Ontario Museum Association

Ontario Museum Association
Tourism Hamilton

Tourism Hamilton

October 20, 2009 16:02 ET

Hamilton to Host Ontario Museum Association Conference October 21-23, 2009

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 20, 2009) - Hamilton is proud to host the annual conference for the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) from October 21-23. The theme for this year's conference is "Museums - Impacting the future of our communities". Cultural workers representing museums and galleries from across the province will gather at the Hamilton Convention Centre as well as tour some of Hamilton's sites.

"I am very pleased that the OMA has chosen Hamilton for its annual conference as it provides a great opportunity to showcase Hamilton's museums and galleries," stated David Adames, Executive Director of Tourism Hamilton and Chair of this year's Conference.

Delegates will visit the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Royal Botanical Gardens, Dundurn National Historic Site, Battlefield House Museum and Park, Whitehern Historic House and Garden, Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology and Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum to name a few sites included in the conference program.

"The Ontario Museum Association is pleased to return to Hamilton for its annual conference celebrating the important work of Ontario's 650 community museums, art galleries and historic sites," added Marie Lalonde, Executive Director of the Ontario Museum Association. "The city's outstanding museums and historic sites provide a perfect background for our sessions and study tours exploring the tremendous contribution and impact of museums to the creation of vibrant communities in towns and cities across Ontario. We are grateful to our dynamic Hamilton area colleagues for their welcome and great support with this year's conference program."

In addition to workshops, the conference offers three dynamic keynote addresses. Dr. Candace Matelic will deliver a session called "Thriving on the Edge of Chaos: Engaging Community and Transforming Our Organizations". Another keynote session features Louise Dompierre, CEO of the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Rob McIsaac, President of Mohawk College and Mark Chamberlain, Partner of Trivaris Corporation who will speak to the role of culture in new economic development strategies. The third keynote will be delivered by Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, Poet Laureate of The City of Toronto who will speak about civic aesthetics.

The conference will celebrate key accomplishments in museums at the Awards Banquet on October 22. Ontario Culture Minister, the Honourable Aileen Carroll will be attending the Banquet. "The Ontario Museum Association does a remarkable job of supporting and promoting the value of community museums across Ontario," said Minister Carroll. "The OMA's 2009 conference is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our museum professionals and to become inspired about future possibilities in the sector."

Contact Information

  • Tourism Hamilton
    David Adames
    Ontario Museum Association
    Marie Lalonde