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The Art of Collecting: A Conversation | Edmonton

Panel Discussion & Q&A 

Curious about the “Art of Collecting”? Now is your chance to learn from experts in the field, including: real estate marketer, collector and philanthropist Bob Rennie; arts and copyright lawyer Aaron M. Milrad; and Canadian art dealer Douglas Maclean. Don’t miss this exclusive insider’s guide to becoming an art collector! 

We are excited to be offering this special opportunity for both Edmonton and Calgary audiences.

Tickets are $25 for general admission to the panel ($20 for members), or $125 for both the panel and special reception (includes a $75 charitable tax-receipt).

 Interested in Calgary instead? Get your tickets here!

Friday, November 23rd (In Edmonton)

7–8:30pm: Panel discussion and Q&A in the Theater 
8:30–10pm: Special Reception with Speakers in Zinc Restaurant, with host bar

Saturday, November 24th (In Calgary)

3:30–5pm: Panel discussion and Q&A in the Glenbow Theater
5–6:30pm: Special Reception with Speakers, with host bar (location TBC)

Please contact Guest Services via phone at 780.392.2500 or click on the link below the speaker bios to purchase your tickets.


Consistently named as a top 200 contemporary art collector in the world by ArtNews, Bob Rennie’s collection began modestly in 1974 with the purchase of the Norman Rockwell print, On Top of the World. Today the collection, comprising over 2,000 works by 300+ artists with more than 50 collected in depth, is shared with the community through free admission to exhibitions and programming at Rennie Museum, founded in 2009 in the oldest building in Vancouver’s Chinatown. A former Chair of Tate Modern’s North American Acquisitions Committee (2010-2016), Bob remains on the Executive Committee of the Tate International Council and the Tate Americas Foundation, and is a Trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago. Locally, he sits on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia and the Belkin Museum Acquisition Board. Bob is a recipient of both The Queen’s Golden (2002) and Diamond (2012) Jubilee Medals, and in 2014 he was appointed to the Order of British Columbia for his distinguished leadership and exceptional dedication to strengthening and enhancing arts and culture in BC. In 2008, Emily Carr University recognized Bob with an honorary doctorate. In 2017, Bob made one of the largest donations of contemporary art received by the National Gallery of Canada. The $12 million donation comprises 197 artworks by Geoffrey Farmer, Rodney Graham, Brian Jungen, Damian Moppett, Doris Salcedo and Ian Wallace.

Aaron M. Milrad is counsel to Dentons Canada LLP, a global law firm.  Aaron is headquartered in Toronto. At Dentons he provides specialized legal and business advice to clients nationally and internationally who are involved in the arts, media and copyright industries.  

He was Chair of the Board of the Museum Trustee Association of North America until 2010, a continuing member of the Board of Trustees of The International Foundation for Art Research in New York, the International Board of the Tel Aviv Museum, a member of the Canadian Friends of the Israel Museum, former Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of The George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art and its American Foundation and a founding director of the Tate Canadian Foundation, former trustee of the Art Gallery of Ontario (“AGO”), Chair of the Acquisition Committee and was a member of the Photography Committee of the AGO former chair of the Koffler Centre for the Arts in Toronto, former VP of the Board of the McMurtry  Gardens of Justice Inc.  in Toronto and a board member of AXA Art Americas Insurance Corporation for the past many years.  

He and his wife, Brenda Coleman are collectors of postwar and contemporary paintings, photography, sculpture and ceramics.

Having been in the art business for over 40 years, Douglas Maclean has worked with every major corporate art collection in Calgary and has been involved with museum collections across Canada. He has sat on the Board of the Art Dealers Association of Canada for over 20 years. Today, he continues to advise private clients and collections across Canada as a private art dealer in Canadian art and to write semi-annual auction reports for Galleries West magazine.

Image credit: Luis Mora, Toronto 2017.

Dates and Tickets

$125/$120 for AGA Members (Panel Discussion + Special Reception; includes $75 tax receipt)
$125/$120 for AGA Members (Panel Discussion + Special Reception; includes $75 tax receipt)

$25/$20 for AGA members (Panel Discussion only)
$25/$20 for AGA members (Panel Discussion only)
No upcoming dates.
Show past dates
Audience: Adult


Monday: closed
Tuesday: 12-6pm
Wednesday: 12-6pm
Thursday: 12-8pm
Friday: 11am-5pm
Saturday: 11am-5pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm


AGA members
Youth 0-17
Alberta students 18+
Out-of-province students
General admission
Seniors 65+


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