CAPA converged on Mount Hope for our 2012 Conference. From October 18th to October 20th we enjoyed the best of eastern hospitality at Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, our conference headquarters, and explored the theme of “SHARING INNOVATION, IDEAS AND SOLUTIONS”.
The evening of the 18th a meet & greet at the 447 Wing Royal Canadian Air Force Association which provided an appropriate and convivial atmosphere in which to reunite with colleagues and friends and soak up some of that atmosphere. October 19th began our informative and entertaining journey sharing our experiences, innovation, and ideas on a broad range of topics.
During our two days of heavily-illustrated presentations we heard from dynamic speakers on topics that included Education Programs, Creating Memorable Visitor Experiences, Getting the Best from Volunteers, Special Events and Public Relations, and Revenue Generation & Fund Raising. On behalf of those attending I would like to express my sincere thanks and a hearty well done to all the presenters who kept the audience engaged and led the lively discussions.
The banquet and awards ceremony was held amidst Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s living collection that provided a unique historical aviation ambiance. Sincere thanks to our Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum hosts and Brett and Sandra for their outstanding efforts in putting together a very successful program for the 2012 conference.
The 2012 CAPA Award recipients were as follows:
Canadian Aviation and Space Museum - Pratt and Whitney Boeing 720 flying test bed
Excellence in Restoration
National Air Force Museum of Canada - Harvard Mk II RCAF serial number 3270
Alberta Aviation Museum - Schools Aerospace Challenge event in the UK
Bomber Command Museum of Canada - Support to the UK Bomber Command Memorial
Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre –– Replica Fairchild FC-2 Razorback
The 2013 conference is planned for October 24th to 26th and will be co-hosted by the Alberta Aviation Museum and the Reynolds Alberta Museum. Topics for the 2013 conference will include both operations/administrative sessions running concurrently with restoration/preservation workshops. Currently planned topics will include those below with more to come!
- Who is/are your market(s)?
- Marketing and Media Partnering
- Metal Polishing techniques
- Rubber tire conservation/preservation
- Integration of video into exhibits
- Economical refinishing of Outdoor exhibits
- Retail merchandizing to maximize operations
It will be an excellent opportunity to reunite with colleagues and friends, see some of Canada’s aviation treasures located in Alberta and gain valuable and insightful information. Mark your calendars and see you there!