Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

December 01, 2009 12:00 ET

Appointment to the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 1, 2009) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced the appointment of Stephen Bulger as a member of the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board.

"As a renowned photography specialist and photographic art dealer, Mr. Bulger brings extensive knowledge and expertise that will be of great value to the work of the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board," said Minister Moore.

In 1991, Mr. Bulger graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Arts, Photographic Arts from Ryerson University's School of Image Arts in Toronto and began working in the photography department of the Ontario College of Art. He participated in the creation of the Ryerson Gallery, the School's first off-campus exhibition space and was its first Director until 1993. In 1995, he founded the Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto and, since then, he has curated over 130 exhibitions. In addition to selling photographs and collections to international institutions and individuals, he has been working as an appraiser of photographs for donations and insurance purposes. Among his prestigious clients are the National Gallery of Canada and its affiliate the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography; the Library of Congress in Washington, DC; the National Gallery of Australia; the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; and other museums in Switzerland and France.

Mr. Bulger has participated in many North American and European art fairs and acted as juror at Hart House photography competitions. He has published catalogues, books, and articles and has given lectures and interviews on subjects related to his domain of expertise. In 1997, he co-founded CONTACT, Toronto's photography festival, showcasing over 1000 local, national, and international artists' work. Over the years, Mr. Bulger has been involved with the boards of Canadian and international professional associations. He is currently the President of the Board of Directors of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers in Washington, DC.

The Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board's mandate is to make determinations regarding the outstanding significance and national importance of cultural assets under the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. It is also responsible for determining the fair market value of items donated to Canadian organizations such as libraries, archives, and museums. In addition, the Board reviews appeals of applications for cultural property export permits that have been denied. For more information about the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board, please visit

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications