Kelowna: October 21-23, 2018

Conference 2018

Innovation and Technology: Keeping pace with acceleration

Kelowna, BC | October 21-23, 2018


Present at British Columbia’s ONLY conference for museum, gallery, and heritage professionals!

The BC Museums Association invites proposals from individuals interested in speaking at our 2018 conference on the theme of Innovation and Technology: Keeping Pace with Acceleration. 

Sessions will explore a range of topics, such as relationships with Indigenous and diverse communities, social justice through exhibitions and programming, and engaging diverse audiences through innovations and new technologies within museum, art gallery, and cultural centre practices.

BCMA encourages proposals that explore best practices and/or innovations, making connections with colleagues, and workshops for museum professionals in areas such as exhibit design or development, education, budgeting, fundraising, volunteer management, marketing, and storage.

Share viewpoints, case studies and discussions on issues including:

  • How can museums, art galleries, historic sites and cultural centres have a positive social impact on the communities that they serve, changing lives, improving communities and acting as catalysts for change?
  • How are “best practices” evolving to better meet the needs of a rapidly changing world? Examples of innovative practices across the province are welcome.
  • How are museums, art galleries, historic sites, and cultural centres transforming their spaces to meet the needs of their diverse audiences and how are they working with their communities and external experts to achieve this?
  • How can museums, art galleries, historic sites and cultural centres best utilize technology and social media platforms to communicate with their communities?

Proposed sessions in the following formats should focus on practice rather than theory, on topics of interest to the museum, gallery, archive, library, history and heritage sectors:

  • Presentation – 60 minutes; to include Q&A. Panel presentations are acceptable but must not include more than 3 panelists.
  • Workshop – 60 minutes; to include dedicated time for hands-on participation.
  • Ask the Expert Plenary Session – 1.5-2 hours. Drop-in style roundtable discussions regarding a specific area of expertise. Ask the Expert presenters do not have access to a projector or computer.
  • New this year: Lightning Talks!* – 5 minutes. Quick talks that highlight projects, skills, or other topics, delivered in a group to a tight time limit.

All you need to know about BCMA Lightning Talks:

New in 2018, the BCMA introduces a Lightning Talk session! Lightning Talks are quick, five-minute presentations that provide an opportunity for highly focused topics or fun top-level highlights. Presenters can arrange their slides to advance automatically every 15 seconds, or can control them from the podium. Lightning Talk sessions move quickly: talks run from one to the next and each presenter has a strict time limit of five minutes.

Lightning Talks are a great way for emerging professionals or first-time conference presenters to gain experience presenting at BCMA conferences. They are also a good opportunity for projects or topics that may not be fully formed or suitable for a full session format.

*Please Note: Lightning Talks are not eligible for a speaker discount registration. Lightning Talk presenters also giving a presentation, workshop, and/or Ask the Expert plenary will receive their normal speaker discount for those sessions.

Presenters will be asked to provide the conference committee with presentations ahead of conference to ensure quality content for conference attendees.


The deadline for submission is midnight May 21, 2018.

Notification of accepted proposals will be issued in June 2018.


Why Present?

The BC Museums Association annual conference gathers together professionals and volunteers in the museum, gallery, cultural centre and historic site community.  Presenters have a unique opportunity to gain recognition and exchange ideas with hundreds of registrants from across BC.

Presenters receive discounted conference registration*, if they register for Conference prior to the Early-Owl deadline.

Presenters are responsible for their own transportation and accommodation. Speaker fees and/or honorariums are not provided.

*Lightning Talks are not eligible for a speaker discount.


How to Submit Your Proposal:

Complete the proposal submission form linked below.

In the online form you will be asked to provide critical information in support of your submission. This includes:

  1. Contact information
  2. The title of your talk
  3. Your session proposal format
  4. The names of all speakers in the order they should appear in the program, plus their biographies for publication (100 words)
  5. A summary of your presentation (max 500 words, 100 words for Lightning Talks)
  6. A summary of your learning outcomes (max 500 words, 100 words for Lightning Talks)
  7. A high resolution, 300 dpi or higher, jpeg or tiff, colour headshot of speaker(s) (for publication). The name of the file should be the speaker(s) first and last name

The deadline for submission is midnight, May 21, 2018. Notification of accepted proposals will be issued in ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­June 2018.



Please contact us by email at or by phone at 250-356-5700.



Click here to Submit your Proposal


Check out this great resource from Museum Hack to help you with your conference session: 5 Tips for Designing a Great Conference Session