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   Marketing & Fundraising Symposium — 2018  
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November 18, 2018

Multiply your fundraising and marketing effectiveness with innovative new strategies when you attend the CMA’s Marketing & Fundraising Symposium

Calgary, Alberta

On November 2018, museum professionals from across Canada came together for the Marketing & Fundraising Symposium in Calgary. The event was a great success with inspiring keynotes, engaging sessions and offsite activities.

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   CMA National Conference — 2018  
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April   9  – 12, 2018

No Museum is an Island: Mobilizing Resources, Building Capacity 

Vancouver, British Columbia

The late Stephen E. Weil has long been considered one of the museum community's most insightful (and frequently wittiest) commentators. His 1980 essay entitled No Museum is an Island is just as relevant if not more so today than almost 40 years ago. If Canadian museums and galleries once stood as islands, distanced from the turmoil of the world around them, the situation in which they find themselves today is very different.

CMA 2018 will strive to address the difficult questions and challenging issues facing Canada's museums and galleries at every turn:

  • Who should provide the critical resources needed for the museums of the 21st century?
  • How will museums successfully mediate between their traditional missions and mandates to better serve the future while addressing the insistent demands of the present?
  • How will museums strengthen their capacity without compromising their basic museum goals and objectives?
  • How do we collaborate, both internally and externally, to reach our objectives?

In April 2018 we came together in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia.

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A thank you to all participants of CMA 2018 National Conference


A special thank you to the CMA 2018 National Conference Committee


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   Museums Enterprises Conference 2018  
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January 25 – 27, 2018

Toronto, Ontario

At a time when many professional development and travel budgets are under extreme pressures, we know you’ll need to justify the expense of attending MEC 2018. MEC is the annual conference specifically designed to develop your business experience and entrepreneurial skills that will help maximize the results of museum-based commercial activity in your institution.

The 24th annual Conference will enable attendees to:

  • Find solutions to issues you currently face.
  • Share innovative ideas and best practices with others in the cultural commerce community and learn firsthand what others have been doing.
  • Discover tools to survive this changing economy and business environment.
  • Gain valuable information from leaders in our sector.
  • Visit the MEC Expo with vendors that understand your visitors and your merchandising needs.
  • Network with your colleagues from across Canada!

Who should attend?

If you are involved in revenue generation, retail and food operations, visitor services, admissions, membership, rentals and special events then this is the Conference for you!

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   Directors' Symposium 2018  
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April 9, 2018

Vancouver, British Columbia

The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) 2018 Directors’ Symposium provides chief executive officers and directors of Canada’s cultural institutions a unique national forum to openly discuss critical issues.

The Symposium is predicated on the idea that leaders in our sector benefit from networking opportunities while discussing the critical issues our sector faces. As well, time has been set aside for open forum discussions.

This action-packed day will examine topics of critical importance to you:

  • Facilitated discussion on new national museum policy directions.
  • Ethical giving round table discussion.
  • What’s hot and what’s not: Five topics, and 20 minutes per topic. Each Director will be invited to pose an issue or question to the group for valuable peer insight and feedback.
  • Ample networking opportunities.
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 GLAM — 2018

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January 30, 2018

Taking it to the Next Level: Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums (GLAMs) Summit 2018

Toronto, Ontario

The Ottawa Declaration Working Group, in association with Library and Archives Canada and the Canadian Museums Association, hosted “Taking it to the Next Level: Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums (GLAMs) Summit 2018.” The event was held on January 30, 2018 at The Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park, Toronto, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Building on last year’s Summit on the Value of GLAMs, this year’s meeting was an interactive day of discussion drawing on the following themes:

  1. Communities: How can collaborative relationships among GLAMs benefit local communities, as well as provide greater opportunities for building links and fostering community identity?
  2. Indigenous peoples: How can GLAMs work more closely with Indigenous peoples to renew relationships based on mutual understanding and respect?
  3. Private sector: How can GLAMs work with the private sector to encourage greater innovation?
  4. Government priorities: How can GLAMs advance their interests vis-à-vis various levels of government? 

Below you have a series of videos of the event.