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Marie Chapman appointed first CEO of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Marie Chapman was appointed the first CEO of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. The announcement was made on October 25, 2011, by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Chapman," said Minister Moore. "She is a creative, resourceful professional with passion for the cause, and she brings with her a wealth of talent and knowledge that is sure to benefit the Museum."

Ms. Chapman was a central figure in the establishment of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 while working at the Pier 21 Society as Chief Operating Officer. She was the Director of Marketing, Sales, and Development at the Museum from 2003 to 2011 and has been its Chief Operating Officer since 2008.

“We are elated by the appointment of Marie Chapman as the Museum’s first CEO. Having served with the museum for many years, Marie brings tremendous capacity, energy, passion, professionalism and extensive skills to her new role,” said John E. Oliver, Chairperson of the Museum’s Board of Trustees. “The Board of Trustees and I look forward to continuing to work with Marie in the creation of a unique, engaging national institution of which we are all proud.

” Throughout her career, Ms. Chapman has built an impressive track record in fundraising, marketing, and operations management, as well as in the academic, health, and museum sectors. In honour of her success, she was named Outstanding Fundraising Professional at the 2007 Maritime Philanthropy Awards.

Ms. Chapman holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a concentration in Marketing from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. She has completed a Certified Fundraising Executive Designation, as well as the Executive Leadership program and the Governance Training program at Queen's University in Kingston.

“Like many Canadians, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is a place close to my heart. Our Museum stands as an important marker of our past and as a place to celebrate the continued contributions of newcomers to Canada,” said Marie Chapman.

“I wish to express my sincere appreciation for the outstanding work that the Board of Trustees, staff and volunteers do each day,” continued Ms. Chapman. “I am privileged to lead such an extraordinary group of people as we shape the future for this unique national museum.”

Located at Pier 21, National Historic Site, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is Canada's sixth national museum and the second to be established outside the National Capital Region. The mandate of the Museum is to explore the theme of immigration to Canada in order to enhance public understanding of the experiences of immigrants as they arrived in Canada, of the vital role that immigration has played in the building of Canada, and of the contributions of immigrants to Canada’s culture, economy, and way of life.