Meg Beckel is President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa.
The museum is Canada's national natural history museum, with roots dating back more than 150 years. Its purpose is to build global interest in, knowledge of, and respect and appreciation for the natural world. The museum’s collection consists of more than 10 million specimens from Canada and around the world, including plants, animals, minerals and fossils, many of which are one-of-a-kind. Its research is renowned among the scientific community.
Ms. Beckel was appointed director of the Canadian Museum of Nature in 2011 by the federal government. She is responsible for revisiting and overseeing the museum's strategic direction, increasing its public value both nationally and internationally, and securing its long-term sustainability through fiscal effectiveness and robust revenue generation strategies.
Throughout her career, Ms. Beckel has held senior positions at the Bank of Nova Scotia, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, National Ballet of Canada, Vancouver Symphony Society and Foundation, University of Calgary, University of Victoria Foundation, University of Waterloo and the Royal Ontario Museum. She has served as a director on the boards of the National Ballet School of Canada and TheMuseum in Kitchener, Ontario (formerly Waterloo Region Children's Museum).
Curating Canada, 2014 Our Canada Symposium session (audio)