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 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 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 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 contents.
    • CAC Bulletin published 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 contents.
    • CAC Bulletin published 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 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.  The three programs available to CAC Members are:

  1. CAC Conference/Workshop Grant
  2. Professional Development Bursary
  3. Training Activity 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 $6000 as possible will be disbursed in at least 8 grants. The distribution of the grant amounts will be: 1 grant to a maximum of $1100, 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.
  • Original 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 contact: grants-awards@cac-accr.ca

Professional Development Bursary

Goal

To support the ongoing professional development of conservators by providing funds for transportation, accommodation and registration to attend a conservation conference, workshop or seminar.

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

As close to $2500 as possible will be disbursed in at least 5 grants of up to $500 each.

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. In the event of a cancellation or withdrawal, the grant will go to the first person on the list of runners-up. Where two or more candidates fit the distribution criteria equally well, the selection will be made through a draw from the eligible names.

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.

Successful grant applications will be approved by the Board of Directors. Each year the Board of Directors will review and approve the continuation of the program and the funds available.

Deadlines

Applications will be accepted twice a year, the deadlines being January 31st and July 31st. Up to 3 grants will be awarded to the January group of applicants; the remaining will be awarded to the July group. Applications must be received by the Grants Committee (contact listed below) through email, fax, 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 March 1st and September 1st for each of the grant runs respectively. All applicants will be informed in writing shortly thereafter.

Please note the following important points:

  • Only transportation and accommodation expenses are covered by these grants.
  • Original 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 contact: 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. 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 conservators already in the field. All written materials or advertising must specify that the training activity is sponsored by the CAC.

Canada has been divided into 3 regions based upon geographic concentrations of members through the country:

  1. West: British Columbia, Prairies and Territories
  2. Ontario
  3. East: Quebec and Atlantic Provinces

Priority will be given to proposals received from the region which is not hosting the CAC Conference during the current year or during the fiscal year to which the grant would be applied. Those who received a CAC grant for training activities in the preceding year are not eligible.

Budget

A single grant of up to $2,000 is available each year.

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 $2,000 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. 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. Each year the Board of Directors will review and approve the continuation of the program and the funds available.

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 contact: grants-awards@cac-accr.ca

Mentorship Program

WHAT IS THE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM?

The CAC-ECC Mentorship Program was established in 2012 to connect emerging conservators and individuals entering the field of heritage preservation with mentors as a platform for professional exchange and mutual learning. The mentorship program is open to all members in good standing of the CAC.

The program’s flexible timeline ensures that every mentee can maximize what they seek to gain from their mentoring relationship. The timeline is based on the needs and availabilities of both the mentee and mentor, and will be mutually agreed upon when the partnership is formed. Three possible timeframes include: one-off meeting, 6 months, or 1 year. Mentoring relationships can last for as long as the pair wishes, with many often continuing even after their original goals are met.

Meeting schedules are flexible and personalized. The frequency and nature of meetings will be established by the mentee and mentor once the partnership is created. Meetings may include in-person visits, phone calls, web chats, or email exchanges depending on the goals of the partnership.

WHY JOIN?

The mentorship program sets a foundation for positive and enriching interaction between emerging conservation professionals and established conservators across Canada. This platform fosters a mentorship relationship, promotes a strong Canadian network within the field of conservation, and encourages professional exchange and mutual learning.

Examples of different topics include:

  • Business skills for private practice
  • Research skills
  • Networking
  • Presentations, lectures, and publications
  • Program applications and interviews
  • Portfolio
  • Developing or improving one’s French or English conservation vocabulary
  • Applications for positions, fellowships, internships, and contracts
  • Contract bidding
  • Job interviews

Though we fully encourage peer-to-peer mentoring for the valuable sharing of experiences, the following definitions are used when determining roles under this program:

MENTOR

  • Established private or institutional conservator with 6+ years of experience in the field
  • CAC member (current, in good standing)
  • Someone able to provide advice and insight to a less experienced individual in conservation

MENTEE

  • Emerging conservation professional with <6 years of experience in the field
  • CAC member (current, in good standing)
  • Someone seeking advice, guidance or support in the field of conservation

HOW CAN I SIGN UP?

A call for application submissions will be held once a year, with matches generally being made in early spring. Mentors and mentees will be invited to apply via online survey questionnaire, and will be matched by the Mentorship Program Co-Leaders.

WHAT ARE THE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM GUIDELINES?

The following guidelines would be required for both parties involved:

  • Both mentors and mentees must be current members of the CAC.
  • Timeline of mentorship will depend on the nature of the exchange platform and goals of the mentorship.
  • Mentors and mentees will discuss the goals of the partnership, and will sign and submit a Mentorship Goal Agreement after the first meeting.
  • It is suggested that mentors and mentees only take part in one mentorship at a time depending on the amount of commitment involved.
    • Mentors may be allowed to mentor multiple mentees, if the time requirement is not overwhelming.
    • If a mentee is successfully matched, subsequent or multiple applications from the same mentee will not be considered unless a different form of exchange is requested.
      • For example, if a pre-program applicant is matched with an emerging conservator to discuss program applications and then reapplies later for information on starting a private practice, this would qualify as an acceptable re-application.