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Photo: Musée des métiers d'arts du Québec (MUMAQ) 

40th Annual Symposium and General Meeting

Montréal, September 23 to 25, 2022

Historical and Cultural Treasures: Decorative Arts in Montréal

Trésors historiques et culturels: Arts décoratifs à Montréal

Montréal is situated on the traditional territory of the Kanien'kehà:ka, a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst many First Nations including the Kanien'kehá:ka of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Huron/Wendat, Abenaki, and Anishinaabeg.

(N.B.: Les présentations sont en anglais mais vous pouvez poser des questions en français)

Symposium Program 

Friday, September 23, 2022

10:00am – 1:00pm

Registration − Hotel Le Cantlie Suites (1110 Sherbrooke Street) 

12:00pm – 1:00pm

 Lunch – McGill Faculty Club – Old McGill Room

In 1935 tImage 006 A | McGill Faculty Club and Conference Centre - McGill Universityhe McGill Faculty Club took over the large stone residence of Baron Alfred F. Baumgarten built in 1886 in Montréal’s Square Mile. Baumgarten made his fortune in Canada in the sugar refining business and built his house on McTavish in 1885. One of its special features is a grand ballroom in which dancers stepped lively on its spring-supported floors to the orchestra playing in the minstrel gallery suspended above the room. Scenes for the film, “Two Solitudes” (1978), based on Hugh MacLennan’s well-known novel, were shot in the Gothic Revival interior of the Faculty Club’s main dining room (where, coincidentally, MacLennan would have dined as a McGill professor).

Photo: McGill Faculty club 

1:00pm – 1:45pm

CSDA/CCAD 41th Annual General Meeting – McGill Faculty Club − Billiard Room

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Marian Bradshaw Lecture – McGill Faculty Club - Billiard Room

Some secrets of the city:  The archaeology of pre-European indigenous sites in Montréal.

Roland Tremblay, Prehistorian Archaeologist

As in other modern North American cities, Montréal is bustling. But what about centuries or even millennia ago, well before the colonization of the continent by Europeans? Archaeology has given us some opportunities, here and there in Montréal, to reveal small windows on long-lost moments in the past, when Indigenous peoples from different periods occupied and lived on the island. This presentation will offer a sample of these discoveries, from the oldest traces more than 5,000 years ago to the ones that bear witness to the first contacts with Europeans… some 500 years ago.

Photo: Detail of arrowhead found at Montreal archeological dig, Roland Tremblay

NOTE: This lecture is included with the symposium registration but is also open to the general public as a stand alone event:. Register here 

3:15pm – 4:00pm

Tour of Redpath Museum

Take a quick tour of the Redpath Museum, which is the oldest building in Canada built as a museum. Completed in 1882, it originally housed the collections of Sir William Dawson − then principal of McGill. The museum currently holds extensive collections in the fields of paleontology, zoology, mineralogy and world cultures (ethnology). It has several research labs and a Victorian teaching auditorium. 

Photo: Redpath Museum 

4:15pm – 5:30pm

The inclusion of Indigenous Voices and Perspectives − McCord Stewart Museum

Jonathan Lainey, Curator, Indigenous Cultures, McCord Stewart Museum

Making space for Indigenous voices and perspectives within the walls of institutions whose foundations often stem from a colonial period – which also saw Indigenous nations being dispossessed of their cultural heritage – involves several challenges. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss these different issues within the current context where decolonization and indigenization initiatives are being put forward at memory institutions across Canada. The content development of the new exhibition, Indigenous Voices of Today, will serve as the main example.

Photo: McCord Stewart Museum 

6:00pm – 7:00pm Travel to MUMAQ (subway tokens will be provided) 

CSDA/CCAD Opening Day Reception − Musée des métiers d’art du Québec (MUMAQ)

Located in the emblematic neo-Gothic church of the Cégep de Saint-Laurent, the Musée des métiers d’art du Québec (MUMAQ), formerly known as the Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec, is the only museum dedicated to historic and contemporary crafts in Quebec.

Photo: Musée des métiers d'arts du Québec

7:00pm Dinner on your own (Ask for restaurant suggestions).

NOTE: This event is included with the symposium registration but is also open to the general public as a standalone event: Register Here

CSDA Online Auction 

With the success of last year's online auction CSDA/CCAD is featuring its 2nd online auction from September 24 to September 29 - closing at 8pm. All are welcome to bid from September 24th on a wide number of art objects from private collections, gift cards and museum memberships will be on offer. This event is sponsored in part by Waddingtons.ca. No buyer's premium will be applied. All moneys raised from this fundraising initiative will go towards support of CSDA programs. 

