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Due to limited space, registration for The Future of Exhibition Design Symposium opens for CMA Institutional members ONLY on July 25. No exceptions. We will be opening registration to independent exhibit designers at a later date.

Registration is not available online. To register, please complete the PDF registration form and forward it to the CMA.

If you are not a CMA member but would like to attend, please contact to be added to the waiting list.

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The Future of Exhibition Design Symposium

On November 20-21 museum professionals from across Canada will meet in Montréal to discuss the future of exhibition design in Canada. Together we will explore design challenges museums and galleries are facing, and collectively imagine solutions for the 21st century visitor experience.

Through a mix of presentations, an extensive list of topics will be addressed. Facilitated round table discussions will be the cornerstone for the Symposium. Topics will include:

  • What will be the impact of technology on exhibition design?
  • Visitor expectation and how does it affect design?
  • How and why do you integrate objects into exhibitions?
  • Is there a difference in designing for various types of exhibitions?
  • Is green design achievable?
  • How do you become innovative and address the challenges of design within your own limitations?
  • What are the innovations in lighting, colour and new materials?

At the conclusion of the Symposium, delegates will leave with a comprehensive understanding of the practicalities, solutions to logistical challenges and an expanded network of collaborators and partners.

Who should attend?

The Symposium is particularly recommended for museum professionals involved in any aspect of exhibition design — designers, curators, project managers, interpretive planners, architects and fabricators.

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

Mark Engstrom, The Royal Ontario Museum •   Jean Hazel, Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec
Martin Imbeault, La bande à Paul Inc. •   Sue Lamothe , Canadian Museums Association
Julie Leclair, Ingenium — Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation  •   Benoit Légaré, MCI
Eric Pellerin, Canadian Museum of History •   Sue-Ann Ramsden, Canadian Museums Association

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The Sheraton Montréal has been selected as the host hotel for the Future of Exhibition Design Symposium. To book a room at the specially-negotiated rate of $165.00 click the link below (or copy and paste the following link into a web browser)
If you prefer, call 1-800-325-3535 and quote the group name — FEDS2017. Please reserve asap and no later than by October 21st to guarantee this special rate!