Our Conferences

45th Annual CAC Conference and Workshops

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Dalhousie University

May 28 – June 1, 2019

Come join us in “Canada’s Ocean Playground” at our 45th Annual Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The conference will run May 30 to June 1, 2019 at Dalhousie University in the heart of downtown Halifax.

Nova Scotia ‘s varied cultural background makes for a unique setting where the influences and traditions of the Mi’kmaq, Acadian, African Nova Scotia and Gaelic are prevalent. Though the province is one of the smallest in Canada, it boasts 5 UNESCO sites, 3 Word Heritage Sites, 13 National Historic sites attractions and 28 provincial museums and interpretive centres.  

Halifax is a beautiful port city situated on the North Atlantic Ocean. The downtown waterfront boardwalk – one of longest boardwalks in the world- offers stunning views mixed with hundred of shops, restaurants and boutique shopping.

This year presentations and posters focus on all aspects of conservation relating to but not restricted to, artifacts, works of art, natural history specimens, archival materials, monuments, and conservation science. Papers with connections to the local and surrounding areas of Nova Scotia will also be included

Questions? Please direct all questions about the conference to conference@cac-accr.ca.

For more about Halifax, visit the official Halifax tourism site: https://discoverhalifaxns.com/

Kingston Information


The Four Points by Sheraton Kingston is located in historic downtown Kingston.  Rooms are available at the block rate of $160 (double occupancy).

Other accommodation options near the conference venue include:

Queen’s University Residence (Group Code: 283023; Pin: 0506)

Residence Inn by Marriott Kingston Water’s Edge

Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront

Delta Hotels Kingston Waterfront

Confederation Place Hotel

Hotel Belvedere

Rosemount Inn and Spa

Secret Garden Inn

Frontenac Club Inn

Hochelaga Inn

Breaks & Lunches

Coffee breaks will be catered each day and the 90-minute lunch break will give delegates time to explore the Market Square area of downtown, just one block from the hotel.


Register Now!

Conference Rates
Early Bird

(until April 8, 2018)


(after April 8, 2018)

One Day
Member $300 $350 $175
Non-Member $385 $425 $200
Student $125 $160 $75


Workshop Rates
Drum-Making Microscopy Refresher Silk Screening
Member $200 $200 $70
Non-Member $300 $300 $80
Student $175 $150 $60

Registration Form (PDF)

Note: As places are limited for the workshops and some of the conference activities, we strongly recommend using the online form, which gives you the best change to reserve a place.  Payments can be made by cheque or credit card.  Payments by cheque must be received within 10 days of registration.

Conference Program

Thursday, May 30, 2019
University of Dalhousie, Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building

6135 University Avenue Halifax, NS B3H 4P9

Conference Day 1

8:00 – 8:30 Registration & Delegate bag pick-up
8:30 – 9:00 Welcome & Introductions
9:00 – 9:45 Per Guldbeck Memorial Lecture


9:50 – 10:20 BREAK 

Session Chair – TBA

10:25 – 10:45 A Series of Unfortunate Events, Now a Race Against Time – Saving Leduc’s Murals

Michelle Gallinger

10:50 – 11:10 Home in Nova Scotia

Ann Shaftel

11:15 – 11:35 The Salzinnes antiphonal project continued: treatment and exhibition of a 16th century liturgical manuscript

Christine McNair

11:40 – 11:45 Q & A  
11:50 – 13:20 LUNCH

CAC-ACCR Regional Rep Meeting


Session Chair –  TBA

13:30 – 13:50 For the Birds: Revisiting Backing Removal with the Audubon Collection at Library and Archives Canada

Laura Hashimoto

13:55 – 14:15 Unconventional Uses of Conventional Treatments: Three Case Studies in Paper Conservation

Kyla Ubbink

14:20 – 14:40 Fragments of Frankliniana: The Conservation of Arctic Exploration-Related Paper

Amanda Gould

14:45 – 14:50 Q & A 
14:55 – 15:25 BREAK


Friday, May 31, 2019

University of Dalhousie, Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building

6135 University Avenue Halifax, NS B3H 4P9

Conference Day 2
8:30 – 8:45 Registration
8:50 – 8:55 Announcements
Session 3 –

Session Chair – TBA

9:00 – 9:20 Modelling Nature: The Evolution of the Making of the Blaschka Glass Flowers and its Impact on their Conservation

