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► Monday, April 15

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Sunday, April 14


8 a.m. – 5 p.m.



9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Directors' Symposium 

Held offsite at the Royal Ontario Museum

By invitation only!


CMA Pre-Conference Study Tours – Off-Site Insights

The 2019 CMA National Conference offers a variety of study tours. Study tours take advantage of local expertise to help you learn more about practical approaches to apply within your institution. You will enter each site through the front door and move through them systematically to get a thorough look behind-the-scenes. You will learn about the exemplary works that fulfill our traditional mandates. You will also learn about different aspects of cultural and heritage tourism.

All tours depart from the Hilton Toronto Hotel. A separate fee is applicable for each tour and includes admission to all sites, guided tours, food, and transportation as specified. Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots are a must, as is a warm, water and windproof jacket or coat. Add a hat and a pair of gloves and you’ll be prepared for any weather conditions, but we’re hoping spring will have sprung! Be sure to pack your camera!


Full Day Study Tours 


8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conservation, Restoration and the Best in Visitor Experience

Bus departs Toronto Hilton Hotel at 8 a.m.

Here’s your opportunity to see how others do it! Enhance your CMA 2019 experience by participating in our full-day Study Tour to the Niagara region where participants will visit both the Willowbank School of Restoration Art and the Canadian Food and Wine Institute at Niagara College (CFWI).

Study tour Photos

The Willowbank School of Restoration Arts Upper Campus will be our first stop of the morning. The campus includes the stunning estate house occupied by the Alexander Hamilton family from 1836-1936 and the John Bright family from 1936-1966. Learn about the Deep Hollow Ravine portage from the Niagara River below Queenston to Chippewa. Designated a National Historic Site in 2003 and operating as a private career college since 2006, the school property includes an 1870’s barn reproduction donated by Bram and Bluma Appel, a unique drystone wall building and a medicine garden managed by volunteers from the Niagara Peninsula Aboriginal Area Management Board. The historic Laura Secord public school was acquired in 2015 and is known as the lower campus. Classrooms are dedicated to books and archives, ceramics and stained glass, plastering and mortar mixing and drawing. The property also includes blacksmith forges and a lime kiln. Participants will see firsthand a window restoration demonstration from Willowbank alumni in the barn as well as how to braid sweet grass and, time permitting, other activities reflective of the historic age of the house.

Study tour Photos

Then it’s onto the Canadian Food and Wine Institute (CFWI) at Niagara College. Located in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake, CFWI boasts a world-renowned full-service Teaching Restaurant, an on-site craft Teaching Brewery, Canada’s only commercial Teaching Winery, a Teaching Distillery and it represented our country as Junior Culinary Team Canada for the Culinary Olympics in 2016. Attendees will experience first-hand how the CFWI interacts with their customers to ensure the best possible delivery in visitor experience.

The Wine Visitor and Education Centre is the first of its kind on-campus facility in North America. The Centre celebrates Ontario and Canadian wines. Tasting counters, retail sales and interactive displays are all part of what the Centre offers. You’ll learn how the CFWI partnered with the Tom Thomson Art Gallery to create a house-wine marking the 100th anniversary of the artist’s death and how your institution can create your own brand of wine.

The Niagara College Teaching Brewery is Canada’s first teaching brewery, and a practical learning environment for students in Niagara College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operation Management Program. The open-concept state-of-the-art 1,500 sq. ft. teaching micro-brewery facility allows students to brew their own craft beer on-campus and gain significant hands-on training in beer making, sales management and sensory evaluation. Delegates will have the option of a tour of the brewery.

Opened in September, 2018 the Teaching Distillery, is a 2,500 square-foot facility adjacent to the College’s Wine Visitor + Education Centre. The distillery boasts five stills, four mash tuns and ten fermenters that allow for on-site production of a wide variety of distilled products, and is the latest addition to Niagara College's series of learning enterprises and renowned visitor experiences.

We’ll dine in style at Benchmark restaurant. Nestled beside the beautiful Niagara Escarpment and Niagara College Vineyards, our luncheon menu choices focus on the delicious edible bounty of the Niagara Region and province of Ontario, and feature Niagara College wines and beers.

Fee: $125. This is in addition to the all-inclusive registration fee! Open to delegates and guests. Tour includes transportation with a facilitator/interpreter onboard, all guided site visits, refreshments and lunch. You will be returned to the Hilton Toronto Hotel at approximately 5 p.m. Limited to 40 participants.


8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Hidden History of Burlington’s Downtown Waterfront

Bus departs Toronto Hilton Hotel at 8 a.m.

Study tour Photos

We’re heading west of Toronto to Burlington, Ontario. With its population of 183,000, Burlington is close to the cities of Hamilton, Toronto and to the U.S. border. The UNESCO world biosphere reserve Niagara Escarpment is in Burlington’s back yard and Lake Ontario is in the front yard.

Several of Burlington’s most historic sites are concentrated at the Downtown Waterfront and the changing interpretive approaches to those sites, along with the changing public uses of the surrounding parks and trails, offer numerous case studies in the community’s long, complex, and ongoing endeavour to define itself through its highest profile public space.

The stories of the Downtown Waterfront are remarkable, though not often told; sometimes because they are too embarrassing, sometimes because they are too poignant, but most often because they have simply been nearly forgotten.

The story of the 1802 house of Thayendanegea (Joseph Brant) that became a hotel, which developed into Canada’s largest beach resort, which then became a hospital and then was redeveloped into an internationally admired dance hall is arriving at a new milestone this year. The 1937 replica of the original Brant House is being refurbished as part of an $11 million expansion of the Joseph Brant Museum, where Study Tour participants will receive a hardhat tour (construction conditions permitting).

