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► Tuesday 10

► Wednesday 11

► Thursday 12

► Friday 13 

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No Museum is an Island: Mobilizing Resources, Building Capacity 

The late Stephen E. Weil has long been considered one of the museum community's most insightful (and frequently wittiest) commentators. His 1980 essay entitled No Museum is an Island is just as relevant if not more so today than almost 40 years ago. If Canadian museums and galleries once stood as islands, distanced from the turmoil of the world around them, the situation in which they find themselves today is very different.

CMA 2018 will strive to address the difficult questions and challenging issues facing Canada's museums and galleries at every turn:

Who should provide the critical resources needed for the museums of the 21st century?

How will museums successfully mediate between their traditional missions and mandates to better serve the future while addressing the insistent demands of the present?

How will museums strengthen their capacity without compromising their basic museum goals and objectives?

How do we collaborate, both internally and externally, to reach our objectives?

In April 2018 we'll come together in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia.


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Program Quick Reference (April, 2018)

Monday, 09   Tuesday, 10   Wednesday, 11   Thursday, 12   Friday, 13

• Directors Symposium

• Off-site Study Tours

• Provincial Museum Associations Meeting

• Optional Evening Event


• Workshops

• Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada Meeting

• CMA EXPO Opening and Reception with Exhibitors

• Optional Evening Event


• CMA 2018 Opening Ceremonies

• CMA Business Meeting

• Keynotes

• Educational Sessions

• Lunch with Exhibitors

• Fellows Lecture

• ICOM Canada Meeting

• Optional Evening Event


• Keynotes

• Meeting of the Fellows

• Educational Sessions

• Lunch with Exhibitors

• CMA Awards Ceremony and Reception

• Closing Gala


• Offsite Study Tours


If you attended the 2017 Future of Exhibition Design Symposium or 2018 MEC, you are entitled to a $150 discount on your 2018 CMA National Conference (Premium or Full) registration. Be sure to contact the CMA at to register at this rate! (Non-transferable)

For those seeking financial assistance with their travel expenses (only), please visit the CMA bursary program . As the number of bursaries for the Conference is limited, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.



Thank you to the following individuals, who have been instrumental in the planning of this Conference.

Tracy Calogheros, The Exploration Place Museum + Science Centre Margaret Chrumka, Kamloops Art Gallery
Dolf DeJong, Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre
Marie Dickens, Vancouver Art Gallery Association Caroline Dromaguet, Canadian War Museum
Robert Laidler, Museum Foundation of Canada Sue Lamothe, Canadian Museums Association
Carol Mayer, UBC Museum of Anthropology Sue-Ann Ramsden, Canadian Museums Association
Ken Ross, Bank of Canada Museum Brady Smith, Squamish Lil'wat Culture Centre
Debbie Trueman, Nanaimo Museum Angela Williams, Royal British Columbia Museum

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The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre has been selected as the host hotel for the 2018 CMA National Conference. A block of rooms has been reserved for delegates. To take advantage of the special Conference rate of $189.00 (+ taxes), please reserve your room as soon as possible and no later than March 15, 2018. Rooms may be booked under the name Canadian Museums Association .

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Prefer to make you reservation by phone? Please call 1.800.663.9255 and ask for the Canadian Museums Association Conference room block .


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