Catherine brings her love of Canada’s Capital –past, present and future- to the helm of CHOO|COPO. And, her extensive experience in strategic policy, planning, project and event management; partnership development; and marketing and communications.
As Senior Advisor to a past Mayor of Ottawa, she helped lead the planning of the City’s sesquicentennial celebrations. In her capacity as Vice President, Industry Development with Ottawa’s tourism & convention authority, Catherine worked to elevate the profile of and advance the industry and such niche sectors as heritage, culture, festivals and rural tourism. She was a key contributor to the development of the Ottawa 20/20 Arts and Heritage Plan for the City of Ottawa.
Throughout her career and as a volunteer, Catherine has worked with a diverse range of Ottawa culture, arts, festival, business, main street, community, health and sports organization Boards, Committees and initiatives. Examples include: the Canadian Tulip Festival, Canada Dance Festival, FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada, Ottawa-Gatineau Juno Awards, Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership City Committee, Ontario Arts & Festivals Funding Jury, Ottawa Festival Network, Glebe BIA and Community Association, the Glebe Centre, Rideau Mall Authority, Sparks Street Mall revitalization initiatives, New Edinburgh Community Alliance (NECA), Beechwood Village Alliance (BVA), PAL Ottawa, Ottawa-Gatineau Film & Television Corp., The Ottawa Partnership, TalentWorks, ByWard Market Future Forum & Bytown Days, Ottawa Pedestrian Citizens Committee and Ottawa Pedestrian Linkages Initiative.
Catherine is excited to be working with and on behalf of CHOO|COPO members and the heritage community who, together, continue to steward and showcase the rich tapestry that is Ottawa’s heritage.
Before joining the Council in 2016, Kimberley worked for over 10 years as an educator and communications specialist in not-for-profit and public institutions. Over her career, Kimberley has gained a deep appreciation for doing work that inspires and supports inclusive communities. She is passionate and committed to improving awareness and engagement in Ottawa’s heritage and cultural sector.
Kimberley holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ryerson University and a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education from the University of Toronto, focusing on cultural and public education.
Cassandra is a Public History Master’s student at Carleton University, working on an oral history project, archive, and exhibit. She graduated twice from Concordia University in Montreal with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts and an Italian minor, and a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Public History. In addition to making art and writing essays, she enjoys working with students, promoting interdisciplinarity and creativity in hands-on and interactive education.
She is very happy to be working alongside Kimberley, Catherine, and the Council’s member organisations to promote and showcase the diverse and dynamic heritage and cultural projects and initiatives in Ottawa.
Dany Guay-Bélanger is a graduate of Carleton University’s Master’s in Public History. His major research project, entitled Deadplay, investigated the complex and pressing issue of videogame preservation. It took the form of a podcast and an accompanying website which are freely available at www.deadplay.net. He also has an undergraduate degree in Public History from Concordia University and worked on oral history projects at the Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS) as a research assistant. Moreover, Dany interned and was a research fellow at the Canada Science and Technology Museum. He is currently a member of the International Federation for Public History and the Francophone member-at-large of the Canadian Game Studies Association.
He is honoured to be part of the CHOO team and, with the help of Catherine, Kimberley, and Cassandra, will work to promote, showcase, and preserve Ottawa’s unique heritage.