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New dino museum executive director starting in July

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The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum has found its new executive director. Chair of the River of Death and Discovery Dinosaur Museum Society Tim Powell played a major role in Susan Hunter’s hiring, and says the society is thrilled to have the right person coming in.

“In terms of high-octane leadership, creative insight, and innovation, Susan is just what this organization needs. I’m confident Susan has what it takes to bring the museum to the next level.”

Former CEO George Jacob left the museum in October 2016, and Powell said they didn’t want to rush the process of finding a replacement. When the board’s offer to Hunter went out, he said the scope of her job would be different, with a major focus on bringing in more people and money.

The new executive director is no stranger to the Peace region, as she was most recently the Vice-President of Community Relations and Student Services at Northern Lights College in Dawson Creek, B.C. Before that, she spent nearly a decade as Director of Marketing and Communications at Sault College where she was part of a rebranding that led to a 32 per cent jump in enrolment.

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Hunter also served as president of the Art Gallery of Algoma board and was a Director with the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce board. She is expected to start in early July and she says she has big plans for the dino museum.

“This institution is an exciting new landmark for the Peace Region. It has garnered a great deal of success since opening its doors in 2015, and I look forward to engaging local stakeholders to expand on these accomplishments. The dinosaur museum is destined to be a major attraction.”

In addition to her experience in post-secondary and corporate management, Hunter has several degrees, including a Masters in critical pedagogy. She has studied and worked in Japan, France, and the United States.

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