ANSM Annual Conference 2023

Association of Nova Scotia Museums Annual Conference

October 16–18, 2023
Baddeck, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

About Our Conference

Theme: Museum Care: Care of Self, Care of Team, Care of Community

Museum conferences regularly focus on care of collections, care of facilities, and care for exhibits. This year, it is time to care for the museum people who make it all happen.

“Museum Care” is necessary to ensure a healthy heritage sector. The last few years have been filled with particularly challenging times. Museums have risen to face these challenges time and time again. This has resulted in inspiring examples of community service, but also a sense of fatigue. This conference hopes to celebrate successes and help inspire solutions.

The Conference will explore three streams:

Care of Self:
explore how passion for our work is not enough to protect museum workers from burn-out.

Care of Team:
explore how the workforce is changing and how we can support our teams at all stages of their careers from emerging museum professionals to seasoned professionals preparing for their successors.

Care of Community:
explore how museums are branching out from traditional offerings to support their communities in new and creative ways, especially in times of need.

In addition to a thoughtful and practical series of speakers, the Conference will provide many opportunities to network with your colleagues, decompress after a busy summer, and experience Cape Breton hospitality at its finest.


Program of Events

Join us for three days of programming exploring themes of care of self, care of team, and care of community.

Registration is now closed.

Thanks to everyone who registered. We’ll see you in Cape Breton!

Financial Assistance

The Association of Nova Scotia Museums Dr. Peter Cullen Memorial Bursary is available to help cover registration fees. Applications have closed for this year.

The Canadian Museums Association Conference Bursary is also available, and will cover up-to $600 expenses to attend a conference.

Conference App

ANSM is pleased to announce this year’s Conference will have an official, FREE app thanks to our corporate member ThinkProxi.

Think Proxi

Registrants will be notified when the conference app is ready.  At that time, you will be invited to download it to your mobile device, and you will be able to:

  • View the event agenda and plan your sessions
  • Read presenter bios
  • Complete session surveys
  • Engage with Conference Sponsors
  • Find Maps to conference locations
  • Receive timely push notifications about any last minute changes to the program
  • Connect quickly with ANSM Conference Organizers

ThinkProxi is a leader in adding beacon technology to museum in order to bring digital life to physical spaces.  It is used by museums in Nova Scotia and has an exclusive offer for ANSM members, saving $2,000 off their first year of service.


Inverary Resort

Inverary Resort

Attendees and their guests can stay at the Inverary Resort at 368 Shore Road, Baddeck, Nova Scotia.

The Room Block at the Inverary Resort is now open and will be available until September 10, 2023.  To access the reservations call Reservations:

1-800-565-5660 ext. 1 Group Name: Association of Nova Scotia Museums

The ANSM room block will extend 2 days before and after the Conference, from Friday, October 13 to Friday, October 20th to facilitate anyone who would like to extend their stay in the area.  Due to Celtic Colours (October 6-14), availability of rooms the days preceding the Conference may fill up quickly.  If you would like to come to Baddeck early to enjoy Celtic Colours we recommend booking soon.

Check in is after 3pm, check out is 11am.  All reservations include a full breakfast buffet.

Traditional Room (1 queen, king, or two doubles) – $195/night

Inverary Resort

Main Lodge Room (king or 2 queens) – $240/night

Inverary Resort

Cottages and suites are also available. Please call Inverary Resort if these are of interest to you.

Village of Baddeck

Baddeck is also home to many other accommodations of various styles and price points.

The Iona Heights Inn
Guests wanting to stay the night in Iona after the study tour can contact Iona Heights Inn.
Book online with promo code “ihi15” to save 15%.

Location and Transportation

The ANSM Conference is taking place at the Inverary Resort on Baddeck Bay, in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Inverary Resort
368 Shore Road
Baddeck, Nova Scotia
B0E 1B0
Tel: 902-295-3500

Baddeck, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.
GPS: 46.09647824212056, -60.75594608617669
(view Google map)

Map showing location of Inverary Inn in Baddeck, Cape Breton

Baddeck is located 355 KM by highway east of Halifax, Nova Scotia. There is ample complimentary parking for guests at the Inverary Resort.

Maritime Bus has a stop in Wagmatcook, Cape Breton. Those travelling by bus can contact to arrange a pick-up to complete the journey to Baddeck.

Thank you to our conference sponsors



Nova Scotia MuseumSupport 4 Culture


Parks CanadaBaile nan Gàidheal Highland VillageCanadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Canadian History Museum Canadian War Museum
TRACK Association of Nova Scotia MuseumsThink ProxiVictoria County logo


Canadian Museums Association Digital Museums CanadaIsland Folk Cider House logo ViBE logo

Sponsorship Opportunities

The ANSM Conference brings together 60-100 museum professionals and represents many museums in the province.  Sponsors will have increased visibility with Conference delegates as well as the over 500 museum professionals to whom this Conference will be promoted.

There are various levels of sponsorship from $50 to $5000+. Anyone interested in sponsoring the Conference should contact Maggie MacIntyre, Conference Chair at

Our Sponsorship package can also be downloaded here.

Conference Committee

ANSM would like to thank our Conference Committee members:

Matthew Cook, Rabab Khan, Claire Roach, Sarah MacInnes, Alexandra Hernould, Joni Thomas, Katherine MacLeod, Angie MacIsaac, and Sara England.

Additional thanks to Shaina Scrimgeour of Gemstone Event Management.

Conference Chair: Maggie MacIntyre (outgoing ANSM Executive Director)