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Patron News |November 2013 | Add to your address book | JOIN YPC

Young Patrons Circle (YPC) supports the ROM’s overall mission to build community by nurturing discovery and inspiring wonder. Through unique educational, social and cultural initiatives, YPC enhances the ROM experience while providing a philanthropic opportunity to those 45 and younger.


Dear YPC Patrons,

Each year the ROM Governors celebrates the Museum’s achievements and the support of its donors, sponsors and volunteers in the Annual Highlights Report. I encourage you to read through it and see how your donations have made a difference to the ROM. You will also find a listing of YPC Patrons who made a gift between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013.

To date, YPC has raised over $1.6 million in support of the ROM and is a proud Patron sponsor of Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World. In the ROM’s centennial year, YPC will be launching two new giving opportunities designed to honour our YPC founders, support accessibility at the Museum and strengthen our corporate partnerships. I look forward to sharing more information with you in the coming months and celebrating YPC’s impact on the ROM in this historic year.

Thank you again for your generous support!

Anna-Maria Kaneff
Chair, YPC Executive

Anna-Maria Kaneff

Casey Antolak
Nancy Bertrand
Rosario Cartagena
Francisco de la Barrera
Koel Loyer
Mike Mallinos
Lindsay Maskell
Elisabeth Patrick
Claude Tambu


Kareem Bonner
Chris Charron
Hillary Connolly
Diane Donczyk
Gabriel Granatstein
Chris Issariotis
Fiona Lim Tung
Michael Lockhart
Adriana Morrison
Milan Panic
Kelsey Paterson
King Siu
Katelyn Veldman
Peter Zhou

Upcoming YPC Events    
Friday Night Live: Fall 2013

FNL VIP in c5
Friday, November 22, 2013

Kick off the Get Wild edition of Friday Night Live (FNL) at a YPC VIP reception in c5 Lounge. This event will feature special guest speakers Aaron Kylie, Senior Editor at Canadian Geographic, “Storytelling Through Wildlife Photography”, and Yasmin Parodi, Environmental Visual Communication Graduate, “Protecting Ontario’s Greenbelt”.

Patrons will have access to a private cash bar and ROM Bucks sales station.

Date: Friday, November 22, 2013
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: c5 Lounge, Crystal Level 5
Entrance: c5, West of the ROM Store

This event is currently at capacity. If you would like to have your name added to the wait list please contact us at 416.586.8003. If you are no longer able to attend this event, please let us know at your earliest convenience.


Family Holiday Gathering


ROM Family Holiday Gathering
Sunday, December 8, 2013

Bring your family and friends to the Museum for a holiday celebration with crafts, treats and a visit from Santa.

Look for your e-invitation soon!

YPC Patrons enjoying a reception in Bronfman Hall


Add some excitement to the chilly winter months with our YPC events!

Have you checked out our lineup of upcoming events? See a full list online.

*Dates are subject to change


Recent YPC Events    

Jessica Phillips with Shrunken Heads from the Bill Jamieson collection
Host Jessica Phillips displaying a number of the Bill Jamieson Collection’s shrunken heads.



You can find more YPC event photos on our YPC Facebook page.

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Thanks for joining us.

On October 7th, a select number of YPC Patrons were given the exclusive opportunity to view the late Bill Jamieson’s collection, now under the care of Bill’s fiancée, Jessica Phillips. Patrons roamed through Jessica’s office, where many objects in the collection are housed, including the famous shrunken heads, a mummy that lies in a custom-made glass-topped desk and a large number of human skulls.

On hand to help educate Patrons on the Egyptian pieces and the conservation of human remains were ROM Educator and Egyptologist Gayle Gibson and Conservator Mary Peever.
Many thanks to Jessica and her associates for offering YPC this incredible viewing experience and the chance to learn about becoming a professional collector.

On October 26th, YPC Patrons were given the opportunity to take a docent-led tour of Art Toronto. Tour groups visited a selection of booths and engaged in discussions with some of Toronto’s most high-profile gallerists.

Thank you to YPC Executive Member Claude Tambu for his leadership of the YPC RUN for the ROM team. Congratulations to all the runners and walkers who participated in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 20th in support of the ROM!


Lauren Phillips unwrapping a piece of the Bill Jamieson collection
Lauren Phillips unwrapping an object on request for a curious Patron.

