Speakers - 2020 Virtual Conference

Christie Brodie

Bio: Christie has been the Interpretation Projects Coordinator at Royal Botanical Gardens since 2014. In this role she has worked on dozens of interpretive projects, from complete exhibit creation to leading meet the animal shows. Christie also moonlights as RBG’s Print Shop Coordinator, where she strives to go beyond typical signage.

Session: From the Windows to the Wall: Using Unconventional Surfaces to Create Engaging, Educational Content

Chuck Lennox

Bio: Chuck develops interpretive and education plans, conducts interpretive training sessions, develops curricula and interpretive media materials. His experience includes interpretive planning and program development; working with agencies, community groups and companies to support their training needs and providing consulting support for interpretive projects in the US and internationally.

Session: Evaluating Non-Personal Interpretation - A Case Study from the U.S. Botanic Garden

Dylan Leech

Bio: I am a project manager and interpretive coordinator working for Jasper National Park. I hold a M.A. from Royal Roads University and specialize in climate change and Indigenous cultural projects.

Session: Interpretive Project Management

Erin Poulton

Bio: Erin Poulton is the Exhibition Interpretation Officer at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. She has been working in museums for twenty years, with experience creating a wide range of personal and non-personal interpretation. A skilled communicator, Erin approaches her work with a balance of critical thinking and creativity.

Session: All About that Baseline Experience (exhibits)

Gary Page

Bio: For the past 18 years Gary has been developing a variety of non-personal interpretive products for parks, museums, arboretums, and nature centres across Canada. His most recent venture has been to explore how smartphone technology can be used to enhance, rather than distract from, visitor's experience onsite.

Session: Get Digital on a Budget

Jacquie Gilson

Bio: Dr. Jacquie has been involved in interp for the last 40 years, working at a variety of sites until her recent retirement from Parks Canada. She received her Doctor of Social Sciences degree in 2015 after studying inspiration in interp. Jacquie is pleased to now offer consulting services through her own company, InterpActive.

Session: Fostering Dialogue through Interpretive Media

Julia Zungri

Bio: After receiving an Honours BA in English and History from UofT, I went on to receive an MA in History from McMaster University, followed by an MA in Museum Studies from UofT. I am passionate about fostering positive and thought-provoking visitor experiences at sites interpreting difficult histories.

Session: Digital Media and Holocaust Museums in a Post-Survivor Era

Michele Fontana

Bio: Science communicator and interpreter. Designed and facilitated a portable science museum in multicultural setting. Dialogue-based forms of communication are the focus of my research.

Session: Ideas from the Edge: Robot Interpretation

Natalie D'Souza

Bio: Starting with Parks Canada as a summer student in 2016, Natalie D’Souza is now one of their youngest Public Outreach and Education Officers in the country. Together with a team of outreach staff across Nunavut, she connects Canadians to places only a handful will ever see in their lifetime.

Session: Ideas from the Edge: The World's Most Northern Bird Festival

Interpretation Canada c/o Kerry Wood Nature Centre 6300 45th Ave Red Deer, AB, Canada  T4N 3M4

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