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Canada’s national museum of military history

  • 3 millionArtifacts and items in its collection
  • 500,000Visitors every year
  • 2005Opened new location on Lebreton Flats
  • #1Of 190 'Top things to do in Ottawa' (TripAdvisor 2015)

About the Corporation

The Canadian Museum of History is a Crown corporation as defined and established by the Museums Act. The corporation oversees the operation of three museums: the Canadian Museum of History, the Canadian War Museum and the Virtual Museum of New France. The corporation’s overall mandate is to enhance Canadians’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of events, experiences, people and objects that reflect and have shaped Canada’s history and identity, and also to enhance their awareness of world history and cultures.


Annual Public Meeting

The Annual Public Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum of History was held on Monday, April 24, 2017, at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec.


President and Chief Executive Officer

Mark O’Neill

Mark O’Neill

Mark O’Neill is President and CEO of the federal Crown corporation that operates the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum, Canada’s national museums of human and military history. The corporation also operates the Canadian Children’s Museum, the Virtual Museum of New France and the Virtual Museum of Canada. It is Canada’s largest and most visited cultural institution and one of its oldest, with roots stretching back to 1852.

Mr. O’Neill has led the Museums since June 2011, when he was appointed President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation. The corporation and its flagship museum were renamed the Canadian Museum of History in December 2013, reflecting a shift in their legislated mandate. Mr. O’Neill has since led the institution’s historic transformation.

Under his leadership, the Museums have placed new emphasis on telling the comprehensive story of Canada and its people from ancient times to the present day. As well, the Museums have expanded their public engagement and outreach activities throughout the country, fostered new collaborations and partnerships within Canada’s cultural sector, and secured greater sponsor and donor support from Canada’s corporate and philanthropic communities.

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 was presented with the Mayor’s City Builder Award in 2013 for his outstanding community service and public advocacy leading to the implementation of the 911 emergency phone number, advanced-care paramedic system and the adoption of mandatory CPR training in local schools in Ottawa. In 2012, he received the Diamond Jubilee Medal for his commitment to the Friends of the Canadian War Museum.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the fulfilment of the purposes and the management of the business, activities and affairs of the corporation. This responsibility is carried out in accordance with a variety of legislation, notably the Museums Act and the Financial Administration Act. In fulfilling its responsibility, the Board as a whole oversees the development and application of policies concerning corporate governance.

Board of Trustees – Biographies

Interim Chairman

  • James Fleck, Toronto, Ontario


  • James Fleck, Toronto, Ontario


  • Judith Baxter, Clifton Royal, New Brunswick
  • Andrea Bobkowicz, Westmount, Quebec
  • Jean Giguère, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Richard Gwyn, Toronto, Ontario
  • Ken Langille, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
  • Christopher McCreery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Claude Thibault, Mont-Royal, Quebec
  • Robert Wilband, Mayne Island, British Columbia


The Canadian Museum of History is a Crown corporation established by the Museums Act (Statutes of Canada 1990, Chapter 3), and conforms to and is influenced by federal and provincial legislation. The corporation is a separate employer, with the majority of its staff represented by two unions: the Public Service Alliance of Canada and the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada. Appointed by the Governor-in-Council, the 11 members of the Board of Trustees are part-time appointees representing different regions of Canada. The Board in turn appoints the corporation’s full-time President and Chief Executive Officer, who directs all of the corporation’s activities.

The corporation’s primary responsibilities are the management of Canadian Museum of History, the Canadian War Museum and the Virtual Museum of New France. The Canadian Museum of History is recognized as one of the premier cultural facilities of the 20th century, and is home to the Canadian Children’s Museum and an CINÉ+. It houses more than 4 million artifacts spanning the disciplines of history, archaeology, folk culture, ethnology, postal communications and various other areas of heritage studies. Formed in 1880 around a local collection of Canadian Militia battlefield mementoes, the Canadian War Museum has since become Canada’s national museum of military history. On May 8, 2005 the War Museum reopened in a stunning new building on LeBreton Flats.

Through its activities, the corporation practices museological excellence, thereby promoting a greater understanding of Canadian identity, history and culture. In addition to its presence within the National Capital Region, the corporation disseminates its knowledge throughout Canada and the world through its website, travelling exhibitions, conference participation, publications, social media, engagement activities and other forms of outreach.

The corporation is a member of the Canadian Heritage Portfolio and reports to Parliament through the Minister of Canadian Heritage. Along with other Portfolio members, the corporation protects and exhibits Canada’s heritage for current and future generations. It also plays a vital role in fostering a sense of Canadian identity, reaching a diverse — and growing — audience through its research and public programming activities.

For further information, see Corporate Reports.

Doing Business With Us

The Canadian Museum of History’s Contracts section is responsible for managing the corporation’s procurement process. In addition to issuing purchase orders, developing standing agreements, issuing and overseeing the competitive bid process, negotiating and awarding contracts and arrangements, the section is also mandated to ensure that the procurement is compliant with relevant governmental and institutional procurement policies and procedures. If you are a supplier wanting to do business with the Canadian Museum of History, the following sections offer information about purchasing procedures, practices and policies.

Buying Practices

It is the corporation’s policy to contract for goods and services in a way that ensures best overall value. The corporation contracts with those suppliers who satisfy the objectives of obtaining quality goods and services in a timely manner and meeting specifications with competitive prices. In so doing, the corporation, as a matter of principle, conducts its expenditure contracting activities with due regard to applicable laws, regulations, trade agreements, internal policies and competitive tendering processes. The corporation does this in such a way as to convey its high standards of professionalism and business ethics to the external community. As a Crown corporation, the Canadian Museum of History’s procurement is conducted with due regard to the requirements of the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Purchases subject to these Agreements are published via MERX online tendering system. Bid packages for procurement subject to AIT and NAFTA must be ordered through MERX.

Sourcing Suppliers

Purchases not subject to AIT or NAFTA may still be published on MERX for open bidding; Nevertheless, this type of sourcing usually uses close bidding processes which involve suppliers that may be identified from past experience with the corporation, industry directories, Internet, industry and associated information sources including catalogues and journals, trade shows and conferences. Eligibility standards have been developed for suppliers:

  • auditable financial strength,
  • proven capacity to meet contractual obligations,
  • guaranteed capability for full and continuous supply,
  • assurance that requirements will be met through implemented, auditable quality plans and
  • reputable track record in supplier’s area of expertise.

If a business qualifies, it may be in a position to bid for the corporation’s work.

Tender Opening

The corporation does not open tenders in public, nor does it reveal any information contained in the responses to its requirements, except as required by law. The corporation firmly believes this would have an impact on its ability to conduct business in a fair and competitive bidding environment.


With the exception of Letter of Agreements, which have low monetary value and are limited to small services needs, all purchase orders and contracts for the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum are issued through the corporation’s Contracts section. End users are not authorized to enter into agreements with suppliers. Suppliers should not supply goods or services before a purchase order/contract is in place, and they should not perform work beyond the scope of the existing contract unless authorized by the Contracts section.


The corporation values the special relationship it has with its suppliers and welcomes initiatives by suppliers that contribute to increased productivity and good purchasing management. The corporation is always willing to discuss developments, improved performance or lower costs if these help meet the objective of reliable, cost-effective services to the Canadian public.

Terms and Conditions

Purchase Orders — Goods

Letter of Agreement — “Low Dollar value service contract”

Services Simplified Terms and Conditions

Corporate Reports

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Quarterly Financial Statements

Annual Reports

Corporate Plan Summary

Special Examination Report — Office of the Auditor General

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