David Alexander, head of new archives and digital preservation at the Royal B.C. Museum, has been elected president of the B.C. Museums Association. The organization held its annual general meeting at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Sept. 14, electing a new council to continue the revitalization of the 58-year-old association. University of Victoria cultural resource management programs director Tania Muir is vice-president, while Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site executive director Rebecca Clarke is treasurer and independent museum consultant Deborah Hudson of Chilliwack was appointed secretary. Victoria’s Peter Ord is past president. New council members include Haida Gwaii Museum executive director Scott Marsden (Skidegate), Gallery2 director Liz Barron (Grand Forks) and NGX Interactive producer Hanna Cho (Vancouver). They join Aboriginal Tourism B.C. representative Lillian Hunt (Alert Bay), Kelowna Art Gallery executive director Nataley Nagy, Fraser River Discovery Centre executive director Catherine Ouelett-Martin (New Westminster), and lawyer Danielle Lemon (Vancouver).
Former Mandela aide leads resort
Gary Bedell has been named the new general manager of the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, finalizing a six-month succession plan. Bedell joined the resort, owned by Rick Genovese, in April to learn the ropes of the remote luxury resort in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Bedell is a former Canadian diplomat, who once worked as an aide to Nelson Mandela and is fluent in five languages.
True Key takes fishing resorts
True Key Hotels & Resorts is the new management company for a trio of fishing resorts on the Island. Moutcha Bay Resort, located between Gold River and Tahsis, Nootka Sound Resort, in Galiano Bay, and Newton Cove Resort, in Espinosa Inlet, which are all owned by Nootka Marine Adventures, will be under the True Key banner. “[Nootka Marine Adventures’] unique resorts add diversity and depth to the family of True Key managed resorts,” said True Key president Michael Anderson. “[Nootka] will benefit from our brand, management, marketing and strategic planning skills and we'll benefit from the value and credibility their resort properties bring to our portfolio.”