Executive Director, Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries
Accomplished, experienced and visionary, Zainub Verjee is the laureate of the 2020 Governor General’s Visual and Media Arts Award for Outstanding Contribution. A public intellectual, she was elected as Senior Fellow of Massey College and appointed as McLaughlin College Fellow at York University. Recognizing her extraordinary contribution to arts and culture, she was conferred with honorary doctorates by OCAD University, Toronto and NSCAD University, Halifax as well as Simon Fraser University and University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
A recognized thought leader and senior executive in Arts, Culture and Heritage sector, with experience in leading and managing cultural institutions, cultural organizations, cultural departments, international contemporary art centres and cultural agencies, she has shaped culture policy at all levels of governments and contributed to building of cultural institutions and organizations in Canada and internationally. In the 1990s, Zainub was the executive director of the Western Front Society in Vancouver, B.C.. Later she held positions at Canada Council for the Arts in Ottawa, Department of Canadian Heritage in Gatineau and at the City of Mississauga.
As a scholar, she has been part of many research projects and think-tanks to strengthen post-secondary art education in Canada and Internationally as well as published extensively. Her recent scholarly publication is a co-authored chapter The Making of the Black Star Collection at the Image Center in Facing the Black Star Other recent publications that documents her work are Variable Conditions – Para-computational Arts in Canada, 1965–1995 and Other Places: Reflections on Media Arts in Canada Her other writings can be found at the Galleries West Magazine while some of her new interviews can be found here
Currently, she is leading major national digital data projects to bring cultural institutions within the digital ecosystem and activating the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 2015 report (TRC). Specifically, the recommendation of #67 of the TRC that contributes to a review of museum policies and best practices to determine the level of compliance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
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