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Board of Directors - The Rooms Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador


Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation


Section 7(1) of the Rooms Act


No Remuneration


The Rooms Corporation is located in St. John’s with Regional Museums in Grand Bank, Grand Falls-Windsor and Northwest River.

The objectives of the corporation are to

           (a)  collect, preserve, present, exhibit and make available for research the historic artifacts, natural history specimens and archival records that represent and illustrate the significant history, culture and natural heritage of the province;

           (b)  conduct research with respect to the history, natural history, culture and heritage of the province for the purposes of paragraph (a);

           (c)  collect and present provincial, national and international contemporary and historic art;

           (d)  advance and promote the works of contemporary visual artists of the province;

           (e)  support the development of cultural industries in the province;

           (f)  strengthen the culture of the province; and

           (g)  provide and enhance client services and partnerships to promote the cultural collections of the province and to show other national and international collections.


The bylaws of the Corporation provide for eleven (11) Board Members which are appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Independent Appointments Commission.

The 11 member board includes a representative from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation. All remaining 10 positions are available to the general public including a Chair and Vice-Chair.

The Rooms Corporation’s current management team consists of five full-time employees who oversee the year-round operation of The Rooms and seasonal operations of the Regional Museums. There are approximately 42 full-time permanent staff as well as seven seasonal staff to operate the Regional Museums.

In addition to providing school programs and public engagement programs, the operation of The Rooms includes rentals for events, meetings, and conferences.

Competency Profile:

Those who comprise The Rooms Corporation Board of Directors should collectively possess the following qualifications: 

  • Organizational Management/Governance
  • Knowledge in Human Resource Management and Labour Relations
  • Knowledge and/or experience in some of the following areas: marketing, promotions, corporate communications, social media, media relations, and crises management
  • Tourism industry knowledge and experience
  • Knowledge of fundraising
  • Knowledge of property planning and development
  • Knowledge of business development
  • Knowledge of finance and accounting
  • Legal Expertise
  • Regional Representation
  • Gender Balance
  • Indigenous Representation


Personal attributes required of Board Members should include: 

  • high ethical standards and integrity
  • appreciation of responsibilities to the public
  • flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions;
  • capable of a broad perspective on issues;
  • ability to listen and work as a team member;
  • no direct or indirect conflict of interest

Time Commitments:

Members of The Rooms Corporation Board of Directors should be available to meet approximately four times per year. Occasionally decisions of the Board will be requested via email or conference call. Board members may also be expected to spend additional time to review materials and prepare for Board and Committee meetings.


Board terms are for a period of three (3) years and board members continue to hold office until he or she is reappointed or a new member is appointed.

Current Members:
NameTitleAppointment TypeAppointment Date (yyyy/mm/dd)Expiry Date (yyyy/mm/dd)
Allan, Ms. Margaret ChairpersonLieutenant Governor in Council2018-03-082021-03-08
Baikie, Ms. Michelle MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2018-03-082021-03-08
Bonnell, Ms. Heidi MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2018-03-082021-03-08
Deputy Minister of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation or designateMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2018-03-082021-03-08
Hickey, Ms. KatherineMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2018-03-082021-03-08
Ludlow, Mr. EarlMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2018-03-082021-03-08
McCarthy, Ms. Mary MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2018-03-082021-03-08
Newell, Mr. GaryMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2018-03-082021-03-08
Pardy, Mr. Jeff MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2018-03-082021-03-08
Stacey, Ms. Kathi MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2012-05-152015-05-14

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