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We hope to see you in Calgary for Heritage Energized! October 22 - 24, 2015

Heritage Canada The National Trust Conference 2014: 
Heritage Builds Resilience
October 2 - 4, 2014
Confederation Centre of the Arts
Charlottetown, PEI
in association with the 
Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP|ACECP)
and in collaboration with
PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation
Thank you to the 350 delegates and numerous sponsors and supporters for helping make this year's National Trust conference in Charlottetown a resounding success. 
We featured a star-studded blend of speakers, learning tours, and intensive workshops that enriched delegates from across the heritage sector. Inspired by the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference, our theme, Heritage Builds Resilience, explored how heritage conservation ensures resilient Canadian communities able to adapt creatively and collaboratively to change. 
Presentations are now available online.
Stay tuned! Photos from sessions, tours  and parties will soon be available for your viewing pleasure.


Keynote Speakers

Tonya Surman

Tonya Surman is a social entrepreneur, community animator and mayhem choreographer. With a passion for bringing life to world-changing projects, Tonya is the founding CEO of the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) a coworking space, community and launchpad for people who are changing the world, with three locations in Toronto and a location in New York City. CSI embodies Jane Jacobs’s assertion that “Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings.”
Tonya is a Global Ashoka Fellow – the highest global recognition in social entrepreneurship for her innovative work building models of collaboration. She was recognized as a ‘Leader in Social Change’ from the Canadian New Media Awards in 2010. And in 2009, CSI was awarded the ‘City Innovation’ award from the Canadian Urban Institute.
Tonya’s work fundamentally embodies collaboration, entrepreneurship and systems change. The Centre for Social Innovation is the first of its kind in the world – a pioneer in the co-working movement, a driver behind the move toward social enterprise and most recently, an innovator in the creation of a citizen-based Community Bond – a practical social finance tool that was created to purchase CSI Annex – CSI’s second location. Since then, CSI has launched its own crowdfunding platform – Catalyst – and Catapult a microloan program for social enterprise.

Tonya co-founded and chaired the Ontario Nonprofit Network for 5 years, is a founding trustee in the Toronto Awesome Foundation and has been a leader within the Ontario Social Economy Roundtable and the Social Enterprise Council of Canada. 

Shaun Majumder

Raised in Burlington, Newfoundland and Labrador actor, writer, comedian and now social entrepreneur, Shaun Majumder has his irons in many fires these days. Currently starring on the hit show This Hour Has 22 Minutes, now in its 22nd season, Majumder’s work has made audiences laugh for years.
In July 2014, Shaun’s documentary series Majumder Manor begins its second season on the W Network in Canada. Majumder Manor was created by Majumder and revolves around his dream to transform his hometown of Burlington, Newfoundland (population 350) into a high end, sustainable tourist destination.
As a part of Shaun’s plan, he’s created a not for profit organization to create social businesses, which will contribute to a new, significant tourism destination on the Baie Verte Peninsula in Newfoundland. The overall community development project includes the construction of a community greenhouse and creation of “Hummock View Green’s” small business, to provide the community with fresh veggies and herbs. An annual festival celebrating fire, food and music called The Gathering, and the creation of accommodations, which include luxury “glamping” tents, remote guest pods and eventually a central lodge (Manor) with a world-class kitchen
Randall Mason 
Randall Mason is the chair of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation and is Associate Professor in the Department of City & Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania School of Design. He leads the Center for Research on Preservation and Society, which undertakes applied research projects on site management and on social, economic and political aspects of historic preservation. His books include The Once and Future New York: Historic Preservation and the Modern City (University of Minnesota Press, 2009) and Giving Preservation a History: Histories of Historic Preservation in the United States (edited with Max Page; Routledge, 2004).Before joining the PennDesign faculty in 2004, Mason worked as Senior Project Specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute, researching economic and social issues relating to heritage conservation. 
Brenda Barrett
Brenda Barrett is the editor of the Living Landscape Observer an online site that provides information and commentary on the emerging field of landscape scale conservation, historic preservation and sustainable communities. She served as the former Director of Recreation and Conservation at the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources directing assistance for conservation, recreation and heritage landscape partnerships. Prior to this position she was the National Coordinator for Heritage Areas for the National Park Service in Washington D.C. Earlier in her career, she served as the Director of the Bureau for Historic Preservation at the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. She is a board member of US/ICOMOS and an expert member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes. 
Ron Williams
A longtime professor at the École d'architecture de paysage of the Université de Montréal, Ron Williams is a Montreal landscape architect and architect.  As a founding partner of the Montreal landscape architecture and urban design firm WAA (Williams, Asselin, Ackaoui and associates), he participated in many important and award-winning projects including the Montreal Beach Park on Ile Notre-Dame; the Biodôme de Montréal; the Jardin de l’Espace Saint-Roch and the rehabilitation of avenue Honoré-Mercier in Quebec City. Mr. Williams is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) and of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), and was honoured in 2007 with the Lifetime Achievement Award of the CSLA. His book Landscape Architecture in Canada, a history of Canada’s designed landscapes, was recently published by McGill-Queen’s University Press and the Presses de l’Université de Montréal in English and French versions.
Japonica Brown-Saracino
Japonica Brown-Saracino is Associate Professor of Sociology at Boston University.  A graduate of Smith College (BA) and Northwestern University (PhD), Brown-Saracino uses ethnographic methods to study changing places, and especially to explore the role of identity and culture in community change processes.  Her 2009 book, A Neighborhood That Never Changes, winner of the 2010-2011 Urban Affairs Association Best Book Award, explores gentrification in two small U.S. towns and two Chicago neighborhoods. The book documents the heterogeneity of gentrifiers’ beliefs and practices, with special attention to a class of gentrifiers whom she terms “social preservationists”: highly self-conscious gentrifiers who are mindful of their impact on local “authenticity” and who seek to limit disruptions and displacements associated with gentrification.  She is also the author of an edited volume, The Gentrification Debates, and is at work on a new book, which is under advance contract with the University of Chicago Press. 


