Preview of Viola Desmond exhibit at Bank of Canada Museum

OTTAWA — On Thursday, November 29, 2018, the Bank of Canada Museum will host a media preview of the new exhibition A Noteworthy Woman, dedicated to Viola Desmond, the first Canadian woman ever to be featured on a regular bank note. The exhibition includes rare and never-before-displayed artifacts from the life of Desmond, whose portrait appears on the new vertical $10 note that entered circulation on November 19. The exhibition also explores the other imagery on the new bank note, which celebrates Canada’s ongoing pursuit of human rights and social justice.


  • Bank of Canada Senior Deputy Governor Carolyn A. Wilkins
  • The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women
  • Wanda Robson, Viola Desmond’s sister

Following the event, there will be a photo opportunity and media availability with Minister Monsef and Mrs. Wanda Robson.

All media must register with the Bank in advance. To register, please contact by noon (ET) on Wednesday, November 28, at 613-782-8782.


Preview of the new Bank of Canada Museum exhibition A Noteworthy Woman.


10:00 to 11:00 (Eastern Time)


Bank of Canada Museum
30 Bank Street
Ottawa, Ontario


There will be no media lock-up for this event.


A press release with more information will be available:

  • November 29 at 11:00 (ET) on the Bank’s website.
Media Availability

At 10:40, Mrs. Robson will hold a media availability. At about 10:50, Minister Monsef will also answer questions. There will be no Q&A session with the Senior Deputy Governor.

Bank and Museum staff will be available to answer questions about the exhibition and the new $10 note.


There will be no webcast of this event.


There will be a photo opportunity in the new exhibition at 10:30.

During the event, vertical $10 bank notes will be available on-site for purchase by members of the media in attendance (limit: one note per person). Only cash purchases will be accepted.

USBs pre-loaded with information and photos of artifacts in the exhibition will be available for reporters. Photo release forms will be available if required.

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