Heritage Toronto announces new Executive Director Karen Carter

Heritage Toronto has announced the appointment of a new Executive Director, Karen Carter.


“The board and staff of Heritage Toronto are pleased to welcome Karen Carter, who brings great experience and enthusiasm to her new position,” says Peter Ortved, Board Chair, Heritage Toronto. Ms. Carter’s work and expertise in Toronto’s history, culture and communities will certainly be an asset to our organization.”


“I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with the team at Heritage Toronto to bring greater profile and appreciation for Toronto’s rich and culturally diverse heritage,” says Karen on her new role.


Karen Carter is a former arts administrator and educator who enjoys working in creative and educational environments. Karen has over 15 years of experience working and volunteering in a variety of arts and educational settings in Toronto. She is a qualified teacher and has worked extensively with various youth and educational programs. She participated as a member of the Leadership team for the Imagine a Toronto…Strategies for a Creative City report in 2006. The leadership team prepared their report after travelling to Berlin, Barcelona, Toronto, New York and London, England for a comparative study of these cities cultural sectors.  


Karen’s education includes a BA in History and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Bachelor of Education and a Master of Arts degree in Sociology and Equity Studies.


She has worked as a cultural consultant for the Department of Canadian Heritage. Karen’s most recent role was with the City of Toronto, Culture as Museum Administrator for the Toronto Museum Project. In this capacity she has recently completed the Toronto Museum Project website.


Karen, who replaces former Executive Director Peggy Mooney, will join Heritage Toronto on July 19th, 2010.


Heritage Toronto works with the citizens of Toronto to advocate for, preserve, and promote a greater appreciation for our city’s rich heritage. Through partnerships with local community groups and volunteers, Heritage Toronto works to heighten awareness of our shared history by providing city-wide programs and services. Programs include free neighbourhood walking tours, the annual Heritage Toronto Awards and William Kilbourn Memorial Lecture, our downloadable iTours program, Building Storeys, our heritage photography exhibit, a heritage plaques and markers program and participation in Doors Open Toronto.