Meet Our StaffThe Boss
Role: CEO of THEMUSEUM
What’s your favourite part about working at THEMUSEUM? Watching the parents and children interact. Watching the staff grow and mature into astute business and arts leaders.
If you had 1 million dollars and one week to live, what would you do? Donate it to THEMUSEUM.
If you could go back in time, what would you do? Bet on the 1992 Toronto Blue Jays to win the World Series.
Meaghan Hawkins a.k.a MEG HAWK
Role: Senior Director, Sales & Operations
Who is your favourite F.R.I.E.N.D.S character, and why? I don’t think I can fully describe how much I love this show. I watched it when it was on TV, and now I re-watch it constantly on Netflix. CONSTANTLY. Plus, I am always quoting the show in various situations. Anyway…all the characters are my favourite at different times, but I have to go with Phoebe. I am for sure a ‘Monica’ myself, and I think Phoebe is so drastically different from her, and she has qualities that are so unique. I would want to be friends with Phoebe for sure.
If you had to eat your weight in one thing, what would it be? PIZZZAAAAAA.
If you could have any pet in the world, what would it be? Probably a wee penguin. OR, I would steal my brother’s adorable dog.
Role: Partnerships and Special Events Coordinator
What is your strangest phobia: I don’t know if anyone else has ever felt this but, I am terrified by vents/drains at the bottom of pools.
The most recent Google search: Halloween costumes for my pet bunny, Theodore.
If you had to eat your weight in one thing, what would it be? Pasta for sure. #Italian.
Role: Exhibit Support and Technology
If you had 1 million dollars and one week to live, what would you do? Who thought up this scenario? How do I know my time is about to expire? Am I supposed to spend all this money? Is someone trying to kill me because I have this money? How did I get this money? Did I take this money? Is my downfall brought on by this money? Oh this greed.
What’s your favourite part about working at THEMUSEUM? I know where everything is.
Describe my instagram aesthetic. WISIWYG no filter.
Brando Von Dino
What is your ideal superpower? Super powers well Je-Wiz controlling Matter of course, everything in the world is made of the stuff! if you can manipulate matter there are endless possibilities.
What TV channel doesn’t exist, but should? Nothing but the Grateful Dead, Phish, The String Cheese Incident. Among other amazing bands with endless amounts of music to enjoy!
When is the last time you climbed a tree? I can’t remember, however I love to sit on the ground! Walk around with no shoes and dig my feet into mother earth.
Role: Special Event Support
What is your favourite dinosaur? Tyrannosaurus. Specific shout outs go to the T-Rex from Jurassic Park, and THEMUSEUM’s very own Maverick – I love that guy!
If you were a Disney villain, who would you be? There are so many great classic villains… but I’ve got to go with Tamatoa from Moana – this is primarily based on Jemaine Clement’s singing of Shiny. Decapods rule!
If you had to eat your weight in one thing, what would it be? Pizza. “Pizza is the best food ever invented. It’s cheap, it’s greasy, you can put whatever you want on it, and it satisfies that craving to destroy your body” – Every Pizza Lover Ever
Role: Special Event Support
If I could have any pet in the world, it would be…
A tiger, or definitely some kind of jungle cat, just so long as it promises not to eat me.
In case of a Zombie Apocalypse, my weapon of choice would be…
Anything that would allow me to keep my distance: probably not a good idea to get any of that stuff on you! And yes that would include my feet as I may decide to just run away if I see one.
“To boldly go where no man has gone before” or “A long time ago in a galaxy far far away”? No question: “A long time ago in a galaxy far far away.” They have light sabers! Which I am sure would also make a great Zombie Apocalypse weapon…
Matt Pedersen a.k.a Matty. P
Role:Special Events/School Programs
If you were a Disney villain, who would you be? If I were a Disney Villian I would probably be Gaston from Beauty and the Beast. Monster Hunter, Big Mouth, Eat three dozen eggs for breakfast, Just wants to be loved *cough (and then insanely jealous when I’m not) *cough. That about sums me up.
What is your favourite dinosaur? I don’t think you can ask Kids that grew up in the 90s what their favourite dinosaur is and get a definitive answer. ALL DINOSAURS RULE!! However, I am partial to the ankylosaurus. Special mention to the Archopteryx and Pterodactyl since they aren’t really dinosaurs.
