GUEST SPEAKERS AND PRESENTERS
JANET CARLILE is an independent accredited antiques valuer and appraiser with 30 years experience appraising, inventorying and advising on fine art and antiques for private, corporate and institutional clients in North America and Europe. She is also well-known as a university lecturer, author and television personality. www.janetcarlile.ca
KANONHSONNE JANICE HILL, Associate Vice-Principal, Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation, Queen’s University. A Mohawk (Turtle Clan) from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, she helped to develop an Indigenous Studies program at Queen’s and sat on university’s Truth and Reconciliation task force.
TIMOTHY FORAN, MA, PhD, Curator, British North America, Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau, Québec. A specialist in 19th-century history, his curatorial responsibilities relate to Indigenous histories, power and politics, population movements and settlements. A particular focus is the interactions between Aboriginal peoples and Euro-Canadians in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the emergent cultural forms and identities. www.historymuseum.ca
STEVEN McNEIL, BA, MA, PhD candidate at Queen’s University (Maritime Vice-Regal residential interiors of the Regency period). Assistant Curator, Victoria College Art Collection, University of Toronto. Previously held curatorial and administrative positions at the Department of Canadian Heritage, the National Capital Commission and the National Gallery of Canada. www.vic.utoronto.ca
ALICIA BOUTILIER is Chief Curator and Curator of Canadian Historical Art at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. She has produced numerous exhibitions and publications for art museums across Canada, with emphasis on women and group artists, collecting histories and the intersection of art and craft. She is co-Curator of Stepping Out: Clothes for a Gallery Goer. https://agnes.queensu.ca/
LAURA MURRAY, BA, MA, PhD, Queen’s University Professor of English and Cultural Studies, Fulbright scholar and winner of the 2018 Principal’s Education Leadership Award. Widely published in academic texts and journals, her diverse research interests include community-based oral history. Her work as director of the Swamp Ward and Inner Harbour History Project won an Award of Merit from Parks Canada and support from the City of Kingston Heritage Fund. https://swampwardhistory.com/who-we-are-2/
JENNIFER McKENDRY, PhD, is an architectural historian, lecturer and prolific author of numerous articles and books, such as With Our Past Before Us: 19th-Century Architecture in the Kingston Area; Modern Architecture in Kingston; and Woodwork in Historic Buildings of the Kingston Region. Her other interests include studying doll houses and their furnishings as “architecture in miniature”. http://www.mckendry.net/
BRAD COPPING is renowned as a leading glass artist in Canada. His functional blown glasswork is in the permanent collections of the Royal Ontario Museum and the Design Exchange, and his water glass design “Forest Glass” was selected for use at the G8 Summit in 2010. His stunning sculptures can be found at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art and the Speed Museum (Lexington). http://bradcopping.com/
VINCENT PEREZ is owner of Everlovin’ Press, a Kingston printer and stationer of fine letterpress products, founded in 2010 after his tenure as manager of the legendary Dawson Printshop at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. He frequently collaborates with artists and designers across Canada to craft limited edition prints of their work and is a leading advocate for Makers of Kingston, a collaborative of local artists and artisans. https://www.everlovinpress.com/
MARNEY McDIARMID is a self-taught potter with an MA in Oral History and an “all but dissertation” PhD in Cultural Studies. Since the mid-1990s, she has been creating densely patterned hand built pieces in porcelain, renowned for their grace and whimsy. Her work can be found at leading craft galleries and online at Make and Do. http://marneymcdiarmid.com/
BRIAN HETHERINGTON, BA, MTS, is a Kingston teacher and writer, and for 20 years a storyteller. A past artistic director of the Storytelling Festival of Toronto and editor of Appleseed Quarterly, he was awarded a Canada Council grant to create a one-man show, Were it Not for Hope, the Heart Would Break. http://storytellingtoronto.org/story/hetherington-brian/
SASKIA TOMKINS is a classically trained, multi-instrumental musician with a folk background, a jazz degree and is current All-Britain Champion for Irish music. She performs solo violin and other strings with a variety of artists and as a studio musician. http://www.saskiatomkins.com/
ROSS RAMSAY, MSc Hons, PhD and GAEL RAMSAY, MA Hons, have researched early English ceramics for 20 years, beginning with a visit to the Carolinas in search of Cherokee clay. Ross is a retired professor from Deakin University and the Southern Institute of Technology. Gael currently works at the Whangarei Arts Museum, New Zealand. Together they have authored 19 research publications on English porcelains, from Bow to Limehouse to earliest Worcester. https://www.bowporcelain.net/
CHRIS WHYMAN is a World Champion Town Crier and founding member of the Ontario Guild of Town Criers. He is also manager of visitor services for Tourism Kingston. https://www.kingstonist.com/chris-whyman-town-crier-interview/
MAYOR BRYAN PATERSON is Kingston’s 96th Mayor, elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2018. The Mayor’s Arts Awards, established in 2017, recognizes and celebrates artistic achievement as well as extraordinary support for and contributions to the arts in Kingston. https://www.cityofkingston.ca/city-hall/mayor-and-council/mayor
DENNIS MILLS, BA, MEd, is a retired arts educator, researcher, antiquarian detective and addicted collector of handwoven textiles. He is a former Coordinator of the Arts for the Peel District School Board focused on curriculum, instruction and assessment. After studying weaving at the Ontario College of Art and Design, he dedicated 45 years to building a showcase collection of textiles and weavers from Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes.
MOE JOHNSON “Walking the tightrope with discipline, experience and excellence” is a motto that informs Johnson’s philosophy as a private wealth portfolio manager. For more than a decade, it has also guided his passion as a researcher, writer and collector of 19th-century Ontario utilitarian pottery. The compelling social, political, and business factors underlying that industry will be elaborated in his forthcoming book, The Potter’s Reach.
TONI AND JOHN ANGUS are native-born Quebecers with deep roots in that province and avid, eclectic antique collectors. John is a business executive and descendant of Richard B. Angus (Bank of Montreal, co-founder of Canadian Pacific), passionate historian (Champlain Society) and raconteur. After 30 years running non-profit organizations, Toni completed her career with a successful retail business.
CHRISTINE SYPNOWICH, BA, MA, D.Phil (Oxford) is Professor and Head of the Department of Philosophy at Queen’s, and is president of the Barriefield Village Association. https://www.queensu.ca/philosophy/people/faculty/sypnowich-christine