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.
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: Exhibitions Coordinator
If you could have any pet in the world, what would it be? I already have my dream pet – my fur baby Phoebe. She is a 1 ½ year old Olde English Bulldogge and she is my child.
If you were a Disney villain, who would you be? I think I’d be Maleficent. As a Sagittarius who often suffers from FOMO, I would also be pretty upset if I didn’t get invited to the biggest party of the year.
Who is your favourite F.R.I.E.N.D.S character, and why? Definitely Miss Chanandler Bong. His sarcastic, self-deprecating humour is my favourite. Phoebe is obviously a close second… (see the name of my dog).
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.
Any hidden talents? I don’t have any hidden talents.
If you could have any pet in the world, what would it be? If I could have any pet, maybe a Siamese cat.
What’s your favourite part about working at THEMUSEUM? My favourite part about working at THEMUSEUM is all the stuff I have to build with each new exhibit.
Role: Director of 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: Family Experience Manager
If you had to eat your weight in one thing, what would it be? Mangoes! They’re sunshine in fruit form.
Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter of Lord of the Rings? A nostalgia toss-up between Star Trek and Lord of the Rings. I grew up on the sci-fi adventures of Captain Picard and the Enterprise crew. But as a teen, I was old enough to appreciate (and work my way through) the Lord of The Rings books after the movies came out. I think I teared up when The Return of The King won 11 Oscars.
If you were a Disney villain, who would you be? Well, I would aspire to be Shenzi from the Lion King. She has qualities I can really get behind. Intelligence, tenacity, leadership, teamwork, a bite-force of 1,100 PSI. …What? Hyenas are incredibly cool, okay.
Role: The Underground Studio MakerSpace Manager
In the case of a zombie apocalypse, what is your weapon of choice? Zombies are my least favourite supernatural creature but I would use a Mad Max style vehicle to pummel them down.
Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter of Lord of the Rings? Lord of the Rings
What is your strangest phobia? Oompa Loompas
Role: Education Manager
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 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: Visitor Services
What is your hidden talent? I am a certified first-degree black belt in mixed martial arts or MMA for short. I have been trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, karate, kickboxing, and weapons training which includes bo staff and nunchucks. I also apparently move very quietly (according to my mom who thinks I’m always sneaking up on her) so I’m pretty much a ninja.
If you were a Disney villain, who would you be? I’m very interested in British history so I would go with The Queen of Hearts, mostly because she is pretty much a child-friendly adaptation of King Henry VIII.
Who is your favourite T.V. show character? Olenna Tyrell from Game of Thrones. Her sass and wit are unmatched by any other character I’ve seen. When I’m an old lady I want to be just like her.
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 of vinyl records.
Role: Development Specialist, Government and Foundation Relations
If you had to eat your weight in one thing, what would it be? Pizza. Any day, any time.
What is your ideal superpower? I had a recurring dream when I was a kid where I could fly, but only if I crossed my arms. It was odd, but fun. I’m not going to skydive or bungee jump, but outright flying would amazing.
If you could travel back in time to any era, when would that be and why? Anytime with great music. Can I transport modern medicine with me??
Role: Development Specialist
What is your ideal superpower? Flight!
What is your favourite dinosaur? The Diplodocus, or really any of the long-necked long-tailed lumbering dinosaurs.
What is your strangest phobia? I don’t like cold little mouse feet.
Role: Sales and Events Manager
If you could have any pet in the world, what would it be? This may be a boring answer, but I have always wanted a dog! Who wouldn’t want a forever best friend? Just don’t tell my family…they all own cats!
If you had to eat your weight in one thing, what would it be? Ice cream may be the best dessert ever made. I could eat it for days.
If you could travel back in time to any era, when would that be and why? I would travel back to the 1980’s. Big hair, rock music, and colourful clothes…what’s not to like! But mostly so I could see Queen in concert.
Role: Cultural Sales Specialist
Who are your dream TV parents? Cam & Mitch from Modern Family. Mitch works hard and would keep me on track, while Cam would bring out my outgoing side. And I could probably attend some sweet concerts if they were my parents… maybe Cher??
If you had to eat your weight in one thing, what would it be? I thought for a long time about this one, but the answer is McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets. They’ve just always been there for me!
What is your strangest phobia? Elevator doors. Mostly when they close… on me.
Role: Senior Manager of Marketing
If you could travel to any event in history where would you go? Any Montreal Expos game in 1994. The greatest team they ever had.
What is your favourite vacation destination? Mexico City, the people, the sights and food are amazing
Secret Confession: It wouldn’t be a secret if I told you!
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: Digital Marketing Coordinator
What is your ideal superpower? Having the ability to be invisible, that way I could do whatever I want, whenever I want!
If you had to eat your weight in one thing, what would it be? Baked Brie and crackers, I LOVE cheese.
If you had 1 million dollars and one week to live, what would you do? Take my closest friends and family on an all-expenses-paid vacation to Greece for a week! Whatever’s left I’d give to my parents, little brother and the World Wildlife Fund.
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.