Haliburton School of The ArtsSimon Waegemaekers is co-founder of the Textile Museum of Canada. He was educated at the University of Toronto and St. Vincent College in Pennsylvania, specializing in cultural history. During his 18 year tenure at the museum, he collected, analyzed, and catalogued more than 15,000 textiles from all parts of the world and organized over 100 historical textile exhibitions. He has taught textile history at the Museum, Sheridan College and the Ontario School of Art and Design. His illustrated talks on various aspects of textile history have been well received for more than twenty years by such groups as the William Morris Society, the Decorative Arts Society and weaving and spinning guilds in Ontario. As president of the Oriental Rug Society of Toronto, he has been responsible for the society's educational program since 1991, presenting Canada's only thorough historical course on rug history and has been a guest lecturer for various rug societies in North America. Currently he teaches a series of lectures on the textile traditions and techniques of East Asia, part of a multi-year continuing program of lectures about textile history throughout the world.