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ICOM Canada E-Newsletter

ICOM Canada periodically publishes a digital e-newsletter containing a variety of topics and items relevant to and reflecting the work of the Canadian museum sector. The e-newsletter is generally published three times per year (March, July*, and November) though schedules are flexible.

*The summer 2019 e-newsletter will be released in August.

The e-newsletter is compiled and edited by the ICOM Canada Digital Content & Outreach Coordinator with guidance and assistance from members of the Executive Board.

News from the international body of ICOM is available in blog format here.

View previous individual e-newsletter posts in our News section.

Learn more about the e-newsletter publishing schedule and submission process by viewing our E-Newsletter Guidelines.

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ICOM Canada’s International Achievement Award

ICOM Canada’s International Achievement Award honours a Canadian museum professional or organization that has demonstrated and promoted excellence in Canadian museology on an international scale.

This award recognizes the outstanding contribution of knowledge and expertise towards the advancement and support of museology worldwide. The successful recipient is honoured at the CMA’s annual conference. 

The 2019 recipient

Catherine Cole, museum consultant and Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Association of Museums.

Since 2013, Ms. Cole has organized study tours, symposia and workshops, which brought together Canadian and international speakers from around the globe. Such initiatives led to the expansion of links between Canadian and international museums.

Ms. Cole has fostered and promoted Canadian museology internationally. She mentors Canadian and international museologists by co-ordinating internships for Canadian graduates in Namibia, South Africa, India and Scotland and administers the Commonwealth Association of Museums Distance Learning Program Certificate in Basic Museum Studies.

Through her work, Ms. Cole has developed and supported international cooperation, collaboration and partnerships. A member of the ICOM Advisory Committee since 2011, Ms. Cole was appointed to ICOM’s Strategic Allocation Review Committee and invited to co-edit a book on Museum Management. She is Vice-Chair of ICOM/CAMOC and was a Board Member from 2010-2013. She is a Member of the Arts, Recreation & Culture Advisory Group for CESO (Canadian Executive Services Overseas).

ICOM Canada Award Eligibility

Do you know a museum professional who has made a mark on museology through international outreach?

ICOM Canada Award Eligibility

Do you know a museum professional who has made a mark on museology through international outreach?


To be eligible for this award, the nominee must be an ICOM member in good standing and must have worked in a Canadian institution. An ICOM member who is familiar with the nominee’s achievements must make the nomination.


December 20th each year.


Each nominee must have done the following:

  • Played a significant role in putting Canadian museums on the world stage.
  • Developed and supported international cooperation, collaboration, and partnerships.
  • Contributed to the expansion of links between Canadian and international museums.
  • Fostered and promoted Canadian museology internationally.

Nomination Instructions

Complete the Nomination Form and attach the following:

  • A letter of nomination signed by the nominator, max 2 pages.
  • An explanation that clearly states how the nominee meets the criteria, max 3 pages.
  • A curriculum vitae for the nominee.
  • Six copies of any supporting material presenting the nominee’s international work.

Please note that the material will not be sent back.

For more information, download the Complete Canadian Museums Association Awards Package PDF.

Mail your nomination form to:

ICOM Canada AwardCanadian Museums Association280 Metcalfe Street, Suite 400, Ottawa, ON K2P 1R7.


Contact or 613-567-0099

ICOM Canada Travel Bursary Program

As a way to help emergent museum professionals in building networks and lasting connections, ICOM Canada provides an annual Travel Bursary to support the participation of a graduate student or an emergent museum professional (with less than 5 years of work experience) to the annual ICOM conference or to any meeting of ICOM’s international committees. ICOM-Canada will provide up to $1500 to cover costs related to conference registration, travel, accommodation, and local transportation, as well as a per diem allowance for meals. It is expected that applicants will seek additional funding through their university or employer. One applicant will be selected each year. The bursary will be awarded by an adjudication committee formed by the board of ICOM Canada.


The applicant must be a Canadian citizen or resident;

  • A student enrolled in a graduate program in an accredited university (Canada or abroad) or an emergent museum professional with less than 5 years of work experience. We welcome applications from students in diverse disciplines addressing issues related to museology, including, but not limited to, intercultural
    museology, museums and the Web, information technologies, collections management, museum administration, intangible heritage.
  • Applicants may receive only one ICOM Canada Travel bursary.
  • Applications may be submitted in English or in French. All application materials should be completed in 12-point font with minimum 2.5 cm page margins.

For more information, please download the ICOM Travel Bursary information package PDF.

Travel Bursary Reports

2019 2018 2017 2016

International Committees

Canadians have always been very involved in the work of ICOM. Many sit on the boards of international committees or working groups.

This section will be updated soon with information about Canadians working on International Committees in 2020.


There are no open positions at this time.