Michael Rikley-LancasaterBorn and raised in Chatham Ontario, Michael has been Executive Director/Curator of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum since July 1, 2007. He studied Fine Arts at Fanshawe College in London Ontario, before receiving a diploma in Applied Museum Studies from Algonquin College in Ottawa. He was employed as Assistant Curator at the Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum, and then Program Coordinator for Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations with the Canadian Museums Association.

 He has served on the Council of Heritage Organizations Ottawa, as well as the Lanark County Tourism Association board of directors. He currently sits on both the Arts & Cultural Advisory Committee, Heritage Committee, Downtown Almonte Heritage District Study Committee and the Festivals Committee for the Town of Mississippi Mills and is part of the Lanark County Museum Network. Michael has just joined the Mississippi Mills Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

 Michael is the 2014 Cultural Achievement Award winner for the Young Award.