Angie Bain is Nlaka’pamux from Lower Nicola, BC. She is a researcher with the Union of BC Indian Chiefs and also works on Traditional Use studies, crown land referrals, community planning and cultural heritage projects for the Lower Nicola Indian Band. Angie a Research Associate, Volume Editor and member of the Indigenous Advisory Council on the Franz Boas Paper Project.
Satwinder Bains is the Director of the South Asian Studies Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley and Associate Professor in Social Cultural Media Studies, College of Arts. Her current research interests include South Asian Diaspora studies; Sikhism and the politics of identity; cultural historiographies; migration, settlement, and integration; race, racism and ethnicity; minority rights and cultural politics. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Curriculum Theory at SFU on the impact of mother language policy in schools.
Rhiannon Bennett is a member of the Musqueam Indian Band, and has been participating on Pulling Together Canoe Journeys since 2006. She served on the Board from 2013 and as President from 2014 to 2018. She volunteers with many community organizations including Ladner Fisherman’s Hall Co-op, Inter-community Language Revitalization Committee, and Musqueam Pulling Together Canoe Club, which she founded. Rhiannon has worked with children, youth and families for about 18 years in a variety of roles including, soccer coach, Youth Program Coordinator, Aboriginal Community Developer, and Aboriginal Enhancement Support Worker. Before giving birth to her daughter, she worked as Family Outreach Worker for Musqueam, and was the first Indigenous woman elected to the Delta School Board in 2014.
Amy Calder is a Project Manager with ERA Architects Inc., specializing in heritage, culture, planning and community engagement. At ERA she works with a multidisciplinary team to develop creative strategies to conserve cultural heritage and historic places across Canada. Throughout her professional and volunteer activities, Amy has worked to support communities, organizations and businesses during periods of transition and change by leveraging existing assets, strengthening cross-sector networks, and introducing new processes and technologies. She holds a Master of Arts in Planning from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor of Arts (Studio Arts) from the University of Guelph. She is a Candidate member of the Planning Institute of BC, and is pursuing her Registered Professional Planner and CAHP professional designations.
Heather Campbell is the program manager of small, a not-for-profit organization that partners with rural communities in Canada to facilitate their transition from primarily natural resource-based economies to cultural resource-based ones. This work is rooted in consultation with community members and stakeholders to understand the region’s cultural heritage, articulate key values and assets, and imagine possible opportunities to help support year-round, livable communities. These opportunities are often in the form of Cultural Economic Drivers: small-scale businesses and community initiatives that leverage new markets and new uses for existing cultural heritage resources.
Christie Lee Charles
Christie Charles a.k.a “Miss Christie Lee” of Musqueam, with lineage to Tseil-waututh and Squamish nations, is an artist who expresses her gifts in many forms. Growing up in a world of music her focus has been hip-hop, namely raps, where she as an emcee incorporates her traditional knowledge, stories and ancient Musqueam dialect. She is a storyteller, coastal hand drum singer, filmmaker and a speaker for her ancestors. Her goal is to empower and reconnect spirits to who we truly are as first peoples of the lands.
John Dowler is a digital designer and strategist. He developed the BowenTrails.ca interactive map, featuring Bowen Heritage Trail. Many of his projects support initiatives to preserve nature (eg. defendislandforests.ca), conservation development (graftonlake.ca) and the arts (judeneale.ca). Several have involved public engagement and networking with local government and community groups. He’s also a co-founder of ethelo.com, an enterprise-level decision-making tool that allows large groups to find the ‘sweet spot’ of closest alignment and strongest planning choices. His portfolio site is cosmicidea.com.
Jennifer Dunkerson is a Heritage Planner with Heritage BC for the Columbia Basin region and began work at the end of September 2017. Jennifer’s career has been predominated by museum management, most recently at the Revelstoke Railway Museum and including Fort Steele Heritage Town. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History from McMaster University and a Master of Arts in Public History from the University of Waterloo. Previous to moving to BC, she operated and managed museums and heritage organizations in south-central Ontario. Jennifer supports many people and organizations involved in the heritage sector assisting the Columbia Basin Trust in reaching its goals to support heritage, museums and archives.
