Each year the CMA presents awards to celebrate and encourage excellence within the Canadian museum sector. A volunteer jury conducts a peer review of all submissions, and the successful recipients are honoured at the CMA's national conference.

The CMA presents six different awards:

  The CMA also presents four awards in partnership with other organizations:

  • The Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Museums: History Alive! recognizes excellence and innovation in the public programming of museums and related heritage institutions. This award is presented by the Canadian Museums Association (CMA) in partnership with Canada's History Society.
  • ICOM Canada's International Achievement Award honours a Canadian museum professional or organization that has demonstrated and promoted excellence in Canadian museology on an international scale.
  • Museum volunteers can be recognized through two awards:
    The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers is an official honour created by the Crown and is part of the Canadian Honours System. The CMA is proud to have been invited by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General to recognize volunteers within the museum sector on an annual basis.
    The Museum Volunteer Award
    recognizes individuals or groups who generously volunteer their time and commitment to a museum or related heritage institution and who have made a sustaining impact. This award is a collaboration between the CMA and the Canadian Federation of Friends of Museums (CFFM).

Deadline

The deadline for applications and nominations for all awards is November 15 each year, with the exception of the History Alive! Award .


2016 Award Recipients

CMA Awards of Outstanding Achievement

Chaired by David Silcox, these awards recognize exceptional museum projects in various categories. This year, nine Awards of Outstanding Achievement were presented in the following categories:

Award of Outstanding Achievement in Education

The Spirit Panel Project

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Winnipeg, Man.)

From left to right: Andrea Anderson and June Creelman.
Photo by Tim Collin – Art Direction © Canadian Museums Association, April 2016.

Award of Outstanding Achievement in Exhibitions — Cultural Heritage

Walking With Our Sisters Ottawa

Carleton University Art Gallery, Gallery 101, and the Walking With Our Sisters
Ottawa and National Committees (Ottawa, Ont.)

Fiona Wright. Photo by Tim Collin – Art Direction © Canadian Museums Association, April 2016.
 
Award of Outstanding Achievement in Exhibitions — Science

Land of Thundering Snow

Revelstoke Museum & Archives (Revelstoke, B.C.)

Cathy English. Photo by Tim Collin – Art Direction
© Canadian Museums Association, April 2016.
 
Award of Outstanding Achievement in Exhibitions — Art

1920s Modernism in Montreal: The Beaver Hall Group

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Montreal, Que.)

From left to right: Brian Foss and Jacques Des Rochers. Photo by Tim Collin – Art Direction
© Canadian Museums Association, April 2016.

Award of Outstanding Achievement in Exhibitions — Cultural Heritage

We Are All Treaty People / The Berens Family Collection

The Manitoba Museum (Winnipeg, Man.)

From left to right: Sherry Smith, Karen Bachmann, Manon Blanchette and Dr. Maureen Matthews.
Photo by Tim Collin – Art Direction © Canadian Museums Association, April 2016.

Award of Outstanding Achievement in Exhibitions — Science

Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum

Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum (Wembley, Alta.)

George Jacob. Photo by Tim Collin – Art Direction
© Canadian Museums Association, April 2016.

Award of Outstanding Achievement in New Media

Speak Truth to Power Canada

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Winnipeg, Man.)

From left to right: Karen Bachmann, Heather Smith, Manon Blanchette and June Creelman.
Photo by Tim Collin – Art Direction © Canadian Museums Association, April 2016.

Award of Outstanding Achievement in Research — Art

From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia

Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Ont.)

From left to right: Suzanne Alexander and Sara Milroy.
Photo by Tim Collin – Art Direction © Canadian Museums Association, April 2016.

Award of Outstanding Achievement in Research — Cultural Heritage

Heaven, Hell and Somewhere in Between: Portuguese Popular Art

Museum of Anthropology at UBC (Vancouver, B.C.)

Dr. Anthony Shelton. Photo by Tim Collin – Art Direction
© Canadian Museums Association, April 2016.

An additional five awards will be presented in the following three categories:

Award of Distinguished Service

The CMA salutes the outstanding careers of two dedicated museum professionals: Mario Béland and Michael Lundholm.

   
Mario Béland.
Photo Patrick Altman,
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
Michael Lundholm.
Photo: Mafoya Dossoumon
@ Canadian Museums Association, April 2016

Museum Volunteer Award

Presented in collaboration with the Canadian Federation of Friends of Museums, the 2015 Museum Volunteer Award will recognize James St. Clair for his dedication to the Nova Scotia Highland Village Museum for over 38 years. An honourable mention will also be presented to Doreen Romanow, who has been volunteering at The Manitoba Museum for over 45 years.

 
Doreen Romanow.

 

ICOM Canada's International Achievement Award

Raymond Montpetit, professor emeritus, museologist and art and culture historian at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), received the ICOM Canada International Achievement Award for his contributions to international museology throughout his career in both academic institutions and museums, in Canada and internationally.

 
Raymond Montpetit.
Photo by Tim Collin – Art Direction
© Canadian Museums Association, April 2016.

RBC Foundation Museum Mentorship Program

The 2016 mentorship recipients of the RBC Foundation Museum Mentorship program will also be recognized at the Ceremony. This year, two mentees will be working at the Nova Scotia Museum, and the Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery. For the eighth consecutive year, the CMA is delivering the program with the generous financial support from the RBC Emerging Artists Project stream of the RBC Foundation. Emerging museum professionals benefit from an enhanced learning experience for a period of four to six months, and mentorships take place in museums or art galleries located in the city where the CMA National Conference is to be hosted each year.

The CMA wishes to congratulate this year’s award recipients and mentees for their professional achievements and contributions to the Canadian museum sector.

 
From left to right: Karen Bachmann, Julia McMillan, Aleen Stanton, Manon Blanchette and Alisa Alyward.
Photo by Tim Collin – Art Direction © Canadian Museums Association, April 2016.
 

2016 Dr. Shirley L. Thomson Young Curators Award

The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) and the Museums Foundation of Canada are proud to announce the recipient of the Dr. Shirley L. Thomson You  ng Curators Award, an annual legacy fund which supports practical skills development for your curators.

 

Hannah Keating and the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) were recognized at the
CMA Awards Ceremony and Reception at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
in Halifax, N.S., during the 2016 CMA National Conference.
From left to right: Stephen D. Borys, Director and CEO (WAG) and Hannah Keating.
Photo by Tim Collin – Art Direction © Canadian Museums Association, April 2016.

 

The CMA wishes to congratulate this year's award recipients and interns for their professional achievements and contributions to the Canadian museum sector.

Past award recipients

2015 Award recipients (PDF)
2014 Award recipients (PDF)
2013 Award recipients (PDF)
2012 Award recipients (PDF)
2011 Award recipients (PDF)
2010 Award recipients (PDF)
2009 Award recipients (PDF)
2008 Award recipients (PDF)