Scott Fulton

9:25 – 9:45 No Easy Tusk: Reversal of Preparation Work, and Re-treatment of Unstable Mammoth Tusks at the Royal Alberta Museum

Gigi Kulis & Susan Green

9:50 – 10:10 Industrial Conservation at Parks Canada: Approaches to the preservation of Canada’s industrial history

Antoine Pelletier & Megan O’Connor

10:15 – 10:20 Q & A
10:25 – 10:55 BREAK
Session 4 –  

Session Chair – TBA

11:00 – 11:20 The Mysterious M1: Reflections of the Treatment of a Mi’kmaq Basket

Anne MacKay

11:25 – 11:45 Conservation of the Mayo Lodge No 3 Yukon Order of the Pioneers silk banner

Gail Niinimaa

11:50 – 12:10 Preserving the Beauty of the Beasts: Conservation of Taxidermy Ornithology and Mammalogy Specimens at the Royal Alberta Museum

Gigi Kulis

12:15 -12:20 Q & A
12:25 -14:10 LUNCH

CAPC General Meeting

Session 5 –  5 min / Lighting / Ignite session

Session Chair – TBA

  Unlocking the Potential in La Doll Clay as the New Filler Material for Ceramics

Sally Gunhee Kim

Accumulative Patinas on Yaka, Teke and Bidjogo Ritual Figures: Material Analysis and Ethical Considerations

Charlotte Parent

Securing a Seat for the Prince of Wales: Minimally Intrusive Repairs to the Structural Upholstery of a Bespoke Jacques & Hay Chair

Amanda Salmon

Thataway Again, an Evaluation of an Anti-Graffiti Coating for Outdoor Painted Steel Sculpture

Carolyn Savage

Coating with Integrity: The Effectiveness of Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy in Measuring Coating Failure Caused by Variable Environmental Applications

Carina Profir

14:50 – 14:55 Q & A
15:00 – 15:30 BREAK
15:35 – 17:35 CAC-ACCR Annual General Meeting




Saturday, June 1, 2019

University of Dalhousie, Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building

6135 University Avenue Halifax, NS B3H 4P9

Conference Day 3
8:30 – 8:45 Registration
8:50 – 8:55 Announcements
Session 6 – Collections Care / Caring for Collections

Session Chair – TBA

9:00 – 9:20 Insights from the 2018 Canadian Collections Care Survey

Gyllian Porteous & Sophia Zweifel

9:25 – 9:45 Revisions to the ASHRAE chapter and the CCI web pages on climate control specifications for 2019

Stefan Michalski

9:50 – 10:10 Energy Management of Heritage Facilities

Eric Hagan

10:15 – 10:20 Q & A
10:25 – 10:55 BREAK
Session 7 –  Collections Care in Action

Session Chair – TBA

11:00 – 11:20 “You Wanna Put What in the Gallery?!”: Displaying Live Hide Beetles (D. maculatus) at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum

Victoria Kablys

11:25 – 11:45 Better Safe that Sorry: Creating a Hazardous Materials Manual for Museum of Vancouver

Fiona Hernandez & Hayley Monroe

11:50 – 12:10 Suffering is the fuel in the engine of civilization: creating successes within a challenging collection move

Erin Secord & Erika Range

12:15 -12:20 Q & A
12:25 -14:10 LUNCH

CAC Advocacy Toolkit Brown Bag Session

Session 8 – Collections Care in Action Continued

Session Chair – TBA

14:15 – 14:35 Excellent, Good, Fair, or Poor: A discussion on the Use and Development of Effective Rubrics for Heritage Collections

Mikaela Marchuck

14:40 – 15:00 Beyond the Code: Ethics and private practice conservation

Kyla Ubbink

15:05 – 15:10 Q&A
15:15 – 15:30 Closing remarks




Tuesday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 9, 2018 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (each day)

Location: Artifacts Lab, Art Centre Extension, 15 Bader Lane

Helena Neveu, elder, drummer and educator, will lead participants through the creation of their own hand drums using hides prepared by Queen’s University Artifacts Conservation students. Participants will learn about the traditions associated with drums in specific indigenous cultures, and will have the opportunity to birth their own drums following traditional practice. This is an important opportunity for conservators to get hands-on experience with hides and drums, and to learn about the cultural meanings inherent in these objects. Limit of 25 participants.


