Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

December 16, 2010 12:00 ET

Appointments to the Board of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 16, 2010) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced the appointment of two new members to the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

"I am pleased that Frances Ann Swyripa and Mark Boudreau have accepted the invitation to join the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21," said Minister Moore. "Canada's newest national museum is certain to benefit from their impressive knowledge and experience in the public and private sectors. Their leadership skills will be a welcome addition to the Board."

The two new members of the Board will join the seven others already announced by Minister Moore on November 30.

Located at Pier 21, a national historic site in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the new national museum has become Canada's sixth national museum and the second to be established outside the National Capital Region in the past two years. As a museum in the Canadian Heritage portfolio, its mandate is to explore the theme of immigration to Canada in order to enhance public understanding of the experiences of immigrants as they arrived in Canada, of the vital role that immigration has played in the building of Canada, and of the contributions of immigrants to Canada's culture, economy, and way of life.

(This news release is available on the Internet at under Newsroom.)



Mark Boudreau graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree (political science / history) from Carleton University in Ottawa. He is currently working as a senior consultant for MT&L Public Relations in Halifax, providing strategic planning, communications, and stakeholder relations advice to a variety of clients, including the Halifax Port Authority, The Shaw Group, Labatt, and the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nation Chiefs, as well as a number of federal and provincial government departments. Prior to this, Mr. Boudreau worked as a political advisor to several senior cabinet ministers, both federally and provincially. He also worked as director of communications for Alliance Atlantis. Mr. Boudreau, who currently serves on the first board of the new Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market, was a member of the Pier 21 Society Board of Directors.


Frances Swyripa is a professor of history at the University of Alberta. Her areas of expertise are Canadian history, including the West, immigration and ethnicity, ethno-religious identity, Ukrainians, public commemoration and memory, and women. She has written books and articles, and has been a guest lecturer at universities and related venues in domestic and international locations. Ms. Swyripa has been involved on the board of a number of organizations, including the University of Alberta Press Committee, the Provincial Museum of Alberta, and the Ukrainian Canadian Archives and Museum of Alberta.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Codie Taylor - Press Secretary