Photo: From Julia Deo - Waddington's

Saturday, September 24, 2022

9:00am – 9:45am

Continental Breakfast at the Cantlie Hotel Suites (1110 Sherbrooke St. West)

10:00am – 11:30am

Treasures from the MMFA Collections | Curator’s Pick from Jennifer Laurent

Jennifer Laurent, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, MMFA

Women across the globe have been producing design in one form or another for millennia. Today, works created by women designers and designer-makers pervade our everyday, and yet the vital role which women have played in the world of design has been perpetually minimized or excluded from the dominant narrative of design history. During this visit with Jennifer Laurent, we will take an in-depth look at works designed by women in the decorative arts and design collection of the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA), showcasing the exceptional influence of women on material culture over the last 100 years.

11:30am – 1:00pm

Lunch at Church of St. Andrews & St. Paul (3415 Redpath Street) 

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Church of St. Andrews & St. Paul

Rosalind Pepall, Writer, and former Senior Curator of Decorative Arts at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA)

Rosalind Pepall will take us through a tour of the Presbyterian Church of St. Andrew & St. Paul completed in 1932 and located next to the Museum of Fine Art. The church is filled with stained glass windows from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries. The most exceptional are two of the earliest ecclesiastical windows commissioned in Canada from the leading stained glass firm of William Morris & Co. They were designed by English artist Edward Burne-Jones, who also designed a tapestry in the church for Morris & Co.’s workshop. Another series of stained glass ranging from 1900 to 1962 was created by the prestigious Ballantine Co. of Edinburgh. A tour of the church will include other treasures in silver and in wrought iron (Paul Beau).

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Artist Presentation at La Guilde

Geneviève Duval, Project Manager at La Guilde and Susan Edgerley, Glass Artist

Geneviève Duval at La Guilde, founded in 1906, will give an overview of the history of the non-profit organization, its mandate and collection and will introduce the 2019 Saidye Bronfman award recipient, glass artist Susan Edgerley, who will provide a brief presentation about her work along with fellow glass artist Donald Robertson. 

La Guilde aims to preserve, promote and increase awareness for Inuit art, First Nations art, Métis art, and Fine Crafts from Canada.  In addition to its permanent exhibition − which represents objects from its collection − La Guilde has a dynamic program of temporary exhibitions and cultural activities, educational programs and archives of remarkable historical wealth. La Guilde is also an art gallery containing works by established and emerging artists, available for sale.

3:15pm – 4:30pm

Afternoon Tea at Reid Wilson House − Private tour

Located at the corner of Sherbrooke and Drummond streets, the Reid Wilson House was purchased in 1900 by James Reid Wilson. It was transformed and modernized in 1901 by builder Richard Waite using the masonry and other elements of an earlier building constructed on the site in 1882-83. Unusually for the time, the architect chose to dismantle the building stone by stone and then reassemble the material in a different fashion.

Recently, the house was purchased by Prime Properties, an international developer owned by the Rumpf family. Richard Rumpf and his wife Azul Bari undertook a major restoration which is now in the completion phase. In contrast to the neighbouring Forget House, which retained its historic atmosphere, the Reid Wilson House has been updated, restoring the original features but updating the rooms with modern touches. Richard and Azul will host our Saturday afternoon tea.

4:30pm – 5:00pm

The Mount Royal Club − Private tour

After visiting the Reid Wilson House and the Forget House, the last building on the last intact 19th-century square mile block is the Mount Royal Club. Bruce Bolton will take us for a quick inside view of this most prestigious Canadian private club. The men who founded the club in 1899 wanted a gathering place nearer to their homes on the side of Mount Royal. They purchased the home of Sir John Abbott, Canada’s 2nd prime minister, but had to rebuild after some fires. They chose the renowned architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White to create a club-specific arrangement, still very obvious today, although the décor has been carefully updated. Many of Canada’s great transactions have taken place in this exclusive club and our quick view will confirm that nothing was left to chance in its comfort, surroundings and services.

5:00pm − 7:00pm   

Break on your own

7:00pm – 9:00pm  

Cocktail ‘Dinatoire’ at Maison Louis-Joseph Forget House

Join us and our host Bruce Bolton, retired Executive Director at the Macdonald Stewart Foundation for a special dinner featuring some of Québec’s most famous dishes at food stations placed throughout the Forget House. The Louis-Joseph Forget House was built in 1885 for Senator Louis-Joseph Forget, one of the leading French Canadian entrepreneurs of the early 20th century in Montréal. From humble beginnings in Terrebonne, Forget moved to Montréal and worked in one of the established Scottish investment firms and was encouraged to go out on his own, which he did with huge success. He became the first French Canadian president of the Montréal Stock Exchange and the Montréal Street Transport service, amongst many others. In 1973 David Macdonald Stewart, of the Macdonald Tobacco company, witnessed the destruction of some of Montréal’s great Square Mile mansions. Determined to save the Forget Mansion he purchased it in 1975. It became the home of the Macdonald Stewart Foundation and was completely renovated at the turn of the 21st century.

