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► Monday, April 15

► Tuesday, April 16

► Wednesday, April 17

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What Now? What’s Next?

CMA 2019 will offer a hub for knowledge sharing, providing you ample opportunity to network with your peers and colleagues from across Canada. Our goal is to showcase today’s best practices, to shine a light on the museum of tomorrow; the 2019 theme will explore how museums can learn from what is happening today to successfully plan the future.

  • Collections: How will our collections be used to inspire and engage the public we serve?

  • Audiences: How will we broaden and deepen our relationships with our communities in what is perhaps a growing atmosphere of discord, intolerance and mistrust?

  • Leadership, Diversity, Skills Development: What will the museum professional of the future look like? What skills and knowledge will museum workers need to face the challenges ahead?

Please join us in April 2019 as we celebrate the strength of the Canadian museum community and explore What Now? What’s Next?

Yours in museums,

The CMA 2019 National Conference Planning Committee



  Hilton Hotel  

The Toronto Hilton Hotel has been selected as the host hotel for CMA 2019! A block of rooms has been reserved for delegates. To take advantage of the special conference rate of $199.00 (+ taxes), please reserve your room as soon as possible and no later than March 19, 2019.

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General Information

Conference Hours & Schedule Overview

April 2019
Sunday, 14   Monday, 15   Tuesday, 16   Wednesday, 17

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

• Directors’ Symposium

• Study Tours

• Optional Evening Event: Calling All Emerging Museum Professionals


8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

• Workshops

• Plenary Session

• CMA Expo Opening Reception

• Optional Evening Event: Aga Khan Museu


7 a.m. – 5 p.m

• Breakfast with Exhibitors

• Conference Welcome and Opening Keynote, Thomson Highway

• CMA Business Meeting

• Lunch with Exhibitors

• Keynote Address, Mayan Ziv

• Concurrent Educational Sessions

• ICOM Annual General Meeting

• Optional Evening Event: Royal Ontario Museum


7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

• Breakfast with Exhibitors

• Keynote Address, Kent Monkman

• Meeting of the Fellows

• Concurrent Educational Sessions

• Luncheon with Exhibitors

• Closing Keynote, Gail Lord

• CMA Awards Ceremony and Reception

• Closing Gala Dinner


CMA Registration

Toronto Hilton — Varley Foyer, Convention Level

Here you will be able to register and find staff to assist you with all of your registration needs during official conference hours.

Attendee List

The list of delegates and other pertinent meeting information will be available through the conference mobile app.

Mobile App

Download the CMA Events app for the most up-to-date information on sessions, exhibitors and events. You will be able to integrate your schedule into your personal calendar and connect directly with other delegates and exhibitors, through the delegate list, accessible only through the mobile app. We will forward details with respect to the app once it is available, early in 2019. If you require onsite assistance with the mobile app, stop by CMA Registration for assistance.

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Event Transportation

Transportation instructions for all offsite events will be detailed in the final program. Buses for all events will depart from the ground floor at the Toronto Hilton, University Avenue West Entrance at the time(s) noted. Return transportation will also drop off at the host hotel.

CMA Museum EXPO 2019

Visit with our valued Exhibitors!

Visit CMA Museum EXPO 2019, located in the Toronto Ballroom 1 and Convention Foyer. You’ll meet subject matter expert exhibitors to learn more about their products and services, meet-up with colleagues and have ample opportunity to network. Breakfasts, networking breaks and Tuesday’s lunch are held in the Exhibit Hall and foyers!

EXPO Hours of Operation:

Monday, April 14: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 15: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16: 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


CMA 2019 National Program Committee

Tanya Anderson, Canadian Museum of History • Tamara Berlana, Marsh • Kathleen Brown, Lord Cultural Resources • Lory Drusian, Royal Ontario Museum • Elizabeth Edwards, Art Dealers Association of Canada • Nick Foglia, McMichael Canadian Art Collection • Monique Horth, Ingenium • Robert Laidler, Museums Foundation of Canada • Sue Lamothe, Canadian Museums Association • Connie MacDonald, Royal Ontario Museum • David O’Hara, Fort York National Historic Site • Sue-Ann Ramsden, Canadian Museums Association • Keri Ryan, Art Gallery of Ontario • Mike Wallace, Theatre Museum Canada


Past Conference — CMA 2018


Unless otherwise indicated, the views expressed by any participant at any activity organized by the Canadian Museums Association (CMA) reflect the opinion of the specific participant, and do not necessarily represent the views or policies of the CMA. Participants are expected to be constructive, respectful and professional in their engagement at CMA events.