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A welcome and a fond farewell mark changes to the Museum’s Board of Trustees

left © Glenn Sakaki, right © Allan Adam.


Glenn Sakaki (left) and Allan Adam.

The Canadian Museum of Nature is pleased to welcome two new members to its Board of Trustees—vice-chair Glenn Sakaki from Ontario, and trustee Allan Adam from Saskatchewan. With their arrival, the museum also bids farewell to Nicholas Offord, whose eight years of service as Board vice-chair helped solidify the museum’s financial sustainability.  

The new appointments were announced March 28 by the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism.

“We look forward to Mr. Sakaki and Mr. Adam joining the Canadian Museum of Nature family and our governing Board of Trustees,” says Meg Beckel, museum President and CEO. “Their knowledge, perspectives and expertise will serve us well in guiding the many innovative, creative and scientific initiatives of our national museum in the years to come.”

Sakaki is a professional engineer who has held various senior management positions since 2001 with Hatch, a Canadian consulting firm in the mining, energy and infrastructure sectors. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum and created the Hatch Gallery of Contemporary Art located at the Hatch Global Delivery Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. Trustee Allan Adam has experience encouraging relations between First Nations, Métis and municipal, provincial and federal levels of government. He has significant communications experience as a broadcaster, media spokesperson, translator, writer, negotiator and facilitator.

© Caley Taylor © Caley Taylor.


Nicholas Offord.

With their arrival, Nicholas Offord leaves the Board. He joined in 2011, and during his tenure as vice-chair, the museum’s earned revenues more than tripled in value, moving from 7% to 25% of overall operating revenues. Revenues from Advancement campaigns also quadrupled from $1.5 million to over $6 million per year. 

“These are significant achievements, and the museum and the Board benefitted greatly from Nicholas’ experience as a professional fundraiser in the charitable sector. We listened and learned from him in order to shift the museum’s focus to an enterprise approach that can best support our expanding research, educational and exhibitions programs,” says Beckel. “We are extremely grateful to Nicholas for his commitment and contributions to the future of Canada’s national museum of natural history and natural sciences.”

About the Canadian Museum of Nature
Saving the world for future generations with evidence, knowledge and inspiration! The Canadian Museum of Nature is Canada's national museum of natural history and natural sciences. The museum provides evidence-based insights, inspiring experiences and meaningful engagement with nature's past, present and future. It achieves this through scientific research, a 14.6-million specimen collection, education programs, signature and travelling exhibitions, and a dynamic web site,