Curator/Manager of the Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives since 2004, Kathryn recently completed UVic’s Graduate Professional Certificate in Cultural Heritage Studies. For ten years she has collaborated with diverse communities, the business community, and local governments to develop interpretive signage installations and temporary and outdoor exhibits. An ongoing collaboration with Simon Fraser University’s Dr. Donna Gerdts, Department of Linguistics, has produced Hul’q’umi’num language preservation projects and exhibits, including Cowichan Voices, Coast Salish Canoe Pullers, and the upcoming Bird exhibit, curated by students enrolled in the Master of Arts Linguistics of a First Nations Language program at the ta’ulthun sqwal Hul’q’umi’num’ Language Academy in Duncan.
Naveen Girn is a community engagement specialist and award-winning curator whose practice centers on fostering intergenerational and intercultural dialogue in Metro Vancouver. Naveen is a co-founder of the South Asian Canadian Histories Association (SACHA) and works to curate exhibitions and public programs that provide marginalized voices a space to be heard.
Maurice Guibord has been involved in history and heritage for almost 30 years. His museum experience in the curatorial and programming areas in Calgary’s Glenbow Museum and the Burnaby Village Museum matches his involvement in heritage, cultural and museum organizations in Alberta and B.C. He is also a founding director of the Heritage Vancouver Society, and is active with the Vancouver Heritage Foundation and with Radio-Canada as a historical chronicler. He holds a Masters degree in History from Simon Fraser University and is a Sessional Instructor there. He is an active Board member of the BC Historical Federation and is the President of the Société historique francophone de la Colombie-Britannique. He has been a resident of the Lower Mainland for over 25 years. In 2017, he received the Award of Honour for Francophonie Day by the Province of BC for his invaluable contribution to the research and dissemination of BC’s Francophone history and heritage.
Ronnie Dean Harris (aka Ostwelve)
Ronnie Dean Harris aka Ostwelve, is a Stō:lo/St’át’imc/Nlaka’pamux multimedia artist. He was a composer and a lead character for APTN/Showcase dramatic series “Moccasin Flats” for two seasons, and in the film “Moccasin Flats: Redemption”. He was the lead composer for APTN children’s Cree language series “Nehiyawetan: Let’s Speak Cree”. Ronnie creates and facilitates workshops for youth empowerment in media arts and hip-hop. As musician Ostwelve, Ron has performed in numerous festivals and has opened for acts such as Guru, K’naan, and Snoop Dogg to name a few. Ronnie is featured in the National Film Board musical documentary “The Road Forward”.
Melissa Harrison was a board member of Bowen Heritage for three years and has been working on the Bowen Heritage Trail project since 2016. She has a masters in cultural history from London University and an abiding interest in heritage conservation and heritage communication. She is currently co-chair of the Bowen Island Heritage Commission.
Terry is a recipient of the BC William Van Horne Tourism Visionary Award and the 2018 North Vancouver Volunteer Spirit award. He was also designated an honorary Native Indian Teacher Education Program (UBC) graduate. Terry has been a leader in the fields of tourism education, regional tourism planning, and Aboriginal education program development for 35 years. He is the founder and ex-general manager of the LinkBC network, an organization that connects and supports 20 college and university tourism/hospitality programs (www.linkbc.ca) in British Columbia. He has coordinated the development of a number of tourism learning resources including: Aboriginal Cultural Tourism: Business Planning Guide, Transforming Communities through Tourism, and Cultural/Heritage Tourism: a Handbook for Community
Terry is currently project coordinator for the Stave West Forest & Recreation Area near Mission BC—an ambitious project requiring collaboration between the Kwantlen Nation, the District of Mission and many other stakeholders. As principal of the North Shore Project Leadership consultancy, he has managed numerous Aboriginal
tourism strategic plans and tourism development projects for both Canadian and international clients. A graduate of Simon Fraser University, Terry has also held faculty positions at the University of British Columbia and Capilano University.
