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Sean Fraser to Join Ontario Culture Division as Director of Programs
Kevin Finnerty, Assistant Deputy Minister | January 8, 2018

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From Issue No. 265 | January 11, 2018

I am pleased to announce that Sean Fraser is the successful candidate for the position of Director of Programs and Services Branch with the Culture Division.

No stranger to the ministry or to the culture sector, Sean joins us from the Ontario Heritage Trust where he has held increasingly senior positions within the agency over the past decade. Most recently, he was the Director of Heritage Programs and Operations Branch, leading the team responsible for developing heritage policy and programs, overseeing the Trust’s natural and cultural heritage properties, operating its museums and delivering public programs, such as Doors Open Ontario, the Conservation Easements Program and the Ontario Heritage Act Register. Sean has also played a leadership role in establishing and maintaining relationships with a wide range of internal partners, stakeholders and Indigenous communities to deliver the Trust’s programs and projects. Most notably, he led his branch team in delivering the extremely complex reburial of 1761 Huron-Wendat Ancestors on Trust lands which garnered him and two of his colleagues an Amethyst Award in 2014 for this important act of reconciliation.

When he is not at the office, Sean is still immersed in the sector, mentoring students and emerging professionals and delivering lectures and workshops on heritage planning, the Ontario Heritage Act, sustainability and conservation topics at educational institutions and for industry associations.

Sean’s extensive experience operating, planning and developing museums and heritage sites, as well as delivering cultural programs, administering grants, undertaking cultural resource management, archaeology and heritage planning will be an asset to the Division as we continue to implement the actions outlined in Ontario’s Culture Strategy. Given his breadth and depth of cultural heritage knowledge gained over the past 25 years working in the sector, I have no doubt that Sean’s transition to his new role will be seamless and he will be able to hit the ground running when he starts with us on Monday, January 22.

In the interim, Chris Schiller, manager of the Program Planning and Delivery Unit, will be Acting Director of the Programs and Services Branch. 

I would like to thank Roselle Martino, Assistant Deputy Minister, Population and Public Health Division, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and Oz Seydali, Executive Talent Search Consultant, Centre for Leadership & Learning, for their help with this competition.

Editors Notes: Congrats Sean!
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