Image: Jennifer Robertson, Book and Paper Conservation Services, 2017

Become a Member

Value of Membership

There are many benefits to becoming a CAC member. First and foremost, you contribute to the development and sustainability of a strong community of professionals whose responsibility is to preserve our cultural assets and promote responsible and ethical practices. More specifically:

You support:

  • our many dedicated volunteers who work hard to be able to offer high-quality programs and publications
  • a strong conservation network, giving it a voice within the Canadian political arena
  • scholarly research and dissemination of knowledge in the field
  • awareness of conservation among related professionals and the general public

You receive:

  • three newsletters (Bulletin) per year and one peer-reviewed scientific Journal
  • access to online Directory of members
  • discount on CAC conference and workshops
  • access to our mentorship program
  • access to our Grants & Awards program
  • the possibility of developing a long-lasting connection with your peers

Without your support, we can’t do it all! 

Membership Rates & Application

Membership Categories, Descriptions & Rates

Institutional:

$170/year

The fee charged for institutional members reflects the fact that publications and online content are likely to be accessed by many people within that institution.

Full access to online content, CAC Bulletin published electronically 3 times/year, CAC Journal published once/year, access to CAC Grants & Awards for one staff member.  A member institution can send one staff member to CAC conference at the member rate, even if that employee is not a CAC member. Institution is entitled to one vote at all Meetings of Members.

Regular:

$85/year (a mere $0.23/day)

For any individual with an interest in the conservation of cultural property.

Full access to online contents, CAC Bulletin published electronically 3 times/year, CAC Journal published once/year, access to CAC Grants & Awards, voting rights.

Student:

$30/year

Individuals who are full-time trainees or students in the field of conservation and who are not in receipt of a stipend, other than a scholarship.

Full access to online contents, CAC Bulletin published electronically 3 times/year, CAC Journal published once/year, access to CAC Grants & Awards, voting rights.

Supporting:

Individuals or institutions who donate more than the annual membership fee for their membership category in any fiscal year.

Supporting members’ names may be published in acknowledgment of their support at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

Same rights and benefits of Regular or Student Members in the case of individuals or same rights and benefits of Institutional Members in the case of Institutions. One vote each at all Meeting of Members.

  • Institutional
    $170 yearly
    The fee charged for institutional members reflects the fact that publications and online content are likely to be accessed by many people within that institution. Full access to online content, CAC Bulletin published 3 times/year, CAC Journal published once/year, access to CAC Grants & Awards for one staff member.  A member institution can send one staff member to CAC conference at the member rate, even if that employee is not a CAC member. Institution is entitled to one vote at all Meetings of Members.
  • Student
    $30/ yearly
    • Individuals who are full-time trainees or students in the field of conservation and who are not in receipt of a stipend, other than a scholarship
    • Full access to online content
    • CAC Bulletin published electronically 3 times/year
    • CAC Journal published once/year
    • Access to CAC Grants & Awards
    • Voting rights
  • Regular
    only $0.23/day
    $85/ yearly
    • For any individual with an interest in the conservation of cultural property
    • Full access to online content
    • CAC Bulletin published electronically 3 times/year
    • CAC Journal published once/year
    • Access to CAC Grants & Awards
    • Voting rights
  • Institutional
    $170/ yearly
    • The fee charged for institutional members reflects the fact that publications and online content are likely to be accessed by many people within that institution
    • Full access to online content
    • CAC Bulletin published electronically 3 times/year
    • CAC Journal published once/year
    • Access to CAC Grants & Awards for one staff member
    • A member institution can send one staff member to CAC conference at the member rate, even if that employee is not a CAC member
    • The institution is entitled to one vote at all Meetings of Members

Supporting Members

Individuals or institutions who donate more than the annual membership fee for their membership category in any fiscal year.

Supporting members’ names may be published in acknowledgment of their support at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

Same rights and benefits of Regular or Student Members in the case of individuals or same rights and benefits of Institutional Members in the case of Institutions. One vote each at all Meeting of Members.

