Annual Conference

  • SAVE THE DATE #OMAConf2020 in Huntsville Ontario
    SAVE THE DATE #OMAConf2020 in Huntsville Ontario

OMA Conference 2020 Postponement

In light of the current COVID-19 crisis, and in consideration of its impact on both individual and institutional members, the OMA has made the difficult decision to postpone this year's in-person Conference. The Conference, originally scheduled to take place in Huntsville in October 2020, is postponed. Our tentative plan is to hold the AGM, celebrate the OMA Awards of Excellence, and potentially host other events online as appropriate this coming fall.

In view of this postponement, the OMA wants to thank all our stakeholders for their understanding. The Association will be in touch with all partners and stakeholders to consider potential and continued involvement.

Look for updates in the coming weeks. 

OMA Conference 2020 Registration Open!

The Ontario Museum Association is thrilled to announce that the 2020 Annual Conference will taking place October 28th-30th in Huntsville, Ontario.

We are looking forward to gathering Museum, Gallery, Archive and Heritage Professionals, and stakeholders from across Ontario and Canada for three days of learning and networking, taking inspiration from the beautiful environment and Huntsville's local institutions. More information will updated when it is available.

Register Before June 15th and Save!

Step 1: Register.

  • Register Online HERE
    • Make sure you are signed in to receive member rates.

Step 2: Book Your Accommodation.

  • Rates start at $149.00 at the Conference location: Deerhurst Resort, Huntsville.
    • Book through the Reservations department at 1-800-461-4393 

Deerhurst Resort offers guest rooms that can accomodate a variety of group sizes. See some options below: 



Bayshore Guestroom


Pavilion Guestroom


One Bedroom Summit Suite


One Bedroom Resort Home


Lakeside Studio


Lakeside One Bedroom Resort Home


Lakeside Two Bedroom Resort Home




Step 3: Check for Updates for #OMAConf2020.


Call for Proposals

Museums are both engaged as global citizens, and central to the vitality of their local communities. In working towards the goals of Ontario’s Museums 2025, museums are committed to their local communities and the province. The OMA Annual Conference 2020 provides an opportunity to reflect on how Ontario museums are currently working, and can become more engaged, with worldwide initiatives to improve the lives of people, protect the planet, strengthen our institutions, and ensure prosperity for all. Through their programs, partnerships, and community collaborations, museums are also working to support the global priority areas identified in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 global goals were designed to be a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all by 2030, addressing social and environmental challenges.
Within a larger aim of supporting and celebrating the work of museums for their communities, the OMA Annual Conference 2020 invites a particular focus on Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being.
The OMA welcomes proposals that discuss the successes, lessons learned, and relevance of the SDGs and a “think global, act local” approach in museum work today. Some questions to consider are:
  • What work is your museum doing in support of the SDGs?
  • How have you collaborated in pursuit of common goals, leveraged your skills and unique resources, or used a new approach to enhance positive impacts?
  • How have your museum spaces or collections served a sustainable or empowering purpose?
  • How does your museum support the health of the people around you? 

The deadline for all proposals has been extended to March 16, 2020.

Read more HERE.
Submit your proposal online HERE.