Between museums, historic sites, education, and community planning, Britney Dack has been working in the heritage sector in BC for over a decade. In her current role, she administers Heritage Conservation Areas, Historic Districts, Heritage Revitalization Agreements, and a variety of protected properties. As such, she has a thorough understanding of the relationship between conservation and development. Her mission is for everyone’s history to be represented and accessible in the public realm.
Britney is a Registered Professional Planner, and member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals and ICOMOS. She holds an MA in Community Planning from UBC and a BA in Public Policy from Carleton University. She is past Chair of a local Heritage Advisory Commission, a Past President of the BC Heritage Fairs Society, and owner of a 1926 heritage house in Vancouver.
Nelson is an urban planner, who is currently employed with the Regional District of Central Kootenay as their Planning Manager. He has a strong personal interest in heritage conservation and been able to bring that passion into his professional work as a planner in the various communities he has served in BC for the past two decades. Recognizing that the heritage field has its roots in the Western, colonial systems of knowledge and practice, and the need to redress the harm that this has caused Indigenous cultures and peoples is of paramount importance to Nelson. Serving on this Board, he hopes to use his voice to advocate for actions towards truth and reconciliation in the heritage sector.
Ben Capps is a Chartered Accountant and Partner at Smythe LLP who lives and practices on the unceded territory of ʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations.
He has spent the last 19 years working with a variety of private and not-for-profit clients providing auditing, accounting, Canadian tax compliance, company divestitures and
acquisitions, arranging financings and corporate reorganizations.
His practice spans several industries including construction and real estate, hospitality, forestry, manufacturing, and professional services and he enjoys working closely with his clients and advising them on business matters.
Ben’s volunteer history includes serving as a Director and Treasurer of the Canadian Animal Assistance Team, as a Director and Audit Committee member of Seva Canada, and as President and Council member on multiple strata corporations. Ben looks forward to learning more and contributing to the identification and preservation of heritage assets, particularly in the context of ecological sustainability, development, and reconciliation.
Adam Hatch is a registered architect and professional CAHP member working at hcma architecture + design in Vancouver, on the traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. He has worked on a broad range of built heritage conservation projects ranging in scale from historic wood frame houses to high-rise masonry buildings. Adam’s work on the Heritage BC board is focused on building recognition of the organization as a leader in built heritage conservation, and he is passionate about collaborating with the sector to conserve culture as well as embodied carbon.
Berdine Jonker (CAHP) is a heritage conservation professional with over 20 years’ experience working in British Columbia. Her experience includes both running a private heritage consultation business and employment in the public service (Government of British Columbia). Berdine’s strength in heritage conservation practice focuses on the advancement of values-based management of built and cultural heritage resources throughout B.C. As an expert in the facilitation of community-based consultation on heritage values and historic place significance, Berdine’s work has influenced a spectrum of projects ranging from the development of a provincial heritage strategy to the physical conservation of National Historic Sites.
Combining her knowledge and expertise of values-based management with her education in public administration has positioned Berdine as a leader in the development of heritage conservation policy, methodologies, and projects that have advanced cultural resource management at all levels of government. Whether applied to vast cultural landscapes or interpretive highway signage, this combination of disciplines has allowed Berdine to design, contribute to, and lead numerous projects from concept to completion. Berdine’s key passion for heritage conservation in British Columbia lies in uncovering narratives that have previously been hidden, and working to conserve the places that represent those stories; she believes that this work strongly supports Heritage BC’s strategic commitment to diversification, and to making B.C.’s heritage relevant and accessible to all.
Christina Reid lives, works and plays in the Fraser Valley, S’ólh Téméxw, the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Stó:lō Nation. She holds a Master’s Degree in Archaeology and Heritage from Leicester University (UK), with a specialty in built heritage. A firm commitment to these academics, combined with work experience and an internship at The Royal Armoury in Stockholm, served as an excellent preparation for her position with the Heritage Abbotsford Society, where she began working in 2009. Christina was the Society’s Collections Manager for 8 years, and has been its Executive Director since 2017.
In the meantime, she has honed her research, publishing and administrative skills, and combines this with training in Collections Care and Museology. She is keen to create opportunities for heritage organizations, universities, and related industries to build strong, supportive partnerships, and to support emerging heritage professionals; Her passion isn’t only archaeology and built heritage, but more specifically, she feels it is paramount that professionals pass on their skills to others, and especially the next generation of heritage professionals. Christina’s “Mission Statement” is to promote the protection the cultural heritage of Indigenous peoples by leveraging her position of privilege to create opportunities to train, participate, and benefit economically in this industry.
Kate Cox is the CEO of the Barkerville Heritage Trust. She has managed Barkerville Historic Town and Park and Cottonwood House Historic Site under a Heritage Site Management Agreement with the Province of British Columbia since early 2020. Kate holds a BFA in Art History from the University of Illinois and has almost three decades of combined heritage conservation and environmental permitting experience working in both the US and Canada. For the last decade, she has specialized in Heritage Tourism and rural development projects.
Suki Dhillon has decades of experience as an active executive, board, and committee member for union, non-profit, institutional, and co-operative organizations. She is new to the heritage sector and is excited about the present questioning of the cultural and economic power relations that previously defined heritage. Suki believes that each of our families’ stories and artefacts are significant; her goal is to increase awareness of the histories of our province’s diverse communities. She was a presenter in the session “Planning for Cultural Identity: Hearing the Voices of the Community” at the 2019 Heritage BC Conference. Suki’s main interests are the history of South Asian Canadians in BC and Franklin River logging camp on Vancouver Island, where her father worked for 38 years.
Judith is a heritage professional currently working in heritage planning with the City of New Westminster. A member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals, she studied History and the Conservation of Historic Buildings before serving as Executive Director of Vancouver Heritage Foundation from 2013 to 2021. Finding inspiration in all sorts of historic buildings, sites and landscapes, Judith's work has often highlighted the opportunities that heritage places can offer including connecting to diverse community stories and deepening understanding, enriching our daily environments, and contributing to local economies and a more sustainable future.
Judith is pleased to contribute to Heritage BC’s work supporting communities throughout the province in recognizing, caring for and sharing the heritage places and cultural heritage that they value. Her experience in non-profit leadership and operations is complemented by a background in business management, marketing and communications.
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Directors are expected to promote Heritage BC’s interests and mission and give financial oversight to ensure organizational stability. The Board also gives approval of organizational goals, policies and plans. Board Directors bring diversity in their cultural identity and professional expertise
To be considered for Directorship, you must be a member and maintain a Heritage BC membership throughout your term.
The term for Directorship is two years with a maximum number of three terms for a possible total of six years.
The Board usually meets monthly for one hour. These meetings are virtual. The current meeting date is fourth Wednesday of the month at noon (Pacific time). There is no meeting in August. There is also an AGM meeting (virtual) for one hour and attending the Annual Heritage BC conference is highly encouraged.
Directors are asked to be prepared for the Board meetings. A board package is provided that takes about an hour to read. Directors are also encouraged to participate on committees. The time commitment for committee work varies but averages an additional 1 hour or so a month.
The Nomination Committee or Governance Committee will take into consideration Board vacancies and the diversity of the Directors. A public call for expressions of interest will be made for individuals interested in being a Heritage BC Board Director. The Chair of Heritage BC along with members of the Nomination Committee or Governance Committee will review the expressions of interest received and arrange interviews as desired. A slate of candidates will be prepared for Board approval and the recommendation will be presented to the membership for election at the AGM. There are no member nominations for Board Directorship from the floor at the AGM.