New Executive Director Named

April 12, 2019

New Executive Director, Linden Roberts.

WEMBLEY, AB – Linden Roberts is the new Executive Director of the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum.

A career museum professional, Roberts steps into the position later this month.

She brings with her global background from venues including the Ontario Science Centre, the Royal Alberta Museum, Body Worlds, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry and, most recently, from We The Curious in Bristol, England.

“I’m excited about this position,” she says. “We have a motivated, qualified and dynamic team here, which I hope to build on. I’m here to help the museum reach its potential. This facility is an investment in Northern Alberta.

“No other museum offers quite this opportunity. There’s a real bone bed nearby for visitors to truly experience paleontology. The Museum is about this place, not a portal to somewhere else. There is also active, ongoing research.”

Roberts’ previous positions have ranged from exhibit design to project management.

The Grande Prairie area and its youthful population make the Philip J. Currie Museum an ideal place to offer an intergenerational experience.

“This museum is beyond what the dinosaurs bring. It can bring children and grandchildren together. It brings the kid out in the parent and the scientist in the child. They can share and learn together. Museums work hard to create that kind of environment.”

Roberts looks forward to working with stakeholders, partners and potential funders to strengthen the museum’s financial position and prominence as a regional attraction. Museum personnel recently learned the facility has received accreditation from the Alberta Museums Association, which increases funding possibilities.

As well, she says, it will be important to reach out to the community to ensure the museum continues to maintain a great connection with residents of the region and visitors to provide meaningful offerings. Building on the venue’s reputation as a tourist destination is another priority.

Roberts will also spearhead a five-year plan after doing an assessment of the facility and its programs to help the museum to build on its successes.

“We’re thrilled to have Linden join our team,” says Museum Board Chair Linda Side. “She brings a wealth of experience from museums around the world. Her presence will help the museum enhance its reputation as a world-class facility and provide leadership to staff to be successful in their roles.”

The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum – a 41,000 square foot world-class facility named for Canada’s preeminent palaeontologist and highlighting the rich fossil resources of Northern Alberta – opened its doors to the public on September 26, 2015. It is Canada’s second devoted dinosaur museum, and is located 19 kilometres west of the City of Grande Prairie in the Town of Wembley.

Media contact:

Linda Side Board Chair Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum 780-831-8517

Linden Roberts Executive Director Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum 780-913-7558

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