Event Program

March Program


12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Keynote Session


A Practice of Inclusion

Corey Timpson, Museum Consultant


1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Pandemic Programming:
Where Community Meets Innovation

Two Case Studies in Museum Education, Locally and Abroad

Heather Gotlib, Manager of Youth and Family Programs, Frazier History Museum

Lisa Kaiser, School Programmer, Royal Alberta Museum

Tori Pudde, Museum Educator, Royal Alberta Museum



"Heart Work":
Centring Relationality in Métis Material Culture Repatriation

Leah Hrycun, PhD Student in Indigenous Studies, University of Alberta; Research Assistant, Rupertsland Centre for Métis Research


2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Exploring Identity and Bias

This session will be held as an interactive discussion with limited attendance. Pre-registration is required.

Harpreet Dhanjal, Community Engagement Specialist, University of Calgary

Dave Latos, Coordinator of Volunteer Engagement, TELUS Spark

Allison Simpson, Independent Museum and Culture Consultant



Seeking beyond Our Silos:
What Museums Can Learn from Theatre in the Time of COVID

Alli Hartley-Kong, Freelance Playwright; Digital Content Strategist, 1909 Digital

Dr. C. Austin (Chris) Hill, Director, Theatre Off-Kilter

Saraniya Tharmarajah, Public Health Researcher / Theatre Artist with COVID Monologues


3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Not Without Us:
Fostering Spaces of Belonging in Museums

Lucy Bell, Sdahl K'awaas, PhD candidate, Haida Nation-based researcher, Simon Fraser University and the Haida Repatriation Committee

Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra, Coordinator, South Asian Studies Institute, University of the Fraser Valley; Co-Curator, Sikh Heritage Museum, National Historic Site Gur Sikh Temple



The View from Here:
Four Approaches to Reopening during a Pandemic

Dr. Karen Aberle, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Wetaskiwin & District Heritage Museum

Jeff Erbach, Executive Director, Art Gallery of Grande Prairie

Lisa Making, Executive Director, Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

Monica Roberts, Director of Science Experiences, TELUS World of Science - Edmonton


4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Trivia Night


Join fellow delegates for a dino-themed Trivia Night hosted by the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum. Click here for event details.


Thank You to Our 2021 Conference Program Committee

Brittany Cherweniuk, Indigenous Experience Development Coordinator, Fort Edmonton Management Company

Harpreet Dhanjal, Community Engagement Specialist, University of Calgary

Jill HorbayCommunications and Marketing Manager, University of Alberta Museums

Stephanie Huolt, Executive Director, Canadian Energy Museum: Home of Leduc #1

Michael Rikley-Lancaster, Curator, Mississippi Valley Textile Museum

Linden RobertsExecutive Director, Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum

Sasheen WrightCultural Curator, Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park



Thanks to our
2021 Conference
Series Sponsor 


On This Spot



Event Date:
March 18 

50th Anniversary Conference Series

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