Each year the CMA presents awards to celebrate and encourage excellence within the Canadian museum sector. A volunteer jury conducts a peer review of all submissions and the successful recipients are honoured at the CMA's national conference.

The CMA presents six different awards:

  The CMA also presents four awards in partnership with other organizations:

  • The Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Museums: History Alive! recognizes excellence and innovation in the public programming of museums and related heritage institutions. This award is presented by the CMA in partnership with Canada's History Society.
  • ICOM Canada's International Achievement Award honours a Canadian museum professional or organization that has demonstrated and promoted excellence in Canadian museology on an international scale.
  • Museum volunteers can be recognized through two awards:
    • The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers is an official honour created by the Crown and is part of the Canadian Honours System. The CMA is proud to have been invited by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General to recognize volunteers within the museum sector on an annual basis.
    • The Museum Volunteer Award recognizes individuals or groups who generously volunteer their time and commitment to a museum or related heritage institution and who have made a sustaining impact. This award is a collaboration between the CMA and the Canadian Federation of Friends of Museums (CFFM).

Deadline

The deadline for applications and nominations for all awards is November 15 each year, with the exception of the History Alive! Award.


2017 Award Recipients

CMA Awards of Outstanding Achievement

The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) honoured the achievements of museum professionals at its 2017 National Conference in Ottawa, Ont. A total of 19 awards were presented during a special Awards Ceremony held at the Westin Ottawa Hotel, Friday April 7.

All 2017 Award recipients Back/l. to r.: Pierre Lassonde, Michel V. Cheff, Michele Gallant, Katharine Lochnan, Michael Audain, Alexandrine Théorêt, Karen Duffek, Johanne Landry, Alison Rajah, Christy Thompson, Lisa Ellis, Graham Young.

[Front/l. to r.: Yanick Daunais, Jean-François Royal, Carolyn Holmes, Hélène Samson, Vanessa McBay, Tom Foran, Khalil Z. Shariff, Dominique Laurent.

Photo by Martine Ménard. ©Canadian Museums Association, April 2017.

 

Award of Outstanding Achievement in Education

MakerLab Youth Immersion
Two Rivers Gallery (Prince George, B.C.)
Carolyn Holmes .
Photo by Martine Ménard. ©Canadian Museums Association, April 2017.

Award of Outstanding Achievement in Conservation

Small Wonders: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures
Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Ont.)
David Silcox and Lisa Ellis Photo by Martine Ménard. ©Canadian Museums Association, April 2017

 

Award of Outstanding Achievement in Marketing

Remember Them at The Rooms Campaign
The Rooms Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (St John’s, N.L.)
From l. to r.: Tom Foran , Karen Bachmann and Vanessa McBay .
Photo by Martine Ménard. ©Canadian Museums Association, April 2017.

 

Award of Outstanding Achievement in Philanthropy

Pierre Lassonde
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (Québec, Que.)
Pierre Lassonde .
Photo by Martine Ménard. ©Canadian Museums Association, April 2017.


Award of Outstanding Achievement in Exhibitions — Cultural Heritage

(budget less than $1M )
Tu ne tueras point
Musée des religions du monde (Nicolet, Que.)
Yanick Daunais and Jean-François Royal.
Photo by Martine Ménard. ©Canadian Museums Association, April 2017.
 

Award of Outstanding Achievement in Exhibitions — Science

(budget over $1M)
Pliosaur Exhibits
The Manitoba Museum (Winnipeg, Man.)
Graham Young . Photo by Martine Ménard. ©Canadian Museums Association, April 2017.

 

Award of Outstanding Achievement in Exhibitions — Art 

(budget less than $1M)
Hommage à Dallaire: Que la Fête commence!
Galerie Montcalm (Gatineau, Que.)
From l. to r.: Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, Michel Cheff and Dominique Laurent .
Photo by Martine Ménard. ©Canadian Museums Association, April 2017.
 


Award of Outstanding Achievement in Exhibitions — Art

(budget over $1M)
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories
UBC Museum of Anthropology (Vancouver, B.C.)
Karen Duffek and Karen Bachmann.
Photo by Martine Ménard. ©Canadian Museums Association, April 2017.


Award of Outstanding Achievement in Exhibitions — Cultural Heritage

(budget over $1M)
TOGETHER: An Exhibition on Global Development
Aga Khan Foundation Canada (Ottawa, Ont.)
Khalif Z. Shariff .
Photo by Martine Ménard. ©Canadian Museums Association, April 2017.


Award of Outstanding Achievement in New Media

Surrey Urban Screen
Surrey Art Gallery (Surrey, B.C.)
Alison Rajah .
Photo by Martine Ménard. ©Canadian Museums Association, April 2017.


Award of Outstanding Achievement in Research — Art

Mystical Landscapes
Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Ont.)
Christy Thompson and Karen Bachmann.
Photo by Martine Ménard. ©Canadian Museums Association, April 2017.

Award of Outstanding Achievement in Research — Cultural Heritage

Notman, photographe visionnaire
Musée McCord Museum (Montreal, QC)
  David Silcox and Hélène Samson . Photo by Martine Ménard. ©Canadian Museums Association, April 2017.

Additional awards were also presented in the following categories:

President's Award

The inaugural President’s Award was presented to Michael Audain in recognition of his many contributions and patronage of art institutions, artists and museums across Canada.

 
Michael Audain and Karen Bachmann .
Photo by Martine Ménard. ©Canadian Museums Association, April 2017.
 

Award of Distinguished Service

The CMA salutes the outstanding careers of these dedicated museum professionals: Michele Gallant , Glenbow Museum (Calgary, Alta.); Dr. Katharine Lochnan , Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Ont.); and Dr. Randy Miller , New Brunswick Museum (Saint John, N.B.)

   
David Silcox and Michele Gallant .
Martine Ménard. ©Canadian Museums
Association, April 2017.
Karen Lochman
Photo: Martine Ménard. ©Canadian
Museums Association, April 2017.

CMA Fellow / Fellow de l’AMC

The CMA welcomed and recognized a new Fellow: Benoît Légaré .

 

ICOM Canada's International Achievement Award

The ICOM Canada International Achievement Award is presented to Johanne Landry , Jardin botanique de Montréal – Espace pour la vie (Montréal, Que.) an esteemed ambassador of scientific museology on the national and international levels.

 
Audrey Vermette (présidente ICOM Canada) and Johanne Landry.
Photo by Martine Ménard. ©Canadian Museums Association, April 2017.

2017 Dr. Shirley L. Thomson Young Curators Award

The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) and the Museums Foundation of Canada are proud to announce the recipient of the Dr. Shirley L. Thomson Young Curators Award , an annual legacy fund which supports practical skills development for your curators.

Alexandrine Théorêt and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) were recognized
during the CMA Awards Ceremony and Reception at the Westin Ottawa Hotelas part of the Conference.

From l. to r.: Anne Grace (MFFA) , David Silcox,  Alexandrine Théorêt and Karen Bachmann .
Photo by Martine Ménard. ©Canadian Museums Association, April 2017.

 

The CMA wishes to congratulate this year's award recipients and interns for their professional achievements and contributions to the Canadian museum sector.

Past award recipients

2016 Award recipients (PDF)
2015 Award recipients (PDF)
2014 Award recipients (PDF)
2013 Award recipients (PDF)
2012 Award recipients (PDF)
2011 Award recipients (PDF)
2010 Award recipients (PDF)
2009 Award recipients (PDF)
2008 Award recipients (PDF)