack received a B.A. (Honours) in History from St. Dunstans University, a B.Ed. from the University of Prince Edward Island, and an M.A. in Canadian History from the University of New Brunswick. He has been a sessional lecturer on Canadian history and the history of Prince Edward Island at the University of Prince Edward Island since 1973. Prior to his retirement from the public service in 2005, he was the Access and Privacy Coordinator for the Province for five years. His research interests are in political and social history in 20th-century Canada.
First appointment: December 6, 2006, to December 5, 2009
Second appointment: December 6, 2009, to December 5, 2012
Third appointment: April 25, 2013 to April 24, 2017
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Dr. Nicholas Roquet
Dr. Nicholas Roquet, Quebec Representative
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Nicholas Roquet, professor in the University of Montreal’s School of Architecture, holds a doctorate in the history of architecture from McGill University and both a master’s degree and a professional diploma in architecture from the University of Montreal. His main teaching interests are creation in historical settings, architectural conservation, and conceptual approaches to the evaluation, interpretation and development of heritage sites. In addition to his numerous studies on management of historically significant cityscape and landscape assemblages in Quebec, Dr. Roquet collaborated on a book on construction techniques of earlier times entitled Mémoire des bâtisseurs du Québec. His participation in national and international urban design competitions has earned him many distinctions, including the top award in the Housing on Toronto’s Main Streets competition. He is a member of the Ordre des architectes du Québec and of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada.
First appointment: February 29, 2012, to February 29, 2017
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Representative of Library and Archives Canada
Ms. Cecilia Muir
Ms. Cecilia Muir, Representative of Library and Archives Canada © Parks Canada
Cecilia Muir is Chief Operating Officer of Library and Archives Canada. She joined the institution in 2010 as Assistant Deputy Minister, Resource Discovery Sector. Cecilia began her Federal Public Service career at the National Library of Canada in 1987, and has held senior positions in a variety of federal departments including the Canada Public Service Agency, Health Canada, Indian and Northern Affairs, Human Resources and Social Development Canada, and Canadian Heritage. Prior to joining Library and Archives Canada, she was Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet at the Privy Council Office. Cecilia holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science and a Bachelor’s degree in English literature.
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Representative of the Canadian Museum of Civilization
Dr. David Morrison
Dr. David Morrison, Canadian Museum of Civilization representative
© Parks Canada / D. Morrison / 2000
Dr. David Morrison, former Curator-in-Charge and Curator of Northwest Territories Archaeology at the Archaeological Survey of Canada, is now Director of Archaeology and History at the Museum of Civilization. He received his undergraduate training at Trent University, and a master's and doctoral degree in anthropology from the University of Toronto. He is the author of numerous books, monographs and articles on the Far North, including the best-seller entitled Inuit: Glimpses of an Arctic Past. He is also actively involved in exhibition work at the Museum. A veteran of over 20 seasons of Arctic field work, Dr. Morrison is a fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America.
Canadian Museum of Civilization
100 Laurier Street
P.O. Box 3100, Station B
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Dr. Larry Ostola
Dr. Larry Ostola, Secretary© Parks Canada / M. Trépanier, 2006
Dr. Ostola began his public service career in 1982 with Parks Canada at Fort Temiscamingue National Historic Site of Canada, and was subsequently employed at a number of other national historic sites in Quebec and Ontario. He then moved to Parks Canada's National Office and held a number of different positions, including that of Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive Officer. In January 2006 Dr. Ostola was appointed Vice-President of the Heritage Conservation and Commemoration Directorate, providing national direction for historic heritage. In 2008 Dr. Ostola co-authored Military History of Quebec City: 1608-2008.
Dr. Ostola holds a B.A. in History and Canadian Studies from McGill University, an M.A. in Canadian History from the Université de Montreal, and a Ph.D. in Canadian History from Université Laval in Quebec City.
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Director, Commemoration Branch, Parks Canada
Ms. Julie Dompierre
Ms. Julie Dompierre, Director, Commemoration Branch
© Parks Canada / M.Trépanier & A. Guindon / 2008
Ms. Dompierre began her public service career in 1983 with the National Capital Commission, where she worked as an interpreter and manager of historic sites. After completing her studies in 1987, she joined the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, where she worked in various capacities—as program officer with the Standard Research Grants and Strategic Grants and Joint Initiatives Programs, as a policy analyst and finally as senior program officer with the Canada Research Chairs Program. From 2005 to 2008, Ms. Dompierre was a research manager with the Policy Research Group at the Department of Canadian Heritage. She joined the Parks Canada team in April 2008.
Ms. Dompierre holds a B.A. in History and Literature from the University of Ottawa, and an M.A. in History from Université de Sherbrooke.