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Technology in Museums Symposium

While the Symposium is predominantly English and there is no simultaneous translation provided, tables are often bilingual. There are, however, specific tables assigned that are labeled “English only” and “French only” so that discussions can be held in a preferred language.

December 1 – 3, 2019, Ottawa, Ontario

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Blink, and the digital landscape changes. As new technologies emerge and others become more accessible and enhanced, museums need to step back and consider their options. We may agree that innovation and staying ahead of the curve are cornerstones to survival; but let’s face it, it gets tricky after that. Sometimes technology intended to help tell the story becomes the story. Sometimes, throwing ever more powerful technology at a problem doesn’t always provide the best answer. Are we taking the time we need to ensure we’re investing resources, time and skills in the right areas? Attend the symposium and take some of that time with us.

TIMS 2019 presents some of the latest technology tools and projects developed for the museum sector and beyond. This interactive Symposium features case studies, keynotes and practical demonstrations that will shed light on how technology can be used in many diverse areas of museum practice, helping you to stay right in the flow no matter how swift the current!

Facilitated round table discussions form the cornerstone of the Symposium. Topics will include:

  • How do you successfully manage technology?
  • Artificial intelligence — AI
  • Apps — what is the problem you are trying to solve?
  • Immersive technology

Delegates will also have the opportunity to try out new digital tools and devices, as well as discuss today’s challenges and opportunities surrounding the use of technology in museums during Techtails where attendees of TIMS will meet up with tech companies exhibiting the next wave of innovative technology.

Who should attend?

This Symposium is recommended for museum professionals interested in the role digital technology can play in different aspects of museum practice, from exhibitions and visitor engagement to learning and marketing.

Why should I attend?

Four great reasons for you to register, today:

  1. Learn from knowledgeable experts how emerging tech will impact your institution
  2. Keep abreast of quickly changing technologies
  3. Discover what works and what doesn’t
  4. Meet and network with your colleagues from across Canada


Please contact Sue-Ann Ramsden —

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About your Facilitator:

Peter Pavement is the director of Surface Impression, a digital design and development agency (based in Toronto and Brighton, UK) that specialises in work for the cultural sector. Peter has been working with museums and heritage organisations for over 18 years, helping them to create engaging digital interfaces to collections, venues and histories. He has a PhD from the University of Leicester’s Department of Museum Studies and a MA in Digital Media Arts (University of Brighton).

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Thank you to the following individuals who have all been instrumental in the planning of this Symposium:

Charles Bloom, Canadian Museum of Nature
Fiona Smith Hale, Ingenium
Robert Laidler, Museums Foundation of Canada
Sue Lamothe, Canadian Museums Association
Sue-Ann Ramsden, Canadian Museums Association
Ken Ross, Bank of Canada Museum

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The Ottawa Marriott Hotel, 100 Kent Street, Ottawa is the host hotel for the CMA’s 2019 Technology in Museum Symposium.

Book a room at the specially negotiated rate of $175 by:
Calling 1-888-236-2427 and quote the group code Canadian Museums Association
Or online booking link:

Please make sure you reserve ASAP and no later than November 4 to guarantee this special rate!


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