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Who's Who

Carmen Li
Head of Conservation

Carmen Li is an accredited conservator with double specialization in the categories of Objects and Preventive Conservation. She received a Master of Art Conservation from Queen's University in 2006 and a Diploma in Collections Management and Conservation from Sir Sandford Fleming in 2004. Before joining the conservation team at the Royal Alberta Museum, Carmen held the position of Preventive Conservation Manager with the University of Alberta Museums, and coordinated a major collections move at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Through a series of advanced internships and fellowships, she's had the opportunity to work at the Canadian Conservation Institute (2007-2008), National Museum of the American Indian, Fitzwilliam Museum, Royal Ontario Museum, as well as museums and archaeological sites in the Netherlands, Turkey, Peru, Kosovo and Hong Kong. Carmen has been employed at the Royal Alberta Museum since 2013 and was appointed Head of Conservation in 2014, in which capacity she currently oversees an active treatment and preventive conservation program for a diverse collection. She has instructed two Preventive Conservation Courses for the Alberta Museums Association, as well as an online Care of Collections Course for the Ontario Museums Association.

Lisa May
Assistant Conservator, Objects

Lisa May is a graduate of the Sir Sandford Fleming College Collections, Conservation and Management (CCM) programme (2004) and holds a Fine Arts Honours Degree from the University of Manitoba (2001). She completed her CCM internship with the Buildings at Risk Officer at the Liverpool City Council (UK), has volunteered and held contract/term positions with a Parks Canada Inorganics and Composites lab, and has participated in conservation projects in both Boston and New Orleans (US). Previous to joining the conservation team she was the Assistant Conservator for Alberta Culture — Historic Sites and Museums (2013-2015) which consisted of seasonal opening and closings and conservation projects for multiple historic sites across the province of Alberta. She was also the Conservator at The Manitoba Museum (2008-2013)working with a large mixed collection as well as completing gallery exhibit maintenance and exhibit mount construction and installations.

Brenna Cook
Assistant Conservator, Textiles

Brenna Cook is a graduate of the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History master’s program in Textile Conservation (2012). She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Archaeology and Medieval Studies from Sir Wilfrid Laurier University (2010). Brenna has completed internships at the Musée Galliera in Paris, France, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, and at the Canadian Conservation Institute in Ottawa. She hopes to bring her passion for the preservation of historic costume to the Royal Alberta Museum.

Alison Fleming
Assistant Conservator, Objects

Alison Fleming graduated from the Collections Conservation and Management Program at Fleming College and interned at Parks Canada's Western and Northern Service Centre in Winnipeg. She has worked in private practice, completed a fellowship with the objects conservation department at Canadian Conservation Institute, and interned at the National Maritime Museum in London, where she worked primarily on ship models.

Shirley Ellis
Textile Conservator (Renewal Project)

Shirley Ellis is a conservator with a specialization in textiles. She received a Master of Art Conservation degree from Queen's University in Ontario and has undergraduate training in textiles from the University of Alberta. Shirley comes to the Royal Alberta Museum from the Royal Ontario Museum and prior to that, the University of Alberta Clothing and Textiles Collection. Her internships took her around the world, fueling her love of travel and included NYC, Belgium, Turkey and the Royal B.C. Museum. Shirley joins the RAM conservation team to focus on the treatment of textile artifacts selected for display at the new museum.

Katherine Potapova
Paper Conservator (Renewal Project)

Katherine Potapova has joined the conservation team as a contract paper conservator. She has recently graduated from the Master of Art Conservation program at Queen’s University, where she specialized in paper-based objects. She has previously completed an internship at the Canadian Conservation Institute, and worked at the Provincial Archives of Alberta. Her first experience of conservation came from volunteer work done at the Royal Alberta Museum, and she is thrilled to be in the lab once more.

Susan Green
Conservation Technician (Renewal Project)

Susan Green is a recently graduated objects conservator. She received a Diploma in Collections Conservation and Management from Fleming College in 2014, and a B.A. in Studio Art and Theatre Studies from the University of Guelph in 2006. As part of the CCM diploma program she completed an internship at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter, UK.

Kendrie Richardson
Objects Conservator (Renewal Project)

Kendrie Richardson joins us after recently completing her Master degree in Cultural Materials Conservation at the University of Melbourne, Australia (2015). She has previously worked with a number of institutions including Museum Victoria in Melbourne, RSL LifeCare War Museum in Narrabeen, the Old Log Church Museum in Whitehorse, the Toronto Reference Library, the National Army Museum - New Zealand and the New Brunswick Museum in Saint John. Kendrie also is a graduate of Fleming College Collections, Conservation and Management program (2011) and holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Classical Studies from Queen's University (2009).

Gigi Kulis
Natural History Conservator (Renewal Project)

Gigi Kulis is a recent graduate from Fleming College’s Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management program. She also holds a B.A. from McGill University, where she studied Anthropology and Earth and Planetary Sciences. During her time at McGill she had the privilege of working with collections from the Redpath Museum, the university’s natural history museum, for various courses, research projects and as a volunteer. She has worked at the Textile Museum of Canada as a Conservation Intern and Conservation Assistant, as well as privately, as a Public Art Conservator, for the City of Toronto. She is thrilled to be working along side all the talented staff at the RAM, and with the museum’s wonderful and diverse natural history collections.

Owen Thompson
Conservation Specialist (Move the Museum Project)

Owen is one of two conservators who will be focusing on the Move the Museum project. Before joining the RAM he worked with the Alberta Museums Associations as Flood Recovery Lead, where he oversaw the multi-year grant funding program and guided small museums across Alberta through initial recovery and implementation of preventive conservation steps as a direct result of the devastation of the 2013 flood. Owen trained in conservation at Fleming College in the Collections Conservation and Management program, worked for a number of years as a technician at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, and has completed internships at the International Conservation Centre in Israel, and the Canadian Conservation Institute in Ottawa.

Ally Tang
Conservation Specialist (Move the Museum Project)

Alyson Tang is a graduate of Fleming College's Collections Conservation and Management program (2013) and also holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Archaeology from Wilfrid Laurier University (2011). She recently completed a fellowship in the archaeological conservation lab at the Canadian Conservation Institute, where she worked on objects from across Canada, and has also worked at Backus Heritage Conservation Area. Alyson is very pleased to be joining the conservation team at such an exciting time for the museum.