Other Reasons to Join

CAC offers grants and bursaries to promote professional development for members. In light of the continuing COVID restrictions, there will be a modified disbursement program for our grants for the 2021 calendar year. With most professional development opportunities having moved online, and with no travel-related costs associated with the CAC Conference, we have elected to redistribute the funds to the Professional Development Grant and the Training Activity Grant.  CAC Conference Grants will not be distributed in 2021.

The programs available to CAC Members are:

  1. Conference/Workshop Grant
  2. Professional Development Grant
  3. Training Activity Grant
  4. Diversity Grant

CAC Conference/Workshop Grant

Goal

To encourage participation in the Annual CAC Conference and/or Workshop by providing funds for transportation and accommodation

Eligibility

The applicant must be an individual member of the CAC or the designated representative of an institution with a CAC institutional membership. Membership must be in good standing, i.e. membership dues up to date at the time of application. Members residing in the province (or territory) where the conference is to be held are not eligible. Those who received CAC grants in the preceding year are not eligible.

Budget

As close to $5,500 as possible will be disbursed in at least 8 grants. The distribution of the grant amounts will be: 1 grant to a maximum of $1,100, 2 grants to a maximum of $800, 3 grants to a maximum of $600 and at least 2 to a maximum of $500.

Application Procedures

The applicant must complete the application form and describe as precisely as possible the estimated expenses for accommodation and transportation, which are the only allowable expenses. The grant will cover costs for transportation and will cover the accommodation cost up to $125 per night (including tax). Costs exceeding this amount will be covered by the applicant. All other expenses, including meals and Workshop or Conference fees are not covered by the grant.

View Application Form

Evaluation criteria

Priority will be given to applicants who submit an abstract or poster for the CAC Conference or who have other official duties such as program chairs or workshop organizers. Funds will be distributed evenly among eligible regions: West (British Columbia, Prairies and Territories); Ontario; East (Quebec and Atlantic Provinces); and Outside of Canada (maximum of one grant). Funds will also be distributed among applicants working in private practice, employed in institutions, and students registered full-time in a conservation training program, reflecting the ratio of these categories in the membership. Where two or more candidates fit the distribution criteria equally well, the selection will be made through a draw from the eligible names. In the event that a grant recipient notifies the Chair of the Grants & Awards Committee that he/she will not be attending the Conference, the grant will be redistributed to the next most qualified applicant. The level of funding will be based on a “best fit” between the selected applicant’s estimated costs and the grant amounts available.

The full amount of the grants will be disbursed to successful applicants upon approval of the Board. No later than two months after the Conference, grant recipients must submit a list of expenditures accompanied by original or electronic receipts.  Electronic receipts may be submitted by email.  If the actual expenditures are lower than the amount of the grant, the difference must be reimbursed to CAC. CAC reserves the right to refuse funding for unjustified and ineligible expenses. Failure to submit receipts and/or unused grant funds within two months of the Conference may result in suspension of CAC membership privileges.

Each year the Board of Directors will review and approve the continuation of the program and the funds available.

Deadlines

Applications must be received by the Chair of the Grants Committee through email, fax, post on or before January 31. Grant allocations will be decided by March 1. All applicants will be informed in writing before the end of April.

Please note the following important points:

  • Only transportation and accommodation expenses are covered by these grants.
  • Receipts must be submitted.
  • Applicants agree to abide by these regulations when they sign the application form.

If you have any questions or comments about this program, please send an email with “Conference/Workshop Grant” in the subject line to: grants-awards@cac-accr.ca

Professional Development Grant

Goal

To support the ongoing professional development of conservation professionals by providing funds for registration, transportation, and accommodation to attend a conservation conference, workshop or seminar. Consideration will also be given to support of hardware and software purchases that facilitate online learning.

Eligibility

The applicant must be an individual member of the CAC or the designated representative of an institution with a CAC institutional membership. Membership must be in good standing; membership dues must be up to date at the time of application. Those who received CAC grants in the preceding year are not eligible.

Budget

Up to $5,000 will be disbursed in up to 10 grants.

