Goodbye to CEO Diane Boyle

Thank you for all you’ve done, Diane!

Diane BoyleThis week, we say goodbye and offer good wishes to Diane Boyle, CEO of Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Diane is moving on to new challenges, returning to Ketchum Canada Inc. in a new role here in Winnipeg.

Diane has been with Friends of the CMHR since 2005, first as a Campaign Director for five years, then returning as CEO in 2013. A leader in the field of fundraising, she was integral to securing donations through a national, multi-year capital campaign that turned the dream of the human rights museum into reality.

Known for her “get things done” intensity, Diane has also been a motivator, a teacher, and a constant source of cookies for the office. While we will miss her, we also wish her the very best success in all future endeavours.

The search for a new CEO is underway and you will be advised of our new CEO once a decision has been reached.

Arni Thorsteinson

Arni Thorsteinson
Vice-Chair, Board of Friends of the CMHR


Personal messages

Diane Boyle, soon-to-be-former CEO of Friends of the CMHR

“I’m glad to have this opportunity to extend my sincere gratitude to all of you – the donors, volunteers, board members, Friends and Museum staff, and others I’ve had the privilege to get to know while at Friends. Your passion for human rights and your generosity have truly inspired me, both in my work and personally.”

Gail Asper, O.C., O.M., LL.D., CMHR Board Trustee

“Diane’s departure marks the end of an incredible era for the Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Thanks to her tireless dedication and inspirational leadership, the campaign has raised over $150 million, which allowed the Canadian Museum for Human Rights to be built without compromise to the quality of the building and exhibits. I don’t think any other campaign leader could have pulled this miracle off! We will be forever indebted to her and thank her from the bottom of our hearts for her hard work over the past 12 years. We wish her well as she moves onto other projects.”

Stu Clark, recently retired Board member of Friends of the CMHR

“I have had the pleasure of working with Diane since she assumed the CEO duties of the Friends organization. Diane was absolutely committed to the cause of the CMHR and worked tirelessly to advance that cause through her leadership at Friends and her successful personal and Friends fundraising efforts. I wish her the best in whatever endeavour she intends to pursue and know she will be successful regardless of wherever her passions take her.”

John Stefaniuk, former Board Chair of Friends of the CMHR

“Through her career Diane has made a reputation for herself as one of Canada’s preeminent fundraisers. But for her individual contribution in the early days and her leadership later, it would be difficult to imagine that there would be a Canadian Museum for Human Rights today. Godspeed, Diane.”