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Friday, April 17


7 am – 5 pm



7 – 8:30 am

Breakfast with Exhibitors


8:45 – 10 am

CMA 2020: Strategic Planning


10 – 10:20 am

Networking Break with Exhibitors


10:15 – 11:45 am

Meeting of the Fellows

Open to members only.


10:30 – 11:45 am

Breakout Sessions III


Session 13

Report Launch: The International Dimension of Canada’s Museums

Moderators: Thomas Bastien, Montreal Museums of Fine Arts; Sascha Priewe, Royal Ontario Museum

Panelists: Jeffrey Brison, Katie-Marie McNeill and Ben Schnitzer, Queen’s University; Sarah E.K. Smith, Carleton University

This session launches the report of a new study on global engagement of museums in Canada. Funded by Mitacs and realized in partnership with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, graduate research fellows from Queen’s University conducted research at museums across Canada to establish baseline data on the international and cultural diplomatic activities taking place within the last decade. Museums included in this study cover a variety of sizes, funding models, jurisdictions and collection profiles, which renders this study relevant for institutions beyond the museums studied. This session will present the results of the report with students presenting select case studies. By discussing this report and speaking to its implications, we intend to spark a vital knowledge exchange between museum professionals on the international work of Canadian learned museums. Our aim is to engage in a conversation that can provide inspirations for one’s own museum practice, consider the lessons learnt and celebrate successes and innovative practices.

Session 14

Us vs Them, Past vs Present, Habs vs Jets: Two Museums Doing Human Rights Education Together

Moderator: Clint Curle, Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Presenters: Graham Lowes, Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Monique MacLeod, Montreal Holocaust Museum

The Montreal Holocaust Museum and Canadian Museum for Human Rights partnered under an lnterAction grant to develop a pedagogical guide called Us vs Them: Creating the Other. The lessons analyzed in the guide explore the relationship between othering, human rights violations and the process of genocide. Students analyze artefacts, timelines and survivor testimonies from two case studies of genocide, one historical and one contemporary: The Holocaust and the Rohingya genocide in Myanmar. In developing the tool, the two museums drew on their existing relationships with Canadian Rohingya and Holocaust survivor communities. Representatives of both museums will share their different perspectives on what worked (and did not work) in the development and collaboration process, lead the audience in an interactive demonstration of one of the lessons and discuss how it has been received in museum and school contexts across Canada.

Session 15

Audio Museum Tours — Collaborative Artwork Interpretation Podcasts for Young Listeners

Moderator: Prune Liettier, La puce à l’oreille

Panelists: Patricia Boyer, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Zoe Gagnon-Paquin, Magnéto

The goal of our proposal (institutional case study) is to present the research findings from a collaborative project involving podcasts for young listeners that interpret works found in the permanent collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. This project, funded by the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec (CALQ), will be implemented in the fall of 2019. It is divided into several phases: selection and documentation of five works from the museum’s permanent collection; the writing of short audio fictions related to these works by author Simon Boulerice; the production of podcasts by the organization Magnéto; the development of an associated educational project by the organization La Puce à l’Oreille; the holding of family and school focus groups designed to test the results with the target audience; and, finally, collecting data (qualitative and quantitative) and formulating recommendations. The final stage will be carried out in collaboration with UQAM’s Chair in Multimodal Media Literacy. We will present a preview of the research findings from the project, including observations on best practices in the implementation of collaborative projects involving museums and cultural organizations and the results obtained among the target audience, especially in terms of young listeners’ level of interest in and ownership of the artworks in various contexts.

Session 16

Opening Your Spaces and Engaging Individuals from Vulnerable Populations

Moderator: Julie Leclair, Ingenium

Panelists: Christina Kerr, McMichael Canadian Art Collection; Chantelle Morello, Alzheimer Society of York Region; Laura Robin and Brittany Vis, Maritime Museum of British Columbia

Cultural institutions have the ability to create a sense of belonging and well-being within a community and more often than not, vulnerable populations are the most in need of this. To answer this need both the Maritime Museum of BC and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection have created initiatives and programming to target both vulnerable and marginalized populations within their regions. The Maritime Museum is offering programming free of charge and the McMichael is offering a creative engagement to individuals living with dementia along with meaningful participation from senior volunteers. This discussion panel will share information on each project along with addressing various challenges and successes faced throughout the process; including perspectives from different partners who were involved with both institutions. The panel will conclude with a question and answer period and will give participants tips to begin similar initiatives within their own institutions.