Application Procedures

An application form must be completed, describing the professional development event and the estimated expenses for transportation, accommodation and registration or other associated fees to attend the event. The grant will cover costs for transportation, registration and/or fees, and accommodation up to $125 per night (including tax). Costs exceeding the amount of the grant will be covered by the applicant. All other expenses such as meals and special excursions or programs will not be covered by this grant. This grant is not intended to support tuition costs for students enrolled in a formal conservation training program.

View Application Form

Final Report Form

Evaluation criteria

Although it is not a requirement for applicants to present or otherwise contribute to the event, applicants who meet these criteria will take first priority. When applicants are equally qualified, funds will be distributed evenly among eligible regions: West (British Columbia, Prairies and Territories); Ontario; East (Quebec and Atlantic Provinces); and Outside of Canada (maximum of one grant). Funds will then be distributed among applicants working in private practice, employed in institutions, and students, reflecting the ratio of these categories in the membership. If an applicant self-identifies as a member of an underrepresented group, this will be taken into consideration. Where two or more candidates fit the distribution criteria equally well, the selection will be made through a draw from the eligible names. In the event of a cancellation or withdrawal, the grant will go to the first person on the list of runners-up.

The full amount of the grants will be disbursed to successful applicants upon approval of the Board. No later than two months after the event, the applicant must submit a list of expenditures accompanied by original or electronic receipts. If the actual expenditures are lower than the amount of the grant, the difference must be reimbursed to CAC. CAC reserves the right to refuse funding for unjustified and ineligible expenses. Failure to submit receipts and/or unused grant funds within two months of the Conference will result in suspension of CAC membership privileges.

Deadlines

Applications will be accepted twice a year, the deadlines being April 30th and September 30th. Up to 8 grants will be awarded to the first group of applicants; the remaining will be awarded to the second group. Applications must be received by the Grants And Awards Committee (contact listed below) through email or post on or before the deadline preceding the professional development opportunity. Applications will not be accepted for events that have already occurred. Decisions will be made by May 15th and October 1st for each of the grant runs respectively. All applicants will be informed in writing shortly thereafter.

Please note the following important points:

  • Registration, transportation and accommodation expenses are covered by these grants.
  • Receipts must be submitted.
  • Applicants agree to abide by these regulations when they sign the application form.

If you have any questions or comments about this program, please send an email with “PD Grant” in the subject line to: grants-awards@cac-accr.ca

Training Activity Grant

Goal

To encourage training activities in the field of conservation across Canada.

Definition of Training Activity

Any activity that informs or trains people working in the field of conservation in Canada. This can include lectures given by specialists (Canadian and foreign), seminars consisting of one or more days of lectures, workshops with hands-on practice, etc.

Responsibility and Eligibility

The person or committee interested in holding a training activity is responsible for the entire organization of the project (including selecting the project, date and location, making announcements, etc.). The applicant must be a member in good standing of the CAC. In the case of a group of persons, the person chairing the organizing committee must be a member, or the designated representative of an institutional member. The activity should be announced region-wide to include participants from outside the host centre. Conservation training programs are eligible to apply for this funding, but priority will be given to activities focused on professional development of conservation professionals already in the field. All written materials or advertising must specify that the training activity is sponsored by the CAC.

Individuals or groups who received a CAC grant for training activities in the preceding year. are not eligible.

Budget

Two grants of up to $2,500 are available in 2021.

Application Procedures

The coordinator must provide a description of the proposed activity. The coordinator must also submit a detailed proposal including costs for honoraria, transportation, accommodation, and any other expenses.

If the proposal is accepted, the successful applicant will receive the amount requested up to a maximum of $2,500 in advance of the activity. No later than two months after the training activity, the applicant must submit a list of course participants and their addresses, a copy of the announcement or advertisement, and a list of expenditures and original or electronic receipts. A list of expenses covered by other funding sources must also be submitted. If the actual cost is lower, the difference must be reimbursed to CAC. CAC reserves the right to refuse reimbursement for unjustified expenditures. The applicant must also send an electronic copy of a report describing the activity (approximately 500 words) suitable for publication in the CAC Bulletin.

The selection and the amount of funding will be approved by the Board of Directors.

