Executive Leadership Team

Director General, Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

Kerry-Leigh Burchill

Kerry-Leigh Burchill has served as Director General of the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum since 2009, having joined the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation in 1995. Before becoming Director General she worked for the Corporation in policy and strategic planning, internal communications, corporate development, and commercial operations. In 2013, Ms Burchill accepted to serve as a Vice-President for the International Association of Agricultural Museums (AIMA).

Ms Burchill has a degree in Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa, and continues to proactively cultivate collaborative opportunities for cultural celebrations, heritage preservation, and a greater appreciation for the role that agriculture plays in our quality of life. She lives with her husband and two children in the small, rural Ontario community of St-Pascal-Baylon.

Vice-President, Collection, Research and Corporate Governance

Monique Horth

Monique Horth is Vice-President of Collection, Research and of Corporate Governance at the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation. With more than 25 years of museum experience, she oversees the Corporation’s Collection, Research, and Conservation divisions, as well as national outreach, strategic partnerships, and visitor evaluation and engagement. She also serves as Corporate Secretary to the Board of Trustees.

Before joining the Corporation, Ms Horth was the Canadian Museums Association’s Deputy Director for more than five years, and before that enjoyed success working at the Canadian Museum of Nature, the former Canadian Museum of Civilization, and the Centre for Exhibition Exchange, which specialized in traveling exhibitions and education.

She was Vice-Chair of the International Council of Museums’ (ICOM) International Committee for Exhibition Exchange for six years, and served two board terms on ICOM Canada.

She also served on the Board of Directors of the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Fund for International Understanding through Culture (Can4Culture).

With a Masters degree in Project Management, Ms Horth enjoys planning and developing dynamic, cross-cultural projects and exchanges for the arts and heritage sector.

Ms Horth is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) for her contributions to the Canadian museum community.

Vice-President, Business Development

Jacey Kennedy

Jacey Kennedy became Vice-President of Business Development for the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation in November 2014. Leading a team of 16 employees, she is responsible for increasing earned income and sponsorship revenues for the Corporation.

Jacey came to the Corporation from OpenText Corporation, where she was responsible for business development across Canada within the public sector. Prior professional experience in the private and public sectors includes customer relationship management, research and development, quality assurance, technical support, and work as a programmer and analyst.

Born and raised in Kingston, Ontario, Jacey graduated from St Lawrence College in 1996. Jacey enjoys new cultural and gastronomic experiences, having travelled to more than two dozen countries. Her passion for golf—including playing a PGA course in Dubai—expresses itself in her charity work, which includes hosting an annual golf tournament in support of sick children and underprivileged youth.

Director General, Canada Aviation and Space Museum

Chris Kitzan

Chris Kitzan was appointed Director General, Canada Aviation and Space Museum, in November 2015.

An historian with more than 25 years in the cultural field authoring exhibitions, programs, and publications, Chris came to the Corporation from Library and Archives Canada, where he recently served as Chief of Staff to the Librarian and Archivist of Canada. He has also worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development, the Diefenbaker Canada Centre, and the former Canadian Museum of Civilization, where he was the curator responsible for both the Canada Hall and for Western Canadian History.

Originally from Saskatchewan, Chris lives in Aylmer, Quebec, with his wife and two sons.

Vice-President, Human Resources

Elizabeth Marcotte

Elizabeth Marcotte became Vice-President, Human Resources, for the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation in June 2013. She joined the Corporation in 1993 in the role of HR Planning Officer and subsequently held a number of Human Resources positions, including Manager of HR Planning, and Director of HR Operations. Liz’s responsibilities also include overseeing the Corporation’s extensive volunteer program, as well as its Protection Services team.

Prior to joining the Corporation, Liz worked 14 years at the Farm Credit Corporation, first joining the Research Department, before moving to Human Resources. In 1992, Liz played a major role leading the relocation of Farm Credit Corporation’s Ottawa Head Office personnel when operations were moved to Regina, Saskatchewan.

Liz graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. She also has held teaching certificates in classical ballet, jazz, and fitness. Liz and her two children live in Ottawa. Liz was an active volunteer for schools, associations, and sports teams during her children’s growing years.

Interim President and CEO /
Chief Operating Officer

Fernand (Fern) Proulx

Fern joined the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation in 1995 as Director of Finance and Administration. COO since 2005, Fern is responsible for the operations, global finances, and strategic plan implementation of three of Canada’s national museums: Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and Canada Science and Technology Museum. Fern previously served as Interim President and CEO of the Corporation in 2008 and 2013.

Prior to his career in museums, Fern held a variety of positions in the private sector, which gave him a well-rounded understanding of process improvements and value engineering. He worked as a business analyst in an international chemical corporation where he assisted in the implementation of a global profitability planning model. Although a financial management specialist, Fern contributed to a number of food distribution companies in a variety of ways, such as logistics management, sales, marketing, and systems development.

Fern obtained an Honours Bachelor of Commerce in 1985 from the University of Windsor, and is an alumnus of the prestigious Getty Museum Leadership Institute program. Fern is active in the community as a volunteer and mentor. Although retired from competitive athletics, he fuels his passion for sports as an avid fan. A proud father of two daughters, Fern resides with his wife in Gatineau, Quebec.

Director General, Canada Science and Technology Museum

Christina Tessier

Christina Tessier was appointed Director General of the Canada Science and Technology Museum in November 2014. She is currently leading the renewal of the exhibition galleries and visitor experience elements for the Museum’s reopening in the fall of 2017. Prior to her role as Director General, Christina was Director of Operations at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, a sister-site of the Canada Science and Technology Museum.

Christina has worked in the cultural field for close to 15 years at various institutions, including the Portrait Gallery of Canada, and Parks Canada, where her work focused on National Historic Sites. Also active at the local heritage level, she was the director of the Bytown Museum in downtown Ottawa for six years, served as President of the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa, and was the founding Chair of the Ottawa Museum Network. Preceding her work in the cultural area, Christina worked in marketing and communication for the federal government and the private sector.

Christina is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, with a degree in Classical Studies, and she also holds a diploma in Applied Museum Studies from Algonquin College.

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