The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) has selected Dr. Vanda Vitali as Executive Director, following an international executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She will begin her tenure on March 1, 2019.
A tireless advocate for the recognition and importance of museums in contemporary society, Dr. Vitali most recently served as the Chief Information Officer at the International Center for Innovation and Transfer of Technology in Jiaxing, China. She has also held positions as CEO at the Auckland Museum in New Zealand, Vice President for Public Programs at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Museology Advisor to the President of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto, and Director of the ROM’s Institute of Contemporary Culture. In addition to teaching museum and related studies in Canada, the United States, and France, Dr. Vitali has served as a consultant and museum evaluator for the American Alliance of Museums.
A long-standing member of the CMA, International Council of Museums, and International Museum Institute, Dr. Vitali has been designated as Chevalier of Art and Culture of France and honoured by the World Academy for the Future of Women. Additionally, she has received the American Alliance of Museum’s Jim Blackaby Ingenuity Award. Dr. Vitali holds a bachelor of science degree, master of science degree, and a doctor of philosophy degree from University of Toronto as well as a post-doctorate from École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.
In making the announcement, CMA Board President Karen Bachmann said, “[Dr. Vitali’s] comprehensive museum work over four decades has included archaeological preservation, conservation, and collection management as well as repatriation, exhibition development, and policy development. After a rigorous international executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group, the board of directors voted unanimously to name Dr. Vitali to lead the CMA and articulate the value of museums and Canadian heritage.”
“I am deeply inspired by the CMA Board’s confidence in me and by its commitment to move forward into the next era of Canadian museums in our society,” said Dr. Vitali. “Museums are vital nodes in our network of local and global institutions that safeguard our memory and identity. In our interconnected world, museums have become ever more essential to the preservation of cultural diversity and appreciation. Museums are community anchors across our country, they are school partners and economic engines, they are for everyone, and they are trusted.”
“ACG extends its congratulations to the Canadian Museums Association and to Dr. Vanda Vitali on her placement as Executive Director,” said Dr. Bruce D. Thibodeau, ACG President. “Dr. Vitali is fluent in both official Canadian languages and brings a wealth of experience in strategic leadership and public advocacy. We are confident that her commitment to heritage, contemporary art, and global cultural concerns will foster a thriving community dedicated to lifelong engagement in the museum field.”