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Check out their bios below:

NANCY OAKLEYHeritage in the Borderlands: The Yukon Experience

Nancy Oakley is the Executive Director of the Yukon Historical & Museums Association. A graduate of the heritage conservation program at Carleton University, Nancy has been involved in the heritage field in a variety of professional and volunteer capacities related to interpretation, public history, heritage planning and advocacy. Nancy is passionate about sharing the stories of conservation with others, and has published articles, guest lectured and organized conferences, workshops and other events on various of heritage topics. Nancy is active with a number of organizations including the Canadian Museums Association and the Heritage Canada Foundation, and is currently a Director of ICOMOS Canada. Nancy maintains a heritage blog at

JULIE HARRISWhat to do with what we know about conventional housing for Inuit

Julie Harris, President, Contentworks Inc., is a heritage consultant based in Ottawa whose work has spanned Canada for almost 30 years. Over the past several years, she has worked on various historic, cultural and tourism projects for northern, Inuit and Nunavut organizations, including Parks Canada, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., Nunavut’s department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth, the Inuit Heritage Trust and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association. She is a former member of the Ontario Conservation Review Board, has served as an expert witness for a hearing of the Ontario Municipal Board, and is currently Secretary of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals.

TIMOTHY DI LEO BROWNEDebunking Nationalist Ideas of Architectural Style

Timothy Di Leo Browne is a Ph.D. candidate and contract instructor at Carleton University’s School of Canadian Studies. He holds a master’s degree in linguistics, and his doctoral research focuses on contact between Indigenous and non-Indigenous languages in Canada. He also examines contact a variety of other contexts, for example between rural and urban peoples and between nations. He considers architecture to be a form of “language” that is subject to contact influences in a manner comparable to spoken language.

VICTORIA EDWARDSHeritage and Conservation in the Royal 22e Regiment’s Centennial

Victoria Edwards is a senior analyst with the Department of National Defence in Ottawa. She holds an undergraduate degree from the Royal Military College of Canada. She is a regular contributor to e-Veritas and Veritas, the alumni journals of the Canadian Military Colleges, for which she was awarded the RMC Club president’s award. She holds a graduate degree from Dalhousie University and a graduate certificate from George Washington University.

DR. ANNE TRÉPANIERA true trompe-l’oeil: la fresque des Quebecois in the context of Place Royale

Anne Trépanier is a tenured professor in the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada). Her teaching and research interests comprise national representations and moments of re-foundation; redefinition of collective identity at various points in history as a result of the tensions between a group’s political self-concept and historical reality.

DR. PETER COFFMAN: Subverting the Disciplinary Silos: The Role of Architectural History in Heritage Conservation Education

Peter Coffman is an architectural historian specializing in Canadian and English architecture. He has degrees from the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, York University and Queen’s University, and taught at York, U of T, Dalhousie and and Queen’s before arriving at Carleton as Supervisor of the History and Theory of Architecture program in 2010. He is the author of the book Newfoundland Gothic as well as numerous articles on Canadian Gothic Revival and English Romanesque architecture. He is currently in his second (and final) term as president of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada.

DR. KENZA BENALI“L’évocation du patrimoine dans la défense de 3 quartiers menacés par la densification : Vanier, Basse-Ville, Les Plaines Lebreton”

Kenza Benali est professeure-adjointe au département de géographie de l’Université d’Ottawa. Jeune chercheure en géographie urbaine/culturelle, elle s’intéresse, de manière générale, aux représentations socio-symboliques de la ville contemporaine et, en particulier, à celles liées à l’aménagement urbain (Réception sociale de l’urbanisme : acceptabilité, rejet, conflits, luttes citoyennes). La plupart de ses travaux s’inscrivent dans l’approche géographique qui aborde la ville comme champ de significations et fait appel à l’analyse de la presse écrite. Si les premières études ont essentiellement porté sur les représentations/conflits liés aux villes moderne et postmoderne, les plus récentes se sont, quant à elles, consacrées à ceux de la ville durable. Elle participe en ce moment au projet collaboratif intitulé «Ottawa, capitale de la vie française au Canada», mené sous l’égide du Centre de recherche en Civilisation Canadienne-française, et à deux projets internationaux sur le développement urbain durable.

