New executive director named for PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation

A new executive director has been hired for the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, an organization that helps to inform people about the Island’s rich history and culture.  

Dr. Matthew McRae replaces Dr. David L. Keenlyside, who retired after serving as executive director of the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation since 2007. McRae will begin his role as executive director in September.

“Over the last 13 years, Dr. David L. Keenlyside demonstrated excellent leadership and a true passion for the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation. On behalf of Government, we thank Dr. Keenlyside for his service and wish him well in retirement. We are excited to welcome Dr. Matthew McRae as the new executive director and look forward to working with him and the foundation on fun, innovative and engaging initiatives that help share our Island’s history.”

- Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture Minister Matthew MacKay

The PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation studies, collects, interprets and protects information about the human and natural history of Prince Edward Island. The executive director reports to the Board of Governors. 

“I want to thank Dr. David L. Keenlyside for his valuable contribution over these past years. The Board looks forward to working with Dr. Matthew McRae who brings a strong professional background in museum activities and audience engagement,” said Chair of the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation Board, Vivian Beer. “We are particularly interested in engaging the next generation to ensure that our Island’s heritage is protected and celebrated.”

The foundation operates seven provincial museums and heritage sites across Prince Edward Island, providing Islanders and visitors with an opportunity to discover our province's heritage and culture.

For more information, visit: PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation.

Media contact:
Hillary MacDonald
Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture


Dr. Matthew McRae achieved his PhD in Canadian history from Western University in London, Ontario. He has taught courses and given talks at museums and universities across Canada. He has also published articles in books, magazines scholarly journals and online.

McRae has extensive experience as a museum professional, working both within major institutions and independently as a contractor. 

He has worked extensively researching, writing and planning exhibitions as a curator. He also has wide-ranging communication experience, with a focus on digital communications for museum and heritage institutions.   

General Inquiries

Museum & Heritage Foundation
2 Kent Street
Charlottetown, PE C1A 1M6
Telephone: 902-368-6600
Fax: 902-368-6608

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