Gayle Gibson speaking about the Mummy in Jessica Phillip's office
Gayle Gibson, ROM Educator and Egyptologist, shares some insights into the mummy housed inside Jessica Phillips' desk.
Art Toronto 2013
Katharine Mulherin, Contemporary Art Projects, Art Toronto

Art Toronto 2013
Daniel Faria Gallery, Art Toronto

YPC Patron Update    

The YPC would like to welcome and thank the following new Patrons for their support:

Stephanie Bannock - Voyager Level - $600
Hardeep Bubbra & Christina Ferris - Explorer Level - $1,000
Michelle Fong & Rosanna Lau - Explorer Level - $1,000
Anila Kaveri - Voyager Level - $600
Suneil Khanna - Voyager Level - $600
Peter Lovisek - Voyager Level - $600
Erin Pleet - Voyager Level - $600
Zahra Sakkejha - Voyager Level - $600

Please join us in thanking the following Patrons for increasing their YPC gifts:

Lenore & Matthew Robson - Explorer Level - $1,000

Let’s ROM    

The Trial of David Suzuki
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
8:00-10:30 pm

Imagine a time when we might find our most trusted and respected scientists tried in a court of law for speaking out against our environmental practices.

The Trial of David Suzuki–a powerful live theatre and public engagement project conceived and produced by Laurie Brown, is presented by Cape Farewell in partnership with Donnelly Law and ROM Contemporary Culture as part of Carbon 14: Climate is Culture.

Conservation Workshop:
Conserve This...Not That!

Saturday, November 16, 2013
1:00-4:00 pm

What can you do to preserve and maintain objects and artworks in your house?

Our conservators will talk about and demonstrate the techniques that will help you properly remove tarnish from silver, safely store your priceless treasures, frame and hang your paintings and identify what things are best left to a conservator—and why.




Art as Survival With Antony Gormley
8th Annual Eva Holtby Lecture on Contemporary Culture

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
7:00-8:00 pm

An annual program highlight, the Eva Holtby Lecture on Contemporary Culture brings powerful voices to the Museum to discuss provocative contemporary ideas.

Please note, tickets are available for the lecture only, or the reception. Tickets for either may be purchased here.

Explore Mesopotamia: Foresight, Forecasting, and the Future in Ancient Mesopotamia
Lecture by Francesca Rochberg
Thursday, November 21, 2013
7:00-8:00 pm

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the internal workings of the Assyrian empire and the systematic institutional implementation of foresight by Assyrian kings.

ROM Out & About
Fossils & Evolution Trivia Night with David Rudkin

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
7:00 pm

Questions range from easy to challenging with teams competing for bragging rights. You could achieve the status of student all the way up to curator! So grab a beer, join a team and prepare for a good time.

Image of Dave Ireland


Q&A with Dave Ireland, Managing Director, ROM: Biodiversity

1. What was the last book you read?
Fiction—The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli.
Non-fiction—The God Species: How The Planet Can Survive The Age Of Humans by Mark Lynas.
Both books help me see the positive side of life.

2. Which one person would you invite to dinner, living or dead, real or fictional?
Either Rosalind Franklin or Che Guevara. I like the underdog, and original thinkers.

3. What’s the best party you’ve ever been to?
My wedding. We brought our 100 closest friends to a remote bush camp for the weekend, potluck and BYOB. We did it again recently for our 10th anniversary. Hilarious. Very special.

4. If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Bob Marley, Redemption song.

5. Where’s your favourite place in the world?
Lake Louisa in southern Algonquin park.

6. What would your last meal be?
Wild boar sausage, sweet potato, fresh green vegetables and bottles of red wine.

7. Tell us a secret about yourself?
I was fired from my first real job as a Crew Boss in a tree planting camp, for inappropriate use of vehicles: I blew up a school bus and crashed into a moose with a truck. I don’t blame the company.

8. What’s the best part of your job?
Watching as an audience member or program participant or colleague “gets” what we’re saying or understands our message. You can tell right away that they’re making a life-long internal commitment to help save the planet. Awesome.

9. What’s the hardest part of your job?
Watching as someone tunes you out.

10. What are you working on next?
A few things. I’m excited to contribute to the ROM 100 celebrations, and we have a few neat things up our sleeves for that. I’m also excited about the Boreal Forest—no real concrete plans or anything, but I’m making a lot of connections right now and hoping to somehow celebrate this amazing ecosystem in 2017 for Canada’s 150th birthday.


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