Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

June 29, 2015 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Announces Appointments to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

John Fitzgerald Young appointed Director and CEO, and J. Pauline Rafferty Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Trustees

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - June 29, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced the appointment of Dr. John Fitzgerald Young as Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) for a term of five years effective August 17, 2015, and of J. Pauline Rafferty as Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for a term of four years effective August 17, 2015.

The CMHR is located in Winnipeg and opened in September 2014. It is a Crown corporation within the Canadian Heritage Portfolio.

Quick Facts

  • John Fitzgerald Young has served on the Board of Trustees of the CMHR since 2012, and has been Vice-Chairperson since 2013. Prior to that, he sat on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation from 2009 to 2012.
  • Dr. Young, an associate professor of political science at the University of Northern British Columbia, is currently Acting Provost and Vice-President Academic. He is a published author whose work focuses on governance, politics, federalism and democracy. He holds a PhD from the University of Toronto, a Master's degree from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta.
  • Pauline Rafferty has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the CMHR for the last three years. Following a successful career in the provincial public sector in British Columbia, Ms. Rafferty spent the last 20 years of her career at the Royal British Columbia Museum, where she held the positions of Director of Customer and Corporate Services, and then Chief Executive Officer until she retired in 2012.
  • As an active member of her community, she serves on several boards, including those of the Provincial Health Services Authority, the Government House Foundation and the University of Victoria Business School.
  • Ms. Rafferty received an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Victoria in 2014, and was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Quotes

"I am very pleased to be able to rely on the continuous support of Dr. Young and Ms. Rafferty in leading the first national museum ever built outside of the National Capital Region. Their contributions to the Museum's governance over the last few years have given this remarkable institution a solid foundation. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights will benefit from their extensive experience and dedication."

- The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

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