MIKE STEINHAUERSaint-Charles Church, Ottawa: Site of History and Memory

Mike Steinhauer is a photographer, conceptual artist, blogger and arts administrator. He is keenly interested in the urban environment—in particular the relationship between past and present use of space, the correlation between cultural property and the environment in which it is placed, and the interaction between viewer and object.
Since moving to Ottawa in 2003, Mike has worked at the National Gallery of Canada, the House of Commons and the Library of Parliament. Mike is the past director of the Bytown Museum and is currently employed by the Department of Canadian Heritage.
He has a Bachelor of Arts in History of Art and Visual Culture from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, and a Diploma (Honours) in Applied Museum Studies from Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario. Mike commenced a Master’s Program in Art History from the School for Studies in Art and Culture at Carleton University in September of 2013. Mike is the past President of the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa and past Vice-Chair of the Ottawa Museum Network. He sits on the Board of Directors of SAW Gallery and is the Co-Founder of VanierNow.

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Mr. Maddigan is a Building Conservation Specialist, who has worked on a diverse range of existing and new building projects, developing an expertise in building conservation with emphasis on metal, wood, windows and masonry. Mr. Maddigan’s involvement with heritage started with his enrolment in the building conservation stream in the Architectural Technologist program at Algonquin College. After graduation in 1995, he worked with DMA architectes in Montréal, and during his time working with DMA completed a Masters in Conservation of the Built Environment (M.Sc.A. aménagement, option Conservation de l’environnement bâti) at the Université de Montréal. He moved to Ottawa in 2002, and started working with Robertson Martin Architects, where he is presently a Senior Associate. He is a past board member and Secretary for the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals.

ELENA LEWIS: Defining Heritage: Conservation Planning in the Post-Industrial City

Originally from Victoria, BC, Elena Lewis graduated from UBC with a BA in History in 2009. She spent the following two years in the Netherlands where she completed a master’s degree in the history of Migration and Global Interdependence at Leiden University. Her final master’s thesis was about the history of marketplace redevelopments in North American cities since the 1970s. After finishing her studies in the Netherlands, Ms. Lewis spent three months as a curatorial intern at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. She has since moved to Sault Ste. Marie, ON, where she currently works at the Art Gallery of Algoma as Visitor Services and Public Engagement Coordinator.


Jesslyn Granda is currently completing her Bachelors of Architectural Studies with a major in Conservation and Sustainability at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University. In the summer of 2013, Jesslyn joined the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) under the direction of The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) in Kuño Tambo, Peru to document the historic wall paintings of a seventeenth-century mud brick church. The study and condition assessment of these wall paintings is necessary prior to retrofitting work as part of the Seismic Retrofitting Project at the GCI.

Crystal Hanley is a recent graduate of Carleton University’s Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism program and currently holds a position as a research assistant for the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS). She has been practicing research and documentation methods of Canadian heritage sites through the Cultural Diversity and Material Imagination in Canadian Architecture (CDMICA) project and Building Information Modelling of the West Block rehabilitation project of Parliament Hill. She has also been a consultant in collaboration with the Getty Conservation Institute on a condition assessment of historic wall paintings of the earthen Kuño Tambo church in Peru. Crystal’s personal research interests include cultural identity and diversity of the built world, site sensitive design initiatives, and photography – all of which continue to inspire her personal interests in travel.

SHARI RUTHERFORDFrozen Foods: Making the Leap from Harvest to Heritage

After graduating from Dalhousie University with a B.A. History (First Class Honours) in 2010, I came to Carleton University to pursue an M.A. Canadian Studies (Heritage Conservation). I am presently completing my final project on the topic of culinary heritage, which uses a case study of Canada’s iconic maple products to examine issues affecting a burgeoning field in heritage conservation. As one of last year’s co-organizers of the Carleton University Heritage Symposium, I look forward to presenting some of my research in this arena and wish this year’s organizers the best of luck and hearty congratulations for all their hard work!

CHRIS WIEBEOn Conservation’s Edge: The Call for a Social Science of Destruction

Chris joined Heritage Canada The National Trust in 2007 where one of his primary activities is organizing their annual conference. He holds an MA (Heritage Conservation) from Carleton University, an MA (English) from the University of Alberta, and undergraduate degrees in English, History, and Religious Studies from the University of Winnipeg and Canadian Mennonite University. He sits on the board of the Willowbank School of Restoration Arts and is a contract instructor with the CRM Program at the University of Victoria. He has presented on heritage conservation topics at such conferences as the Carleton Heritage Conservation Symposium, Architectural Conservancy of Ontario annual conference, and the Canada Research Chair on Built Heritage Montreal Roundtable. He has written widely on cultural issues for such magazines as Canadian Geographic, Literary Review of Canada, and AlbertaViews.