Session 1 – Keynote Address

  • Tonya Surman (CEO, Centre for Social Innovation, Toronto, Ont.)

Session 2 – Plenary: Understanding the Roots of Resilience in Rural and Urban Landscapes

  • Brenda Barrett (Editor, Living Landscape Observer, former Heritage Areas Coordinator, US Parks Service, Penn., USA)
  • Randall F. Mason (Chair, Historic Preservation, School of Design, UPENN, Philadelphia, PA)
    • The Promise of Heritage Planning in Urban Areas

Session 3 – Plenary: Heritage Builds Resilience – Three Case Studies

  • Kevin Murphy (President, Murphy Hospitality Group, Charlottetown, P.E.I.)
  • Dan Christmas (Senior Advisor, Membertou First Nation, Sydney, N.S.)
  • Georges Arsenault (P.E.I. Historian and Folklorist)
    • "Une manière de conserver peut être immortellement votre souvenir ": The Conservation of Tangible and Intangible Acadian Heritage in P.E.I.

Special Presentation – Mid-Century Efflorescence

  • Dr. Edward MacDonald (Associate Professor, History, UPEI, Charlottetown, P.E.I.)
    • Cradling Confederation: The Founding of the Confederation Centre of the Arts
  • Bernard Flaman (Conservation Architect, PWGSC, Regina, Sask.)
    • The Arrival of Modernism in Saskatchewan

Poster Presentations

Session 4A – Protecting and Reviving Places

  • Laurence Mawhinney (Former Mayor, Lunenburg, N.S.)
    • How Heritage Saved Lunenburg
  • Ernie Morello (Landscape Architect, Charlottetown Area Development Corporation)
    • CADC’s Experience Revitalizing Charlottetown Heritage
  • Shannon Baker (Senior Landscape Architect and Heritage Consultant, MMM Group, Mississauga, Ont.) and Elizabeth Gillin (Senior Planner, Urban Designer, MMM Group, Thornhill, Ont.)
    • The Future of MacMillan Farm: Reconnecting Landscape, People and Place
  • Alexander Temporale (Principal, ATA Architects, Oakville, Ont.)

