Mark O'Neill is President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of History (formerly called the Canadian Museum of Civilization) in Gatineau, Quebec.
The museum was first established in 1856 and today more than 1.2 million people of all ages visit it every year. Some of Canada’s most valued national treasures are housed among the museum’s collection of almost four million artifacts and specimens.
The museum’s mandate is “to enhance Canadians’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of events, experiences, people and objects that reflect and have shaped Canada’s history and identity, and also to enhance their awareness of world history and cultures,” according to the Canadian Museum of History Act.
Mr. O'Neill is a museum professional with over 20 years of experience in the field of arts and culture. Before joining the Canadian Museum of History, he was director of cultural property for the Department of Canadian Heritage and secretary of the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board.
He joined the museum in 2001 as director, strategic planning and corporate secretary, and subsequently served as vice president of public affairs and publishing, and as director-general of the Canadian War Museum. Mr. O’Neill was appointed in 2011 to lead the Canadian Museum of History.
Curating Canada, 2014 Our Canada Symposium session (audio)