Adjunct Professor and Fellow
Robert Sutherland Hall 313
613.533.6000 ext. 74020
Research/Teaching: Canadian cultural policy
Victor Rabinovitch is an Adjunct Professor and a Fellow of the School of Policy Studies at Queens University. He is also President Emeritus of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation, responsible for Canada’s largest museum (the Canadian Museum of Civilization) and the national museum of military history (the Canadian War Museum). His current areas of academic interest and writing are on national identity, community memory, public policy and cultural expression.
During his eleven years at the Museum of Civilization and the War Museum, the institutions dramatically expanded their range of exhibitions, audiences and artefact collections. The new War Museum was designed and constructed, while extensive renewals also took place at the Museum of Civilisation. Major national and international collaboration projects were initiated, and are now integral to both institutions.
Before joining the museums, Dr. Rabinovitch had served as an Assistant Deputy Minister in various federal government departments. His areas of responsibility included: operations of the Old Age Security and Canada Pension Plan; international relations, enforcement and economic development at Fisheries and Oceans; and cultural policies and programs at the Department of Canadian Heritage (including film, broadcasting, publishing, copyright and museums). He had previously been the first Executive Director of Workplace Safety and Health in the Province of Manitoba and, for four years, was the National Secretary for Health and Safety at the Canadian Labour Congress.
Dr. Rabinovitch was named CEO of the Year in the para-public sector by the Regroupement des gens d’affaires de la Capitale nationale in 2005. He received the Award of Merit from the Association for Canadian Studies in October 2006 for his “outstanding contribution to the dissemination of knowledge of Canada’s history”.
While his professional career has focused on agency operations and government policy-making, Dr. Rabinovitch has written and lectured internationally on issues of cultural identity, history and policy. Some recent titles include: “The North and Canadian Identity” in the Queens Quarterly (Spring 2011); “Red Herrings” in Canada’s History (June-July 2011); and “The Golden-Tongued Martyr – D’Arcy McGee”, in the Literary Review of Canada (2008, No.4).