Participants will enjoy Burlington’s finest champagne brunch at Spencer’s on the Waterfront, which was originally designed and built as the Exploratorium, a marine museum, and will learn the whole story of one of Burlington’s most recognizable buildings. The stories of the cherry blossoms (which may be in bloom at the time of the tour), the Brant Street Pier (a seven-year construction odyssey), the Naval Ships’ Memorial Monument, the Burlington Beachway, the Burlington Canal Main Light and the 1812 battles for the head of the lake, along with the public interpretation that accompanies them will all be covered in the tour.

Participants will also visit the adjacent Art Gallery of Burlington (AGB) and learn how AGB is currently working to reimagine its public service role. Time permitting, participants will make coffee mugs in the AGB’s pottery studio, which will be glazed, fired, and delivered back to the participants prior to the end of the conference.

Fee: $125. This is in addition to the all-inclusive registration fee! Open to delegates and guests. Tour includes transportation, all guided site visits, refreshments and champagne brunch. You will be returned to the Hilton Toronto Hotel at approximately 5 p.m. Limited to 40 participants.


8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

A Taste of the North

Bus departs Toronto Hilton Hotel at 8:30 a.m.

Study tour Photos

Driving north of the city, we will begin our day at Canada’s newest national park. Rouge National Urban Park is home to amazing biodiversity, some of the last remaining working farms in the Greater Toronto Area, Carolinian ecosystems, Toronto’s only campground, one of the region’s largest marshes, unspoiled beaches, amazing hiking opportunities and human history dating back over 10,000 years. Starting at Vista Trail Loop we will hike to Bear Wetlands and the Blanding’s turtle habitat. This is the fifth year Blanding’s turtles — listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and a provincially and nationally threatened species — have been released into the park.

We’ll then travel to Markham Museum to visit Geared for Growing, an exhibit that compares local historical farming with the practices of ten current local urban farmers. Explore the museum’s native plant and animal habitats with Toronto Region Conservation Authority staff. Enjoy a delicious home-cooked lunch courtesy of the Markham Historical Society featuring homemade maple syrup for the johnny cake!

We will then head to the Varley Art Gallery, named for founding Group of Seven Member, F.H. Varley. Visit an exhibition of historical works depicting children within their environments. The contemporary exhibition Weave will also be available for viewing.

Toogood Pond is located in the heart of Markham's historic Unionville community. Enjoy a hiking tour of the pond and marsh on the banks of the Rouge River. The pond has undergone sediment removal, cascading pools for migrating fish, and plantings of native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers. You’ll end your time north of the city with free time on Unionville Main before heading back to town.

Fee: $40. This is in addition to the all-inclusive registration fee! Open to delegates and guests. Tour includes transportation with a facilitator/interpreter onboard, all guided site visits, refreshments and lunch. You will be returned to the Hilton Toronto Hotel at approximately 5 p.m. Limited to 40 participants.


10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Provincial Museums Associations Meeting
By invitation only!


Half Day Study Tour 


1 – 5 p.m.

Art Matters

Bus leaves the Toronto Hilton at 1 p.m. 

Study tour Photos

This Study Tour is much more than a show and tell! Attendees will be offered a unique opportunity for a private, behind-the-scenes tour of PACART’s state of the art storage and warehouse facility in Toronto. You’ll see what the future holds for exhibit storage and transportation! You'll also participate in an interactive, hands-on exercise putting your packing skills to the test. Are you up for the challenge? We’ll enjoy some light refreshments (and maybe an omelette or two depending on your packing skills) before we return to the Toronto Hilton Hotel by 5 pm.

Fee: $25. This is in addition to the all-inclusive registration fee! Open to delegates and guests. Includes transportation, behind-the-scenes tour and light refreshments.


Optional Evening Events 

Pre-registration is required for all evening events. Tickets will not be sold onsite.


6:30 p.m. onward

Calling All Emerging Museum Professionals!

Location TBD

The Group of Ontario Emerging Museum Professionals (GOEMP) Committee is thrilled to be hosting a pre-conference meet-up in downtown Toronto. Here’s your chance to mix and mingle with other EMPs and conference delegates during an informal, relaxed evening. Catch up with contacts, make new connections, learn what other professionals are up to and enjoy a drink or some pub fare. We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces!

The GOEMP Committee acts as a voice and a resource for Ontario's emerging museum professional’s community, providing programming, communications, and resources both digitally and in-person, fostering a supportive, professional network among Ontario’s EMPs.


7 – 9 p.m.

History Alive - Campbell House Museum

Campbell House Museum

The first evening event of CMA 2019 takes you to the Campbell House Museum — a two minute walk from the Hilton Hotel. Campbell House was built in 1822, in the Town of York, for William Campbell, the sixth Chief Justice of Upper Canada, and his wife, Hannah. In 1972, the house was rescued from demolition by The Advocates’ Society and moved to the northwest corner of Queen and University in downtown Toronto, opening as a museum in 1974. You'll tour this historical museum and then take a trip back in time as you enjoy delectables made with historic Canadian recipes. Join Curator/Director Liz Driver in the kitchen as she shows you how to whip up a delicious batch of Mrs. Nourses’ shortbread cookies followed by the potent whiskey-and-oatmeal drink, Athol Brose.

Fee: $65. This is in addition to the all-inclusive registration fee! Open to delegates and guests. Fee includes museum access, historical programming, heavy hor-deurves including both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. We promise you won't leave hungry! Limited to 50 participants.