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The Canadian Commission for UNESCO has three Sectoral Commissions: (1) Education, (2) Human, Social and Natural Sciences, and (3) Culture, Communication and Information. Consultative in nature, the Sectoral Commissions provide recommendations to the Executive Committee as well as a unique platform for the sharing of knowledge and proven practices. They are composed of experts, NGOs and government representatives striving to promote the interests of UNESCO's programs and activities in Canada in their respective sectors.
The Membership Committee examine all requests received for membership in the Commission and it make recommendations to the Executive Committee pertaining to these requests as well as suggest to the Executive Committee the names of institutions and persons who could be invited to become institutional, individual or honorary members of the Commission. At least once every five years, the Committee reviews the membership list in order to ensure that members still meet the eligibility criteria of the Commission.
The Committee is composed of 3 members elected at the Annual General Meeting and 3 members appointed by the Executive Committee for a 2 years term renewable once. They are:
Jack Lohman is Chief Executive of the Royal British Columbia Museum and professor in museum design at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway. He was previously Director of the Museum of London, Chairman of the National Museum in Warsaw, Poland and Chief Executive of lziko Museums of Cape Town, South Africa. He has acted as a strategic adviser to national museums in Bogota, Doha, Pristina and Rio de janeiro. He is a former Chairman of I COM (International Council of Museums) UK and a former board member of UNESCO UK Culture Committee. He has been elected on CCUNESCO's Executive Committee at the 2014 AGM.
Dale Jarvis is the Intangible Cultural Heritage Development Officer for Newfoundland and Labrador, helping communities to safeguard traditional culture. Dale has been working for the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador since 1996, and holds a BSc in Anthropology/Archaeology from Trent University, and a MA in Folklore from Memorial University. In 2014, he served on the UNESCO Consultative Body to the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, and assisted with the evaluation of nominations to the Urgent Safeguarding List, proposals to the Register of Best Safeguarding Practices, and requests for International Assistance. Past president of the Newfoundland Historic Trust, Dale has contributed to many local arts and heritage organizations. He regularly teaches workshops on oral history, cultural documentation, and public folklore. His most recent book, “Any Mummers ‘Lowed In? Christmas Mummering Traditions in Newfoundland and Labrador,” was published by Flanker Press in 2014.
A researcher at the University of Quebec in Montreal since 2001, Magda Fusaro became a Faculty member of the Department of Management and Technology in January of 2006. Her research focuses mainly on the formation of social practices in connection with information and communication technologies, as well as ICT appropriation by users. She has been examining the ways in which ICTs and social practices converge for the last ten years. From January 2003 to December 2005, Magda Fusaro held the position of Assistant to the Vice-Rector for Academic Services and Technological Development at the University of Quebec in Montreal, and she has held the UNESCO Chair in Communications and Technologies for Development since December of 2006. From May 2009 to June 2015, she was appointed Head of Academic Programs in Information Technology.
Stephanie Lynn Chipilski is from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She currently works at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, as the Assistant Registrar, assisting with loans, copyright, and collections management. She is interested in natural and cultural heritage, with a goal to celebrate and preserve it in all of its tangible and intangible forms. She received a Collections and Conservation Management Diploma from Fleming College, a Diploma in Cultural Resource Management, from the University of Victoria, and a B.A. (Advanced) in Classics and History, from the University of Manitoba. Stephanie has had the great fortune to live in many provinces of Canada, which has shaped her passion for this nation and its peoples. Often described as "excessively curious", her constant desire to observe and understand the world around her drives her to do more and learn more. She happily became a YAG member in 2010, shortly after participating in the 32nd Commission for the World Heritage Convention (Quebec City, QC 2008). She has served on the Advisory Committee for the 54th CCUNESCO AGM (Victoria, BC 2014), and was on the Drafting Committee of the Call to Action, for the 55th CCUNESCO AGM (2015). Additionally she is a member of the Canadian Association for Conservation (CAC-ACCR), and received the 2014 CAC-ACCR Emerging Conservator Award.
Lara has been involved in entrepreneurship since the age of 13. She has a degree in business administration, and she focused her studies on the international scene (Peru, Spain, England, France, Brazil, etc.). While at university, she worked as development officer for a Canadian-American company in India. She was also a trainer and supervisor for a Canadian delegation on a trade mission in China. After this, she looked after the business development of a young Montreal enterprise in England and Spain. In search of new challenges, she founded BHLB with Olivier Leblanc. Working locally and internationally, BHLB specializes in project management, business development and communications. She is involved in Cercle 179 at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec and is an administrator for Manif d’art and for Centraide Québec and Chaudière-Appalaches. She is a member of the Youth Advisory Group of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, and sees this engagement as a concrete way of representing the interests of Canadian youth among decision-making agencies. She is also a founder of Nota Bene, a series of meetings connecting emerging entrepreneurs with leaders. The organization has activities in Québec, Montréal and Toronto.
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