HERITAGE: Imagining Futures

Conference 2017 Schedule

Sponsored by Grosvenor

(More workshop sessions will be added in the coming weeks; please check back for more details.)



Thursday, May 4



Signature Tour: Cole Island & Naval Base Tour

The tour of the Naval Base includes: visit to the Riggers Shop, and views of the Admiral’s House, Duntze Head QF battery, Bickford’s Tower, Works Yard and timber seasoning sheds, and dry dock and pump house. The conservation and buildings archaeology tour of Cole Island includes the guardhouse, shell stores and powder magazines.

Sponsored by Cultural Resource Management Program, Division of Continuing Studies, University of Victoria



Registration and Information Desk, Harbour Towers Hotel, Lobby



Signature Tour: Open Doors Victoria

An exclusive walking tour of otherwise inaccessible buildings, including the Hook Sin Tong Charity Building and Chinese School Temple, Masonic Temple, the Odd Fellows Hall, and the Maritime Museum.



Signature Tour: Our Living Languages Tour at Royal BC Museum

A personalized tour of the Royal BC Museum’s ground-breaking, interactive exhibition that celebrates the resilience and diversity of First Nations languages in BC in the face of change. First Peoples’ Cultural Council,

Meet in the Clifford Carl Hall, located inside the Royal British Columbia Museum, 675 Belleville Street



Heritage SLAM! and Dinner and Drinks

Robert Bateman Centre, 470 Belleville Street

Inspired by Pecha Kucha and Ignite events, Heritage SLAM! gives delegates the opportunity to showcase their best, most innovative and exciting projects in a fast-paced and fun evening. Each presenter shows off their work with 15 slides and 15 seconds per slide. SLAM!

Sponsored by The Salient Group


Friday, May 5



Complimentary Hot Buffet Breakfast

Harbour Towers Hotel, Mezzanine




Registration and Information Desk

Harbour Towers Hotel, Mezzanine



HERITAGE: Imagining Futures 

Harbour Tower Hotel, Salons A & B

Lorna Williams, keynote speaker


STOLCEL John Elliott

Matthew Francis

Richard Linzey

Councillor Pamela Madoff

Britney Quail

chuutsqa Layla Rorick

Opening keynote address with Lorna Williams, followed by a panel discussion and plenary workshop. “The future of heritage is…” With a few simple words, we shift our reflection from “what was” to imaginatively explore “what can be”.

Responding to our provocative statement, Lorna Williams will draw on her vast experiences and distinct perspectives, as they explore future directions for heritage. We then put the same statement to a panel of sector leaders: to respond to and challenge what they heard, and to investigate their own stimulating ideas.

Then it is your turn to respond, as we develop a framework to describe our collective vision of heritage as it can be. There is no time like the present to imagine the future. Located at the

The keynote and plenary session is sponsored by Donald Luxton & Associates Ltd.




We gather at Royal BC Museum’s back courtyard to experience Victoria's unique and tasty food truck cuisine before heading into the Museum to explore an exhibition presented by the Vancouver Island Regional Heritage Fair. Discover young people interpret and engage with heritage.



Planning Without a (Heritage) Planner

Saanich Room 205 

Protecting and conserving heritage can follow a challenging path with many obstacles along the way. Navigating that path can be difficult even for the most experienced planner. But that doesn’t mean good heritage conservation cannot happen in smaller communities, even with the absence of a municipal planner or heritage planner.

Steve Barber, former planner for the City of Victoria

Elana Zysblat, Heritage Consultant

Hillary Morgan, Planner, Prince George

Caroline Ross, Chair, Prince George Heritage Commission

Nelson Wight, Manager of Planning, District of Sparwood


Innovations for Heritage Properties

Salon A

With a heritage register of over 900 sites, the City of Victoria proudly recognizes heritage as a symbol of permanence and stability, and a contributor to urban vibrancy. With a panel representing the real estate, construction and architecture sectors, Merinda Conley, Senior Heritage Planner for the City of Victoria, explores the many ways heritage regains and retains its vitality.

Merinda Conley, Senior Heritage Planner, City of Victoria

Ryan Goodman & Matthew Jardine, Co-Owners of Aryze Developments Inc.

Richard Holmes, President, Pemberton & Son Ltd.

Jon Stovell, President, Reliance Properties


Sponsored by Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing Ltd.


Collaborations: A Call to Action

Salon B

In May 2016, Canada became a full supporter of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Prior to that, 94 Truth and Reconciliation recommendations were issued, urging all people to work together to change policies and programs in an effort to move forward with reconciliation. It is now time for the heritage and museums sectors to understand their roles in reconciliation and to embrace a new future of understanding and partnership. The British Columbia Museums Association (BCMA) brings together a panel to explore practical examples, showcasing new collaborations with First Nations communities.

Andrea N. Walsh, Ph.D. Visual Anthropologist at the University of Victoria

Mark Loria, Executive Director, Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea.


This workshop session is presented in partnership with BC Museums Association. 


2:15PM-  2:30AM

Complimentary Coffee Break and Snack

Harbour Towers Hotel, Mezzanine          


3:30PM – 5:00PM

Intersections: Archaeology and Heritage

Saanich Room 205

In this workshop, we challenge old assumptions and attitudes. The panel explores the separation of these three sectors, as they consider the potential of new approaches and the power of new alliances.

Richard Linzey, Director, Heritage Branch

Gord Macdonald, CEO, Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing Ltd.

John Somogyi- Csizmazia

Kamala Todd, community planner, filmmaker and educator


Sponsored by Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing Ltd.


