Alexander Gabov, 2014

Conference Events

CAC Emerging Conservators Committee Game Night  

Wednesday, May 6, 2020; 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm  

Location: TBA  

Think you’ve got game? Put your theory to the test by joining us for an evening of fun, good company, and friendly competition. What’s the name of the game? You’ll have to join us to find out, so come armed with your proverbial dauber and get ready to socialize! 

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Conservation knowledge may be tested, and conservators of all career levels welcome 

Food and drink will be available for purchase 


Thursday, May 7, 2020; Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm 

Tour cost included in conference registration fee 

Dundurn National Historic Site and the Hamilton Military Museum 

The ‘behind the scenes’ tour will be led by Debra Seabrook, Senior Curator. Visitors  will be given a tour of the castle with Debra providing information on some of the current restoration projects occurring which combine the fields of architectural conservation, object conservation and curatorial research. The tour will take  approximately 45 minutes after which visitors will be free to explore the grounds or visit the Hamilton Military Museum

Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology National Historic Site 

The “behind-the scenes tour” will be led by Richard Barlas, Curator of the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology. Visitors will be given a guided tour of the pump house which is the original Waterworks for the City of Hamilton after which they will be guided through the Steam Museums’ artifact storage areas, where Richard will discuss some of the challenges of collecting and caring for industrial collections. The tour will take approximately one hour (60 minutes) to complete. 

 Whitehern Historic House & Garden National Historic Site  

The ‘behind the scenes tour’ of Whitehern Historic House and Garden will be led by site curator Tom Minnes. Discover the lives of three generations of the McQuesten family who occupied the home from1852 until 1958. Tom will highlight some of the recent restoration initiatives in the home that combine traditional conservation with architectural conservation and curatorial research. Also get a peak into the archives storage areas which houses an extensive collection of photographs and letters from the McQuesten family. A rare example of an historic home museum in which the contents of the home all belonged to the McQuesten family. 

 McMaster Museum of Art

Join Nicole Knibb (Senior Education Officer) and Julie Bronson (Collections Administrator) in a behind-the-scenes tour of the McMaster Museum of Art.  The tour will explore the museums’ vast collection of historical and contemporary art. Guests will tour the galleries as well as the museums’ storage vaults which are home to over 6000 works of art.  The tour will last approximately 45 minutes after which attendees will have the opportunity to explore the galleries on their own. 

Royal Botanical Gardens 

The renovated David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden incorporates environmentally friendly trends in garden design and management while respecting the integrity of its heritage setting. It incorporates principles of sustainability in its plant and layout including pollinator-friendly plants, species native to Ontario, and a palette of drought-tolerant perennials that provides broad sweeps of changing colour and texture through the seasons.


Friday, May 8, 2020; 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm 

Art Gallery of Hamilton, Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Pavilion 

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON  

CAC invites conference delegates to an evening of mingling with colleagues old and new, while partaking in self-guided tours of current gallery exhibitions and the beautifully landscaped Irving Zucker Sculpture Garden.  

The evening will also include a ceremony to present the Charles Mervyn Ruggles and Emerging Conservator awards as well as the annual CAC silent auction.  

Join other conference delegates for a night of delicious food, good conversation, congratulations, and fierce bidding wars!  

Complementary hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and first beverage.  

Cash bar. 

Delegates to provide own transportation.