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Tom Urbaniak, Chair, Nova Scotia

Tom Urbaniak, PhD, is a political scientist at Cape Breton University and also teaches in CBU's MBA program in Community Economic Development. He works at the intersection of heritage conservation policy, community economic development, social policy, and non-profit sector governance. He is the author of four books, including Action, Accommodation, Accountability: Rules of Order for Canadian Organizations and Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga. He was founding chair of the Affordable Housing Renovation Partnership. He proposed the establishment of Nova Scotia's first local heritage revolving fund and was instrumental in setting up the Sydney Architectural Conservation Society to administer the fund. He successfully encouraged Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia to become involved in renovations as a part of the solution to the Cape Breton Regional Municipality's vacant buildings crisis. Tom serves on the board of the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia. He is active in Nova Scotia's Polish community, is a past board member for Centre communautaire Etoile de l'Acadie, and serves as Vice Chair of CBU's Senate. Tom chairs the National Trust's Governance Committee.

Henri Maisonneuve

Richard Moorhousevice-chair, Ontario

Richard Moorhouse, now retired from his position of Executive Director of the Ontario Heritage Trust which he held for nine years, is actively involved in volunteer work in the Cultural and Heritage Conservation sectors. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the National Trust for Canada, the Vice-Chair of Heritage Toronto and President of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation. He is a former Board Member of Willowbank, the School of Restoration Arts and a former President of the Arts and letters Club of Toronto. Richard is a retired member of the Ontario Association of Architects.

During his tenure with the Trust, he established the agency as one of the preeminent bodies of its kind in Canada, with a mission that includes conservation of both natural and cultural resources. Richard was instrumental in the protection and preservation of a number of sites of provincial and national heritage significance, and in the creation of numerous new province-wide programs.

Richard is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his years of service and significant contributions to the conservation of Ontario’s heritage

Gregory Thomas, vice-chair, Manitoba

For three decades, Greg Thomas has shown creativity and leadership nationally in the field of cultural resource management. Recently retired from Parks Canada, where he worked as an historian, planner and cultural resource manager, Greg was involved in the planning, development and operation of National Historic Sites across western and northern Canada. Complementing this professional experience as a practitioner and manager, Greg has taken a leadership role in Manitoba’s heritage and built environment community since the 1970s. A decade on the executive of the Manitoba Historical Society, including a term as President, provided excellent experience on the management of historic properties. Greg has volunteered on numerous committees responsible for Manitoba’s, and particularly Winnipeg’s, cultural heritage. The parent of three, he has a particular interest in projects that will raise the profile of heritage and connect with a younger generation.

Marion Beyea, New Brunswick

Marion Beyea is Provincial Archivist and Director of the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick since 1978, managing an integrated program of recorded information management and archival services.Marion has served the archival community in a number of capacities on technical and professional committees, grant adjudication bodies and editorial boards including founding president of the Canadian Council of Archives, president of the Association of Canadian Archivists, and as Chair of the Committee on Best Practices and Standards of the International Council of Archives.New Brunswick’s representative on the Historical Sites and Monuments Board of Canada 1987-1993, Marion is a member of the Fredericton Heritage Trust since 1985, assisting in such projects as the bi-annual tour of gardens in the heritage district, and Fredericton Icons (annual competition to name people, places and objects of iconic stature in Fredericton).

Lorna Crowshoe, Alberta

Lorna Crowshoe is a Piikani First Nations member from Southern Alberta who maintains strong ties to her Blackfoot community. Lorna has a Bachelor’s of Management Degree from the University of Lethbridge and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Lorna works for the City of Calgary as an Aboriginal Issues Strategist. She has spent most of her professional career with non-profit organizations and government, where she has been involved in a range of culturally motivated projects: Making of Treaty 7, University of Calgary’s Spopi Solar Home Project, Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiatives Aboriginal Constellation, and Calgary’s Aboriginal Awareness week in June 2013. In 2015, Loran co-chaired the National Trust’s Indigenous Heritage Forum, MOH-KINS-TSIS, that looked at a more diverse and inclusive perspective on heritage. Lorna is very proud of her family genealogy project that goes back eight generations when her ancestors were fiercely protecting the south entrance to Blackfoot Territory just before the signing of Treaty 7. In her personal life, Lorna was involved in bringing urban Blackfoot women together in the fall of 2012, and became one of the founding members of the Blackfoot Women’s Society. 

