Stephen Quick named director-general of Canadian War Museum

Stephen Quick has taken over the top post at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, moving over from one of the other national museums located in the capital.

New boss held posts at National Gallery of Canada, Science and Tech Museum and Aviation Museum

Stephen Quick has taken over the top post at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, moving over from another national museum in the capital.

Stephen Quick was named the new director-general of the Canadian War Museum, moving over from the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. (William Kent/Canadian War Museum)
The previous director-general, James Whitham, stepped down on Feb. 1, 2015 after three years because he wanted to return to his former job as director of the museum's collection of military artifacts.

Since 2010, Quick had been director-general of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum where he helped acquire the first Canadarm.

He was also in charge of conservation of the collections belonging to the Canada Science and Technology Corporation, which includes the aviation museum as well as the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum and Canada Science and Technology Museum.

That latter museum was forced to close in September 2014 because of a leaking roof and mould.

Quick has also held positions at the National Gallery of Canada, the Department of Canadian Heritage and spent 27 years in the Canadian publishing industry.

"The Canadian War Museum is an exceptional institution; it is a place for collective memory, a place to engage in the type of dialogue that helps us all understand the effect of conflict on the human experience in the context of Canada's military history," said Quick in a statement announcing his appointment, effective immediately.

"It is both an honour and a humbling experience to be given this incredible responsibility."

Mark O'Neill, a former director-general of the military museum and now the president and CEO of the Crown corporation that operates the Canadian War Museum and the Canadian Museum of History, welcomed Quick to his management team.

O'Neill cited Quick's strong leadership skills and experience in national museums as key reasons for the hire.


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