Dianne Lister to chair the exhibition design committee for the new Canadian Canoe Museum
Bobcaygeon resident and Trent University alumnus Dianne Lister will lead the Canadian Canoe Museum exhibition design committee for the new museum.
Lister, who served on the museum’s board for four years, will chair the committee overseeing the design and development of the new museum’s exhibition spaces for the world’s largest collection of canoes, kayaks and rowboats.
The museum has already announced that GSM Project, one of the world’s leading exhibition design companies, will help create unique exhibits and experiences for visitors to the new facility. The exhibition design committee, made up of stakeholders and subject matter experts, will work with the GSM project with museum staff.
“The new museum project offers unique opportunities to examine and interpret this world-class collection and national cultural asset,” said Lister. “I am honored to take on this new role. I look forward to working with experts, thought leaders and community members from coast to coast to ensure that this extraordinary collection is fully exploited in the new museum.
The new museum, which will be located next to the Peterborough elevator lock, will include 21,000 square feet of exhibition space for 10 to 12 galleries, as well as 28,000 square feet of storage space to exhibit 500 Full-size personal watercraft and other canoe-related artifacts. .
The Montreal-based GSM Project has designed exhibits and visitor experiences for museums, science centers and more in Canada and around the world. In Canada, the company was the lead designer for the new 40,000 square foot Canadian History Hall at the Canadian Museum of History – the largest Canadian history exhibit ever.
Internationally, the company’s projects include the Alaska Gallery at the Anchorage Museum in Alaska, and the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum and Indian Heritage Center, both in Singapore.
In addition to being a member of the museum’s board of trustees, Lister is currently Chairman of the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council and Trustee of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. She was the founding director of the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough and previously was the chair and CEO of the board of trustees of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) from 2011 to 2014, vice-chair of external relations at the University Trent from 2006 to 2011. and President and CEO of the Sick Kids Foundation from 1991 to 2003.
After receiving his undergraduate degree in English from Trent University in 1976, Lister obtained a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. A member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations, she has practiced as a social justice lawyer.
In 2011, she was named one of Canada’s 25 Most Powerful Women by Women of Influence Inc.
Lister is an accomplished author, photographer who has exhibited across Ontario (including CONTACT in Toronto and the SPARK Photo Festival in Peterborough) and an amateur kayaker. She is a part-time lecturer at the University of Victoria, teaching a diploma course she designed called “Fundraising for Cultural Organizations”.
“As a museum and as an exhibition design committee, we are very fortunate to be the beneficiaries of Dianne’s diverse artistic and cultural experience,” said Jeremy Ward, curator of the Canadian Canoe Museum. “She builds a dynamic team whose members are moved by their interest in working to interpret our world-class collection.”