Marie Chapman is CEO of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, located at the National Historic Site in Halifax where one million people – including immigrants, refugees, evacuee children and war brides – first stepped foot in Canada between 1928-1971. Pier 21 is also the site where 500,000 Canadian military personnel left to serve overseas during the Second World War. Today, an estimated one in five Canadians has a direct connection to Pier 21.
The museum’s mandate is to explore the theme of immigration to Canada, thereby enhancing public understanding of the experiences of new immigrants, the vital role that immigration has played in the building of this country and the contributions immigrants have made to Canada’s culture, economy and way of life.
Ms. Chapman played a central role in the establishment of the museum and was appointed by the federal government in 2011 to be its first CEO. She was the museum’s director of marketing, sales and development from 2003-2011 and has been its chief operating officer since 2008.
The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is Canada’s sixth national museum, the second to be established outside the National Capital Region and the only one in Atlantic Canada.
Curating Canada, 2014 Our Canada Symposium session (audio)