Online workshops

The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) and the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) work with heritage professionals and institutions to help build their capacity for conserving and preserving objects and collections. CCI and CHIN offer online workshops that provide detailed training and information on specific topics. Workshops are highly interactive and require the participation of participants.

Each online workshop consists of multiple sessions of one to two hours in length. The workshops incorporate presentations from CCI and CHIN staff, as well as frequent discussion and sharing opportunities. The workshops also provide information and training designed for staff and volunteers working in heritage institutions. Please see each workshop description below for further details.

Online workshops offered

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Online workshops offered

  • Kickstart Your RE-ORG Project

    This two-part workshop is designed to assist those working in heritage institutions to lead their own RE-ORG project. Starting RE-ORG projects can be daunting. In this workshop, we will explore common challenges faced when beginning a new RE-ORG project, answer your questions about the RE-ORG method and review examples and case studies of how to overcome obstacles.

    During this workshop, participants will

    • practise identifying collection and non-collection items in a storage room while using the RE-ORG categories to group objects,
    • practise visualizing the potential of a space and explore ways to simplify the math involved,
    • explore ways to adapt the scope of a RE-ORG project according to available resources,
    • discuss strategies to advocate for RE-ORG projects to stakeholders and
    • practise leadership and problem-solving skills through RE-ORG scenarios and case studies.
  • Response Ready? Developing an Emergency Response Plan for Heritage Institutions

    In this online workshop, you will learn about the objectives of emergency response and the key components that make up a plan suitable for heritage institutions. The workshop provides an engaged, interactive learning experience in which to learn about and make progress on preparing or updating your emergency response plan. You will receive an emergency response plan template to assist with plan preparation, and you will develop a suitable plan for your institution with support and feedback from experts and peers. You will also learn how to test your plan using simple tabletop exercises.


    Developing an emergency response team for heritage institutions
    • Decide on the size and structure of an incident management team for your institution.
    • Select individuals with the expertise and skills suitable for incident response management roles, and add their contact information to your emergency response plan.
    Developing immediate emergency response procedures for heritage institutions
    • Complete a simple risk assessment of the emergency hazards that could impact your institution and collection.
    • Prepare suitable immediate response procedures for hazards in your institution that should have them, and add them to your emergency response plan.
    Developing all-hazards response procedures for heritage institutions
    • Identify all-hazards actions that meet the emergency objectives for emergency response.
    • Prepare all-hazards response procedures suitable for your institution, and add them to your emergency response plan.
    Collections salvage and recovery strategies for heritage institutions
    • Identify salvage priorities for your collection.
    • Prepare procedures for your emergency response plan to guide salvage and recovery.
    • Conduct a damage assessment, and prepare an emergency response action plan using a scenario exercise.
    Providing Resources for Effective Emergency Response
    • Determine supplies and equipment that your institution may need for emergency response and list them with sources in your Emergency Response Plan.
    • Prepare floor/site plans and add them to your Emergency Response Plan.
    • Conduct a simple emergency scenario exercise with your Emergency Response Team.


    The online workshop comprises twelve 60-minute sessions, grouped into five highly interactive modules. The modules will be scheduled over a period of five to six months. Participation in the online workshop will involve

    • attendance at all sessions for all five workshop modules,
    • reviewing workshop resource materials prior to each module (15–30 minutes) and
    • completing exercises between the sessions for each module (1–2 hours).



    Enrollment limits

    Since the emergency planning process benefits from multiple perspectives, we encourage participation by up to three people per heritage institution. Ideally, the participants are responsible for emergency incident management. Due to the interactive nature of this online workshop, attendance in the online sessions is restricted to 10 institutions. The minimum enrollment requirement is five institutions.

    Target audience

    This workshop is well suited for heritage professionals who are responsible for writing and implementing an Emergency Response Plan, especially those in heritage institutions that have no plan or an outdated plan.

    Special requirements

    Mandatory equipment and software:

    • computer with audio and video capabilities
    • desktop version of Zoom


Please note that CCI and CHIN reserve the right to cancel an online workshop if the minimum enrolment requirement is not met.

Register for an online workshop

Consult our Training and learning activity calendar to view online workshops offered from April 1 to March 31 each year and to register.

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