Session 17

Library & Culture Pass: Partnerships, Strategies and Solutions for Access

Moderator: Ian Kerr-Wilson, Tourism and Culture, Planning and Development, City of Hamilton

Panelists: Megan Mainwaring, New Brunswick Museum; Shelley McKay, Hamilton Public Library

Museum-library partnerships encourage library use, promote arts, science and history, inspire creativity and reduce barriers to access. When a library card offers free access to museums, galleries, activities and performing arts venues, both new library card registrations and museum visits significantly increase. The New Brunswick Museum joined the cultural pass lending program of the New Brunswick Public Library Service for a province-wide program for all residents to use their library card to receive a printed free admission pass using existing receipt-issuing equipment. Hamilton Public Library and Hamilton Civic Museums’ successful partnership grants library card holders free access to civic museums and heritage buildings. Learn about the benefits of reaching residents this way and discover options to develop your new pass program or ensure your existing program delivers.

Session 18

Insurance Matters!

Moderator: TBC

Panelists: TBC

Join the conversation with members of the CMA member insurance program. Find out what's new (thinking this will be DAS) plus learn more about critical issues relevant to museums and galleries. This session will help you address your questions and concerns on insurance and risk.


Noon – 1:45 pm

Closing Luncheon with Exhibitors and Fellows Lecture

The Honourable Patricia Bovey, Senator for Manitoba

Paradigm Shift: The Real Roles of Arts and Culture

From my dual perspectives as an independent Senator and long-time Museum Director I will show and explore ‘The Octopus’ I devised that tangibly links arts and culture, including museums, with every aspect of Canadian society, highlighting current issues and crises. I will be updating it with current initiatives in the Senate, on Parliament Hill and internationally. In addition, we will look at current legislation and reports that involve the museological sector, stressing the importance of having the sector involved in multi-aspects of Canadian life.

Kindly supported by Robert Laidler and Yosef Wosk


1:45 – 3 pm

Ice Cream Break

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2 – 3 pm

Breakout Sessions IV


Session 19

Exhibiting Dinosaurs in the Age of Humans

Moderator: Pauline Dolovich, Reich + Petch Design

Panelists: Richard Lewis, Richard Lews Media Group; Laura Donnelly-Smith and Siobhan Starrs, Smithsonian Institute National Museum of Natural History

The evidence is clear: Humans are a force of global change that no species before us has rivaled. As centres of trusted informal science education, museums must find new ways of engaging visitors on climate change: meeting them where they are, helping them navigate this challenging area and instilling hope that inspires new behaviors and conversations. This was the mission—and the risk—for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History Deep Time Fossils Hall which opened June 2019. Human impact on our planet is emphasized as a core message of this signature gallery that historically has had a visitation of 6 million visitors per year, making this the most visited natural history gallery in the world. The development team worked closely with climate-communication experts, tested and re-tested messaging and exhibition text and developed high-quality, evocative audiovisual presentations and interactive activities that have been lauded in newspaper articles, broadcast news and across social media networks including #deeptime. This session will present the approach taken for human impact communication for this groundbreaking project from both the museum’s and the designers’ perspectives, discussing lessons learned, what worked and what didn’t.

Session 20

Place Making: Diversity, Personal Narratives and Community Building in Our Museums

Moderator: Eve-Lyne Cayouette Ashby, GSM Project

Panelists: Chatherine Charlebois, Centre d’histoire de Montréal; Gracia Dyer Jalea, Toronto Ward Museum; Armando Perla, Swedish Museum of Museum of Movements

How can museums contribute to place-making and inclusive city building? Can they help improve a neighbourhood, city, or region by bringing together multiple perspectives and creating spaces for dialogue? How can they become places for community building, solidarity building and inspire social cohesion and transformation? This session will look at three case studies: the Centre d’histoire de Montréal, a Montreal-based city museum which seeks to bring to the fore witnesses of historical events and their stories, while putting them in dialogue with specialists; the Toronto Ward Museum, a community-engaged organization that facilitates the preservation and sharing of personal stories of migrants in Toronto’s history; and the Swedish Museum of Movements, which aims to develop an ethical framework to regulate the researching, collecting, archiving and disseminating of oral histories and personal narratives in the museum sector before starting the work on its inaugural exhibitions.

Session 21

Sharing Our Digital Heritage into the Future: An Update and Discussion of the National Heritage Digitization Strategy

Moderator: Paul Durand, Canadian Museum of History

Panelist: Caitlin Horrall, Library and Archives Canada

Since 2016, Canadian libraries, archives and museums have been working together through the National Heritage Digitization Strategy (NHDS) to share expertise and resources to support the digitization, preservation and discovery of Canadian documentary heritage. It is part of a global movement of cooperation among memory institutions shared vision to make digitized collections interoperable on a global scale. This session will talk about our progress, key projects and upcoming activities. We also want to hear from you. How can we make the NHDS better? What can we leverage from similar national projects? What can the NHDS be and how can Canada contribute to this ambitious global movement?

Session 22

Leave the Heritage Sector. Wait, What?!

