2017 IAMFA Conference

September 24-28, 2017

Ottawa / Gatineau Canada

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Ottawa / Gatineau 2017 - September 24th - 27th Plus an Optional Extra Day of Tours September 28th

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** Please take note that conference fee registration will increase by 100$ on August 15th 2017 so book now while early bird pricing is in effect!

Conference Venues

Fairmont Château Laurier

The Fairmont Château Laurier is a 660,000-square-foot hotel with 429 guest rooms In downtown Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, located near the intersection of Rideau Street and Sussex Drive and designed in the French Gothic  Châteauesque style to complement the adjacent Parliament buildings. The hotel is above the Rideau Canal locks and overlooks the Ottawa River. The main dining room (now the Laurier Room) overlooks Major’s Hill Park. The reception rooms include the Wedgewood-blue Adam Room; the Laurier Room defined by Roman columns; the Empire-style ballroom and the Drawing Room featuring cream and gold plaster ornament. The hotel was designated a national historic site in 1980.

IAMFA has a negotiated room block at the Fairmont Château Laurier.  This 660,000-square-foot hotel with 429 guest rooms is in downtown Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, located near the intersection of Rideau Street and Sussex Drive. Rooms need to be reserved by August 24th, after that date, all remaining rooms in the block will be released to the Hotel's general inventory, and the room rates will revert to the hotel's normal room rates.  Click here to book your room or to make modifications or to cancel an existing reservation. You can also contact the hotel directly by phone, but you will need to reference the IAMFA Conference to obtain the negotiated room rate. Note that if you attend the conference, but you check out earlier than was indicated by your reservation, you will be charged 50% of your room rate.  You can avoid this charge by modifying your reservation in advance of the day you check in to the hotel.



Canadian Museum of History

The Canadian Museum of History is Canada's national museum of human history.  It is located in the Hull area of Gatineau, Quebec, directly across the Ottawa River from   Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario. The museum's primary purpose is to collect, study, preserve, and present material objects that illuminate the human history of Canada and the cultural diversity of its people.

The Museum of History's permanent galleries explore Canada's 20,000 years of human history and a program of special exhibitions expands on Canadian themes and explore other cultures and civilizations, past and present. The museum is also a major research institution. Its staff includes leading experts in Canadian history, archaeology, ethnology, folk culture, and more.

With roots stretching back to 1856, the museum is one of North America's oldest cultural institutions. It is also home to the Canadian Children's Museum, and a CINE+ Theatre with 3D capacity.  It was used to be home to the Canadian Postal Museum.


Canada Science and Technology Museum

The Canada Science and Technology Museum was established in 1967 as a Centennial project by the Canadian Government. It was the first museum to employ interactive exhibits.  The role of the Museum is to help the public to understand the technological and scientific history of Canada and the ongoing relationships between science, technology and Canadian society.  The artifacts present the ongoing relationships between science, technology, and the transformation of Canadian society.

The subject areas covered by the collections and curatorial staff include: communications; domestic technology, energy, forestry, graphic arts, land transportation, marine transportation, mining, and physical sciences & space. The museum's collections include more than 40,000 artifacts, 60,000 pieces of trade literature and almost a million photographs. Its library is open to the public and the resources of the Reserve Collections may be used by researchers by prior arrangement.

Canadian Museum of Nature

The Canadian Museum of Nature is a natural history museum in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Its collections, which were started by the Geological Survey of Canada in 1856, have branched out to include life sciences. The Museum is affiliated with the Canadian Museums Association, the Canadian Heritage Information Network, and the Virtual Museum of Canada.

The permanent galleries are:

  • Fossil Gallery - skeletons and dioramas about dinosaurs and the events that led to their extinction and the rise of mammals approximately 85 to 35 million years ago.
  • Earth Gallery - minerals and rocks, and how geological forces have shaped our planet.
  • Mammal Gallery - Canada's wild animals, including mounts of grizzly bears, bison, moose, caribou, pronghorns, and cougars.
  • Water Gallery - features a blue whale skeleton, exhibits about life found in marine and fresh waters and the critical role that water plays in sustaining all living things.
  • Bird Gallery - features over 450 Canadian bird mounts, multimedia experiences and interactive displays.
  • Nature Live - live insects, arachnids and slugs.
  • Stone Wall Gallery - changing displays of art and photography about natural science.

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is a federal institution tasked with acquiring, preserving and making Canada's documentary heritage accessible.  LAC reports to Parliament through Mélanie Joly, the Minister of Canadian Heritage since November 4, 2015.

LAC's holdings include the archival records of the Government of Canada, representative private archives, 20 million books acquired largely through legal deposit, 24 million photographs, and more than a petabyte of digital content.  Some of this content, primarily the book collection, university theses and census material, is available online. Many items have not been digitized and are only available in physical form.  As of May 2013 only about 1% of the collection had been digitized, representing "about 25 million of the more popular and most fragile items".

Tthe oldest book in the collection, De antiquitate Judaica: De bello Judaico (Antiquities of the Jews and the Judean War), written by first-century historian Flavius Josephus and printed in 1470.

The National Arts Centre


The National Arts Centre (NAC) is a centre for the performing arts located in Ottawa, Ontario, between Elgin Street and the Rideau Canal. The National Arts Centre was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2006.

The building, designed by Fred Lebensold, is in the Brutalist style and based on the shape of a triangle and hexagon. The building is constructed of reinforced concrete. The exterior and many interior walls are faced with precast concrete panels containing exposed aggregate of crushed brown Laurentian granite. The center rises from a base that sits on a 950-space underground parking garage. The base houses offices, lobbies, dressing rooms, workshops and a restaurant. The site slopes from Elgin Street to the Rideau Canal allowing for a second underground level overlooking the canal. The roof of the base forms a multi-level terrace containing gardens that are open to the public and connects to the Mackenzie King Bridge. The three main performance spaces rise from the base as a series of hexagonal structures also faced with brown precast panels in a variety of textures. Windows are tall, narrow slits framed by vertical ribs. The hexagonal theme flows through the interior and appears in ceilings, light fixtures and flooring. Lobbies and stairwells house several major pieces of visual art.

National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery of Canada, located in the capital city of Ottawa, Ontario, is one of Canada's premier art galleries.

The Gallery is now housed in a glass and granite building on Sussex Drive with a notable view of the Canadian Parliament buildings on Parliament Hill. The building was designed by Moshe Safdie and opened in 1988.  The Gallery's former director Jean Sutherland Boggs was chosen especially by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau to oversee construction of the national gallery and museums.

The Gallery has a large and varied collection of paintings, drawings, sculpture and photographs. Although its focus is on Canadian art, it holds works by many noted American and European artists. It has a strong contemporary art collection with some of Andy Warhol's most famous works. 

In 2005, a sculpture of a giant spider, Louise Bourgeois's Maman, was installed in the plaza in front of the Gallery. In 2011 the gallery installed Canadian sculptor Joe Fafard's Running Horses next to the Sussex Drive entrance, and American artist Roxy Paine's stainless steel sculpture One Hundred Foot Line in Nepean Point behind the gallery.

The Canadian collection, the most comprehensive in Canada, holds works by Louis-Philippe Hébert, Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, Emily Carr, Alex Colville, Jean-Paul Riopelle and Jack Bush.