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Richard Moorhouse, Chair, Ontario

Richard Moorhouse, is the former Executive Director of the Ontario Heritage Trust. During his tenure with the Ontario Heritage 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. He 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 has been a governor of the Board of the National Trust for Canada for four years and has held a number of key positions including Vice-Chairman, Chair of the Fund Development Committee and a member of the Strategic Directions Committee.

He is actively involved in volunteer work in the Cultural and Heritage Conservation sectors. He is currently 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.

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.

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Lorna Crowshoe, vice-chair, 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. 

 

 

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.

Hannah Bell

Hannah Bell, Prince Edward Island

Hannah holds an MBA in Innovative Management from UPEI, and has 30 years of varied experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in the UK, Brussels, and Canada. She is currently the Executive Director of the PEI Business Women's Association, owner of consultancy firm The Solution Agency, and co-owner of ‘The SPOT Charlottetown’, a creative co-workspace and business incubator.

Hannah is an active volunteer within the arts and business community, is the Chair of the Board for Ars Longa (The Guild) in Charlottetown, and community lead for Startup Charlottetown, part of the Startup Canada entrepreneurs network.  Her work focuses on building capacity and influencing change through the power of story telling, practical training and skills development, strategic planning and sustainable project design. Recent projects include the HIVE Business of Art Bootcamp for entrepreneurs in the arts and cultural sector; Young Millionaires Program for kids ages 8-16 who want to start a business; and the PEI Business Women’s Association ‘Telling our Stories’ Campaign, mentoring program, and micro-grants for small businesses. 

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).

Tom Urbaniak, 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 HCNT's Governance Committee.

Judy Oberlander, British Columbia

As the principal of Judy Oberlander and Associates Inc., Judy combines her experience in continuing education, community engagement and heritage conservation with fund development strategies as she works with her clients—non-profit organizations, foundations and government agencies. She is the founding Director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver. Over twelve years at SFU, she led a team which created award-winning mid-career education programs on a wide range of urban issues and a nationally recognized Certificate in Urban Design.She established the City Program, Endowment Fund million); secured grants and sponsorships to support curricula, bursaries and free public lectures.

Throughout her career, which began in Ottawa at the Heritage Canada Foundation (now the National Trust for Canada), she has served on numerous boards in Ottawa and Vancouver. She is bilingual in English and French. Her work in the public, private and non-profit sectors has taken her across Canada to witness community life in ten provinces and two territories. She received her Masters in Historic Preservation from Columbia University; a Certificate in Fundraising from NYU and a Certificate in non-profit board governance from BoardSource. She combines theory and practice in her urban vitalization, board leadership and fundraising courses at the University of Victoria and SFU as well as in workshops for the National Trust for Canada and professional associations in BC, Alberta, Ontario and the Yukon. She designed the curriculum and teaches in the Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s Building Conservation Certificate Program, a unique mid-career and community-based learning environment.

 

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.

 Anne Leckie, Yukon

Anne Leckie holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Calgary and has worked in Yukon Land Claims and Implementation since the 1980s. She has engaged with First Nations in lands and heritage resource management including built and intangible heritage projects. For many years Anne served as Executive Director to the self-governing First Nation of Na Cho Nyak Dun and she continues to provide consulting services to Yukon First Nations in  the areas of governance structures, organizational  systems, policy development, heritage initiatives, sustainable communities, and economic initiatives in Canada’s North.
 
She brings the breadth of this perspective to the Board.Anne has a passion for Yukon history and is a founding member of the Mayo Historical Society. She is a published academic author and her work also includes chapters in the local Yukon history books Gold and Galena and Heart of the Yukon. Anne is currently on the Board of the Silver Trail Chamber of Commerce, the Yukon Chamber of Commerce, and has a significant background in the operation of not-for-profit organizations. She also served two terms on the Yukon Water Board. Anne is currently Chair of the Yukon Heritage Resources Board (YHRB), a position she has held since 2012. YHRB is an appointed advisory and decision-making body with mandates under the Yukon First Nation Final Agreements and the Yukon’s Historic Resources Act making recommendations to Canada, Yukon and First Nations on the management of heritage resources in Yukon.
Bruce McNiven
 
 
Bruce McNiven, Quebec
 
Mr. McNiven is a lawyer practicing business law in Montreal and is fluent in English and French. He has been actively involved in a volunteer capacity in the heritage preservation movement for over thirty years, principally as a director and officer of Heritage Montreal Foundation.  He has been a Member of the Board of National Trust for Canada since 2013. He has also served on a number of Montreal municipal consultative boards or commissions in the field. 
 
For fifteen years, he gained practical experience as a developer of heritage properties in Montreal, repurposing them for sustainable contemporary use,and gaining valuable insight into the commercial and public policy challenges of this goal. In 2012 he awarded the H.M. Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal and in 2014, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada or his broad and sustained commitment to the preservation and flourishing of Montreal culture and heritage.
 

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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