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Museums are key architects of Canadian heritage and culture! What would Canada’s museums and galleries look like if we defied conventional wisdom, took greater risks in how we deliver, facilitate and select cultural stories, programming and content, and really changed our game?

Ottawa 2017 will be a dialogue of just that and what museums could look like in the future. Imagine that future when:

  • people embrace the power of what museums offer;
  • museums are empowered to be proactive;
  • the world is your community and the community is your world;
  • you are not limited by your bricks and mortar; and
  • you have the resources to make things happen.

In April 2017, we’ll come together in the nation’s capital, Ottawa, to share ideas, voice suggestions and formulate strategies of what we as museum professionals can do to change the game. Please join us.

In 2017, let’s change the game!

For those seeking financial assistance with their travel expenses (only), please visit the CMA bursary program .
As the number of bursaries for the Symposium/Conference is limited, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

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The Westin Ottawa Hotel has been selected as our host hotel for the 2017 CMA National Conference. A block of rooms has been reserved for Conference delegates. To take advantage of our special Conference rate for single and double occupancy, starting at $199 (+ taxes), please reserve your room before March 10, 2017. Please book your room at the following link:

      Delegates may also call central reservations at 1-800-WESTIN-1, quoting either “CMA’s 70th Anniversary Spring AGM” or group code (GMSEU7) to obtain the group rate.

The Westin Ottawa Hotel | 11 Colonel By Drive | Ottawa, ON

Conference Fees 

Until January 13 Until February 28 Until April 3
 Head Start 
 Head Start 
 Early Bird 
 Early Bird 
Full Conference 1 $625 $750 $705 $825 $825 $950
Student rate 2 $375 $375 $375 $375 $375 $375

1 Full Conference includes CMA Expo Opening and Reception with Exhibitors and Canada Aviation and Space Museum (Wednesday). The 2017 Awards Presentation and Reception and the Closing Dinner (Friday). Two full days of conference with breakfast, breaks and lunches. Note that the Canadian Museum of History Event is not included .
2 Student rates includes two full days of conference with breakfast, breaks and lunches. CMA EXPO Opening and Reception with Exhibitors. Evening events are not included .