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

Click here to register for the conference!

Please note that we will offer refunds for cancellation up to September 15th

Conference ONLY Registration Fee: $900 

Guest Program ONLY Registration Fee: $600

Optional Extra Day Trip to Kingston: $100 

 You must be a member of IAMFA in order to attend the conference. If you are not currently a member please sign up today at http://www.iamfa.org/membership 

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.

If the Chateau Laurier is unavailable or an alternate location is preferred, the The Westin Ottawa is located right across the street and will be in close proximity to the bus pickup.  See details at http://www.thewestinottawa.com/.


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 in Ottawa is a Canadian landmark, conceived in Canada’s Centennial year in 1967 as the premier showcase for the very best performing arts in the country. Situated in the heart of the nation’s capital on Confederation Square, the NAC displays a rigorous and robust geometric order in the Brutalist style that made it a fortress for the arts.

In anticipation of Canada’s 150th celebration in 2017, the NAC has undergone a rejuvenation to establish new transparency and connection with the city. The transformation includes improved spaces for performance, new wings for audience and presentation events and creates a visible presence and identity in the capital and for Canada as a whole.

A marquee tower designed to extend the geometry of the original architecture into the 21st century marks a new entrance. Public space for education, pre-concert gatherings and small concerts occupy the new North Atrium. An upper level Lounge takes in views of Confederation Square and Parliament Hill. And a transformed Fourth Stage, which serves as an incubator for theatre and music, animates the NAC’s presence along Elgin Street.

This renewal brings the artistic energy of creation to the forefront to engage with the public and creates a dynamic crossroads for gathering at the NAC at all times of the day.

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.