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Remai Modern appoints Lynn McMaster as interim CEO

For immediate release — April 11, 2019

Saskatoon, Canada — Lynn McMaster, a museum administrator with 30 years of experience in the cultural and education sectors, has been tapped as Remai Modern’s interim CEO.

Originally from Regina, McMaster was most recently CEO at Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia. She also held leadership roles at the Canadian Museum of Civilization and its affiliate the Canadian Children’s Museum.

“Lynn is uniquely qualified to lead Remai Modern through this transition phase. She has experience navigating organizations through big changes and has a wealth of fiscal, strategic, team building and business development knowledge specific to the museum sector,” said Beau Atkins, Remai Modern’s interim Board Chair. “She has a reputation for innovative thinking and has long championed the importance of arts education and cultural institutions.”

At Please Touch, McMaster led a team of more than 120 staff. She served as interim CEO in 2013 and held the role of President & CEO from 2014 to 2016. During that time she led the organization through a critical and successful financial restructuring.

Her background includes working with boards, committees, partners, funders, volunteers, cultural communities and external audiences. She has directed, planned, evaluated and delivered a diverse range of innovative exhibitions, programs, products, publications and services.

“I am so pleased to join the team at Remai Modern, a museum with a growing reputation both in Canada and beyond,” said McMaster. “It’s an exciting time in the museum’s history and I look forward to contributing to Remai Modern’s momentum as a community hub and a destination for visitors.”

McMaster’s appointment as interim CEO of Remai Modern is effective immediately. She joins interim COO Celene Anger, who started in February. She will work closely with the Board and staff to ensure a smooth transition during the search for a new permanent leader.

About Lynn McMaster

Lynn McMaster holds a B.Ed major in art education from the University of Regina. She began her career as an art educator and spent close to 25 years at the Canadian Museum of History, most specifically with its affiliate museum, the Canadian Children’s Museum, where she played a significant role in its development as a nationally recognized and respected entity. She then moved to Please Touch in Philadelphia where she first served as its Executive Vice President and then its CEO.

McMaster is a member of the selection committee for the Prime Minister’s Education Awards. She served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Children’s Museums from 2000 to 2006 and was a member of the association’s program committee from 1999-2001, including serving as Co-Chair in her final year.

About Remai Modern

Remai Modern is a new museum of modern and contemporary art in Saskatoon. It aims to be a vibrant, imaginative and prescient museum committed to affirming the powerful role that art and artists play in questioning, interpreting and defining the modern era. Remai Modern is home to the world’s foremost collection of Picasso linocut prints, and aspires to be a leading centre for contemporary Indigenous art programming.

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Remai Modern is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Traditional Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to First Nations and Métis ancestors and reaffirm our relationship with one another.