Textile Museum of Canada Appoints New Director and CEO, Kirsten Kamper
The Board of Trustees of the Textile Museum of Canada (the Museum) is pleased to announce its new Director and CEO, Kirsten Kamper, effective May 2, 2022. The search was led by Arts Consulting Group.
Currently Vice President, Operations and Campaign with the Royal Ontario Museum Foundation, Kirsten Kamper has also held positions at the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. Kamper brings to the Museum 23 years of experience in strategic planning, operations, communications, fundraising and donor engagement. She is known to be a big-picture, strategic thinker, who is results-oriented, fair, and transparent. She is recognized as a clear communicator with a proven track record of creating relevant institutional and partnership programming opportunities and developing sustainable philanthropic investments and strategies. Her commitment to diversity, combined with her expertise in human resource management, staff engagement and volunteer recruitment, make her the ideal candidate to lead the Textile Museum of Canada into its next exciting phase of growth.
In making the announcement, Chair of the Board Trustees, Judith Harris, on behalf of the entire Board said: “I am delighted to welcome Kirsten Kamper as the Museum’s new Director and CEO. We are very much looking forward to working with her. We are confident that Kirsten will build on the Museum’s recent achievements and will lead us forward with continued growth and success as one of Canada’s unique and outstanding organizations.”
Incoming Board Chair, Robert Windrum said: “I am excited that Kirsten will lead our organization into our next chapter. She brings with her a skillset that includes solid knowledge of business planning, a deep understanding of fundraising and a commitment to invest in the people and culture that makes the Museum an amazing place to work and visit.”
Search Committee Chair, Adrienne Hood said: “Kirsten Kamper’s extensive experience in the cultural sector, combined with her qualities as a strong, compassionate leader, commitment to diversity, and extensive experience in philanthropy, will ensure that the Museum will maintain and build on its amazing momentum.”
“I am honoured to be named Director and CEO of the Textile Museum of Canada,” said Kirsten Kamper, “and thrilled to join a unique and beloved museum featuring both a global textile collection and a commitment to presenting work by contemporary artists. Together with the passionate and dedicated staff, Board of Trustees, and Volunteers, I look forward to collaboratively building the strategy for our future. One that continues the Museum’s exemplary initiatives to explore the human experience through textiles in ways that are accessible and inclusive.”
“The emergence of new arts leadership is always an exciting time in the life cycle of an organization,” said ACG Senior Vice President, Menon Dwarka. “Kirsten Kamper’s intelligence and deep sectoral experience is a welcome addition to the cultural fabric of Canada, and ACG is thrilled to have been part of her journey.”
The Board of Trustees extends its profound thanks to departing Director and CEO, Emma Quin, for her outstanding leadership over the past five years, and wishes her all the best as she moves on to an exciting new chapter in the private sector.