As a heritage professional for close to 40 years and as the former Director of the Heritage Branch, Jennifer has led on provincial and national heritage initiatives. From 1985 to 2009 she was a Curator for the Provincial Heritage Properties involved in building conservation and exhibition work. Currently, Jennifer focuses on research and writing; is involved in heritage and culture projects on the Gulf Islands and is on several Boards including Heritage BC. In 2015 she received a BC Museums Association Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Berdine Jonker is a Resource Manager in the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. She has worked in the heritage conservation field since 1998, and until recently was the Manager of Heritage Programs and Services in the BC Heritage Branch. Berdine has worked extensively in building capacity for heritage conservation planning and values-based management of cultural and built heritage resources in all levels of government. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Art History) (1998), a Diploma in Cultural Resource Management (2003), and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (2010) from the University of Victoria.
Heather King is Delta Councillor and mother of three young men. Voted “Best Community Leader” she received her Masters degree from SFU, serves Delta as Chair of the Delta Heritage Commission, was a member of Tourism Delta, and served as a trustee with Delta Museum and Archives. For the past few years Delta has struggled to protect Heritage Buildings. Recently the Heritage Commission and Delta Staff have created a Heritage strategy and action steps that encourage owners of these precious buildings to preserve the stories and important architecture of Delta’s early beginnings. Heather will share the path of how the strategy developed and lessons learned along the way.
Rhonda Larrabee is Chief of the Qayqayt First Nation and is the granddaughter of George & Ida Joseph. The Band is endeavouring to secure a land base and is very active in promoting cultural awareness in the Royal City. She is involved with the Aboriginal Advisory Committees at Douglas College and School District #40, as well as working with the Justice Institute of B.C. The Band is recognized by all levels of government and many organizations have requested the Band be represented at their events, including events put on by Mayor & Council. Rhonda is married, very proud of her three daughters and four grandchildren. Her journey has been documented by the National Film Board of Canada in a film called AA Tribe of One@.
Richard Linzey is director of the Provincial Heritage Branch of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. Raised in Kent, England, he attained a Masters in Architecture at Plymouth and a Masters in Building Conservation at the Architectural Association in London, becoming a chartered architect in 1992. Prior to immigrating to Canada in 2002, he led English Heritage’s Architecture Team in historic environment policy development, and rehabilitation and repair of Listed Buildings, Scheduled Ancient Monuments, and World Heritage Sites. He is an authority and published author on the conservation of post-mediaeval military engineering. He has worked for Commonwealth Historic Resources Management in Vancouver, the City of Victoria Planning department, and has run his own consulting practice, Past Perfect. He joined the Heritage Branch in June 2007, leading on the development of government’s heritage strategy. Since its adoption in 2012, he has been working on transformation initiatives including a sustainable model for the Province’s portfolio of heritage property and changing how government and the public understand the values of the historic environment. Richard chairs the City of Victoria Heritage Advisory Panel, and is a member of the Johnson Street Bridge Citizens’ Advisory Committee. He lives in Victoria, BC with wife, Kim – they have four adult children.
A descendant of Cumberland and Vancouver’s Chinatown, Imogene Lim is an anthropologist (BA Hons, Simon Fraser University; AM & Ph.D., Brown University) at Vancouver Island University (VIU). She also teaches in VIU’s Global Studies Program. For the past two decades, she has focused her research interests on Vancouver Island—ethnicity in Canada and Asian Canadian history—engaging in communities from Cumberland to Duncan. She was a founding member and Board Director of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC. As a Legacy Initiatives Advisory Council member, she worked on two of the Legacy Projects: Historic Places and the Celebration Book.
Erica Mattson is Executive Director of the BC Museums Association, where she is charged with working in partnership with the BCMA’s 400+ members, a growing network of partners, and all levels of government to strengthen and support BC’s museums and cultural heritage sector. Erica brings a wealth of experience from the cultural sector and has held roles with Calgary Arts Development, Victoria Symphony, the City of Vancouver, the City of Calgary and the Province of BC. She holds a Masters of Arts degree in communication from Royal Roads University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria.
John A. Makepeace
John is the president of Jade West Engineering Co. Ltd., a professional consulting firm located in South Surrey providing mechanical engineering services throughout British Columbia and Alberta. Implementing the newest in technology, the company specializes in HVAC system design, building and plumbing services, sustainable building design, energy efficiency and management systems and feasibility studies and reports.