Session 4B – Heritage Conservation Economics: Best Tools and Key Challenges

  • Terry Palmer (Vice President of Finance, APM Construction Services Inc., Charlottetown, P.E.I.)
    • Financial Considerations with Heritage Rehabilitation
  • Jim Bezanson (Developer and Conservationist, Saint John, N.B.)
  • Royce Pettyjohn (Main Street Program Coordinator, Maple Creek, Sask.)
    • Loans and Incentives
  • Bill Bishop (Executive Director, L.M. Montgomery Land Trust, Charlottetown, P.E.I.)
    • Financial Models for Land Preservation

Session 4C – Linking the Tangibles and Intangibles of Heritage Places:  Capturing the Multiple Meanings and Values of Place

Session 5A – Spark Session – Adaptation and Renewal

Session 5B – People and Place: Strategies for Community Engagement in Conservation Planning

Session 5C – Wind Turbines & Landscape: Towards Sustainable Development

Session 6 – Plenary: Resilient Communities, Resilient Places

  • Mayor Clifford J. Lee (City of Charlottetown) and Alex Forbes (Manager, Planning and Development Department, City of Charlottetown)
  • Japonica Brown-Saracino (Associate Professor, Sociology, Boston University, Boston, Mass. USA)
    • Understanding Social Preservation and Gentrification in Urban and Rural Areas.

Session 7A – Façades, Conservation and Cultural Heritage Value

Session 7B – Rural Heritage & Resilience

  • Fraser Shaw (Heritage Conservation Advisor, Southern Region, Alberta Culture, Govt. of Alberta, Calgary, Ont.)
    • Experiences and Responses to the 2013 Southern Alberta Flood
  • Philip Evans (Principal, E.R.A. Architects, Toronto, Ont.)
    • Culture of Outports: Collaborative Cultural Mapping
  • Christine Beard Laaber (Structural Engineer Bridge Design, AECOM, Kitchener, Ont.)
  • Dr. John Colton (Centre for Rural Sustainability, Acadia University, Wolfville, N.S.)

Session 7C – Spark Session

Special Presentation – Resilient Canadian Landscapes

  • Ron Williams (Professor Emeritus, Université de Montréal)

Session 8A– Technical and Adaptive Solutions for Large Projects

Session 8B – Revitalization, Relevance, and Engaging Communities

Session 8C – Overcoming Disciplinary Silos in Heritage Conservation

  • Christina Cameron (CRC Built Heritage, Université de Montréal)
  • Hilary Grant (Newfoundland Representative, SSAC)
  • John Leroux (Architect and UNB Instructor, Fredericton, N.B.)
  • Susan Ross (Assistant Professor, Canadian Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ont.)

Session 9 – Closing Plenary: Majumder Manor and the Revitalization of Burlington, N.L.

  • Shaun Majumder (Award-Winning Actor, Writer, Standup Comedian, This Hour Has 22 Minutes and Majumder Manor)
  • Peter Blackie (Architect, Producer of Majumder Manor, St. John’s, N.L.)

Professional Learning Credits

We are pleased that there are continuing education points now available for attendance at conference sessions from these professional associations:
Canadian Institute of Planners  (Please note the CIP website for uploading CPL entries is currently under development. CIP members will be responsible for calculating and submitting their own CPL hours)
Architects Association of PEI (Structured Learning)
More to come. 

Our 2014 Conference Venue:

Confederation Centre of the Arts
A Mid-Century Modern Beauty
Built in 1963-64, the Centre is a large, multi-purpose cultural complex executed in the modern Brutalist style.  As one of a number of cultural complexes built in the 1960s and 1970s in Canada, and as a memorial to the Fathers of Confederation, it is an outstanding example of a national institution dedicated to the performing arts.  It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2002.


