Robert Janes, PhD

Robert Janes 

Editor-in-Chief, Museum Management and Curatorship
Adjunct Professor, Department of Archaeology, The University of Calgary, Canada


I have worked in and around museums for the past 35 years as a director, consultant, author, editor, archaeologist, board member, teacher and volunteer. I have spent my career championing museums as important social institutions - capable of making a difference in their communities and in the lives of individuals.

I am currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Museum Management and Curatorship (, an author, a museum/heritage consultant and a volunteer. I am also the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley ( - an NGO committed to the ecological integrity of the mountain region where I live. I am the past President and Chief Executive Officer of the Glenbow Museum, Art Gallery, Library and Archives ( Calgary, Alberta, a position I held from 1989-2000. Prior to my Glenbow appointment, I was the founding Director of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (1976-1986) and founding Executive Director of the Science Institute of the Northwest Territories (1986-1989), both in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories - one of Canada’s most remote regions. I earned a Ph.D. in Archaeology from the University of Calgary, where I am currently an adjunct professor.

I was awarded an Honorary Life Membership (1986) and the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Museum Management (1992) from the Canadian Museums Association. I also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Calgary in 1989 and the Distinguished Achievement Award from Lawrence University (USA) in 1991.  I was elected a Fellow of the Canadian Museums Association in 2002 and received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003 for significant contributions to the museum community in Canada. In 2011, I was given the Lieutenant Governor’s Award by the Alberta Museums Association for exceptional contributions to the provincial, national and international museum communities.


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