Councillor Jaimie McEvoy was elected on November 15, 2008, and is currently serving his third term on Council. A New Westminster resident for over 25 years, Jaimie has been actively involved with local issues such as homelessness, poverty, crime and affordable housing. With a strong community and policy background, he has also worked with the city to improve crime in the Twelfth Street neighbourhood. Jaimie is Chair of the Community Heritage Commission, the Community & Social Issues Committee, the Environment Advisory Committee, the Neighbourhood Traffic Advisory Committee and the Massey Performing Arts Centre Task Force. He is also Co-chair of the Master Transportation Plan Advisory Committee, a member of the International Relations Task Force and a Council representative on the Massey Theatre Society and the Fraser Health Authority: Municipal Government Advisory Council. He is a past president of the Brow of the Hill Residents’ Association, the Twelfth Street Neighbourhood Society, and a past director for the Royal City Humane Society and the New Westminster Heritage Preservation Society.
Judith Mosley has been Executive Director of Vancouver Heritage Foundation since 2013 and is a member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals. She holds a degree in History from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Conservation of Historic Buildings from the University of Bath. Between degrees, she gained experience in marketing and management before pursuing further education. The dedicated staff team at VHF promote and support heritage conservation in Vancouver through awareness and education programming, projects and granting.
Steve Nemtin who lives on Galiano Island is an educator, counsellor, and play therapist for children in trauma. He is an avocational archaeologist, musician, artist, sculpture and avid hiker, canoeist, poet. He re-discovered, restored and documented the Japanese charcoal pit kilns on the Southern Gulf Islands. He restored a kiln on Galiano Island and one on Salt Spring Island and influence the creation of a model of a kiln on Mayne Island, all of these now official historic sites. His research on the Japanese charcoal pit kilns was first published in 2001 BC HIstorical News Volume 34, No 2 Spring , Nikkei Images, and other publications. He is the only foreigner ever to be invited to Japan, 2015, by the Sumiyaki no kai (Japanese fuel, charcoal association and promotion society) to meet charcoal makers, professors of charcoal history and work with The Master charcoal maker of Japan. He is an inspiration to “follow your own curious heart”.
Gabriel Newman is an actor, storyteller, and educator. He completed his Masters in Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan in 2009 where he combined his love of community and storytelling into micro community performance projects. He has operated the Ghost Tours of Vernon, a paranormal and historical walking tour, for the past fourteen years. Newman is also occasionally a sessional instructor at Thompson Rivers University and the University of British Columbia Okanagan. He brings his love of community, stories, and history to his role as the Educational Coordinator at the Vernon Museum.
Jennifer O’Connor is President of the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute. The Athena Institute is a non-profit research group that advocates for environmental performance measurement and accountability in the built environment. It does that by enabling the adoption of life cycle assessment in the construction sector, working with materials manufacturers, architects, engineers, green building programs, and policymakers.
Lorene Oikawa speaks and writes about her passions, including human rights, and her heritage. She is a co-editor of the book, Honouring Our People: Breaking the Silence, which tells the stories of Japanese Canadians who survived uprooting, dispossession, and internment. Lorene also uses social media to share stories, sometimes in 280 characters or less. She is the President of the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association (GVJCCA), and the Vice President of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC). She is a yonsei, fourth generation Canadian, whose family migrated from Japan in the 1800s and 1906.
Pattison Architecture of New Westminster has completed many award-winning heritage projects. Notable commissions include B.C. Electric Railway Depot (1911), Ceperley Manor Stables (1911), Queen’s Hotel (1887), Columbia Theatre (1927), Maria Keary Cottages (1887), Newman Farmhouse (1906) and many historic house projects. Eric holds a BA (Carleton) in anthropology and art history, a BArch (UBC) and a Diploma in Cultural Resource Management (UVic). He has held chairs and directorships with Heritage BC, the Heritage Legacy Fund, and various theatre societies. He a member of the Association for Preservation Technology, ICOMOS Canada and the National Trust for Canada. Before pursuing architecture, Eric was, and remains, a carpenter. He has retired to the Comox Valley to build a house.