Helen Edwards, British Columbia

Helen Edwards is a writer, researcher and heritage professional. She is a 2001 graduate (B.A. with distinction) of the University of Victoria. Since then, she has worked on projects for government and private clients, independently and in collaboration with Jonathan Yardley and Hal Kalman. Helen has volunteered in the heritage field for many years. She was a director of Heritage BC for eight years and completed three terms as president of the Heritage Legacy Fund of BC. Helen is the past president of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals and was instrumental in the establishment of its BC chapter. Helen has attended several heritage conferences, presenting papers, and has helped organize international conferences for the Society of Architectural Historians. She is an accomplished public speaker, comfortable with elected officials, and the public. Helen is a prolific writer. Her articles have appeared in magazines including Heritage, Heritage BC, Moss Rocks Review, Fairfield's community magazine, and the Rockland Neighbourhood Association Newsletter. Helen is passionate about heritage preservation, devoting almost 40 years to the cause. Her contribution to the local heritage scene was acknowledged in 2005 when the Victoria YM/YWCA named her a Woman of Distinction. 

David Hood, Newfoundland and Labrador
 
David Hood is a St. John’s based partner with Grant Thornton LLP. As a chartered accountant in public practice David has a large number of privately held business clients, not-for-profits, and registered charities. He is currently vice-chair of the Association of Heritage Industries of Newfoundland, sits on the executive of the Newfoundland & Labrador Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors, and the board of the nationally acclaimed theatre company, Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland. David is past president of the Newfoundland Historic Trust and past board member of the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland & Labrador. David has a keen interest in corporate governance and has completed his ICD.D designation.

James R.N. Ingold, Saskatchewan

From an early age James Ingold has engaged in exploring and sharing personal and collective heritage. Participation in Youth Heritage Fairs, learning German from his grandparents, and researching the local architectural heritage of his hometown of Moose Jaw inspired him to pursue degrees in History and German at the University of Saskatchewan. During that time, James engaged as a tutorial instructor for German classes, a researcher for the City of Saskatoon Built Heritage Database, and catalogue researcher for the Western Development Museum. At this time, James was elected to the board of directors for SaskCulture, where he served two terms before being elected president. This experience has given James thorough practice in governance and policy development as well as a deep understanding and appreciation for the interconnections between governments, funders, organizations, cultural workers, volunteers and participants in building thriving, resilient community life. Professionally, James works at iQmetrix, a software development company, where he has strengthened his values of agile practice, lifelong learning, and designing for future needs. The company’s strong community focus and philanthropy complement James’ social ideals. His ongoing volunteer work with SaskCulture, and periodically with Heritage Saskatchewan, Youth Heritage Fairs, and Skills Canada ensures a close connection to the communities James so deeply values.

Marc Johnston

Marc Johnston, Yukon

Marc Johnston’s professional life has hinged around broadcast journalism which has seen him employed in various parts of the country including Halifax (CHNS), Toronto (CFRB), and Victoria (CFAX). He moved to the Yukon in 1996 in order to build a radio station and train the employees and after successfully doing so, he decided to stay in the North. Marc currently sits on the board of directors of the Yukon Historical and Museums Association which is an umbrella group that represents the issues of museums and cultural centres across the Yukon to the Yukon Territorial Government. He also sits on the board of directors of the Klondike Visitors’ Association which runs Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Casino in Dawson City and uses the proceeds to advertise and encourage visitors to visit the Klondike. Apart from the somewhat arcane skills associated with restoration of artifacts Marc brings a full understanding of media to the National Trust.

