Executive Director ~ David Jordan
David grew up in the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh also known as Prince George. Not being very proficient at hockey, he turned to the arts. He pursued his bachelor’s degree in theatre at Concordia University in Montreal and then his master’s degree at Ohio University. He has worked extensively in non-profits and served as executive director of the Vancouver Fringe Festival for 11 years. For four years he was the Arts Services Manager for the City of Burnaby, where he was responsible for the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and major civic events. He has volunteered as an executive mentor for Vantage Point, as a member of the selection committee for the Vancouver Foundation, and as president of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals. He lives with his wife and three children in East Vancouver. He is a fisherman and a poet.
Managing Director ~ Nicola Clur
Nicola was born and raised in South Africa. Her family immigrated to Canada and settled on the North Shore, where she was first introduced to sailing and a love of being on the ocean. After graduating from Emily Carr in Fine Arts, she moved to Maui. Living in Hawaii for 6 years allowed this passion to deepen further. Her family still lives there, and she visits regularly.
In 2010, Nicola joined the staff of the Vancouver Maritime Museum. A place that combined a love of boats and an interest in history seemed like a perfect fit.
Nicola started out in the Visitors Services department and moved into Museum Operations in the spring of 2012. This work covers a wide range of responsibilities and is always interesting and new. One day might involve preparing for a visit by the Prime Minister, the next day could be managing the piling replacement in the Heritage Harbour. Every day is different.
Director of Development ~ Louise Chapman (Maternity Leave)
Louise is a fundraising and public engagement specialist with a background in museums, higher education, non-profits and the arts. She started her career working in museums, with stints at the V&A, Dorset County Museum, Lyme Regis Museum and the British Museum. She spent 4.5 years in external relations at Royal Holloway, University of London and then at the charity China Exchange as program & partnerships manager.
Louise relocated from London, England, to Vancouver in 2018, and was the development manager at The Cultch theatre before moving into the director of development role at the VMM in 2021. She is a member of the Association of Professional Fundraisers and holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Manchester where she specialized in Chinese History.
Operations Manager ~ Lindsay DeVera
Lindsay De Vera has worked for the Vancouver Maritime Museum for over 20 years. As operations associate, Lindsay assists with the most important aspects of keeping the museum going. Lindsay supervises visitors services staff and ensures they have what they need to provide the highest quality in customer service.
Librarian & Archivist ~ Ashlynn Prasad
Ashlynn Prasad earned her Master’s of Archival Studies and Master’s of Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia in 2020. Ashlynn has been working in archives since March of 2013 and has worked at the University of California at Santa Cruz in Special Collections & Archives, the UBC Botanical Garden’s Library & Archives, UBC’s University Archives, and UBC’s Rare Books and Special Collections. She earned a Bachelor’s of Modern Literature and a Bachelor’s of American History from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She was a 2017-2019 ARL/SAA Mosaic Fellow and is currently the Chair of the Communications Committee for the Association of Canadian Archivists.
Exhibit Designer ~ Simon Fleming
Simon Fleming has moved from Display Technician to Exhibit Designer and is looking forward to developing visual stories that engages with the museum’s visitors. He is also a project-based multidisciplinary artist and has exhibited and worked nationally and internationally with museums and art galleries. He’s been with the Vancouver Maritime Museum since 2014.
Administrative Coordinator ~ Grant Whitaker
Marketing & Communications ~ James Elston
Bio to come.
Marketing & Communications ~ Katja Gordon (Maternity Leave)
Bio to come.