The 15th annual Heritage Conservation Symposium is back! Register now!

For the safety of our community, the organizing committee for 2020 made the difficult decision to postpone our 15th annual Heritage Conservation Symposium. We are now happy to announce that the symposium will resume this April in a digital format. The symposium, Keeping Heritage Real: Authenticity in Conservation Practice, will be starting on Thursday, April 15th, 2021, on Zoom and will be recurring every Thursday for four weeks, over lunchtime. We have accepted submissions from students within the disciplines of Heritage Conservation, Architecture, Engineering, History, Museology, Curatorial Studies, and related fields.

Registration is closed.

Our Team

Casey Gray

Casey is a PhD student in the Cultural Mediations program.  His MA research explored conflicting notions of heritage value for the remains of Irish migrant labourers who built the Rideau Canal, a Canadian National Historic Site and UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ottawa, Ontario.

Casey is originally from Castlegar, British Columbia. He holds a BA in Anthropology and Archaeology from Simon Fraser University, as well as a MA in Canadian Studies and a graduate diploma in Curatorial Studies from Carleton University. He is the Contract Instructor for CDNS 2400, Heritage Conservation in Canada, for Winter 2021.

Christopher DesRivières

Christopher DesRivièeres is a first-year Master of Arts student in Canadian Studies with a specialization in Heritage and Conservation. Christopher graduated from La Cité Collégiale in 2008 with a diploma in Architectural Technology and has recently graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian Studies with a minor in Anthropology.

David Siebert

David recently graduated from the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies with a Master of Arts, specializing in Heritage Conservation. He was on the organizing committee for the 2019 and 2020 symposiums. Currently he works for Heritage Saskatchewan.

Hilary Grant

Hilary Grant is a PhD Candidate in the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture at Carleton University. She holds a Masters in Heritage Studies from the University of Cambridge and has most recently published in the International Journal of Heritage Studies. In contrast to most heritage histories that focus on the institutionalization and standardization of heritage practice, her current research focuses on innovative heritage practices dedicated to social betterment from the 1960s and 1970s that have yet to become mainstream practice. Hilary has over ten years experience working in the heritage field with organizations such as Parks Canada, the National Capital Commission and UNESCO. She is Vice-President of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada.

Jack Mallon
Kiersten Vuorimaki

Kiersten attended the School of Indigenous and Canadian studies Masters of Arts program with a specialization in Heritage Conservation. She previously helped organize the 2019 Heritage Conservation Symposium “Heritage Intersections” and after the cancellation of the Symposium in 2020 volunteered to help revive the event in its virtual form this year. With a Bachelor of Humanities from Carleton, and a Diploma in Applied Museum Studies from Algonquin College, Kiersten now works as a Project Manager for The National Trust for Canada in Ottawa.

Micah Norris

Micah Norris is a second year Master of Arts student in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies with a specialization in Heritage Conservation. Micah graduated from Queen’s University in 2018 with a major in History and minor in Art History. In 2019, he completed the International Cultural Heritage and Law summer program at the University of Geneva. He is also currently an intern at the National Trust for Canada.

Michelle Duong

Michelle is a Master of Architecture student, part of the NSERC CREATE Heritage Engineering program, has completed a Graduate Diploma in Architectural Conservation and BA in History and Theory of Architecture (Carleton). She completed her architecture degree at the University of Waterloo and is a Research Team Lead at the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS). She is a returning organizer, having been part of the 2019 team as a GCAD student. She is also a member of the CIPA-HD Emerging Professionals and is a Core Team member of the OurWorldHeritage initiative in the theme of Transformational Impacts of Information Technology.

Catherine Khordoc (Faculty)

Catherine Khordoc is an Associate Professor in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies and the Department of French at Carleton University. Her teaching and research focuses on contemporary Québécois literature. As the faculty advisor for the Symposium this year, she is delighted to be learning a great deal about Heritage Conservation!


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We look forward to seeing you in April!