Board & Staff

Board of Directors

Bernard Proulx, President

Bernard retired from the Royal Canadian Air Force as a senior officer after 35 years of service, with particular experience in the management of major aircraft acquisition projects, integrated logistics support, training and aircraft maintenance. He holds a Degree in Military Arts and Science from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, with a special interest in Military history as well as a Certificate in Human Resource Management from St. Lawrence College. Born in Valleyfield, Quebec, he started his military career in the Air Force as an Integral System and Avionics technician, learning from the ground up subsequently taking his commission with Her Majesty Services.

He enjoys being involved in the community in one-way or the other. He was a Ward councilor and later the deputy mayor of CFB Trenton Middletown Park military quarter, a Cub and Scout leader for many years, and recently joined the Friends of Carp Hills as a Board Director and Trail Coordinator.

Bernard and his wife Josée love the warmth and small town feeling that the village of Carp offers. They both enjoy all sorts of sports and outdoors activities, from curling at the local ring to skiing, hiking, canoeing and backcountry camping, just to name a few.

Mitchell Besner, Vice-President

A lawyer since 1988, Mitchell Besner obtained his B.A. from the University of Western Ontario in 1983 then attended the University of Ottawa where he obtained his Bachelor of (Common) Laws in 1986 and a Bachelor of Civil Law in 1987. Mitchell was selected to act as an editor of The Ottawa Law Review in 1984 and admitted to the Barreau du Quebec in 1988 and the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1992. He has been in private practice since 1988. After operating his own firm for 15 years Mitchell joined Mann & Partners, LLP on April 1, 2013.

Mitchell has represented a number of non-profit organizations throughout his career. He sat on the Board of Directors of Dow’s Lake Daycare and on the Planned Giving Advisory Council of the United Way (Ottawa), and served on the Board of Director’s nominating committee at the Rivermead Golf Club.

Paul Leduc, Treasurer

A professional accountant since 1975, Paul was born in Lachine, Quebec. He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce from Loyola College (now part of Concordia University) at the age of 19. He started his career with a firm of chartered accountants and then moved to manufacturing and engineering firms where he served as financial controller. For the last 16 years of his career, he was Chief of Finance for the National Gallery of Canada and the Gallery’s Foundation. He retired in 2010 after 41 years of work.

Paul is married and has an adult son. He enjoys golfing, biking and skiing. He is also an avid model railroader with an extensive layout.

Susan McLeod, Secretary

Susan McLeod has worked for more than 35 years in museums and heritage tourism. She has an undergraduate degree in archaeology/anthropology from Trent University and a graduate degree in museum studies from the University of Toronto.

Susan has worked both in the areas of museum research and collections and in exhibitions and programs. This rounded experience has instilled in her a deep appreciation of the need to balance protection and preservation of heritage resources with visitor learning and enjoyment.

Susan has worked at the Royal Ontario Museum, National Postal Museum and Canadian Museum of Civilization (now History). For many years she headed the interpretive planning department at the latter, giving her a central role in exhibition and program development.

After 25 years in museums, Susan took a position with Parks Canada, working with national parks and national historic sites to enhance the visitor experience of these iconic destinations. She now works as an independent, consulting in the fields of museum and heritage tourism with her company, Susan McLeod Solutions.

Susan is a fan of the Diefenbunker and delighted to join the board. Her previous volunteer activities have revolved around heritage, cultural and community activism, as well as schooling and sports activities related to her three children.

Sylvie Morel, Past President

Sylvie Morel was, until November 2008, Vice-president, Exhibitions and Programs Branch for the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation (CMCC) where she worked for 35 years. Over the span of her career at the CMC, she has directed the development of more than 250 exhibitions from one-case shows to major blockbusters and the promotion and circulation of up to 35 travelling exhibitions per year in Canada and internationally. She has directed a very active and diverse public activities programme at the CMC that resulted in the presentation of more than 2,000 programmes.

Sylvie is Past-president of ICOM Canada (International Council of Museums Canada) and a member of the Board of the Canadian Fund for International Understanding through Culture since 2008, co-organizing the first Canada-China Cultural Dialogue in Beijing, and was a Canadian representative to Dakart ’92, biennale des arts in Dakar, Senegal.

She has had considerable community involvement. She was the membership Chairperson and founding member of the Bytown Bears, the Chairperson of the Advisory Committee of Museum Technology Programme, Algonquin College, a United Way Campaign coordinator, and a volunteer for various organizations including the Ottawa Food Bank and the North Grenville Historical Society. She was also a board member of the Kemptville Kinsmen Farmers’ Market. She sits as a member of the board on the Hnatyshyn Foundation, is National Director of the Canadian Federation of Friends of Museums and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Algonquin College Sommelier Program. She continues to do work for museums and cultural foundations as a consultant and a volunteer. In 2003, she was a nominee for the YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Award (Arts and Culture category). She is the recipient of the 2009 Canadian Museums Association Distinguished Service Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

David Loye, Director

David Loye, a professional Accountant has been with the Canadian Museum of History since 1990.

