Lifetime Achievement Award: Robert Marentette

Lifetime Achievement Award: Robert Marentette, Director of Operations, Art Gallery of Hamilton

Robert Marentette is celebrating his 50th year in professional security this year. During his career, he has served in numerous roles from frontline to senior security management. His first 15 years in security encompassed border security, industrial security and contract security. During the last 35 years, his security roles have focused on the protection of cultural property, and he has occupied leadership roles at the Royal Ontario Museum and the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto. Marentette joined the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ont., 13 years ago and currently serves as director of operations.

Marentette has also served the security industry in several volunteer capacities, including 15 years for the Canadian Society of Industrial Security. Passionate about art protection, he has given numerous presentations in Canada, the U.S., and Europe about art theft.

An art collector himself, Marentette has taken a personal interest in Canadian and First Nations artwork. He likes to spend his free time with his three grandchildren and family.
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