Sustainability in Conversation

Sustainability in Conversation

Sustainability in Conversation
18:00 CEST / 12:00 EDT 28 July 2021
Virtual Event via Zoom
€ 20 p.p.

Sustainability… the “S” word. Sometimes when you talk about sustainability, people’s eyes glaze over and they disconnect. Many believe that the “S” word has been overused and it no longer holds much meaning. Others can get defensive or negative when we broach the topic. So how can we get people to care? How do we get our colleagues on board?How do we discuss sustainability projects with our upper management? How do we effectively communicate our message?

The “Sustainability in Conversation” training brings the Ki Toolkit Guide to life and addresses the psychological implications of sustainability and how we can create positive messaging and create meaningful dialogue. We will discuss strategies for engaging in conversations about sustainability and the importance of building awareness and the ripple effect to create cultures of sustainability in our workplaces and practice addressing different scenarios.


Caitlin Southwick (MSc, PD) is the Founder and Executive Director of Ki Culture and Sustainability in Conservation. She is a trained art conservator and has worked in the conservation field and in museums around the world, including the Vatican Museums, The Getty Conservation Institute, and Easter Island. She is the Secretary of the Working Group on Sustainability for the International Council of Museums (ICOM).

Accessibility 101: Making Your Museum Accessible

Accessibility 101: Making Your Museum Accessible

In this Training, you’ll learn why accessibility is important for your museum and how to make positive change for a more equitable experience. We will explore implementing accessible marketing practices and web accessibility, as well as creating welcoming spaces for visitors and more.

Please note that this event takes place at 18:00-20:00 CEST / 12:00-14:00 EDT on 23 June 2021.


Nicole Smith is wearing glasses, smiling, and looking at the camera in this headshot.

Nicole Smith has worked in museums for over a decade in visitor experience, membership, communications, programming and most importantly sustainability and accessibility. She is passionate about diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion work and truly believes that museums should be for everyone. Through her work, she has helped museums receive local and nations awards for diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion work and was the 2017 recipient of the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability Emerging Leader award from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She is the Co-Director of Social Sustainability and a member of the DEAI & Ethics Committee at Ki Culture.

On The Table: Community, Museums + The Future explores explores the evolving role of museums and their relationship with local communities.

On The Table: Community, Museums + The Future explores explores the evolving role of museums and their relationship with local communities.

About this Event

Join our panel of internationally-recognized cultural sector thought leaders as we explore the evolving role of community museums. As social and cultural agencies, museums can help foster healthier, more inclusive, sustainable and connected communities. Our panelists will give insight into how museums are working with their local communities to address some of the most important issues of our time as we look to emerge from a global health and economic crisis.

Each guest will introduce their topic before event participants break out into 30-minute long break-out rooms of their topic choice. Participants will then come back with recommendations or ideas of how the Canmore Museum can address these topics with it’s community over the next four years.

This On The Table event for the Canmore community and the Alberta cultural sector is being hosted in conjunction with the launch of the Canmore Museum Re-Imagined Strategy.

If you wish to make a donation, please contribute through CanadaHelps to either the BOW VALLEY FOOD BANK or the IYAHRHE NAKODA FOOD BANK SOCIETY. The Bow Valley Food Bank has been established to provide emergency food assistance to people experiencing a financial crisis and who are unable to purchase food for themselves or their families. The INFBS is committed to eliminating hunger in the Stoney Nakoda Communities with emergency food hamper assistance.


Our Panel Guests

Please join the Canmore Museum in welcoming these distinguished thought leaders to the table for this On The Table event.

Gail Lord, Lord Cultural Resources | Museums + Community Change. Gail is Co-founder and President of Lord Cultural Resources. Along with many leading publications. she has also co-authored with Ngaire Blankenberg the book Cities, Museums and Soft Power. Gail has led cultural and tourism plans for cities as well as planning, management and exhibition assignments for museums, galleries and cities throughout Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, continental Europe, North America and Asia. In 2014, Gail was appointed Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Minister of Culture of France. More recently, Gail Lord was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.

Shivani Saini, Antelier Culturati | Museums + Empowering Inclusivity. Shivani is a consultant, producer and skillful communicator with over 25 years of professional film, tv, media and arts experience. She is a dedicated advocate for equity within mainstream media and the cultural sector. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree in Radio & Television from Ryerson University, and has worked in all genres of media production; in every role from the creative to the business side. Her portfolio includes groundbreaking museum content, award-winning television & film, cutting-edge theatre, international visual arts affairs, social media initiatives, and festivals that cultivate new works. Shivani is also the founder of Creatives Empowered, the first and only organization in Alberta for film + tv, media and arts professionals who are Black, Indigenous and People of Colour.

Doug Worts, World View Consulting | Museums + A Culture of Sustainability. Doug has been a museologist since 1980 and a ‘culture and sustainability specialist’ since 1997. He is co-founder of WorldViews Consulting which provides advice and support to a wide range of organizations that are interested in sustainability. Over the past three decades, Doug has published and spoken widely, in Canada and internationally, on topics of museum audience, creativity, education and the relationship of culture to sustainability. For almost 20 years, Doug’s special research and publishing focus has been on understanding and promoting the notion of a ‘culture of sustainability’. He is a founding member of the Canadian Working Group on Museums and Sustainable Communities and a recipient of a Senior Research Fellowship from the Canadian Museums Association.

Maddie Taylor, Cuseum | Museums + Creating Digital Communities. Maddie leads content and marketing at Cuseum, a platform that helps museums and cultural organizations engage their visitors, members, and patrons using the power of technology. Maddie has spearheaded a range of content initiatives, including the industry-acclaimed “Membership Mondays” and “This Week in Museums” webinar series. Maddie is passionate about emerging technology and innovation in the cultural space and she regularly produces resources that explore trends and topical issues in museums and cultural organizations. Before joining the Cuseum team, she worked with a number of cultural organizations in Europe.

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