President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Museum of History
Mark O’Neill was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Museum of History in June 2011. A museum professional with over 20 years of experience in the field of arts and culture, Mr. O’Neill joined the Museum in 2001 as Director, Strategic Planning and Corporate Secretary and successively assumed increasing responsibilities as Vice-President of Public Affairs and Publishing and, most recently, as Director-General of the Canadian War Museum.
Among his many achievements over the past decade, Mr. O’Neill brought the Museum of History and the War Museum to millions of Canadians from coast to coast to coast. He was instrumental in sharing Canada’s rich cultural, social and military history with Canadians and the world, through multiple platforms and exhibitions. Under his leadership, the Canadian War Museum developed exhibitions and educational programs relevant to Canadians, seeing its number of visitors more than triple.
Mr. O’Neill began his career in the public service in 1986, holding various senior management positions within the field of Canadian heritage, including, Director of Cultural Property for the Department of Canadian Heritage and as Secretary of the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board.
A native of Toronto, Mr. O’Neill grew up in Ottawa and attended Carleton University, where he studied political science and Canadian studies. He is a community volunteer, and an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa. Mr. O’Neill lives in Ottawa with his wife and two children.