Gold Sponsors 


Silver Sponsors 


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Friends of the Conference 

Firms/Organizations Represented

A-F | G-M | N-T | U-Z

+VG (The Ventin Group)
Acadia University
Alberta Association of Architects
Alberta Culture
Alberta Historical Resources Foundation
Algonquin College Heritage Carpentry Program
Anglican Church of Canada
Archaeological Services Inc.
Architectural Conservancy of Ontario
Architectural Conservation Services
Artisan PEI
Association of Heritage Industries NL
ATA Architects Inc.
Athabasca University
Barry Padolsky Associates Inc., Architects
Bedeque Area Historical Society
Benevolent Irish Society of PEI
BGHJ Architects
Bird Construction
Bonavista Creative
Boreas Heritage Consulting Inc.
Boston University
Bray Heritage
Bucknell University
Buildings That Last Heritage Media
Calgary Heritage Authority
Calgary Heritage Initiative
Calgary Public Library
Campbell House Museum
Canadian Heritage
Canadian Heritage of Quebec
Cape Breton Regional Municipality
Cardigan Area Heritage Association
Carleton University
Carleton University School of Canadian Studies
Cathedral Heritage Foundation
Centre for Social Innovation
Chandler Architecture Inc.
Charlottetown Area Development Corporation
Cintec Reinforcement Systems Ltd
City of Burlington
City of Calgary
City of Charlottetown
City of Hamilton
City of Kawartha Lakes
City of Moncton
City of New Westminster
City of Ottawa
City of Peterborough
City of St. John's
City of Toronto
City of Victoria
Clifford Restoration Ltd.
COLE+Associates Architects
Comité de sauvegarde de L'église de Bas-Caraquet
Comité historique Soeur-Antoinette-DesRoches
Commercial Properties Limited
Community Heritage Ontario
Community Museums Assoc. of P.E.I.
Community of Membertou
Community of Murray River Inc.
Concordia University
Confederation Centre of the Arts
Contentworks Inc.
Culture Summerside
Daubois Specmix
Dept Tourism, Culture and Recreation, Government of NL
DORA Construction
Downtown Summerside Inc.
Ecclesiastical Insurance
Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues
Edwards Heritage Consulting
Empire Restoration Inc.
ERA Architects Inc
Falls Brook Centre
Farmers Bank of Rustico
Fondation Rues principales
Fort Calgary
Friends of Confederation Centre

G.F. Duffus & Company Ltd
George Robb Architect
Government of Saskatchewan
Grace Christian School
Greening Sacred Spaces
Halifax Regional Municipality
Herb Stovel Scholarship
Heritage Canada The National Trust
Heritage Foundation of NL
Heritage Resources Management Program, Athabasca University
Heritage Saskatchewan
Heritage Standing
Heritage Toronto
Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia
High Angle Imaging Systems
Historic Joinery
Historic Places - Alberta Culture
Historic Sites, Yukon Gov
Historical Society of Alberta
House of Commons
IBI Group
IH Main Street Revitalization
Institute for Architectural Studies and Conservation
Island Nature Trust
J. D. Strachan Construction Ltd.
Jean Simonton Consultant
King Packaged Materials
Kings County Museum
L.M. Montgomery Land Trust
Lennox Island Cultural Centre
Les Produits Daubois Inc.
Living Landscape Observer
Lloyd Alter Architect
Lord Cultural Resources
Lunenburg Nova Scotia
Majumder Manor
MCPEI - Parks Canada
Metropolitan Design LTD.
Ministère de la Culture et des Communications
MMM Group
Moncton Heritage Review Board
Morrin Centre
MTBA & Associates Inc.
Museums Association of Saskatchewan

NB Sports Hall of Fame
Nova Scotia Community College
Old Strathcona Foundation
Ontario Heritage Trust
Ontario Historical Society
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Parcs Canada
PEI Business Women's Association
PEI Dept of Tourism & Culture
PEI Lighthouse Society
PEI Museum
Philippe Antique
Port Macquarie Hastings Heritage
Prince's Charities Canada
Queen's University at Kingston
Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
Resca Advanced Cleaning Technologies
Resurgo Place
Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation
Saskatchewan Parks, Culture and Sport
Seraph LLC
Sheridan College
Shoalts Engineering
SJMA Architecture Inc.
Skate Canada
Société historique de la Mer Rouge Inc.
Stantec Architecture
SteamPunk Development Projects
Stevens Burgess Architects Ltd.
Tacoma Engineers
Taylor Hazell Architects
The Acadian Museum
The Business Help Centre
The City of Saint John
Three Rivers Roma Inc.
Tourism, Heritage and Culture
Town of Banff
Town of Cobourg
Town of Maple Creek
Town of Oakville
Town of St. Marys
Town of Truro
Town of Whitby
Traditional Cut Stone Ltd.

Université de Montréal
Université du Québec à Rimouski
University of Guelph
University of Ottawa
University of PEI
University of Victoria
University of Waterloo
Clifford Restoration Ltd.
Victoria Community Council
Victoria Historical Association
Vineberg & Fulton Ltd.
Western Heritage
Wood Islands ande Area Development Corporation
Wright's Creek Watershed Environmental Committee
WZMH Architects
Yukon Heritage Resources Board
Yukon Historical & Museums Association