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educator , art historian , museum director

Martin Joseph Segger, museum director, educator, art historian. Decorated knight Equestrian Order of Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem; named Honorary Citizen, City of Victoria, 2000, Arts Citizen of Year, 2001; recipient award, Heritage Canada Communications, 1976, Heritage Conservation award, Lieutenant Governor British Columbia, 1989, Harley J. McKee award, Association Preservation Technology, 1994, Queen's Golden Jubilee medal.


Segger, Martin Joseph was born on November 22, 1946 in Felixtowe, England. Son of Gerald Joseph and Lillian Joan (Barker-Emery) Segger.


Bachelor, University Victoria, 1969. Diploma in education, University Victoria, 1970. Master of Philosophy, University London, 1973.


Professor art history University Victoria, Canada, 1970—1974. Museologist Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria, 1974—1977. Director Maltwood Art Museum, professor art history University Victoria, since 1977, director community relations, 2001—2009.

Consultant National Museum Corporation, Ottawa, 1977, United Nations Educational, O.E.A., Cairo, 1983. Board directors Canadian Cultural Research Network, Victoria College Art, Canada Research Alliance. Board advisors Greater Victoria Economic Development Commission.

President Pacific northwest chapter Society Architectural Historians, 2002-2007.


Member heritage policy review committee Government Canada, since 2001. Canadian Decorative Arts Society, since 2001. Member cultural diversity experts committee Government Canada, 2002—2003.

Vice president Commonwealth Museums Association, 2003—2007. Board governors Heritage Canada Foundation, 1979—1983. Chairman City of Victoria Heritage Advisory Committee, 1975—1979.

Board directors Downtown Victoria Community Alliance, Heritage Trust, 1977—1986, British Columbia Touring Council, Station CFUV Radio, British Columbia Government House Foundation, Royal British Columbia Museum, 1996—1999. Co-chair British Columbia Arts Festival. Member British Columbia Heritage Advisory Board, 1973—1983.

Councillor City of Victoria, 1987—1993. Vice-chair Provincial Capital Commission, 1991—2001. President Association Vancouver Island Municipalities, 1993—1994.

Chairman British Columbia Festival of the Arts, 1999. Board directors International Council Museum-Canada, 1999, Victoria College Art, 2001—2006, Victoria Harbour Authority, 2002—2006, director Canada. President Commonwealth Museum Association, since 2007.

Board directors University Club., since 2001. Board chair Queenswood Society, 2007—2009. Fellow Royal Society Arts, Canada Museum Association (counsellor 1975-1977).

Member International Council Museum (chair international committee for training personnel 1995-1998), International Council Monuments and Sites (board directors 1980-1982), Society Study Architecture Canada (board directors 1979-1981), Can Museum Directors Organization, Commonwealth Association Museums (president since 2005), Union Club Victoria.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: travel, motor mechanics, water color painting.


Married Angele Cordonier, October 4, 1968. Children: Cara Michelle, Marie-Claire, Margaret Ellen.

Gerald Joseph Segger

Lillian Joan (Barker-Emery) Segger

Angele Cordonier

Margaret Ellen Segger

Marie-Claire Segger

Cara Michelle Segger