CMA National Conference — Halifax, N.S.

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Thank you to CMA members, exhibitors and partners for another successful CMA National Conference. From the hard-hitting or innovative keynotes to sessions covering museums and Aboriginal issues or the latest results from the Government of Canada Survey of Heritage Institutions, the Conference was a melting pot of novel ideas and inspiring solutions. Early feedback suggests that delegates were re-energized by the educational sessions and networking opportunities during the 69th National Conference from April 11th to 15th.

The Sunday and Monday, April 10th and 11th, delegates explored the Annapolis Valley and south coast. What a great welcome to Nova Scotia!

 

Photo: Twitter Photo by Audrey Vermette,
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The CMA held a Museum Directors Symposium to discuss important issues that affect the sector

Friends and colleagues held a special memorial event for past CMA presidents Jann LM Bailey and Pierre Lachapelle.

 

Photo: Mafoya Dossoumon © Canadian Museums Association, April 2016.

There was lobster supper at the Waterfront Warehouse restaurant, an instant hit with delegates!

 

Photo: Mafoya Dossoumon © Canadian Museums Association,
April 2016.


 

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The boat shop party at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic was amazing!

 

Photo: Mafoya Dossoumon © Canadian Museums Association,
April 2016.

Workshops began on Tuesday, April 12th with rave reviews from delegates!

 

Photo: Mafoya Dossoumon
© Canadian Museums Association, April 2016.


 

Photo: Mafoya Dossoumon © Canadian Museums Association,
April 2016.

The Museum Volunteer Award was presented to James St. Clair and Doreen Romanow for their dedication to the Nova Scotia Highland Village Museum and The Manitoba Museum. Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliot Clarke delivered a rousing Carol Sprachman Lecture.

 

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Following action-packed workshops, delegates networked with colleagues, visited with more than 25 exhibitors at the CMA EXPO and explored the Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Naval Museum of Halifax and the Museum of Natural History.

 

Photo: Mafoya Dossoumon © Canadian Museums Association,
April 2016.


 

Photo: Mafoya Dossoumon © Canadian Museums Association,
April 2016.

Wednesday, April 13th, the day started with high energy opening ceremonies that highlighted the rich culture of the Maritimes. Delegates were enthralled with inspiring performances by drummers, Halifax Poet Laureate Rebecca Thomas and Linda Carvery.

 

Photo: Mafoya Dossoumon © Canadian Museums Association,
April 2016.


 

Photo: Mafoya Dossoumon
© Canadian Museums Association, April 2016.


 

Photo: Mafoya Dossoumon
© Canadian Museums Association, April 2016.


 

Photo: Mafoya Dossoumon
© Canadian Museums Association, April 2016.

The colourful opening ceremonies prepared delegates for the Fellows lecture by René Rivard, FCMA who delivered a historical perspective of the museum sector, the humorous keynote by Laura Penny who imagined the museum as meat space and meet space. Alex Benay, president and CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation, and Lt. Col. (Retired) Maryse Carmichael, community relations and business development manager, CAE made a joint keynote presentation on leadership and risk taking. In his keynote, Bruce Dearstyne entreated us to take charge of our future. Last but not least, Wade Davis, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence delivered a powerful and moving keynote which explored the human spirit by taking us from the depths of the Great War to the summit of Everest. The CMA thanks our esteemed speakers for sharing their insights with delegates.

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 welcomed delegates the evening of April 13th to celebrate excellence in the museum sector. We were proud to recognize the hard work of dedicated museum professionals. The CMA congratulates our Canadian Museum Awards recipients!

 

Photo: Tim Collin — Art Direction © Canadian Museums Association, April 2016.

Thursday, April 14th, delegates had the opportunity to immerse themselves in case studies, educational sessions and a keynote presentation by Ursula Johnson who revisited the roles and responsibilities of cultural institutions in Canada regarding indigenous made objects. She creatively taught about the sustainability and respect towards natural resources.

The closing banquet was a celebration of the success of yet another national conference. We had a fabulous time (re)connecting with delegates and we cannot wait to welcome you in Ottawa.

Get ready to change the game in 2017!


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