View Application Form

Deadlines

There is no fixed deadline for receipt of Training Grant applications. Applications will be considered on a first come first served basis, beginning January 1st of each year and until such time as the grant is awarded.

If you have any questions or comments about this program, please send an email with “Training Activity Grant” in the subject line to: grants-awards@cac-accr.ca

Diversity Grant

This grant is made possible through a generous donation received from Toronto Art Restoration Inc. 

Goal

An inaugural grant for 2021, to assist a conservation student or emerging conservator who self-identifies as Black, Indigenous, or a person of colour (BIPoC). CAC aims to increase its support and recognition of underrepresented communities within our profession. 

Eligibility

The applicant must be an individual or student member of CAC who self-identifies as Black, Indigenous, or a person of color (BIPoC). Membership must be in good standing; membership dues must be up to date at the time of application. For those in financial need, sponsored memberships are available. To apply for a sponsored membership, follow this link and complete the application form.

Budget

A single $1,000 grant will be disbursed for the 2021 calendar year to offset educational expenses.  

Application Procedures

The applicant must complete the application form and must submit a 500 word essay demonstrating how their specific cultural experiences inform their approach to conservation.  This essay will be published on the CAC website and in the Bulletin.

View Application Form

Evaluation Criteria 

An adjudication committee that includes at least one member who self-identifies as BIPoC will assess the applications and make a recommendation to the CAC Board. Grant applications will be ranked, based on the essay and appropriateness of expenses, with preference given to conservation students, then emerging conservators, and finally mid- to late career professionals who are upgrading their education.

Deadlines

September 1, 2021.

Please note the following important points:

  • Internship transportation and accommodation, tuition, books and fees associated with full time study in a recognized conservation training program in Canada or abroad, and other expenses directly related to educational costs may be covered by this grant.
  • Costs that are claimed must have been incurred or will be incurred during the 2021 calendar year.
  • Receipts must be submitted by December 31, 2021.
  • Any grant funds that are not spent on approved expenses must be reimbursed to the CAC by December 31, 2021.
  • Only one grant is available for the 2021 calendar year.
  • Applicants agree to abide by these regulations when they sign the application form.

If you have any questions or comments about this program, please send an email with “Diversity Grant” in the subject line to: grants-awards@cac-accr.ca

COVID-19 Relief Bursary

Goal

To provide relief for CAC-ACCR members who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through the provision of bursaries for rent and tuition relief, or other costs incurred by the loss of career opportunities or contracts, cancelled internships, or closures of post-secondary institutions.

Eligibility

The applicant must be an individual member of the CAC or the designated representative of an institution with a CAC institutional membership. Membership must be in good standing, i.e. membership dues up to date at the time of application. 

Budget

As close to $10,000 as possible will be disbursed in at least 10 grants.

Application Procedures

The applicant must complete the application form which includes a description of the impact that COVID-19 has had on them. Describe as precisely as possible how the pandemic has impacted training/education or career/professional opportunities. The grant will cover expenses directly related to the cancellation or postponement of training/contracts/internships to a maximum of $1,000 per applicant; examples of allowable expenses include rent and tuition relief, transportation costs, or moving expenses. Other expenses may be allowable if accompanied by justification. Inclusion of any monies received during the pandemic (ie. CERB or CESB) must also be declared.

Please limit the description section to one page.

View Application Form

Final Report Form

Evaluation Criteria

Priority will be given to applicants who are students, emerging conservators, and conservators in private practice. Funds will be distributed evenly among eligible regions: West (British Columbia, Prairies and Territories); Ontario; East (Quebec and Atlantic Provinces); and Outside of Canada (maximum of one grant). Where two or more candidates fit the criteria equally, the selection will be made through a draw from the eligible names. In the event that a grant recipient notifies the Chair of the Grants & Awards Committee that they are withdrawing their application, the grant will be redistributed to the next most qualified applicant. The level of funding will be based on the degree of financial need between the selected applicant’s estimated costs and the grant amounts available.