Michelle Rhodes is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of the Fraser Valley, where she teaches and researches in natural resources, economic geography, and urban morphology. Michelle currently serves as chair for the Mission Community Heritage Commission. In partnership with the District of Mission Forestry Department, she is writing a book on the history, evolution, and future of the Mission Community Forest.
As Executive Director of the Edmonton Heritage Council, David has guided the organization’s engaging approach to heritage since 2011, through the Heritage Community Investment Program, Edmonton Maps Heritage and the Edmonton City as Museum Project. Prior to this, he served as Director of Research for the Heritage Community Foundation and as a curatorial researcher with the Folklife Program at the Royal Alberta Museum, documenting historical experience and memory in Alberta’s cultural communities. In his 25 years in the field of heritage he has helped lead key community discussions about culture and place, including the current renewal of Edmonton’s 10 Year Arts and Heritage Plan.
Michael Schwartz is Director of Community Engagement at the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC. His innovative approach to public programming earned him recognition in 2017 as a BC Museums Association Change Maker. Michael holds an MA in History from the University of Toronto and a BA from Concordia University. He serves as a board member of the Heritage Vancouver Society.
Brian Smallshaw is a historian specializing in Japanese Canadian history. After graduating from Sophia University in Tokyo he lived in Japan for another decade before moving to Saltspring Island 23 years ago. He recently completed a master’s degree at the University of Victoria, writing on the dispossession of Japanese Canadians on Saltspring Island during WW2. Following years of experimenting with traditional Japanese charcoal making, he has recently been part of a project undertaken by the Salt Spring Japanese Garden Society, together with the Mayne Island Lions Club and The Galiano Club to research the charcoal pit kilns built and operated by Japanese Canadians in the Southern Gulf Islands a century ago.
Maria Turnbull, Associate Executive Director with Vantage Point, brings over 15 years of leadership experience in both staff and director roles within the not-for- profit sector, both here in Canada and in the UK. Maria is a skilled facilitator with strong expertise in the areas of human resource management, board governance, and executive leadership. Leveraging her MBA from INSEAD, Maria provides advisory services in the areas of executive recruitment, succession planning, and staff and board engagement. She has consulted for Foundations, the City of Vancouver, Lookout Emergency Aid Society, various Colleges, and hundreds of other not-for- profit organizations. Maria is former Co-Chair of Potluck Café Society and President of the Montessori School on Bowen Island, where she lives with her husband and two young sons and occasionally finds time for her other passions – skiing, cycling, travelling, and sailing.
Britney is the heritage planner for the City of New Westminster where she serves as a heritage advocate, educator, and champion, a policy writer, and a development coordinator all rolled into one. Britney is also President of the BC Heritage Fairs Society, a Heritage BC award-winning program for youth engagement in local history. She holds degrees in public policy (Carleton University) and community planning (UBC).
Jessica Quan was born in Germany and raised in Vancouver, with roots in Victoria’s Chinatown and Steveston’s Japanese community. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Art History and Literature, as well as a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. Jessica worked in Japan and London which inspired her to get involved with Vancouver’s heritage and history communities. She has been Special Projects Coordinator at Vancouver Heritage Foundation since 2011.
John has thirty-five years’ experience in strategic planning; initially in Toronto and, since 1999, in BC with the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), initially as Manager of Strategic Alliances and, more recently, as the RMOW’s first Manager of Cultural Planning & Development. John leads the process of advancing Whistler’s cultural development by building capacity in the arts and heritage sectors, and by providing opportunities for residents and visitors to experience the uniqueness of Whistler in its entirety – heritage, natural history, the arts, and lifestyle. John also leads the strategic planning process for the RMOW’s annual Festivals & Events program.
Christina Reid is the Executive Director for Heritage Abbotsford Society. The Society operates Trethewey House Heritage Site in Abbotsford, maintains and exhibits an artifact collection, and works to preserve the City’s built heritage. Christina holds degrees in archaeology and collections management, and has worked for the Society for 9 years. She has been instrumental in implementing new uses for already existing technology in archaeological research and fieldwork, and, more recently, in the Society’s Heritage Interpretation Program.
