Executive Director, Cultural Heritage, Parks Canada
Dr. Patricia Kell is the Executive Director, Cultural Heritage in Parks Canada’s Indigenous Affairs and Cultural Heritage Directorate and has served in this role since 2018. Her career has focused on providing strategic leadership in cultural heritage organisations, including policy and
program leadership in history, cultural resource management and heritage conservation.
From 2014 to 2018, Dr. Kell worked for the Department of Canadian Heritage where she was Director General, Heritage. While at Canadian Heritage, she led the Canadian Conservation Institute, the Canadian Heritage Information Network, and programs related to museums. In
addition, she was the departmental champion for women in science and the Vice Chair of the Finance Committee.
Previously, Dr. Kell worked for over 15 years in a wide variety of jobs with Parks Canada, including Director of Heritage Conservation and Director of the National Historic Sites Policy Branch. She also has experience in the field, including at the Rideau Canal, Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, and Riding Mountain National Park. She holds an M.Sc
(Université de Montréal), a Masters degree in museum studies (University of Toronto) as well as a Doctorate in history (Oxford University).