The full amount of the grants will be disbursed to successful applicants upon approval of the Board. No later than two months after disbursement, grant recipients must submit a list of expenditures accompanied by original or electronic receipts.  Electronic receipts may be submitted by email.  If the actual expenditures are lower than the amount of the grant, the difference must be reimbursed to CAC. CAC reserves the right to refuse funding for unjustified and ineligible expenses. Failure to submit receipts and/or unused grant funds within two months of the disbursement may result in suspension of CAC membership privileges.

New Diversity and Inclusion Initiative: Optional self-declaration

As a first attempt to identify and reach out to our fellow CAC members who identify as a member of a BIPoC Community (Black, Indigenous and Person of Colour), or other underrepresented group, CAC has included the option to self-identify on the COVID-19 Relief Bursary application form. We hope to add weight to applications from self-identified BIPoC members during the adjudication process in order to directly support those members who may have experienced barriers to and discrimination in the conservation profession.

While under no obligation to self-identify, we value hearing from our membership and see this as an important first step in realising the goals set out in the CAC public statement on creating positive change in diversity and inclusion within the Canadian conservation community. We welcome all feedback and comments about this initiative, and invite you to contact CAC if you are interested in discussing this further. 

Deadlines

Applications must be received by the Chair of the Grants & Awards Committee through email on or before November 15, 2020. Grant allocations will be decided by December 1, 2020 and disbursed before the end of 2020.

Please note the following important points:

  • Electronic receipts (or scanned images of paper receipts) must be submitted.
  • Applicants agree to abide by these regulations when they sign the application form.
  • This bursary is intended as a one-time emergency relief bursary program. 
  • Descriptions of expenses and their relationship to the COVID-19 pandemic should be limited to one page.
  • Electronic transfers (eTransfers) are the preferred method of disbursement.
  • Confidentiality: all information received through the COVID-19 Relief Bursary will be kept confidential and will only be visible to the members of the Grants and Awards Committee.
  • Recipients names and final reports may be published in the CAC Bulletin or Annual Report, but not the details of financials or if they have self-declared for the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative.

If you have any questions or comments about this program, please contact: grants-awards@cac-accr.ca.

Image: Canadian Museum of History, 2017

Training Events

Bespoke Protective Enclosures & Drop Spine Box Making at-home 2021 Virtual Workshop

Type: Virtual hands-on workshop
Schedule: three 2.5 hour sessions in November (12, 13, & 20)
Time: 14:30-17:00 EST each day

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Registration Fees

Member: $240 CD
Non-Member: $265 CD
Student: $200 CD

Registration Deadline

September 30, 2021

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Description

Protective enclosures are an essential element in the preservation of collection materials. It is a first defense against many of the agents of deterioration and can greatly extend the life of an artefact. While large scale repackaging projects may use pre-sized manufactured boxes, bespoke enclosures are required for many single items, rare books, and unusual shapes to ensure adequate safety of the item. The ability to create high quality custom sized enclosures within a reasonable time frame is an essential skill for conservators.

This virtual workshop will span over three afternoons (2.5 hour sessions), with some preparation time required outside the session. Course material will focus on protective enclosures primarily in library and archive collections, though the skills learned may be applied to other types of objects.

The workshop will focus on measuring techniques and practical skills, while demonstrating the range of enclosure styles available, from simple card enclosures and book shoes to complex cloth and board constructions. Practical work will include the completion of a cloth covered drop-spine box, as well as a fluted board clamshell box. Participants will have the option of bringing two small items (less than 150mm; one of which must be a book) to create custom enclosures for.

This workshop is designed for those of all skill levels, though basic hand skills is an asset. Please let the course coordinator know if you have previous box making experience. Participants will be required to gather some tools themselves (see below), but larger construction materials will be supplied by the workshop and sent out to participants in kits.

