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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
Resilience (noun) :
  1. the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity:
  2. the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
In 1864, five British North American provinces responded to economic and political volatility by finding common purpose at the Charlottetown Conference and setting a course for Canadian Confederation. Inspired by the 150th anniversary of this nation-defining event, the National Trust Conference 2014 will explore how heritage conservation ensures resilient Canadian communities able to adapt creatively and collaboratively to change. 
Heritage builds resilience by rooting a community’s identity and sense of place, acting as a catalyst for economic and social regeneration, inspiring imaginative new development, and ensuring sustainability by fostering diverse/flexible land use and the reuse of existing infrastructure.  

Keynote Speaker

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. 

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 two conference hotels for National Trust Conference 2014. Both are located just one block from the main conference venue, the Confederation Centre of the Arts:
The Great George Inn
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.
For reservations: 1 (800) 361-1118 or

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


Charlottetown is serviced by the Charlottetown Airport, located a short distance from the downtown core
Airlines include:
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
For more information about Charlottetown and PEI visit the following sites: