Ask the Experts breakout sessions, October 8, 2020,  2 – 3:30 pm

Engage directly with arts, culture and heritage sector experts to receive actionable advice and direct feedback with this interactive format. Prepare your questions and stop by each breakout session to chat with sector experts on funding and digital solutions.

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Confirmed experts:


Kasey Lee and Liz Czerwinski, BC Heritage Emergency Response Network

Wild fires, floods, destructive storms and now, pandemics are becoming common events, adding to the known risk of earthquakes in BC.  Our best line of defense is emergency preparedness, training and response. The British Columbia Heritage Emergency Response Network (BCHERN) is a growing consortium of institutions within the arts and culture sector in British Columbia whose staff feel morally and professionally obliged to safeguard the collections that they hold in trust by adequately planning for emergency situations as well as to support others in the event of localized emergencies. Come with your questions on emergency preparedness! Learn more about BC HERN on our website. 


Stephen Mill, Canadian Heritage

Stephen is the Regional Manager (Alberta, BC and Yukon) for the Museums Assistance Program (MAP), and the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage (BCAH) Program. Members are encouraged to bring questions they have about these programs.

Canadian Hertiage


Ross Hiebert, On This Spot
On This Spot is changing how people learn about history, with an app including historic walking tours, historic sites, virtual tours, interactive camera features, audio, video, translations, AR/VR capabilities, and a rapidly growing audience. B.C. owned and accessible to anyone with a smartphone, On This Spot is set to be the future of history. Download the app to check out BC cities already on the map:
On This Spot offers a variety of packages that suit each community’s needs. Join Business Development Manager, Ross Hiebert to learn about how you can bring your history to people in new and engaging ways.
On This Spot wants to be an effective long-term partner with Canada’s museums. A new feature in the app will allow every museum in Canada a free map listing in the On This Spot app. Sign up here and bring your questions to Ross!


Benitta MacLachlan and Marcus Liban, Lucidea

The Many Ways to Leverage Your CMS While Working Remotely; Best Practices

This session will provide a review of best practices for leveraging a collections management system to deliver maximum impact virtually, even with a small staff or a small museum. Areas covered will include project task prioritization, collections sorting and locations, and an implementation process overview. Attendees should bring questions about operational and workflow challenges that they think could be addressed by a collections management system, along with any concerns about delivering impact while offsite; they will come away with a better understanding of how a CMS can support a museum strategy and significantly increase efficiency, even while working remotely. 

To learn more about Lucidea, make sure to sign up for the free webinar on October 7, visit their website, and check out their great collection of resources for museums.


Kristin Hardie, Surrey Heritage Services

Kristin Hardie is the Curator of Collections with the City of Surrey. She has been active in the heritage field for over 10 years, with experience at museums and research centres in BC, Alberta, and the Northwest Territories. In her role with the City of Surrey, Kristin oversees a diverse civic artifact collection, consisting of more than 20,000 objects. In addition to her collections management duties, Kristin also supports the City’s community heritage portfolio of storyboards and other public heritage assets.

Since 2017, Kristin has planned and implemented three large-scale collections moves to accommodate renovations, expansions, and the loss of an off-site storage facility. With collections moves, Kristin has learned that careful, detailed planning, understanding what is under your control, and having multiple back up plans goes a long way towards ensuring project success.


Bryan Smith, Paper Heart Films

Video and Digital Storytelling

Bryan is the co-owner of Paper Heart Films, an award-winning videography company based in Victoria, BC that specializes in creating story-driven films for small businesses and non-profits. He helps organizations create plans, scripts, and storyboards that align with their digital and strategic goals while also telling impactful, engaging stories. Bryan has worked for over ten years with museums, archives, and galleries, and now runs Accession, a consulting company that provides design thinking and strategic planning services for cultural-sector organizations. Previously, he worked as an instructional designer helping teachers plan and develop online educational resources. Bryan can help you with questions about planning a video campaign, scripting and storyboarding a film, figuring out if video is the right tool for you, and understanding how video fits into your broader digital strategy.

Check out Bryan in a recent BCMA Webinar on how to use your phone to create online video. Watch here.

Paper Heart Films

Prepare your questions and stop by each breakout session to chat with sector experts! 

Register now!