Lisa Seip, M.A., RPCA, CAHP is the President of the BC Chapter of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (BCAHP) and has served on the Board of Directors at both a national level (from 2007- 2011) and a provincial level (2012 to present). The British Columbia Association of Heritage Professionals is the BC Chapter of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP). CAHP is dedicated to the support of heritage across Canada and represents a diverse group representing over 20 specialties in building landscaping, architecture history, planning the public sector, museums, cultural heritage, archaeology and restoration. She also is a member and past president (2007-2009) of the BC Association of Professional Archaeologists and a founding member of the BC Association of Heritage Professionals. With over 20 years of heritage management experience, her area of expertise includes archaeological and cultural heritage management and regulatory compliance including baseline studies, archaeological and heritage impact assessments, overview assessments, mitigation, cultural resource management, and assessing archaeological and cultural heritage impacts within the broader environmental impact assessment process.
Dr. Tusa Shea
Tusa Shea is presently the Program Coordinator for Ecological Restoration Programs in the Division of Continuing Studies and a sessional instructor in Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Victoria. Her scholarly work is interdisciplinary and includes a focus on culture and gender.
Karen Rose Thomas
Karen Rose Thomas is from Tsleil-Waututh Nation in North Vancouver, with ties to Semiahmoo and Squamish Nations. She graduated with a BA Honours Archaeology, Minor Anthropology from Simon Fraser University in June 2017. She’s currently enrolled in an MA Anthropology program at the University of British Columbia. Her research seeks to examine trade relationships and the continuity of ritual in the archaeological record of the Salish Sea region using geochemical analysis and collaborative ethnography to explore the ritual properties of ochre. She sees archaeology as a direct, tangible means of exploring the intangible lifeways of the Ancestors, and takes great pride in doing archaeology on their behalf throughout these territories.
Laura was born and raised in Alberta and grew up visiting museums and heritage sites on every family vacation. She completed her BA in History with a minor in Museum and Heritage Studies at the University of Calgary in 2015 and then went on to do an MA in Cultural Heritage Management at the University of York in the United Kingdom, graduating in 2016. Laura has worked and volunteered in Canada and the UK with a range of organizations, including museums, heritage advocacy groups, trusts and local government, joining Heritage BC in March of 2017 as the Heritage Program Manager. Her main areas of interest are capacity building, equality and inclusion in the heritage industry, with a special focus on accessibility.
Leslie Shieh is a co-founder of Take Root, the development firm leading the revitalization of River Market in New Westminster. Leslie holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of British Columbia. Her work seeks to combine her experiences working in different urban contexts and bringing together research, theory, and practice.
Brenda L. Smith
Brenda L. Smith serves the Maple Ridge Historical Society on the Community Heritage Commission. She was the British Columbia Historical Federation’s Publications Committee Secretary from 2008 to 2013, she chaired the Education Committee from 2005 to 2012, and serves on the Advocacy Committee. A founder of the Maple Ridge Family History Group, she presents research methodology programs for libraries, museums and archives, family history societies and other interested groups.For the Cloverdale Genealogy Collection of Surrey Libraries, she developed and teaches two courses in research methodology and history writing. Brenda was honoured to receive the Maple Ridge Heritage Commission Sheila Nickols Heritage Achievement Award for Community History and Heritage Teaching.
Stuart Stark is a Heritage Consultant. Since 1983 he has worked on restoring some of the province’s most important early buildings, including Tod House; Emily Carr House; Craigflower Manor and Schoolhouse; St. Ann’s Academy; Point Ellice House; Ross Bay Villa and Irving House. He also consulted at Barkerville, Fort Steele and for a sternwheeler in the Yukon. Replicating historic wallpapers has been an important part of his work. He has taught at UVic and written magazine articles. A heritage advocate since 1973, he also personally restored and had Designated two 1890s houses. He (mostly) retired in 2017, and is now lecturing and writing books.