Materials provided in kits:

  • Greyboard for the drop spine boxes
  • Paper backed rayon bookcloth (single-classic OR multi-bright)
  • Fluted board
  • Instruction booklet for box making

Participant Requirements:

  • A clear workspace for assembling and cutting materials
  • Brushes (2)
    • Flat small 1-2 cm
    • Larger pasting brush. A round paste brush is best, but a flat brush 3+ cm will do.
  • Utility knife
    • (heavy duty) with new cutting edge (for cutting board, it’s most comfortable to cut with larger knife)
  • Small utility knife or scalpel with straight blade (optional)
    • For cutting cloth, and smaller work within corners
  • Small triangle
  • Metal ruler
  • Large ruler or straight edge (~45cm/18in)
    • or any other cutting edge
  • Cutting mat (or heavy binder’s board to cut against)
  • Teflon folder or bone folder with a pointed end
  • Dividers (optional)
  • Pencil (mechanical or sharpened, HB-2B is best)
  • Scissors
  • PVA
  • Weights (1-2, such as a brick)
    • If you do not have any weights/cannot borrow any, please let the instructor know and we can work out other options.
  • Waste paper such as newsprint

*If participants are not able to find certain materials please let the instructor know in advance and we can work out other options.

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Instructor Biography

Tiffany Eng Moore is book and archival conservator in Ottawa, Canada and runs TEM Book & Paper Conservation (part of the Canadian Conservation Consortium). Carrying out contracts and independent work for institutions in the national capital region. Previously she held positions at York Explore Library and Archives (UK) and the House of Lords Parliamentary Archives in London (UK), as well as completing a book conservation fellowship at the Canadian Conservation Institute (CA) and an internship at the Iowa University conservation lab (USA). She graduated from West Dean College with an MA in Conservation of Books and Library Materials, 2015. Her current research interest is mould in cultural heritage.

If you have any questions about this training event, please contact: training@cac-accr.ca

Image: Canadian Museum of History, 2017

Mentorship Program

WHAT IS THE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM?

The field of conservation and heritage preservation can be difficult to navigate for emerging professionals entering the field. In 2012, the Emerging Conservators Committee (ECC) of the CAC established the CAC-ECC Mentorship Program as a way to help emerging professionals by connecting them with mentors who can guide them as they work towards specific career goals and objectives.

The Mentorship Program provides the structure for participants to meet over the course of a year while allowing participants the flexibility to choose how and when they meet. Ultimately, the CAC and ECC hope that mentorship relationships continue beyond the year outlined by the program and that positive and enriching interactions between emerging conservation professionals and established conservators grow across Canada. By participating in the Mentorship Program, you are helping to strengthen the network of conservators and heritage professionals across the country and foster a community of professional exchange and mutual learning.

WHO CAN JOIN?

Participants of the program apply as either a mentor or a mentee.

A mentor is:

  • Any experienced conservation professional who would like to mentor emerging conservators, students, or pre-program applicants
  • A current member of the CAC
  • Someone able to provide advice and insight to a less experienced individual in the field of conservation and heritage preservation

A mentee is:

  • An emerging conservation professional with less than 6 years of experience in the field, a conservation student, or a pre-program applicant
  • A current member of the CAC
  • Someone seeking advice, guidance, or support in the field of conservation and heritage preservation

WHAT ARE THE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM GUIDELINES?

  • Both mentor and mentee must be current members of the CAC.
  • Once mentors and mentees discuss the goals of the mentorship, they are required to submit a Mentorship Goal Agreement Form.
  • Mentors can re-apply to the program every year; mentees can only re-apply if their mentorship goals are different from those of previous years.
  • Mentors and mentees are strongly encouraged to provide feedback about their experience to the Mentorship Program Co-Leaders.
  • Examples of possible mentorship goals and objectives a mentee may be interested in pursuing:
    • Applications for positions, fellowships, internships, and contracts
    • Business skills for private practice
    • Contract bidding
    • Developing or improving one’s French or English conservation vocabulary
    • Grant proposals
    • Job interviews
    • Networking
    • Research skills
    • Portfolios
    • Presentations, lectures, and publications
    • Program applications and interviews
    • Publications
    • Working Abroad

HOW CAN I SIGN UP?

Calls for applications are held in March or April of every year. Mentors and mentees are invited to fill out a questionnaire and are matched according to their answers, which are reviewed by the Mentorship Program Co-Leaders.  Need more information, send an email using the contact us form – select Mentorship Program.