Kelowna, October 21-23, 2018

INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY: Keeping pace with acceleration

BC’s only provincial conference for museum, gallery and history professionals, BCMA Conference 2018 takes place in Kelowna!

Join us for the opportunity to network with hundreds of colleagues from across the province. Enjoy a full program of workshops and presentations that focus on best practices and innovations and explore issues such as relationships with Indigenous communities, social justice, and climate change within museum, art gallery and cultural centre practices. Whether you are a student or a mid-career professional, you’ll find much of value in the sessions and in your renewed/new connections with colleagues.

The 2018 conference theme is: 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.



Pre-Conference Workshop: Indigenous Cultural Competencies (SOLD OUT!)

Sunday, October 21 | 9:30am-4pm

This fall, museum professionals from throughout the province will assemble on the traditional territory of the Syilx/Okanagan peoples for the annual BC Museum Association Conference. The theme for this year’s gathering is Innovation and Technology: Keeping Pace with Acceleration. A pre-conference offering will shift the focus to help address requests from the community for an Indigenous Cultural Competency Training session.  Our aim is to help sector professionals develop, enhance and stimulate relationships with local First Nations communities by providing a robust and meaningful dialogue showcasing best practices and insight into some of BC’s most creative and respectful collaborations.  We have recognized the need for such a session and hope to provide tangible take a-ways to support and facilitate these important conversations.



We are grateful for the support of our amazing sponsors for this year’s conference! Are you interested in increasing your visibility and deepening relationships with the BC museum and cultural heritage community?  Then check out the BCMA’s sponsorship opportunities, including for Conference 2018 in Kelowna this October.


The BC Museums Association is excited to announce our 2018 Conference Speakers. Please view our speaker bios below to learn more about this year’s Speakers.


Image courtesy of Tourism Kelowna

BCMA Conference Hotel Information

The majority of BCMA 2018 Conference activities will be held at the Delta Hotels Grand Okanagan Resort, 1310 Water Street, Kelowna, BC.  Book your room at the conference hotel today and stay close to the action!

Book your group rate for BCMA 2018 here, or please call Marriott Reservations at 1-800-465-4651 or 250-763-4500.

Complimentary shuttle bus service to and from Kelowna International Airport is available for all guests, and reservations are recommended.

Please note: The Delta Grand Okanagan Hotel is SOLD OUT on Saturday, October 20, 2018. There are still rooms available on October 21 to 23, 2018. If you need accommodation starting on Saturday, October 20, 2018, the Royal Anne Hotel is a 7 minute walk from the Delta Grand Okanagan Hotel and has rooms available for October 20 – 23, 2018. Contact the Royal Anne Hotel at 1-888-811-3400 or 250-763-2277.

Conference workshops will also be held at the Delta Grand Okanagan. 


Welcome to Kelowna!

Located on Okanagan Lake in the Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia, Canada. The downtown core is located on the traditional territory of the Sylix/Okanagan peoples. 

It is surrounded by provincial parks, pine forest, vineyards, orchards and mountains. Its downtown area incorporates waterfront City Park and a lakeside cultural district. More than 20 local vineyards offer wine tours and tastings.

Set in British Columbia’s wine country, good food and drink are central to Kelowna, as is golfing, skiing and boating on the lake. Shop at an orchard fruit stand, cycle, hike, and snowshoe. Active adventurers will enjoy a visit Myra Canyon on the reclaimed Kettle Valley Railway, where you can cycle through tunnels and over trestles, alongside a steep canyon rock face.

With its pristine beaches, warm waters and surrounding wineries, there is little wonder why it is a top vacation destination of British Columbia.  Kelowna has many unique shops, cultural shows  and recreational opportunities to keep all visitors happy.


Travelling to Kelowna 


Kelowna lies in the heart of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, the largest city on Okanagan Lake.Tourism Kelowna offers driving maps from multiple starting points. For more information please visit their website. For current road reports, check out Take a look at the weather for this week.


Though Greyhound Canada will be ending all routes in the Provinces of British Columbia (except for Vancouver to Seattle), this will not be put into effect until Oct. 31, 2018. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit their website.


Kelowna International Airport Terminal (YLW) (Located 20 minutes for Downtown Kelowna) Car rentals, transit, airport shuttles, cabs and private limo services are available to take visitors to and from downtown Kelowna. For more information please visit their website.

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