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New museum CEO brings extensive experience

The Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Initiative is pleased to introduce George Jacob, the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum’s CEO and new Executive Director of the River of Death and Discovery Dinosaur Museum Society.

George Jacob joined the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum on September 2, 2014, as Lt. Col. Brian Brake transitions on to a new endeavour. Trained at the Smithsonian Institution as an intern, educated at the Birla Institute of Technology & Science formerly under the MIT-Ford Foundation collaboration, University of Toronto and Yale School of Management, Jacob is known internationally for spearheading stellar museum planning and design-build assignments and is one of the leading Canadian museum thinkers of our times.

“The County of Grande Prairie welcomes George Jacob as the new CEO for the Museum and Executive Director for the Society,” says Leanne Beaupre, County of Grande Prairie Reeve. “Jacob brings with him many years of experience in museum fundraising and planning that will surely be a valuable asset in the success of the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum.”

Jacob said he is looking forward to the challenge of opening a vibrant new museum to the world.

“The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum has enormous potential to enhance visitor attraction and add to the quality of life with this world class facility in the County,” he said. “With its unique exhibition and education programs, this will be one of the most sophisticated museums in Canada when it opens its doors to the public in 2015.”

A Commonwealth Scholar, Jacob’s museum design-build portfolio can be seen in 11 countries including Dubai, Singapore, India, France, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Egypt and across the United States. Founding director of three museums in his career, his museology discourses and op-eds address urban development, creating cultural capital and civil societies

He is credited with developing Canada's first Masters Studio in Museum Design at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba and is the author of several seminal books on the future of museum practice, including Museum Design: The FUTURE; and its sequel – Exhibit Design: The FUTURE.

Adjunct Professor for Cultural Leadership & Diplomacy Executive Program at the University of Texas (PB), he currently serves on the Peer Review Board of the American Alliance for Museums and as an Advisor to Basin PBS. He was honoured to be the Project Director for the production of the 1812 Star Spangled Banner permanent exhibit – Smithsonian’s most treasured national icon – rededicated to the nation by President George W. Bush in November 2008 at the National Museum of American History.

About the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum and the Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Initiative

The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, scheduled to open its doors in 2015, will be a 41,000 sq. foot, world-class facility highlighting the rich fossil resources of Northern Alberta. Named for Dr. Philip Currie, Canada’s preeminent palaeontologist, the museum, located in Wembley AB will serve as a hub of education and science in the area. The Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Initiative is the omnibus term for the project team tasked with the realization of the museum.
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