Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust

The objects of the Trust are to use, administer, manage and maintain the Fathers of Confederation buildings in furtherance of the purpose for which it was erected, as a national memorial to the Fathers of Confederation.

What is the function of the board?

The Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust may:

  • (a) acquire, hold, loan, exchange and dispose of pictures, books, museum pieces and objets d'art;
  • (b) hold, arrange for and sponsor exhibitions, lectures, performances;
  • (c) publish, sell and distribute and promote and assist in the publication, sale and distribution of books, papers, catalogues, reports, pamphlets and circulars;
  • (d) acquire, hold, manage and dispose of any real and personal property;
  • (e) enter into agreements with any person which it may consider necessary or advisable in furtherance of its objects and execute such agreements, deeds and other instruments therefore; and
  • (f) promote, assist in and do all other matters, things and duties that will commemorate the meetings of the Fathers of Confederation and otherwise as the board may consider necessary or expedient in the operation and maintenance of the buildings as a national centre.

Primary Role:  Adjudicative

Material Role:  Managerial/Oversight

How many people are on the board?

The Trust shall consist of a chairperson who is a PEI resident, and twenty-three other members, of whom seven are residents of the province and 16 are not ordinarily resident in the province and who represent other regions of Canada.

What are the requirements of board members?

Work & Experience Requirements
Management and business experience is preferred.

Skills Required
Tribunal skills.

What are the nomination requirements?

Statutory Nomination Requirements
The Lieutenant Governor in Council shall appoint all members.

Will I get paid?

No remuneration.

What is the time commitment of the board?

The board executive may meet ten times per year and the national directors join four of the meetings.  There may also be special meetings called by the Chair.   

Each member of the board shall be appointed for a term of up to three years and may be re-appointed.

Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust - Members
Term Start
Term End
Bob Sear, Chair
Queens County
July 31, 2021
July 31, 2024
Kateri Coade
Queens County
July 5, 2022
July 5, 2025
Angus Orford
Queens County
Aug 24, 2022
Aug 24, 2025
Lori Pendleton
Queens County
Aug 31, 2023
Aug 31, 2026
Margo Thompson
Prince County
Jul 31, 2023
Jul 31, 2026
Haley Zhu Queens County July 5, 2022 July 5, 2025
Dr. Jacqueline Goodwin
Queens County
July 5, 2022
July 5, 2025
Katie Arsenault Queens County May 16, 2023 May 16, 2026


Name Province Term start Term end
Donna MacDougall Quebec May 16, 2023 May 16, 2026
Robert (Bob) Burns Alberta May 16, 2023 May 16, 2026
Esmahan Razavi Alberta March 30, 2024 March 30, 2027
Rani Dhaliwal Ontario July 5, 2022 July 5, 2025
Sean Finn Quebec Aug 31, 2023 Aug 31, 2026
Heather Davidson British Columbia July 5, 2022 July 5, 2025
Arlene Perly Rae Ontario Aug 24, 2022 Aug 24, 2025
Ned Pratt Newfoundland & Labrador June 22, 2021 June 22, 2024
Patricia Bovey Manitoba Jan 23, 2024 Jan 23, 2027

How can I apply?

 If you would like to serve as a member of a provincial government agency, board, or commission (ABC) you can apply online through Engage PEI

Who can I contact about this board?

Shannon Pratt
Creative Industries Development Officer
(902) 626-8613



Published date: 
January 24, 2024
Executive Council Office

General Inquiries

Executive Council Office
5th Floor, Shaw Building
95 Rochford Street
P.O. Box 2000,
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

General Inquiries:
Phone: 902-368-4502
Fax: 902-368-6118


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