In the case of a zombie apocalypse, what is your weapon of choice? After seeing Shawn of the Dead a few years back I cannot picture a zombie Apocalypse without a cricket bat and a crate or vinyl records.
Role: Senior Director, Exhibitions & Program Development
What’s your favourite part about working at THEMUSEUM? Working with all of the different artists – local and international – for our exhibitions!
What is your favourite Beatles song? You’ve got to hide your love away – I also love the Eddie Vedder version.
Describe your Instagram aesthetic in 3 words: Daughters, design and family.
Role: Manager of Education Programs
If you were a Disney villain, who would you be? The Queen of Hearts
What is your ideal superpower? Teleportation
Who is your favourite F.R.I.E.N.D.S character, and why? Ross, because he’s hilarious and genuine.
Role: Manager of Visitor Experience
If I had to eat my weight in one thing: It would be ice cream. Specifically Death by Chocolate from Kawartha Dairy. It is To Die For – absolutely pun intended. \
If I could have any pet in the world: I want a Pygmy hippo. That false advertising ad really got me as a child, and I was crushed that I could never own a house hippo. Therefore, Pygmy hippos are second best. Alternately an Emperor Tamarin … because, well, just Google it. No other animal had such a fantastic moustache.
Hidden talent: I participated/coached/choreographed a professional jump rope team for about ten years. Loads of fun! …and great exercise!
Ashley Miller, PhD
Role: Family Experience Coordinator
If you had to eat your weight in one thing, what would it be? Mangoes
What is your favourite dinosaur? Compsognathus
If you were a Disney villain, who would you be? Shenzi from the Lion King
Role: Museum After Dark Programming
Who is your favourite F.R.I.E.N.D.S character, and why? Joey! I mean, do I even have to say anything other than “how you doin’?”
If you had to eat your weight in one thing, what would it be? Avocados
Role: Education Coordinator
If you could have any pet in the world, what would it be? A Red Mouse Deer. Seriously. Look up a picture of a Red Mouse Deer right now. Their bodies make no sense. It’s like they skipped leg day at the gym.
If you could go back in time, what would you do? What would I do? Nothing! Doing things back in time is like the ONE thing literally every time travel movie and TV show says not to do before someone does it and sets off some horrible alternate timeline. No thanks.
What’s your favourite part about working at THEMUSEUM? Having the pleasure of interacting with students and visitors interested in new experiences. The atmosphere at a museum is so different from that of a classroom or lecture hall because it inspires learning instead of demanding it. Combining curiosity and passion in a person often helps someone learn about themselves and it’s pretty cool to experience that firsthand.
Role: The Underground Studio Coordinator
If you could go back in time, what would you do? I’d go back to a Planck time unit past the Big Bang and watch the genesis of it all. Actually, wait. I’d be instantly disintegrated into a mess of energy from the incredible temperature and pressure in that pre-atomic environment, adding a minuscule amount of material into the cascading chain of events which may eventually shape my, no, wait, everyone’s atomic structure today. The grandfatherlyest of paradoxes!
In the case of a zombie apocalypse, what is your weapon of choice? Merely my mind. It’s the only thing that separates me from the unwashed masses looking to gobble up my brains. This scenario would have course need access to a shop with the means to produce sufficient supplies to develop a counter remedy to reverse said zombie apocalypse. That might not work. Plan B: A completely self-sustaining orbital space station with a gigantic ion cannon would work too. Pew pew!
Describe your Instagram aesthetic in 3 words: Monochrome, Urban, Authentic.
Role: Director of Development & Membership
Would you rather win an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, or Tony award? Tony of course- triple threat baby!
What is your ideal superpower? To speak all languages- you’d have friends wherever you’d go, travelling would be a breeze, and your book/movie selection would be endless. It would make life beautiful!
Describe your Instagram aesthetic in 3 words: Friends and Family <3
Role: Development Specialist
What is your ideal superpower? Flying. Air fare is way too expensive, and I have family all over the world that I would love to be able to see all the time.
What is your favourite dinosaur? Parasaurolophus… Don’t know why, they just look really cool.
