Wesley A. Wenhardt


Wesley A. Wenhardt

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Wesley Wenhardt is an accomplished innovator with leadership, business and management experience in the cultural sector. He has over 25 years experience working with non-profit organizations.

He is an experienced executive, leading the start-up and management of high profile visitor focused cultural attractions. His areas of expertise include: leading, developing and planning, management, branding, identifying and exploiting revenue opportunities. Wesley is adept at hiring and developing staff, managing growth and surpassing revenue targets. He is a team leader and innovator with a proven ability to develop new business and motivate people. Wesley has developed successful sponsorship deals, private-public sector partnerships, and cooperative marketing programs. His work has taken him around the world, planning, opening and revitalizing museums, science centres & IMAX theatres, and heritage sites in Canada, the United States, New Zealand, South Africa, Scotland and Brunei.

Wesley is currently the Director of the North Vancouver Museum and Archives in North Vancouver and will open a new museum in the Shipyards District,  North Vancouver in the fall of 2020.

Wesley was the Executive Director of the Foss Waterway Seaport, in Tacoma, Washington, leading the development and operation of this 118 year old restored maritime heritage center, currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Together with the Board and staff in six years, they raised and invested over  $5 M in historic renovation and improvements. As founding VP Business Development, Operations and IMAX Theater, at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose California, Wesley was responsible for generating up to $ 5 M annually, and overseeing all revenue generation from: museum store, facility rentals, café and catering, IMAX, admissions. He was also Executive Producer of an IMAX short destination film, The Spirit of Silicon Valley.

He launched the innovative BMW Pavilion and IMAX Cinema in Cape Town, South Africa where he served as Director for two years. At the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, Wesley planned and launched the IMAX theatre that was a key to revitalizing the Centre. He developed the Tourism Marketing program for the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and launched and directed the world’s first combination IMAX/OMNIMAX Dome HD Theatre at the Museum, becoming involved in IMAX film production, staging and hosting world premieres of The Civilization Series: The First Emperor of China, Mystery of the Maya and Titanica.

On a project basis, Wesley has consulted to a number of organizations in: start-up and launch, revitalization, operations, marketing and product development. Selected clients include: the Auckland MuseumBeaty Biodiversity Museum; The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre; Vancouver Aquarium; Glasgow Science Centre and IMAX Theatre; Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii; National Geographic Films, Washington DC; the National Museums of Brunei; the 1986 World Exposition in Vancouver. Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Meewasin Valley Authority, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Wesley developed the Tour de Biennale cycle tour supporting public art in the Vancouver Biennale.
Under his direction, the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at the University of British Columbia was launched in 2011. He completed a project with Sportsmark, representing sponsors and suppliers of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Wesley was Executive Director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum (VMM) reversing the City of Vancouver’s decision to close the VMM in 2009, for the first time ever securing guaranteed funding for three consecutive years, and reducing the VMM deficit over two consecutive years of operation.

Wesley is a graduate of the Museum Leadership Institute program at the Getty Foundation in Los Angeles, California, and has studied executive coaching at Stanford University, California. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta, with a degree in Resource Planning. Wesley has served on the Board for the Western Museums Association (US and Canada) for nine years, and the Commonwealth Museums Association for two years. He is fluently bilingual in French and English.