Parks Canada Staff
Ms. Donna Alexander Zwicker
Ms. Donna Alexander Zwicker, Alberta Representative© Parks Canada
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 15, 2011, to December 14, 2014
Second appointment: June 18, 2015, to June 17, 2019
Dr. Harold D. Kalman
Dr. Harold D. Kalman, British Columbia Representative© Hal Kalman
A heritage conservation specialist and architectural historian, 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. He has published more than a dozen books, including “A History of Canadian Architecture” (1994) and “Heritage Planning: Principles and Process” (2014). He is the recipient of the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize for History (1995), the British Columbia Heritage Award (2006), the Gabrielle Léger Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Heritage Conservation (2009), and a lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (2015). He is a member of the Order of Canada.
First appointment: May 19, 2008, to May 18, 2013
Second appointment: May 19, 2013 to May 18, 2018
Dr. Richard Wishart
Dr. Richard Wishart, Manitoba Representative© Parks Canada
Dr. Wishart, now retired from Ducks Unlimited Canada, spent 32 years in a number of senior research and management roles in Manitoba and Ontario. Most recently this included National Director of Education and Director of the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre. Prior to that he worked as an instructor in the wildlife and veterinary technology program at Vanier College in Montreal teaching a variety of classroom and field study courses in botany and zoology. He continues as an adjunct professor with the Department of Education at the University of Manitoba and volunteers with several provincial organizations including the Manitoba Education for Sustainable Development Working Group and the Manitoba Forestry Association. He is the author of many scientific publications, has been involved in several books as writer and editor, and has presented numerous papers 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
Second appointment: May 28, 2015, to May 27, 2019
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
Third appointment: June 13, 2014, to June 12, 2018
Newfoundland and Labrador
Mr. Lorne Wheeler
Lorne Wheeler, Newfoundland and Labrador Representative© Parks Canada / M.Trépanier and 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
Dr. Thomas Andrews
Dr. Thomas Andrews, Northwest Territories Representative© Dr. Thomas Andrews
Dr. Andrews received a B.Sc. (Anthropology) from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. from the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, Scotland. He is the Territorial Archaeologist and Manager, NWT Cultural Places Program, at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, the Government of the Northwest Territories’ museum and archives. Dr. Andrews has published extensively and has decades of work and research experience in the North, including numerous collaborative projects with Aboriginal communities.
First appointment: February 5, 2015, to February 4, 2018
John Ashton, Nova Scotia Repersentative© John Ashton
Mr. Ashton is a businessman, graphic designer, and historical researcher. He is the Coordinator of the Historical Community Kiosk Project and an active volunteer in his community, with many years of experience leading local history and tourism projects.
First appointment: January 30, 2014 to January 29, 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
Prince Edward Island
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, 2016
Dr. Nicholas Roquet
Dr. Nicholas Roquet, Quebec Representative
© Parks Canada
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 28, 2017
Dr. James R. Miller
Dr. James R. Miller, Saskatchewan Representative
© Liam Richards and the University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Miller received a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. (History) from the University of Toronto. Formerly the Canada Research Chair in Native-Newcomer Relations, he is now Professor Emeritus of History, University of Saskatchewan. A leading expert on historical and contemporary issues related to Aboriginal peoples, his scholarly work has received numerous awards: Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada (1998), the Gold Medal for Achievement in Research of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2010), Saskatchewan Order of Merit (2013), the Killam Prize for the Humanities awarded by The Canada Council (2014), and selection as an Officer of the Order of Canada (2014).
First appointment: January 30, 2014 to January 29, 2019
Brian L. MacDonald
Brian L. MacDonald, Yukon Representative© Brian L. Macdonald
Mr. MacDonald received a B.A. and L.L.B. from Dalhousie University. A lawyer in private practice in Whitehorse, Yukon, he has served in a leadership position on a number of boards, including the Aboriginal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association. He has extensive experience working with First Nation governments and organisations in negotiating and implementing land claim and self-governance agreements, and has worked with communities in the development of laws and policies that help to protect Aboriginal cultural and intellectual property.
First appointment: December 17, 2014 to December 16, 2017
Representative of Library and Archives Canada
Dr. Guy Berthiaume
Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada© Library and Archives Canada
Dr. Guy Berthiaume assumed the position of Librarian and Archivist of Canada on June 23, 2014. Prior to joining Library and Archives Canada, he was the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec between 2009 and 2014, following a 30 year career in academia. Dr. Berthiaume holds a Doctorate in History.
In addition to serving as a professor of Ancient History at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), he held administrative positions focusing on research and university development. Previous roles include Vice-President, Development and Public Affairs, Université de Montréal, and Vice-President, Research and Creation, UQAM.
Representative of the Canadian Museum of History
Dr. Dean Oliver
Dr. Dean Oliver, Representative of the Canadian Museum of History
© Canadian Museum of History
Dr. Oliver joined the Canadian Museum of History’s staff in 2013, after nearly fourteen years at the Canadian War Museum, the last ten as Director of Research and Exhibitions. His most recent book (with J. L. Granatstein), The Oxford Companion to Canadian Military History, won the annual Charles P. Stacey Award for the best book published on Canadian military history.
Dean Oliver holds a PhD in History from York University and has taught History, Political Science and International Security. A long-time contributor to the Canadian Annual Review of Politics and Public Affairs and founding editor of the Studies in Canadian Military History monograph series, he is a well-known writer, lecturer and media commentator.
Parks Canada Staff
Secretary and Vice-President, Indigenous Affairs and Cultural Heritage Directorate
Mr. George Green
Mr. George Green, Secretary and Vice-President, Indigenous Affairs and Cultural Heritage Directorate© George Green
George Green is the Vice-President of Indigenous Affairs and Cultural Heritage at Parks Canada. After completing his studies in geology and serving as a police officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, George rejoined the federal public service in 1993. In his role as Vice-President of the Heritage Conservation and Commemoration Directorate (HCCD), George leads a diverse team of professionals (e.g. historians, archaeologists, conservation architects and policy advisors) who provide advice and guidance within and outside Parks Canada to promote and present cultural heritage. He also serves as Canada's Head of Delegation for UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention.
George holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Geology from Carleton University, Ottawa. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the National Executive Forum on Public Property, a national non-profit organization founded by Queens University for the advancement and sharing of best practices in public land management, use and development.
Director of the Heritage Designations and Programs Branch, Parks Canada