OMA Annual Conference 2022: Registration Now Open!

Jun 15, 2022
June 15, 2022
#OMAConf2022 Registration Open
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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! Registration is now open!

Each year, the OMA Annual Conference brings together museum professionals, volunteers, and students from Ontario's 700+ museums, art galleries, and historic sites. The conference serves to strengthen the museum, heritage, and cultural sector by providing: 

  • professional development and learning opportunities,
  • inspiration to professionals in the sector,
  • and bringing the sector together through meaningful and productive discussions.

Learn more and register HERE.

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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
Local Hamilton activities and planned Study Tours - separate registration required, stay tuned!

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
Early-bird Rates – register now and save!
 In-Person Conference   
 OMA members  $195+HST 
 Non-members  $295+HST
 Student members*  $85+HST
 Northern rate (available to those residing in 
 Tourism Regions 13 a, b, c)
 OMA members  $80+HST
 Non-members  $100+HST

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

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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 will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Please contact if you have any questions. Learn more HERE.
Book Your Accommodation for the In-person Conference

Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
116 King Street West
Hamilton, ON L8P 4V3
Book early to secure your room at the special OMA rate. Learn more HERE.
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.

Contact to discuss your OMA tradeshow partnership package.
#OMAConf2022 Call for Proposals Now Open
Proposals are Due by June 27!
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.

The Call for Proposals includes subthemes of PeoplePurpose, and Process, and questions to help get you inspired.
Download the Call for Proposals
Not sure how your session idea fits with our theme? The OMA is happy to discuss proposals before they are submitted for review. Contact us with your ideas and questions at

We invite proposal submissions from equity-deserving groups, all levels of museum staff, and volunteers, students, and members of the GLAM sector. We welcome submissions from presenters outside the museum field as well.

Proposals must be submitted using the online form by Monday, June 27, 2022 at 11:59pm.
Submit your Proposal
Workshop: Virtual School Programming

Free workshop - held on Zoom
Wednesday June 15, 2022 at 2:00 - 3:30 PM ET
Synchronous school programs

Join Christina Sydorko, Educational Program Coordinator at the Oil Museum of Canada NHS, as she takes you through the tips and tricks for creating synchronous virtual school programs that meet teacher needs and your museum's goals.

Registration is limited to 50 participants per session.

The workshop is part of the Small Bytes initiative. Small Bytes: Supporting Digitization in Ontario’s Smaller and Rural Museums is an initiative of the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage. Find out more about the initiative HERE.

Register for June 15 workshop
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