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.
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.
Curator ~ ermen dellicarpini
ermen is an Italian, Irish, Spanish, and Puerto Rican Taíno cultural studies scholar who was born and raised on Lenape and Shinnecock territories (the five boroughs of New York City and Long Island). ermen spent their summers sailing the coast of New England on their family’s 34’ Catalina. After moving to xʷməθkʷəy̓əm territory, ermen completed an undergraduate degree that specialized in museum studies followed by a master’s degree in anthropology that focused in experimental and sensory auto-ethnography through the framework of endangered language revitalization of the Taíno language. During their master’s tenure, ermen was living on a 45’ wooden yawl built in British Columbia in 1930. In their role as curator, ermen strives to highlight the stories of all British Columbians and their connections to maritime history and culture through a framework of equity, community engagement, and collective liberation.
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.
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.
Development Coordinator ~ Zoe Forsyth
Administrative Coordinator ~ Grant Whitaker
Programs Manager ~ Darragh De Groot
Programs Coordinator (Education) ~ Anna Bondartchouk
Programs Coordinator (Public Programs) ~ Emma Forgie
Marketing & Communications ~ James Elston
Hailing from the UK and from a theatre/arts marketing background, James moved to Vancouver in 2023 and joined the team. He has plans to create more engaging content for the VMM and to help tell our story to a wider audience. You may see him often posting on our TikTok channels – so help him with a like and share!
Marketing & Communications ~ Katja Gordon (Maternity Leave)
Bio to come.