Museums Together virtual conference program
April 16, 2020 – 11 a.m. ET

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

OPENING SESSION Broadcast begins at 11 a.m. ET


Dr. Vanda Vitali, Ph.D., Executive Director of the CMA

Dr. Vitali will open the virtual conference, welcome our guests and share CMA highlights since taking on the role in late October 2019. Expect to hear about how CMA is pursuing stakeholder engagement and collaboration efforts, as well as how the CMA is changing to respond to the needs of Canada's museum community going forward.


Prof. Jack Lohman, CBE, President of the Board of the CMA  

Professor Lohman will focus on the issues and challenges museums are facing in Canada and around the world, including and beyond the pandemic. He will also discuss some key priorities for the CMA in the coming months. 


The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage  

Minister Guilbeault will share thoughts on museums and their role in society. He will also provide an update on the Government of Canada's support to the sector in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the Minister’s remarks, Provincial and Territorial Museums Associations (PTMAs) will have an opportunity to engage in a discussion with the Minister on a variety of hot topics.


  • Meaghan Patterson, Executive Director, Alberta Museums Association
  • Ryan Hunt, Executive Director, British Columbia Museum Association
  • Lianne Maitland, Executive Director, Yukon Historical & Museums Association
  • Kellie Blue-McQuade, Executive Director, Association Heritage New Brunswick
  • Monique Brandt, Executive Director, Association of Manitoba Museums
  • Anita Price, Executive Director, Association of Nova Scotia Museums
  • Marie Lalonde, Executive Director, Ontario Museum Association
  • Johanne Vigneault, Executive Director, Community Museums Association of Prince Edward Island
  • Stéphane Chagnon, Executive Director, Société des musées du Quebec
  • Teresita (Teddy) McCarthy, President, Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Wendy Fitch, Executive Director, Museums Association of Saskatchewan 
  • Vanda Vitali, Executive Director, Canadian Museums Association



HERITAGE PANEL 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. ET

This panel discussion will involve the National Trust of Canada, the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada, the Canadian Association of Science Centres and Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums, Toronto Zoo, and The Exploration Place. Hear these organizations share common concerns and challenges and explore what can be done by working together.


  • Natalie Bull, Executive Director, National Trust of Canada
  • Elizabeth McCrea, Director, Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada
  • Dr Marianne Mader, Executive Director, Canadian Association of Science Centres
  • Jim Facette, Executive Director, Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums
  • Dolf DeJong, CEO, Toronto Zoo
  • Tracy Calogheros, Executive Director, The Exploration Place
  • Vanda Vitali, Executive Director, Canadian Museums Association



CMA members only

1:15 — Sign-in
— Call to order

For the first time in the history of the CMA, we are conducting our AGM online. Hear from our Board of Directors about the latest CMA business, read the CMA's 2019 Annual Report and other related documents, and share your views and votes through interactive online features.

This session is open to CMA members only and requires special access credentials. Click here for more information.