Elaine Roper and Keith Spence Appointed to ROM Board of Trustees

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is pleased to welcome Elaine Roper and Keith Spence to the Museum’s Board of Trustees.

Elaine Roper is the Senior Vice-President of Human Resources for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Organizing Committee and has more than 30 years experience leading successful turnaround and growth initiatives. As Vice-President, HR and Corporate Operations at Promis Systems Corporation, she contributed to the turnaround and subsequent growth of that organization.

A former chair of the board of the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Ms. Roper has held a variety of senior positions on the boards of the Heart & Stroke Foundations of Ontario and Canada, the Textile Museum of Canada and Bishop’s University.

Ms. Roper holds a B.A. in German and Business Administration from Bishop’s University, and was recipient of the 2007Bishop University’s Alumni of the Year award.

Keith Spence is President of Global Mining Capital, previously holding positions in investment banking and capital markets at RBC Capital Markets and BMO Capital Markets.

Prior to joining the ROM, Mr. Spence served on the Boards of Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum and Ontario Place Corporation. He is also a member of the Board of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), which holds the world’s largest mining event in Toronto, annually. He was Chairman of the annual Toronto Gardiner Awards, and was made a CIM Fellow for outstanding contributions to the Canadian minerals industry.

A Commonwealth Scholar, Mr. Spence holds an Hons. B.Sc. in Geology and an MBA, both from the University of Western Ontario.

"I'm pleased to welcome Elaine and Keith to the ROM's Board of Trustees," said Janet Carding, ROM Director and CEO. "Elaine's expertise in human resources and leading growth initiatives in both the private and non-profit sectors, combined with Keith's leadership in the financial and natural resources industries, will provide tremendous support to further achieve the Museum's mandate and develop our strategic direction, as we move towards the ROM's centenary in 2014."

About the ROM Board of Trustees

The Royal Ontario Museum is an agency of the Government of Ontario. The Board of Trustees is the governing authority for the Museum, responsible for its policies, its operational continuity and the collections and other assets which the Museum holds in trust for the people of Ontario. The Board consists of 21 Trustees - 15 are appointed, three are ex-officio members and three are elected by ROM members. The provincial government makes appointments through the Lieutenant Governor in Council. Trustees are volunteers who are dedicated to public service and the ROM’s well-being and long-term stability.