                                                         To attend the dinner only ($75) Reserve Here  

Sunday, September 25, 2022

9:00am – 9:45am

Continental Breakfast at the Cantlie Hotel Suites (1110 Sherbrooke St. West)

10:30am – 11:15am                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Chateau Ramezay

Take a guided tour of one of Canada’s oldest museums. The building’s historic status as one of the oldest in Montréal began in 1705 when Claude de Ramezay, then governor of Montréal, decided to build a residence surrounded by a large garden and fruit tree orchard. Over the years, the owner and function of Château Ramezay changed several times – from the governor’s residence, to government house, to headquarters of the American revolutionary forces led by Benjamin Franklin and to use as a school. Many historical figures have crossed its threshold, including the Intendant Hocquart, the poet Émile Nelligan and Governor Lord Elgin. Opened as a museum in 1895, it is one of Canada’s oldest museums.

11:45am – 12:45pm

Curator talk at Pointe-à-Callière – Montréal Archeology and History Complex

Join museum professionals Katy Tari − Director of Collections, Programs and Public Services and Hendrik Van Gijseghem − Archaeologist, Project Manager in archaeology and history at Pointe-à-Callière for a glimpse of the past.

Pointe-à-Callière is a national archaeological and historic site located on soils that bear witness to more than 1,000 years of human activity. Located on the site of Fort Ville−Marie − where Montréal was founded − the museum houses remarkable architectural remains and collections that have been showcased in an exceptional way. During the visit, Cosmic Matter will be presented, highlighting the collection of 800 ceramic and glass pieces of household objects from the 17th to 19th centuries. The exhibition is Coup de coeur! The collections on display highlight Pointe-à-Callière’s 30th anniversary and bring.  together 400 “favourite” objects by telling the story of Montréal one object at a time.


Lunch On your own (Recommend - L'Arrivage Bistro at the Museum )

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Guided walking tour of Old Montréal from Chateau Pointe-à-Callière



2 spaces have opened up! (Waiting list only contact: info@csda-ccad.corg or 647-249-6280)


Host Hotel: Hotel Le Cantlie Suites  (1110 Sherbrooke Street West)   www.hotelcantlie.com/

Call: Samantha Bahrke, Group Sales Coordinator Tel: 514-844-3951 Ext: 2802 or Charlie 514-844-3951 Ext: 2800



10% off the best available fare in Economy, Economy Plus, Business, Business Plus, Sleeper class. "Subject to the conditions and restrictions of the fare plan to which the additional discount is being applied." Discount does not apply in any Escape fares and Prestige ClassParticipants must reference the event’s VIA convention discount code: 14278. (Valid: September 20th  2022  to  September 27th  2022. Go to  www.viarail.ca or call 888-842-7245.

Fare applies to a maximum of two passengers per booking. One complimentary stopover is allowed at no additional charge. For travel on all fare                                                      plans in Business class, the first stopover is allowed at no additional charge, provided that this stopover takes place in Toronto, Montréal or Ottawa                                                only.

Cancellation Policy: Prior to August 31, 2022 CSDA will refund registrations minus $75 administration fee for full registrations. After August 31 no refunds will be processed for registration or dinner. No refunds will be given for no-shows. Substitutes are welcomed.

*Limited to 10 registrations. Non-transferable. 

Please contact Gilles Latour if you are would like to receive a Sponsor Partner Kit at gilleslatour@csda-ccad.org or call 416-910-7849.

We would like to thank our generous Supporters and Sponsors

Partner Museums & Venues: McGill Faculty Club, Redpath Museum, McCord Stewart Museum, Musée des métiers d’arts du Québec, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Church of Andrew and St. Paul, La Guilde, Reid Wilson House, Forget House, Mount Royal Club, Château Ramezay, Pointe-à-Callière

Patron Sponsor Partner

Online In-Kind Auction Sponsor

Saturday Cocktail 'Dinatoire' Host - In-Kind Sponsor 

Mcdonald Stewart Foundation 

Media Partner: 

Granting Partner


The Canadian Society of Decorative Arts/ Cercle canadien des arts décoratifs was formed, with the generous support
of the Macdonald Stewart Foundation, to provide a forum for all those interested in the decorative arts.
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