Convention – 2023 Summary & Photos

Two-Day Annual Show Was a Success

The 2023 CSMMI Annual Convention  held on June 16 and 17th  at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention site, in Burlington, Ontario Canada was a huge success.  Attendance was up, vendors reported good business, and collectors provided praise for the event and even showcased some of their "finds" on the CSMMI Facebook pages.   Planning has started on our 2024 annual show which will be held in the same Burlington Holiday Inn on Friday June 20 and Saturday June 21, 2024.  Note, this show will be one week later than in previous years.  Save the date and plan to join us.

We are pleased to provide a summary of the annual show, the Annual General Meeting and the awards  presented to our members.


2023 CSMMI Convention Summary


Venue:  Burlington Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Centre,   3063 South Service Road, Burlington, ON    Friday June 16 & Saturday June 17, 2022

Another successful event.  Bourse featured  39 dealers on 79 tables.  Members exhibits on 6 display tables.  Special exhibit: Restored military vehicles and WWII BSA motorcycle were on display in the parking lot courtesy of the Ontario Military Vehicles Association (OMVA).


Took place on Friday June 16, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. in the Harvester Room in the Burlington Holiday Inn.  All regular and required business took place, including, approval of the Minutes of the AGM held on June 17, 2022, financial statement for year ending 2022 (approved), membership report (approved), website report, report on Facebook, elections of officers and awards presentations. A new President, Juan José Besteiro, was elected for the current term and we gave a warm thank you to Bryan Patterson for his 13 years as President of the CSMMI.  Meeting adjourned at 6:05 p.m.  For more information see draft minutes at link below.


President – Juan José Besteiro (#1859)

Past President – Bryan Patterson (#953)

1st Vice-President - Mike McLean

2nd Vice President - Dave Hiorth

Secretary – Bill Alexander (#721)

Treasurer – Bryan Patterson (#953)


Silver Medal Award - John McKinnon (#163) for 57 years of service

Silver Medal Award - Ian Edwards (#276) for 51 years of service

Life Member - Fred Hayman (#L273), a member for 51 years


1st place – Gold Medal and the G.E. Switzer Prize for Best in Show Award: Robert Land for Relics of the Medical Services

2nd place – Silver Medal: Scott Duncan for The Canadian Militia Line Infantry Uniform 1855-1900

3rd place - Bronze Medal: Bob Rutledge for The Military Button - A Miniature Masterpiece