What is your strangest phobia? Definitely belly buttons. Anything to do with them seriously grosses me out. Omphalophobia – look it up – it’s a thing.
Role: Memberships & Bookings
What’s your favourite part about working at THEMUSEUM? Learning really interesting things! Although I never really considered working in a museum while in college, I was so surprised to actually enjoy learning so much from the exhibitions and programs at THEMUSEUM!
Your most recent google search: “How late is Walmart open” I was that person walking in 15 minutes before they closed…
What is your ideal superpower? Teleportation. I feel like I am always on the go and busy, so it would help to be anywhere I need to go instantly!
Role: Director of Brand Research & Strategic Initiatives
Who are your dream TV parents? The Dream Team Trio of Danny Tanner, Jesse Katsopolis, and Joey Gladstone from Full House. They do a mean rendition of the Teddy Bear song.
What is your strangest phobia? I’m afraid of Canadian Geese. If you went to the University of Waterloo you know what I mean. Ironically I have a stuffed UW Goose on my desk.
Secret Confession: One time I saw Afroman in an airport and was too scared to ask for a photo and autograph. Best part David Marskell offered to chase him down for me.
Role: Graphic Designer
When is the last time you climbed a tree? Never.
Who is your favourite F.R.I.E.N.D.S character, and why? I’m guessing this is a TV show?
In the case of a zombie apocalypse, what is your weapon of choice? Slower people. forever.
Role: Marketing Coordinator
What is your favourite dinosaur? A stegosaurus. No one messes with them because they are huge and have armor, but they are the most gentle giants! (But they’re not very smart!)
What is your strangest phobia? Carpet stores. I have absolutely no idea why, I think it’s the smell?
If you could have any pet in the world, what would it be? A kind raccoon that stays a baby forever!
Role: Public Programming Interpreter
What TV channel doesn’t exist, but should? The Truman Show Channel, except it’s just of me.
The most recent google search: “How can I train my dog to sing along to Africa by Toto?”
Who is your favourite F.R.I.E.N.D.S character and why? I really like Amy Dunne from Gone Girl. I would like her to be my F.R.I.E.N.D!
Role: Public Programming Interpreter/Dino Actor
Favourite Dinosaur: Maverick, our 14-year-old juvenile tyrannosaurus, because he’s the best dinosaur ever! (I’m only slightly biased, since you know, I am him).
If I could have any pet in the world: I’d have Maverick. Or would that be I’d have myself? I don’t know – this whole being a dinosaur thing is confusing.
My (not-so-hidden) talent is: Being a part-time dinosaur. Can you tell that I love my job?
What’s your favourite part about working at THEMUSEUM?My co-workers, and the fact that I get to do something new every day!
Role: Educational Interpreter
What’s your favourite part about working at THEMUSEUM? I appreciate being surrounded by positive energy, creative thinking, and innovative ideas either from the visitors or colleagues! Everyday, I am learning new facts or ideas through the many interesting conversations or projects.
If you had to dance in a flash mob, what song would you choose? I would choose ‘Bailando’ by Enrique Iglesias, because this song is full of art, cultural fusion, and summer vibes.
What is your ideal superpower? My ideal superpower would be to travel back in time to gain a better understanding of our world history. I would love to have a chat with the many powerful and influential people that shaped today’s world or, better yet, invite them all to the same dinner party.
Role: Educational Interpreter
If you had to eat your weight in one thing, what would it be? Pizza!!
What is your ideal superpower? Flight.
In the case of a zombie apocalypse, what is your weapon of choice? Iron Fire Poker.
Role: Human Resources/Volunteer Management
What is your favourite part about working at THEMUSEUM? Every day is a different day and I like being able to see all the new exhibitions.
If you were a Disney villain, who would you be? Disney Villain are awesome! I will be Maleficent.
What is your ideal superpower? My ideal superpower would be to be anywhere at anytime!
If you had to eat your weight in one thing, what would it be? Dark chocolate. (Can that be subdivided into a mix of plain 70% dark, dark with sea salt, and dark with mint?)
If you had to dance in a flash mob, what song would you choose? Hmm, tie between Deee-Lite’s “Groove is in the Heart” and Madonna’s “Vogue”.
What is your ideal superpower? To go through life not requiring sleep.