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Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street


Shaping Vancouver 2017: The Future of Heritage in Vancouver

March 23, 2017


FREE, registration is required. Donations to Heritage Vancouver are much appreciated.


When: Thu, March 23, 2017. 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and Heritage Vancouver

Conversation #1: The Future of Heritage in Vancouver - What the New Thematic Framework Means for Our City

Under the Heritage Action Plan of 2015, development commenced on a new thematic framework in order to update the Vancouver Heritage Register so that it reflected newer approaches to heritage. This includes recognizing a broader range of heritage values beyond just the architectural. This work on the new framework is nearing completion and will change how we evaluate and recognize heritage in the city.

Heritage consultant Donald Luxton of Donald Luxton & Associates Inc., who is conducting the update, will introduce the new thematic framework and panelists will explore what the adoption of these broader heritage values may mean for communities, our definition and understanding of heritage, and the progression of heritage planning in Vancouver.


Helen Cain is the Director of Heritage Policy for Heritage Vancouver, Board Past-Chair of Heritage BC, and the heritage planner at the City of Richmond.  She is a community, heritage and development planner interested in the intersections between culture, community and place.  Previously, she worked for the City of Victoria's heritage program where she led the creation of the first city-wide thematic framework in British Columbia, and as a consultant planner in urban policy and community engagement around heritage and culture in the creative and sustainable city.

Donald Luxton is the principal of Donald Luxton & Associates Inc., a leading heritage and museum consulting firm as well as the principal consultant for the City of Vancouver Heritage Action Plan from 2015 to 2017. Involved in the field of heritage resource management since 1983, he is a well known consultant, advocate, educator and author, and has worked on numerous projects throughout Western Canada, including municipal planning projects, museum development and the restoration of residential, commercial, and institutional buildings. In 1983, he was a founding Director of the Victoria Heritage Foundation. In 2009, he was the recipient of the British Columbia Heritage Award.

Britney Quail works as a Planning Analyst for the City of New Westminster and is the lead on a proposal to implement a Heritage Conservation Area in the historic Queen’s Park neighbourhood. Britney holds degrees in public policy (Carleton University) and community planning (UBC). She is also President of the BC Heritage Fairs Society, a Heritage BC award-winning program for youth engagement in local history.  Britney currently lives in Vancouver, in a 1938 Tudor Revival, with her long-term Romeo and an equally steadfast goldfish named Jack.

Joanne Proft is Manager of Community Planning at the University of British Columbia where she leads the development of land use, development, and public realm projects at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. She holds graduate degrees in Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture from UBC and brings an interdisciplinary and collaborative perspective to projects to help create vibrant, inclusive and transformative urban places and communities.

Prior to joining UBC, Joanne worked at TransLink, the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council in the UAE, several architectural and planning firms locally and internationally, and began her career as a heritage planning analyst at the City of Vancouver.

Tanis Knowles Yarnell, RPP, MCIP, is a planner with 20 years of private and public sector experience. She has been with the City of Vancouver since 2006, initially facilitating heritage projects seeking incentives through the City’s award-winning Heritage Building Rehabilitation Program. For many years Tanis was a planner in the Downtown Eastside, where she worked on numerous neighbourhood planning programs and projects including land use policy development, community engagement, and social and economic revitalization initiatives. Tanis’ current focus is implementing the Heritage Action Plan, which in 2015 resulted in the establishment of Vancouver’s first Heritage Conservation Area and aims to renew and modernize the City’s heritage conservation program for years to come.


Javier Campos is the Principal of Campos Studio.  Prior to that Javier was a founding partner of Campos Leckie Studio - whose modernist work has been published nationally and internationally. He has also been involved in the creation of multiple Public Art projects and has won several competitions with Vancouver artist Elspeth Pratt including a commission entitled Sight Works for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. He participates as a thesis advisor and guest critic at the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture as well as The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto.  He is the President of Heritage Vancouver Society and a Board Member of The Contemporary Art Gallery.

About the series

Shaping Vancouver 2017: ReShaping Conversations on Heritage

Welcome to Shaping Vancouver 2017. We’re excited to present our third series of engaging and diverse talks to you. This year, our focus is on reshaping the conversation by looking at how we can expand how we have been defining heritage to make it more inclusive and representative. We engage with the narratives that live around, outside and within the Anglo-Colonial account that has so dominantly shaped Vancouver’s heritage. We start with a discussion on Vancouver’s new thematic framework for heritage and what that means for how we define heritage in our communities and city. The series then engages: undefined heritage; subcultural histories, including immigrants and marginalized groups; and concludes with an important dialogue around First Nations heritage where a panel will discuss how heritage can be used as a tool in the Truth and Reconciliation process.


Listen to last year's award-winning 'Our Neighbourhoods' series:

October 5, 2016: What is the vision for Chinatown?
June 15, 2016: What do I want from my street?
May 18, 2016: What's so special about 'The Drive'?
April 13, 2016: What's a neighbourhood?


Find out more about the work of our partners & join the online discussion in SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement Facebook group!


FREE, registration is required. Donations to Heritage Vancouver are much appreciated.


When: Thu, March 23, 2017. 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and Heritage Vancouver

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