MUSEUM and CANADIAN CENTRE FOR PUBLIC LEADERSHIP
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The concept for a World Leadership Museum and its affiliated Centre for Public Leadership is an outgrowth of the publishing activities of New Federation House on the subject of leadership. The design of the Museum has evolved through extensive consultations to include world-class exhibits on Canadian and International leaders as well as a learning institution for research and teaching on the topic of leadership.
Among those who have actively participated in discussions on the Museum include the senior advisors of The Gummersell Group Inc and representatives of the McCord Museum; the Discovery Museum (Stanford, Connecticut); Services des infrastructures de la Ville de Montréal; le Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine, Québec; Canada Lands Corporation, Canadian Heritage; and the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum (Boston, Massachusetts). These individuals, and many others, have contributed to the development of a unique institution whose major features include:
- an innovative cultural institution designed to promote public awareness of leadership in society, to promote leadership training, and to collect and preserve materials that relate to leadership both nationally and internationally;
- highly interactive exhibitions on World Leaders, US Presidents, Canadian Prime Ministers, Native Leaders of North America and Provincial Premiers;
- a highlight of the Museum will be its traveling exhibitions across Canada;
- the Canadian Centre for Public Leadership will offer public and specialized educational programs that explore the concept of leadership, its history and practice; it will offer an Executive MA in Global Leadership Studies in partnership with a major Canadian university;
- international conferences and seminars on major international geo-political issues will be organized, as well as exchange programs with other organizations, such as the United States Presidential Libraries System (i.e., the Clinton and Reagan Libraries), l’Institut supérieur international de leadership (France), Beijing University and the Mandela Elders Group;
- The Museum & Centre project will reflect Canadian competiveness in the global economy with its state-of-the-art technology and innovations (both in its exhibit presentations and on-line) and its highly skilled, multilingual work force (permanent and part-time);
- the Museum will be located in a historic building in Montreal’s downtown core; travelling exhibits will be arranged in the country's major cities.
The World Leadership Museum is in its early design stages and a number of exhibits and exhibition spaces are under discussion. The Museum will have space assigned to Canadian Prime Ministers and provincial Premiers, to North American Aboriginal leaders, and to important leaders from around the world. In addition, the Museum is considering, in collaboration with the US Presidential Library system and the White House Historical Association, a permanent exhibit featuring several US presidents. Seven presidents have been suggested: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and William Clinton. The exhibit would examine their contributions to the development of the United States, to the fabric of American society, and to the international economic and political system.
The Museum is also considering a temporary exhibit on French Presidents of the Fifth Republic: Charles de Gaulle, Georges Pompidou, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, and François Mitterrand. The exhibit will focus on their contributions to the development of France and today’s European Community.