Born and raised in Coast Salish territory, known as Vancouver. Kamala has an MA in Urban Geography (UBC) and works as a community planner, filmmaker, and educator. She has sixteen years of experience working with local government and urban Aboriginal and First Nations communities to facilitate dialogue and inclusion. From her own cultural teachings, as well as her work and community experience, Kamala has an extensive understanding of Indigenous knowledge, protocols, and concerns. Kamala was the City of Vancouver’s Aboriginal Social Planner for six years (2000-2006) and continues to act as a consultant to facilitate dialogue and build more inclusive community planning. Kamala has a particular interest in story and built form. She writes, teaches and speaks extensively about the need for restored visibility of Indigenous people on their lands and in the narratives of place–including public art, signage, built form, place identity and text. Kamala specializes in story gathering and oral history recording as a means to inform planning and community place-making. She is often called upon to advise on reconciliation, heritage, and inclusion. She was asked to facilitate the first ever government-to-government dialogue between the City of Vancouver and the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation. Recently, she facilitated a consultation series with Indigenous artists and cultural leaders for Vancouver Park Board, and wrote a report summarizing those rich conversations.
Simone Vogel-Horridge is a fine art conservator working in Victoria. She received her degree in art conservation after completing a six-year program at the University of Applied Science and Art in Hildesheim, Germany. Simone moved to Canada in 2000 to establish Vogel-Horridge Fine Art Conservation. She specializes in conserving and restoring paintings and polychrome wooden sculptures for museums, art galleries, heritage sites and private clients. In the past 17 years, Simone has consulted on many heritage restorations in BC and provided paint analysis and historic wallpaper analysis. She is happiest in her work when she either has a Lawren Harris or Emily Carr on her easel or when she gets to uncover an interesting historic wallpaper that has not been seen for a century.
Jim is a long-time resident of New Westminster and is well known in the province’s heritage community as a heritage planner and a historian. He has been committed to preserving New Westminster’s heritage for the past 30 years and currently serves as a founding director of the City’s Heritage Foundation. As the Senior Long Range Planner for the City of Burnaby, Jim manages that City’s heritage program, in addition to being an active heritage consultant, author, and historian. In 2005 he wrote the B.C. Bestseller “Royal City – A Photographic History of New Westminster.” He lives with his wife Lauren and son Griffin in New Westminster’s Queen’s Park neighbourhood, where they are restoring the 1907 Herbert and Ellen Harrison house.
Sarah Waters moved to Tumbler Ridge in 2007, to live in a place that offers limitless adventure and work as a consulting archaeologist. She has 17 years of experience in archaeology, and brings her passion for history and sense of place to the Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark. Sarah is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking, climbing, triathlon, and exploration in general. She is an active member of the Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society and Tumbler Ridge Search and Rescue. Watching her two young sons explore the northern Rocky Mountains is her inspiration to share this place with the world.
I am a Film Production student at the University of British Columbia, I will be graduating from UBC in the Spring of 2018. I am First Nations and come from the Stó:lō Nation specifically. My goals are to continue to write scripts and tell stories from an Indigenous worldview. I’ve wanted to work in film and television for a long time and I am finally getting to realize those dreams! Fun facts about me: I rap, I’m a mom of two, and I’m crazy for competitive paddling.
Bill is the Executive Director of Heritage Vancouver Society. He is particularly interested in the role that markets, normative economics, and behaviour play in heritage, heritage policy, and social outcomes. Recent work includes being on the team researching San Francisco’s Legacy Business program and creating a definition that applies in Vancouver. In recent years, he has presented on creative interventions in heritage policy and managing change in cultural landscapes at National Trust Conferences.
A professional member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP), Elana is an accomplished heritage consultant and educational program developer with expertise and experience in heritage conservation, cultural tourism, fine arts and community engagement. Formerly the Programming Director with the Vancouver Heritage Foundation (2008-2011), Elana is now a freelance heritage consultant who works mostly on heritage projects in the Lower Mainland, but also travels to lead workshops for Heritage BC, support communities without heritage planners, and evaluate historic sites around the province. She is currently on the board of the BC Chapter of CAHP, The Friends of the Vancouver Archives, and a member of Heritage BC’s program committee.