Bruce McNiven
Bruce McNiven, Quebec
 
Before joining DS Welch Bussieres in Montreal, Bruce McNiven practiced business law at Heenan Blaikie from 1981, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and corporate not-for-profit governance matters. He has broad and varied experience informed by his role as an entrepreneur in heritage real estate. Active in a wide range of community and national not-for-profit organizations, he is a Trustee of the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, a member of the Board and officer of Heritage Montréal Foundation, and President of the Drummond Foundation. Bruce has a passionate belief in the importance of the visual and material continuity provided by Canada’s built heritage and a deep commitment to promoting its proper recognition, conservation and repurposing. In the 1980s and 1990s, he led an award-winning development business that rehabilitated a number of important Montréal landmarks, including Fire Station No. 28 (c.1909); the Ravenscrag Gatehouse (c.1870); and the Reford House (c.1910). More recently, he has been involved in community and business-based non-profit initiatives to give threatened heritage properties a sustainable future, notably the Notman House (c.1840), currently being rehabilitated as a technology start-up campus.

Michael Seaman, Ontario

Michael J. Seaman, MCIP, RPP, member CAHP, is an urban planner by profession with a Masters in Heritage Conservation from Dalhousie University, who brings to the board knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for conserving heritage resources from his quarter century of experience in the urban and heritage planning field. He has received national awards for his work with heritage and is currently Director of Planning for the Town of Grimsby, which in 2015 won both the Lt. Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award and the National Trust’s Prince of Wales Prize for Municipal Heritage Leadership. Previously he worked in heritage conservation with the Prince of Wales Prize winning municipalities of Markham, Aurora and Oakville. In the 1990s, Michael led grass roots efforts in heritage conservation with the Brampton Historical Society and Heritage Advisory Committee. He has lectured across Canada and contributed numerous articles to national and provincial publications, and is currently editor for heritage for Ontario Planning Journal. Michael also a Faculty Associate with the Willowbank School of Restoration Arts.

Myriam St-Denis, Quebec

Myriam St-Denis holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Université de Montréal. She specializes in built heritage, cultural heritage, and international cooperation. After studying the conservation of historic buildings at the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura in Spain (Barcelona), she conducted research on UNESCO’s World Heritage in Nicaragua. At the Canada Research Chair on Built Heritage, she contributed to the World Heritage Oral Archives project. She subsequently worked with the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs in Guyana (Caribbean), as a community development planner for good governance in indigenous villages. She is currently overseeing a diagnostic assessment on sustainable development and capacity building in Telchac Puerto, Mexico. In 2012, Myriam was selected as a Student Scholar by the Association for Preservation Technology International (APT). She is now the APT Québec Chapter Co-Chair.

Dr. Glenn Sutter, Saskatchewan

Dr. Glenn Sutter is Curator of Human Ecology at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, where he is currently responsible for major exhibits about sustainability, a provincial research and community engagement project on ecomuseums, and is chair of its Saskatchewan Ecomuseums Initiative Steering Committee. Building on his experience and advanced degrees in conservation and environmental biology, Glenn has been exploring and writing about the role that museums can play in sustainability education for almost 20 years. In that time, he has conducted a wide range of scientific projects aimed at prairie conservation, held adjunct appointments at both Saskatchewan universities, and become a Fellow of the international Leadership for Environment and Development program (LEAD Cohort 16). Through his current curatorial work, Glenn aims to keep ecosystems and human communities healthy by fostering a “culture of sustainability.” Away from work, he explores sustainability issues as a recording artist, writing and performing folk-rock songs about “nature, love, and the human condition” (www.glennsutter.com). Glenn focuses on sustainability in all of its aspects, through his teaching, research and daily life. He is strongly committed to a holistic and integrated approach that adds social, environmental, and economic value to all projects. 

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