Bring Your By-Laws & Get Ready for ONCA with CLEO

Dec 16, 2022
Need to Know
From OMA team, warm wishes for a joyful and restful holiday season.
We look forward to connecting with you in 2023!
Office Closure
The Ontario Museum Association office will be closed for the holiday season beginning Monday, December 19, 2022. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.
OMA Professional Development

Upcoming Workshop:
Bring Your Own By-Laws with CLEO
Community Legal Education Ontario and
Ontario Museum Association

Friday February 3, 2023
9:00am - 2:00pm ET
Free, but registration is limited

In this half-day working session, participants will work through their by-laws and letters patent and a special workbook to identify what they might want or need to change in order to comply with Ontario’s Not-for-profit Corporations Act (ONCA). Participants are advised to review their governing documents ahead of time to be somewhat familiar with the layout and content. Participants must bring a digital or physical copy of their by-laws and (preferably) letters patent.
This session is for: senior leaders, board members, and anyone involved in the corporate governance of organizations already incorporated under Ontario’s Corporations Act or a special Act.

This session is not for:

  • organizations that are not themselves incorporated but part of a larger organization or government, 
  • organizations incorporated under Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act,
  • organizations incorporated under Co-operative Corporations Act,
  • organizations incorporated through the Ontario Historical Society, or
  • other statutes outside of Ontario

Speaker: Benjamin Miller, a staff lawyer on the Nonprofit Law Ontario project of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) where he focuses on the legal needs of nonprofits and charities.

Read more and register HERE.

Register today!
Get started thinking about ONCA!

OMA CLEO Webinar: Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act - Planning the transition for your museum

On December 3, 2021, the OMA and CLEO hosted a webinar to discuss what is new in the ONCA, steps nonprofits need to take to transition to the ONCA, and how CLEO’s free resources can help members create ONCA compliant by-laws from scratch or adapt current by-laws.

Learn more about the ONCA HERE.
Watch the recording HERE.
Upcoming webinar:
Mapping Oral History with Atlascine
and Sensibility Mapping
Speakers from the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University (COHDS)
Organized by Digital Action Research and Training, Toronto History Museums, and
the Ontario Museum Association

Wednesday January 18, 2023
12:00pm - 1:30pm ET
Registration Required

This webinar will present two innovative cartographic approaches designed to map collections of stories and interviews. The first one will be structured around Atlascine, a free, online and open-source software developed to map collections of stories. Through the full interaction between media and maps, Atlascine offers new ways of navigating within and between audiovisual stories. Here, the map is envisioned not only as a way to reveal places as described in stories, but also to expand the possibilities of accessing, listening, visualizing and connecting these stories. The second cartographic approach will be devoted to the exploration of the inner parts of these stories using "sensibility mapping.” Sensibility mapping is a creative way of investigating the intimate, emotional and personal dimensions of stories.

Through this webinar, participants can expect to familiarize themselves with the potential, limits and complementarity of both approaches to expand the access to (corpuses of) interviews.

  • Sébastien Caquard, co-director of COHDS and a professor in the department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University
  • Élise Olmedo, post-doctoral researcher at the department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University.
Read more and register HERE.
Register today!
This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

Registration is open!

Upcoming CCI Webinar:
Photography on a Dime - Thrifty Tools and Free Software for Heritage Professionals

Canadian Conservation Institute, Ontario Museum Association and Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries

Webinar 1: February 9, 2023 (1:00 - 3:00 PM ET)
Webinar 2: February 16, 2023 (1:00 - 3:00 PM ET)

OMA and GOG members register at 'Members' rate

This Canadian Conservation Institute webinar series is co-presented by the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) and Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries (GOG). Interested participants are those who are currently or will be involved in photodocumentation projects within a heritage institution. Participants are expected to have a fundamental knowledge of camera settings and functions (such as ISO and aperture) and a basic understanding of lighting equipment as this information will not be reviewed in the webinar. Participants should also possess practical computer skills.

Register HERE.

Register today!
Registration is open! Spaces are available!
Upcoming Certificate in Museum Studies Courses

Care of Collections
Dates: January 16 - April 2, 2023
Format: Online
Director: Carmen Li, Royal Alberta Museum
*The CMS course Artifacts is a prerequisite for Care of Collections

Registration for Certificate in Museum Studies courses is open to OMA Individual Members and Commercial Consultant Members.

Find out more about the Certificate in Museum Studies Program HERE.
Questions? Email
Register for courses
Upcoming OMA Dates
CMS: Care of Collections 2022-2023 - Jan. 16 - Apr. 2, 2023 (online)

CMS: Exhibit Planning & Design 2022-2023 - Jan. 16 - Mar. 26, 2023 (online)

Mapping Oral History with Atlascine and Sensibility Mapping - January 18, 2022 (12:00 - 1:30pm ET)
Bring Your Own By-Laws with CLEO - February 3, 2023 (9:00am - 2:00pm)

CCI Webinar Photography on a Dime: Thrifty Tools and Free Software for Heritage Professionals:
Webinar 1: February 9, 2023 (1:00 - 3:00 PM ET)
Webinar 2: February 16, 2023 (1:00 - 3:00 PM ET)

The Ontario Museum Association was thrilled to welcome members back to both an in-person and online conference this year! We greatly appreciate everyone for their participation, as it demonstrates your support and dedication to creating a stronger Ontario museum sector together. See OMA Annual Conference highlights, below:
Thank you to the OMA Professional Development Advisory Committee!

(Chair) Kathy Fisher, Ermatinger Clergue NHS (OMA Council Member)
Claire Bennett, Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives
Pauline Dolovich, Reich & Petch   
Rebecca Hicks, Hamilton Civic Museums, City of Hamilton
Susan Kun, Board Member, Burlington Museums
Phaedra Livingstone, Centennial College
Pailagi Pandya, Mackenzie House, Toronto History Museums      
Naomi Recollet, Ojibwe Cultural Foundation        
Wendy Rowney, Black Creek Pioneer Village
Jody Seeley, Meaford Museum
Keri Solomon, Region of Waterloo Museums (to August 2022)
Kathy Fisher, Chair of the PD Advisory Committee, at OMA Annual Conference 2022 in Hamilton
Conference Highlights
View the photo album on Flickr
Mara Benjamin, City of Hamilton, Sharifa Riley, Erland Lee (Museum) House, and Adam Foreman, Erland Lee (Museum) House at OMA Annual Conference 2022 in Hamilton.
OMA Annual Conference 2022 Photo Album
Share your Conference Highlights!

Share photos taken at OMA Annual Conference 2022 on social media.Tag us in your posts @MuseumsOntario andbe sure to use the hashtag #OMAConf2022Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIn
Other PD Opportunities
Upcoming Information Session:
Workplace Diversity Survey

The Canadian Museums Association (CAM)

Thursday December 15, 2022
2:00 pm ET

CMA is launching a Workplace Diversity Survey that aims to establish an intersectional baseline for museum staff demographics in Canada. The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) is launching a Workplace Diversity Survey that aims to establish an intersectional baseline for museum staff demographics in Canada. Our survey is based on a similar survey conducted by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Association of Art Museum Directors and the American Alliance of Museums in the United States. The survey is open to institutions in the heritage sector in Canada. The results will serve as a springboard for the CMA to prioritize its diversity, equity and inclusion guidelines as well as its policy research and advocacy agenda.

Register for this information session to learn more HERE.
Register your institution to participant HERE.
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OMA's 50th Anniversary
2022 is the Ontario Museum Association’s 50th Anniversary! We are celebrating 50 years of advancing a strong museum sector for Ontario with staff and volunteers from the province’s 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites. To commemorate this occasion, we are hosting a year-long series of online activities, culminating at the OMA Annual Conference 2022 in November.
We welcome everyone to join the celebration of our 50th anniversary
and to visit a museum near you!

Learn more about our 50th Anniversary HERE.

Adrian Petry, Visitor Services Coordinator; Sara Nixon, Public Programmer, and Abbey Stansfield Public Programmer, from St Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre and OMA Annual Conference (Hamilton) - session Last Stop: Community is Core to the Underground Railroad Story
Make a donation to the OMA!

Whether you choose to give the price of a cup of coffee or donate $50 for 50 years, any and all donations are appreciated.

We thank you for your donation in support of the OMA's ongoing operations!
Donate HERE
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As museums across Ontario face the challenges of reopening safely and renewing relationships with your communities, the OMA is here for you. Your support, participation, and membership make our work possible.

If you are already an OMA member, thank you! Please renew your membership when you receive an email reminder. If you are not yet a member, please consider an individual, institutional, or commercial membership for yourself, your colleagues, or your institution. You can find information about member categories and benefits on our website.

You can make a donation to the OMA on our website or through Canada Helps. Every contribution adds to the collective strength of our sector. Thank you for your support!
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