During this time, he has occupied the positions of Chief Financial Planning, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and most recently he has held he position of Chief Operating Officer since 2007.

Prior to joining the Museum he held various financial management positions within the Federal Government of Canada.

His career at the Museum has been highlighted by leading major transformative initiatives such as the transition of the Museum to a Crown Corporation, overseeing the implementation and growth of revenue based activities, managing the financial reporting and control aspects of the Canadian War Museum construction project and leading the transition team overseeing the creation of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 as a Crown Corporation.

A Museum professional with close to thirty years experience, he has an expert knowledge of Museum operations, marketing, facilities, information technology and finance.

Linda Nixon, Director

“None of us is as smart as all of us” – Ken Blanchard.

I am a creative, strategic, solution-oriented Human Resources leader who understands that the “Employee Experience” is paramount to the success of the business.

I partner with executives and employees to drive organizational performance. Together we align HR practices to business goals, we attract and retain motivated talent and we intentionally co-create and proactively manage the desired workplace culture.

David Peters, Director

David Peters joined the RCAF Auxiliary at 16 as an Airframe Technician. He later graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a B. Sc. in Civil Engineering. During his time at UNB he re-joined the military, first in the RCAF Reserve and later the Canadian Army as a military engineering officer. Dave served with the Canadian Forces in Canada, Europe and with the UN in India/Pakistan. He retired from military engineering as a Lieutenant Colonel after various construction and combat engineering appointments. He then joined Canada’s Public Service Emergency Preparedness Organization (EPC) as Director of Emergency Operations Coordination. His responsibilities in that position included designing and running the federal government’s Emergency Operations Coordination Centre as well as planning and managing a number of associated programs including federal pre and post disaster financial assistance, vital points (critical infrastructure) identification, as well as operating shelter, mobilization and operational measures for the federal government’s Continuity of Government Program.

After retiring from federal public service as EPC’s Director General of Operations in 1997 he worked as an emergency preparedness consultant for a number of federal government departments and in the private sector. These consultations made use of his experience and knowledge in the fields of disaster financial assistance planning, critical infrastructure identification, and operational planning and management, particularly where there were significant intergovernmental and private sector implications.

Inderbir Singh Riar, Director

Inderbir Singh Riar is an Associate Professor in the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism at Carleton University. As an architectural historian, Inderbir explores aesthetic, cultural, and technological contexts of city design in the postwar period. He is currently preparing the book Expo 67, The Architecture of Late Modernity (forthcoming from McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2018). Inderbir’s writings appear in books and journals, and he lectures in universities worldwide. His research has been advanced by grants and awards; in 2013, he was invited by The Japan Foundation to participate in the Japan-U.S. Curator Exchange Program. Inderbir was an undergraduate at McGill University and holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. Between 1997 and 2003, he worked in architecture offices in San Francisco. He completed his PhD at Columbia in 2014.

Michael Robb, Director

I have been in Facility Maintenance, Operations and Management and education for 20 years in businesses such as the Congress Center, The Canadian War Museum, St Vincent’s Hospital, the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College.

I spend much of my time at the Huntley Curling Club playing several times a week and volunteering where I can.

I am very proud to be able help serve on the Diefenbunker’s Board of Directors and I look forward to helping the museum well into the future.


Christine McGuire
Executive Director
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Lizz Thrasher
Facilities Manager
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Sean Joynt
Assistant Manager, Facilities
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Curatorial and Education

Nic Clarke, Ph.D.
Curatorial Manager
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Asha Bruce
Conflict Resolution
Program Coordinator
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Business Development, Marketing and Events

Kelly Eyamie
Business Development Manager (Deputy Director)
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Tobie Champion-Demers
Events and Rentals Coordinator
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Theo Czerny-Holownia
Communication and Outreach Coordinator
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Helen Harris
Operations Manager
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Rachel Wilson
Assistant Manager, Operations
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Justin Williams
Assistant Manager, Operations
Birthday Party Bookings
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Mike Wong
Retail and IT Assistant

Accounting and Financial

Anne Musca
Accounts Manager
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Tobie Champion-Demers
Financial Assistant
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Charlotte Dovbniak

Natalie Hart

Kirin Ewins Roulston

David Siebert

Jen Fink

Brittany Vella

Katie George