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Heritage Canada The National Trust Conference 2014: 
Heritage Builds Resilience
October 2 - 4, 2014
Confederation Centre of the Arts
Charlottetown, PEI
Heritage Canada The National Trust Annual Conference 
in association with the 
Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP|ACECP)
and in collaboration with
PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation
Build your skills, get inspired, and connect with heritage workers from coast to coast. 
Heritage Canada The National Trust's annual conference is the largest learning and networking event for Canada’s heritage sector, attracting over 400 participants.
You won’t want to miss this year’s event featuring a star-studded blend of speakers, learning tours, and intensive workshops that will enrich delegates from across the heritage sector. Inspired by the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference, this year’s conference theme explores how heritage conservation ensures resilient Canadian communities able to adapt creatively and collaboratively to change. 
It has become the place where the full spectrum of Canada’s heritage conservation community gathers to get connected and be inspired. Based on last year's attendance, here's who you'll meet: 
  • 31% Heritage Professionals, Industry, Practitioners
  • 24% Government Officials (Federal, Provincial, Territorial, Municipal) 
  • 28% Heritage Organizations, Committees and Volunteers 
  • 18%  University/College Instructors and Students
Visit beautiful Prince Edward Island during this very special anniversary year. Explore its rich urban streetscapes and discover its coastal landscapes. 


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. 

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.


There are four conference hotels for National Trust Conference 2014. All are located are close to the main conference venue, the Confederation Centre of the Arts:
The Great George Inn - NOW FULL
The Great George is an upscale, award-winning hotel with 54 richly decorated suites among 17 carefully restored heritage buildings. Originally called The Regent Hotel, the property was built in 1846 by James H.Downe and at the height of its popularity had the distinction of hosting some of the delegates to the 1864 Charlottetown Conference. In 1990, Mike Cassidy and Kevin Murphy (current owner) purchased the property and started restoring the hotel to its former glory. With any eye to regenerating this entire area of downtown Charlottetown, the pair purchased all adjacent buildings turning almost an entire city block into one grand hotel. 
We have reserved a limited number of discounted hotel rooms at the Great George Inn. 
Please reserve quickly to take advantage of special rates of $179 + taxes (Breakfast included).
For reservations: 1 (800) 361-1118 or

Hotel on Pownal - NOW FULL
A modern boutique hotel.
We have reserved a limited number of discounted hotel rooms at the Hotel on Pownal. 
Please reserve quickly to take advantage of special rates of $149 + taxes (Breakfast included).
For reservations: 1 (800) 268-6261 or

Best Western Charlottetown
238 Grafton St, Charlottetown,PE
We have reserved a limited number of discounted hotel rooms at the Best Western Charlottetown

Please reserve quickly to take advantage of special rates of $149 + taxes (Breakfast included).

For reservations: 1 (800) 937-8734.
Quaity Inn & Suites Downtown
150 Euston St., Charlottetown, PE
We have reserved a limited number of discounted hotel rooms at the Quality Inn & Suites Downtown. 
Please reserve quickly to take advantage of special rates of $171 – 232$ + taxes (Breakfast included).
For reservations: (902) 894-8572. 


Charlottetown is serviced by the Charlottetown Airport, located a short distance from the downtown core
Airlines tickets and discounts:
Air Canada is the official airline of the Heritage Canada The National Trust 2014 Conference. They are offering discounts, depending on the type of fare, to individuals traveling to Charlottetown. To obtain a discount and make reservations, you or your travel agent may: 
Book online and enter Promotion Code HQGJTM91 in the box provided on the Book Travel page; 

WestJet is also offering discounts, depending on the type of fare, to individuals traveling to Charlottetown. To obtain a discount and make reservations, you or your travel agent must: 
Book by phone and refer to Discount Code CC8421 when speaking with the booking agent 1-877-952-4696.
Car Rental:
Travel from the Airport:
There are taxis on demand from the airport to downtown Charlottetown.  The flat fee to the downtown area is $12.00 – (902) 566-6666 
Driving Distances/Times to Charlottetown
  • Moncton (NB) – 158 km (2 hours)
  • Saint John (NB) – 317 km (3.5 hours)
  • Fredericton (NB) – 341km (3.5 hours)
  • Halifax (NS) – 305 km (3.5 hours) 
  • Sydney (NS) – 515 km (5.5 hours) – less via ferry
Tourism Info
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