Moderator: Diana Carter, Ottawa Museum Network

Panelists: Megan Lafrenière, Library and Archives Canada; Christine McGuire, Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum; Heather Montgomery, Bank of Canada Museum

More and more, museums are following best practices to hire outside of the sector for diverse expertise, unique skillset and strategic leadership. But what if you had both experience in the heritage and a different industry sector? The benefits of working outside the sector are far reaching. It allows you to step outside your comfort zone, which opens up opportunities to develop new skills and have experiences that contribute to your overall growth as a professional, as well as your competitive edge. When we learn a new industry and then apply what we’ve learned in other industries — the results can be earth-shaking. Panelists will share their firsthand experiences working outside the industry sector, expertise gained and the unique vantage point it has given them of the museum community and the organizations they work for now. It will provide insight into how museum professionals can take these skills sets and apply it to their current or aspiring roles.

Session 23

Museums North of 60: Success and Challenges

Moderator: Sarah Carr-Locke, Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre

Panelists: Brian Groves and Nyla Klugie-Migwans, Yukon Department of Tourism and Culture

Museums in Canada’s northern territories often face unique challenges due to their remote location and lack of infrastructure. However, as northern museum practitioners, we also acknowledge that some of our ways of working, particularly with Indigenous peoples have been in place much longer than in museums down south! As all Canadian museums look towards reconciliation and decolonization, heritage practitioners must consider how Indigenous self-determination will change the way museum collections are held and managed. This session will provide information on how northern museums can help provide best practices and models for our southern neighbours.

Session 24

Museums and the Climate Emergency: Taking Action

Moderators: Viviane Gosselin and Robert R. Janes, The Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice

Presenters: Florence Daviet Canadian Parks and Wilderness; Eric Hagan, Canadian Conservation Institute; Glenn Sutter, Royal Saskatchewan Museum

Tackling the climate crisis requires a change of heart, mind and public policy. As highly trusted sources of information and as public spaces dedicated to lifelong learning, museums can play a role in creating conditions to achieve a just and equitable transition to a climate-safe future. This session will present applied research and tangible climate actions undertaken by museums, wilderness parks and a conservation institute, to transform institutional practice and mobilize public attention and action. Presenters will share their planning, implementation and monitoring frameworks. They will also discuss their respective approaches to nurture strategic partnerships across sectors and overcome defeatist attitudes. An introductory video will be followed by four short presentations and small group exercises designed to familiarize participants with a series of checklists and tools that may be used to pursue climate action.

Session 25

Respect the Hustle: What Museums Can Learn from Community Organizers

Moderator: John Summers, Halton Region Heritage Services

Panelists: Florencia Berinstein, Workers Arts and Heritage Centre; Julian Kingston, Oakville Museum; Meredith Leonard, Halton Region Heritage Services

We all know that museums need to engage more deeply and broadly with their communities, but how exactly can we do that? This panel session will explore how three different types of heritage organizations (private not-for-profit museum, community museum and an upper-tier municipal heritage service organization) have employed principles of community organizing to engage and empower members of their local communities around issues of shared importance. Through dialogue with the panelists, participants will discover how Halton Region Heritage Services, the Oakville Museum and the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre have worked with local organizations, students, teachers and artists to broaden their engagement while shaping a more connected and sustainable future for both their institutions and the communities they serve. Panelists will share lessons learned, strategies, tools and approaches for enriching museum/community relationships.


3:30 – 4:15 pm

Closing Keynote

Toward Cultural Equity: The Pioneering Role of Tomorrow’s Museums

Jérôme Pruneau, Directeur général, Diversité artistique Montréal (DAM), Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

In a world of ever-evolving technology and climate change, with consequences that include large-scale migratory movements and from which Canada is not excluded, issues associated with migrant reception, diversity, inclusion and fair representation are essential and worthy of our attention. Museums, as the keepers of history and stories, as well as behaviours and ways of doing things, identities, imagery and representation, play a critical role as visionaries at the forefront of these issues. More than ever, they need to innovate, inspire and each according to their size, offer a reading and a vision of present-day and future social realities in which everyone recognizes themselves. The expression “vivre-ensemble” (living together in harmony) takes on its full meaning in the context of the challenges that lie ahead in ensuring an artistic and cultural environment that is equitable and inclusive. It is all of our business — indeed, our responsibility.


5:30 – 7:15 pm

CMA Awards Ceremony and Reception

Join the CMA Board and your colleagues from across Canada for a celebration recognizing the award winners! Presentations will include the CMA Awards of Outstanding Achievement, CMA Awards of Distinguished Service, the Museum Volunteer Award and ICOM Canada’s International Achievement Award. The ceremony will be followed by a Cocktail Reception.

Fee: Included in all-inclusive registration fee! Additional tickets for guests available at $40.


7:30 pm onward

Closing Gala Dinner — Your Prescription for a Night of Fun

Time to wind down, get loose and boogie, doctor’s orders! We’ve planned for a fun evening of great music and food, amidst the icons of Montreal.

Fee: Included in all-inclusive registration fee! Includes dinner, dancing and wine with dinner followed by a cash bar. Additional tickets for guests available at $135.

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