The Quebec museum industry was among the first to take a stand on sustainable development. However, to help its members further their actions in the field, the Société des musées du Québec wanted to expand its professional training possibilities by offering members specific training programmes on integrating the principles of sustainable development. Takt-etik was commissioned to develop and host the training sessions, focusing primarily on the Quebec act on sustainable development and its integration into museum policies. The training also had to address the concerns of the overall membership, including regional museums along with those in the Quebec City and Montreal metropolitan areas.
To be able to offer training perfectly in line with the stakes found in the Quebec museum industry, Takt-etik developed custom contents and activities based on museum best practice at the international level. In addition to including informational content, each training session allowed participants to start their sustainable development strategic planning through individual and group exercises. These exercises touched on defining strategies and action plans, along with conducting diagnostics and efficiently communicating their sustainable development balances.
The first training session was held during the 2009 corporate symposium and allowed participants to become familiar with the challenges and outcomes of a full sustainable development strategic planning exercise. The success and quality of this first session led the SMQ to organize further training activities in the spring of 2010, to take stock of the work completed to date by the separate museums while allowing them to expand their actions. Overall, over 20 museums participated in the different activities offered.