Wednesday, May 9, 2018 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: Microscopy Lab, Art Centre Extension, 15 Bader Lane

This hands-on workshop will include an introduction to basic polarized light microscopy (PLM), lenses, microscope parts and functions, and the preparation of temporary and permanent slides. Methods of sampling, sample handling and storage, and sample preparation for microscopy will also be covered.

The instructor for the workshop is Scott Williams. Scott retired from the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) in 2013 as a Senior Conservation Scientist. At CCI he performed thousands of analyses of materials from all types of museum and cultural objects. Since his retirement from CCI, Scott has been an Adjunct Professor teaching microscopy and assisting in the spectroscopic analysis of materials in the Master of Art Conservation Program at Queen’s University. Limit of 10 participants.


Wednesday, May 9, 2018  – 9:00 am to 12:30 pm 

Location: TBD

In an informative, creative, hands-on session, participants will learn the history of screenprinting (it started in 1500 BC!), witness the photo-emulsion process and assemble silkscreens using materials found at hardware and thrift stores (no specialized supplies needed), and have a chance to see their ideas come to life with three different methods of screenprinting (stencil, resist, and photo emulsion).  Participants will be provided with a tote bag to print on and can also bring a cotton t-shirt from home if they wish. The workshop will be run by Barb Danielewski, artist and educator.  Limit of 25 participants.

JCAC BROWN BAG LUNCH: Writing for peer-reviewed publication

Saturday, May 12, 2018  12:00 pm  1:00 pm

Join the editors of the CAC’s Journal to discuss the process of writing for a technical journal and learn how you can make a contribution to the production of CAC’s flagship publication.  Submit a paper, become a guest editor, or work on the layout – learn how you can play a part!



Queen’s University, 36 University Avenue

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 –  2:00 pm to 3:00 pm 

The Queen’s University Collection of Canadian Dress has over 2500 objects including dresses, shoes, fans, parasols, jackets, hats, and much more housed at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. The technical care and documentation of this fine collection will be discussed by the Art Centre’s Textile Conservation Technician, Caitlyn Picard, whose internship is generously funded by Dr. Isabel Bader. Examples from the collection will be on display. Participation is limited to 15 people. There is no charge for this tour.

KINGSTON CITY HALL, 216 Ontario Street

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 – 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm or

Thursday, May 10, 2018 –  4:00 pm to 5:00 pm 

Built in 1844 when Kingston was the capital of the United Province of Canada, Kingston City Hall is a nationally designated heritage site and a prominent landmark on the city’s waterfront. In addition to its significant architecture, it features portraits, stained glass, and some intriguing history. There is no charge for this tour.


Thursday, May 10, 2018  – 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Come visit the labs of Queen’s University’s Art Conservation program. Meet students and faculty, and see what they’ve been working on. There is no charge for this tour.


Sunday, May 13, 2018  – 9:30 am – 5:30 pm 

Join your conference organizers on a sommelier-lead wine tour of Prince Edward County. We will start off at the Cape Vineyards and the County Cider Company, then have a gourmet lunch at the Waupoos Market Pub. After lunch we will visit By Chadsey’s Cairns Winery and finish off at the Sandbanks Winery. The $141.25 cost includes return transportation from Kingston, all tastings, and lunch. Pick-up will be at Market Square. Limit of 20 participants.



University Club, 168 Stuart Street

May 9, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Workshop participants, emerging conservators and incoming conference delegates are welcome to meet and mingle at the University Club. Enjoy light refreshments and a complementary beverage, followed by a cash bar, in the cozy surroundings of this house overlooking Lake Ontario.


Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 36 University Avenue

May 10, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 

The beauty of the Agnes Etherington Art Gallery’s collections will draw you to the reception, and conversation with your friends and colleagues will be a bonus. Also on offer, light refreshments and a complementary beverage followed by a cash bar in this jewel of a gallery on the Queen’s campus. There is no cost for this reception.


River Mill Restaurant, 2 Cataraqui Street  

May 11, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm 

The Conference Banquet and Silent Auction will take place at the River Mill Restaurant. This lovely restaurant is located in the historic Woolen Mill building on the banks of the Cataraqui River. It is accessible on foot from downtown Kingston, however we will also be providing transportation.

The silent auction is made possible by donations made from institutions and individuals. It may include artwork, memberships, vouchers, gift certificates, etc. We are looking for donations that would be appealing to you. The deadline for donation form completion is April 6th, 2018.

CAC Annual Conference Silent Auction Donation Form

2018 Conference Sponsors





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