Exploring BC: Putting Heritage on the Tourism Map

Salon A

In 2015, over 2 million tourists to BC spent over $31,000,000 when visiting heritage sites, generating an additional $25,000,000 in spin-off activities. Discover how you can get in on the action with this information-packed session presented by Destination BC. Learn about past successes and new trends, and explore leading tourism-boosting programs. Discover resources that are available to you, and what you need to do to get ready.

Alison McKay, Manager, Destination Development, Destination British Columbia

Ursula Pfahler, Senior Heritage Planner, Heritage Branch, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations


Digital Technologies & Building New Values for Cultural Heritage

Salon B

Digital technologies offer modern tools to help us preserve past and present cultural heritage for future generations. However, these tools can be used for more than just preservation alone.

This workshop explores how technology can enhance storytelling, encourage collaboration, and further your organization’s mission by inviting audiences to interact directly with tangible and intangible heritage and build new values for historic places.

Panelists working with museums, arts, culture and heritage organizations, and community members will explore their experience designing and working with digital technologies--from web-based tools to interactive experiences--and invite attendees to join in discussion and share their lessons learned.

Amy Calder (Moderator) --  Cultural Heritage Specialist and Strategic Planner at Cornerstone Planning Group

Adrian Duke -- Co-founder of Skyturtle Technologies Ltd.

Hanna Cho -- Producer and Project Manager at NGX Interactive

Rhiannon Herbert -- Cultural and Creative Resource Management Specialist



Dine Around 

We have put together five perfect picks to highlight Victoria's exceptional restaurant scene. Make a date with friends and colleagues, choose a restaurant, and head out for a fine dining experience. (All restaurants are within walking distance of our conference hotel, Harbour Towers. Reservations are encouraged; seating is not guaranteed. Dinner is not included with conference registration.)


Saturday, May 6



Complimentary Hot Buffet Breakfast

Harbour Towers Hotel, Mezzanine



Registration and Information Desk

Harbour Towers Hotel, Mezzanine



New Connections: Meaning & Significance

Salon A

In a complex and changing world, it is increasingly challenging to connect the relevance of the past with younger generations, when they face new realities and an uncertain future. Through a lively and interactive conversation about the significance and evaluation of heritage, you will explore new ideas to allow our tangible and intangible cultural heritage to play a part in bettering communities and societies. Presented with Vancouver Heritage.

Bill Yuen, Manager, Heritage Vancouver Society

Javier Campos, Principal, Campos Studio


Heritage in the Hands of the Next Generation

Salon B

Younger generations are the future of heritage. They will be the planners, the consultants, the custodians and the appreciators. But, how do we involve young people in heritage today? And how do we understand their motivations, appreciate their ideas, and learn from their perspectives? We start by asking them, and then we listen.

Tania Muir, Program Director, Cultural Resource Management Program, University of Victoria

Britney Quail, President, BC Heritage Fairs Society, and Planning Analyst, City of New Westminster


Sponsored by Cultural Resource Management Program, Division of Continuing Studies, University of Victoria


Future Heritage: Future Access

Saanich Room 205

When thinking about the future of heritage, it is necessary to take into account the demographics of the future users of heritage structures and sites. The population of Canada is ageing and people are living longer on average. This means that a greater proportion of Canadians will experience disability within their lifetime. Therefore the issue of accessibility to heritage is becoming even more important. But how can accessibility be accomplished when many heritage structures and sites appear to be inherently inaccessible? This session will examine what accessibility actually means in practice and how it can be balanced with, and even enhance, heritage conservation values and priorities.

Laura Saretsky, Heritage Program Manager, Heritage BC

Sponsored by Iredale Architecture



Complimentary Coffee Break and Snack

Harbour Towers Hotel Mezzanine



Help a Colleague: Ask an Expert

Salon A

This is your chance to ask your burning questions and get expert advice. No question is too basic and we promise to find the answer. Everyone welcome.

Moderator: Elana Zysblat, Heritage Consultant

Berdine Jonker, Manager of Heritage Programs and Services, BC Heritage Branch, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Donald Luxton, Principal, Donald Luxton & Associates Inc.

Gord Macdonald, CEO, Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing Ltd.


Heritage Commission and Committee Roundtable

Salon B

This is an opportunity for members of Heritage Commissions and Committees to unite around common issues. This roundtable is an open conversation for everyone who participates on Commissions and Committees or is interested to know more. Everyone welcome.

Moderator: Rick Goodacre


Planners Roundtable

Saanich Room 205

This is a special opportunity for municipal and heritage planners, and anyone who wants to know more, to network and unite around issues. (BCAHP membership is not a requirement to attend; everyone welcome.)

Moderator: Denise Cook, Denise Cook Design

Sponsored by BC Association of Heritage Professionals



Complimentary Buffet Lunch

Harbour Towers Hotel Mezzanine



Dogwood Heritage Society of BC (dba Heritage BC) Annual General Meeting

Salon B

Everyone welcome.



Buses Depart for Songhees Wellness Centre

(a bus will be held for those attending the AGM)



Talking Stick: Moving Toward a Framework of Recognition, Commemoration and Reconciliation

Songhees Wellness Centre

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission marked a critical moment in Canadian history with the release of the 94 Calls to Action. It prompts each one of us to act and to reframe the familiar and comfortable contexts of our work as heritage professionals.

It is now time to move the conversation forward as we explore authentic, sustainable pathways that will lead to new relationships and common goals and objectives 

This session is hosted by First Peoples’ Cultural Council.
Sponsored by Ravenstone Masonry and Conservation Inc.



Reception (cash bar)

Songhees Wellness Centre, Boardroom

Sponsored by Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals




Songhees Wellness Centre

Sponsored by Vintage Woodworks

(Busses return to Harbour Towers Hotel)



(Programming subject to change without notice.)



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