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Conference Events

CAC Emerging Conservators Committee Game Night  

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

Stonewalls on York Restaurant 

339 York Blvd, Hamilton, ON

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. 

Auchmar Estate

Get a rare opportunity to tour Auchmar Estate.  The gothic mansion was built in 1852 and was once the home of the Honourable Isaac Buchanan.  Join Carolyn Samko for a rare glimpse inside the house, as she discusses the history of the house and the challenges faced by City staff to preserve the building.  Discussion will focus around recent restorations and the challenges of adaptive re-use for heritage buildings.

Downtown Walking Tour

Join Bill Mason, author of ‘Footsteps in Time: Exploring Hamilton’s Heritage Neighbourhoods’ on a historic walking tour of Hamilton’s North End.  The tour will look at the history of the North End and the importance of the port and the railway to the growth and development of Hamilton.  The tour will be preceded by a brief presentation by Bill which will provide context for the contemporary walking tour.


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.  

Call for Donations

Donations of items to be included in our annual Silent Auction are requested and much appreciated! Please email completed form, with jpeg image if possible, to You will find the Silent Auction Donation Form here. Please send forms as soon as possible; forms must be received by April 20, 2020 at the latest. Use ONE form for EACH item donated. See form for delivery instructions of donated item.

Please Note:
Please consider the size and weight of the object you choose to donate. Many of our attendees will be covering long distances, so try to keep your donations travel-friendly. We strongly suggest limiting donations to 11” x 14” x 3” in size. If you are donating a gift certificate for a service, please include the following information in the certificate or letter:

  • Name of product or service
  • Description of what is included and excluded
  • Instructions on how to redeem product or service
  • Date of expiration
  • You can include additional information, such as a photo, brochure, etc. as appropriate
  • Name, address, phone number, email of you or your company

What Are We Conserving? Reflections on colonial practices in conservation
Wednesday, May 26, 2021; 5:30 pm-7:30 pm EDT

The CAC’s (Re)Conciliation Working Group (RWG) presents a moderated round-table discussion with Indigenous conservators and curators.  In this discussion we hope to confront the colonial biases that exist in the conservation profession by examining the basic role of values in conservation decision-making.  Who gets to make conservation decisions?  Whose interests are preserved?  And how can we shift our priorities to open up new possibilities for our conservation practice?     

This event will be in English, with English closed captions. Register here!