Victor Rabinovitch was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation (2000 – 2011), which is responsible for the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Canadian War Museum. Before joining the Corporation, Rabinovitch was Assistant Deputy Minister, Income Security Programs, at Human Resources Development Canada, From 1995 to 1998,he served as Assistant Deputy Minister, Cultural Development and Heritage, in the Department of Canadian Heritage. He was responsible for policies and programs in broadcasting, cinema, publishing, sound recording, copyright, museums and performing arts. He led the departmental team responsible for the modernization of Canada’s Copyright Act, and the implementation of programs to assist book publishing, such as BPDIP, film and television production, museums and national cultural training institutions. Rabinovitch was also Assistant Deputy Minister at Fisheries and Oceans Canada, where he served in a variety of capacities.
Before joining the federal public service, Rabinovitch specialized in labour issues, serving as National Secretary for Workplace Health and Safety with the Canadian Labour Congress from 1978 to 1982. From 1976 to 1978, he served as Executive Director, Manitoba Department of Labour. His publications include: “Method and Success in Canada’s Cultural Policies and “Museums Facing the Trudeau Challenge” He is currently a distinguished Fellow of the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University teaching courses on Canadian Cultural policy.