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Outgoing President’s Report
Three years have passed already since you appointed me as president of the Canadian branch of ICOM, the major international network of museum professionals. As vice-president and, since 2011, president, I have sought to strengthen Canada’s presence within the network in order to promote our excellence in the area of museology. For this reason, with the financial support of the Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communications’ international division, I attended most of ICOM’s international meetings as well as two triennial General Conferences – Shanghai in 2010 and Rio in 2013. The purpose of attending the annual meetings was to address the global governance of ICOM and talk with colleagues in other countries in order to develop collaborative projects and exchanges.
With regard to the global governance of ICOM, it should be noted that in 2012-2013, I served as a member of the Finance and Resources Committee, an advisory committee whose mandate is to review financial strategies and decisions with a significant impact on ICOM’s long-term commitments. In this capacity, I was involved in analyzing the impact of acquiring 22 rue Palestro, the Paris building that has housed ICOM’s General Secretariat for the past two years.
Following the 2010 triennial General Conference in Shanghai, as president of ICOM Canada I was tasked with evaluating the strategic plan and developing recommendations for the 2011-2014 plan, which proved extremely valuable in terms of observing the needs of museums around the world.
As a specialist in the area of new art-related technologies, I was twice asked to write articles for ICOM News highlighting the experiences of various Canadian museums in this area.
On an administrative level, I was concerned about the cost of membership fees in light of museums’ financial resources. For two years, I recommended that the board keep fees the same in order to increase the number of Canadian members.
During the CMA’s 2012 annual meeting, I ran a small session explaining the advantages of becoming an ICOM member. ICOM does much more than provide free access to museums around the world, so I explained other benefits, such as the role that ICOM plays throughout the world in safeguarding collections and tracking down works stolen from museums.
In my role as president, I sat on many selection committees that determine the recipients of recognition awards. Naturally, this included ICOM Canada’s own award, as well as a number of awards bestowed by the CMA.
In addition to the greater visibility that my participation in ICOM activities has helped to achieve, I am especially pleased to announce that ICOM Canada has launched a bursary program that will help integrate Canada’s next generation of museum professionals into the international museum network and benefit from the latest knowledge. Submission deadlines and the jury’s selection criteria can be obtained by visiting the ICOM Canada website.
In leaving ICOM Canada, I would like to thank you for the confidence you have shown in me and to wish the organization continued success for many years to come.
Manon Blanchette, Ph.D.