PAST LEADERSHIP PROJECTS
The Blue Whale Project began in 2014 when the Royal Ontario Museum sent a team to salvage a blue whale that washed ashore in Newfoundland, Canada. Dave Ireland has been a crucial team member, working towards the major 2017 exhibition Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story.
Co-founded by Dave Ireland, the EVC program is a graduate certificate offered at the Royal Ontario Museum through Fleming College. Students learn how to use multi-media as a means to encourage environmental awareness.
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Created in 2009 as a non-profit conservation program, the Ontario Road Ecology Group (OREG) is chaired by Dave Ireland. Dedicated to protecting biodiversity from the threats of roads, OREG works with partner organizations and the public to address and resolve road ecology issues.
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Dave promotes ROM Collection and Research expeditions by arranging onsite communications support. Graduates of the Environmental Visual Communication (EVC) Program receive the opportunity to experience and capture wildlife research in person through a range of multimedia tools.
The Schad Gallery opened in 2009; since its opening Dave Ireland has been in charge of all gallery operations, programs, and public engagement initiatives. The Gallery is a lively, engaging space that aims to help visitors of all ages understand nature and conservation.
Inspired after seeing the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum in the UK, Dave Ireland spearheaded the initiative of bringing the exhibition to the Royal Ontario Museum for its North American premiere in 2013, a partnership that flourished and continues annually.