Event program

Foundation and Future, CMA virtual event

December 4, 2020 – starting at 12 p.m. ET

All sessions will be streamed, with speakers joining via webcam, and they will be offered in both official languages

The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) is holding an exciting online professional development event intended for the broader museum community, during which we will discuss important foundational issues such as best practices in governance and important trends in the museum sector as we look toward the future. As part of this event, we will also host a Special General Meeting (SGM) to discuss and vote on modernized bylaws.

Registration information

CMA members will be registered automatically. Check your email for a confirmation.

Not a member? The event is FREE and open to all. Anyone can register to attend at https://live.webcastcanada.ca/go/CMA-Dec2020 .


Program overview and welcome by Prof. Jack Lohman, CBE, President of the Board of the CMA.


CMA Fellow Morris Flewwelling has had a distinguished career in the museum sector, with considerable governance expertise. In his presentation, Mr. Flewwelling will speak about the role of museum boards, as well as the importance of conducting governance reviews.

Claude Haw is the Lead for Strategy, Governance and Leadership Development at Business Sherpa Group, and spearheaded the CMA’s governance review project. Mr. Haw will share important tips and best practices for good governance applicable to all museums and related organizations.


In the CMA’s new strategic plan, we committed to creating a more inclusive, representative and effective governance model. This SGM will involve a review, discussion and vote on the proposed changes to the CMA’s bylaws. (This is not the CMA’s regular AGM, which will take place in the Spring.)

Anyone can attend this session, but only CMA members can participate in the discussion and voting. For more information, for the SGM agenda and SMG meeting documentation, visit our members portal.


In his keynote, Prof. Jack Lohman, CBE, President of the Board of the CMA, will speak about developments he is seeing in the museum sector and where the field is headed. He will also highlight key changes to the CMA’s 2021 awards program and make important announcements about the CMA’s 2021 National Conference.


The event is expected to be approximately 1 ½ hours in length, depending on the level of discussion.