Annual Conference

  • OMA Annual Conference 2022. Changing Directions: Practice Over Permanence. Hamilton, November 7. Online, November 21.
    OMA Annual Conference 2022-- Changing Directions: Practice Over Permanence
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2022 is the Ontario Museum Association’s 50th Anniversary, and we are so thrilled to welcome members back to both an in-person and online conference this year!
This year’s theme is Changing Directions: Practice over Permanence. This theme embodies the changing nature of museums and focuses on what museums are currently doing, rather than what they might do in the future.
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Registration is open!

Join us in-person!

Monday, November 7, 2022
Hamilton Convention Centre
1 Summers Lane 
Hamilton ON L8P 4Y2
In-person registration includes:
  • One full day of in-person conference sessions and networking on November 7
  • Lunch and two breaks
  • Tradeshow with exhibitors
  • Awards of Excellence Celebration
  • Everything included in Online-only registration
Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Join us online!

Monday, November 7, 2022 – select sessions will be live-streamed
Monday, November 21, 2022 – interactive online sessions
Online-only registration includes:
  • Access to streamed sessions on November 7
  • Access to interactive online sessions on November 21
  • Online networking with colleagues on November 21
  • Access to online Tradeshow with exhibitors 
  • Access to session recordings from November 7 & 21



In-Person Conference


OMA Members




Student Members*


Northern rate (available to those residing in Tourism Regions 13 a, b, c)


Online Only


OMA Members





*Student – an individual enrolled full-time in a museum studies, arts administration or any other educational program in Ontario

Fully Subsidized Registrations

To encourage an inclusive Conference environment, the OMA provides 15 fully subsidized in-person conference registrations and 30 fully subsidized online conference registrations. Subsidies are available to attendees who are unemployed or underemployed, identify as Indigenous, and/or identify with groups that are often marginalized or excluded from culture and heritage due to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or disability. To request your registration fees be waived, simply select the Fully Subsidized registration option on the registration form. Subsidies will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Please contact if you have any questions.

Book Your Accommodation for the In-person Conference

Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
116 King Street West
Hamilton, ON L8P 4V3

In case of unavailability at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel, a number of rooms have been set aside for OMA delegates at Staybridge Suites Hamilton - Downtown (5 min. walk from the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel). Book by phone at 905-527-1001 - ask for 'Reservations' to reserve within the "Ontario Museum Association" block.

Health & Wellbeing

The Ontario Museum Association continues to follow federal and provincial COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. In an evolving pandemic, the OMA and its members recognize that circumstances are subject to change.
Masks: We strongly encourage all participants to wear a mask at the conference when not eating or drinking.
Social Distancing: For the comfort of all participants, please ask permission before making physical contact (i.e., shaking hands).
Self-Assessment: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please do not attend the conference.
Acknowledgement of Risk: While the purpose of the Ontario Museum Association’s health and wellbeing recommendations is to keep its conference participants safe, COVID-19 exposure remains a risk in any public space. By attending the OMA’s in-person event, registrants assume the risk of exposure.
Wellbeing Support: In addition to physical precautions, the Ontario Museum Association is committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of the conference participants. The in-person conference will feature a "Recharging Room," intended to be a quiet, relaxing, and restorative space for participants to visit throughout the day. The OMA plans to incorporate mindfulness and movement activities into the in-person and virtual conference programs. The OMA encourages participants to help make the conference a welcoming, comfortable environment by listening to and supporting one another.
Announcements will be made closer to the date and at the beginning of the conference to remind participants of health and wellbeing recommendations.

Tradeshow and Partnership

In-person tradeshow is back in Hamilton on Monday, November 7, 2022!

Showcase your products to an engaged audience of current and future leaders in the museum field by partnering with the only conference dedicated to Ontario museums.

To download the OMA Conference 2022 Opportunities Package and order form, click HERE. 

Contact to discuss your OMA tradeshow partnership package. 

Cancellation and Transfers:  

A processing fee will be applied to all cancellations and transfers. Only written cancellation requests received on or before Sept 26, 2022 will be refunded, minus the 30% processing fee. Registrations received after September 26, 2022 are non-refundable. Delegates who are unable to attend Conference may transfer their registration to another individual from their organization by submitting a transfer request, subject to a $50 processing fee. Transfers may be requested by email or phone. Upon receipt, the original registration rate and any event tickets purchased will transfer to the new attendee. Transfer requests will not be accepted after October 24, 2022. 

Terms: (updated Sept. 20, 2022) 

By participating in the 2022 OMA Annual Conference, and other pre or post-Conference events, I acknowledge that the OMA may use, record and photograph all chat comments and questions, sessions and presentations, and I grant the OMA the right to use these photographs, comments, questions and videos from the Conference for print or online delivery and promotion. I acknowledge that I am undertaking participation in this OMA event of my own free will and intentional act and that I am fully aware and assume full responsibility for having the appropriate and necessary technology to view the conference in its entirety.
By registering for and attending the OMA Annual Conference 2022, I authorize any images, individual comments and questions, or video footage taken of myself, in whole or in part, individually or in conjunction with other images and video footage, to be webcast, archived online and displayed on the OMA website and other OMA communication vehicles, and to be used for promotional purposes in perpetuity. I further agree that such images, photographs, comments, questions, and recordings may be used by the OMA without my prior approval in any form and for any lawful purpose including, without limitation, promoting the OMA. Such use will not entitle me to any credit or compensation. I release the OMA, its officers, and employees from any liability connected with the use of any image, photograph, comment, question, or recording taken during the OMA Conference or related activities. 
I acknowledge that I am undertaking participation in the OMA Conference and related activities of my own free will and intentional act and that I am fully aware and assume full responsibility for my own well-being and property in the event of any physical injury or theft that may occur to me as a result of my participation in Conference and post-Conference events. By registering for the 2022 OMA Conference, I understand these risks and waive all right to lay claim for any physical injury or theft resulting from any cause whatsoever either before, during or after the Conference or related activities. 

Code of Conduct

The Ontario Museum Association strives to support and advocate for all members of the museum community. Throughout this hybrid Conference and related programming, we are committed to providing inclusive, respectful, accessible, and safe physical and digital spaces for learning and collaboration. Participants at the OMA Conference are expected to maintain a professional demeanor and engage in respectful interactions by treating all individuals with respect and dignity. Inappropriate behaviour and language including but not limited to personal attacks, bigotry, derogatory remarks, racism, xenophobia, and harassment will not be tolerated.
OMA staff are working hard to monitor the Conference’s digital platforms and venue, and reserve the right to dismiss questions, and remove attendees who might pose a threat to the wellbeing of our community. If you have been the target of or a witness to harmful behaviour, please report it as soon as possible. You can do so by sending us an email to or approaching an OMA staff member at the event.
We hope that you have an enjoyable Conference experience!