Judy Oberlander

Judy Oberlander is the principal of a Vancouver-based consulting firm, Judy Oberlander and Associates Inc., which designs education and fund development strategies for non-profit organizations, foundations and government agencies.

From 1993 to 2005, she was the founding director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University. She led a team to create award-winning, mid-career education programs and a nationally recognized Certificate in Urban Design. She established the $1.5-million City Program Endowment Fund and raised over $500,000 via grants and sponsorships to support curricula, bursaries and free public lectures. 

She established her firm in 1989 after working for The National Trust for Canada and Commonwealth Historic Resource Management Ltd in Ottawa. Clients from the public, private and non-profit sectors have enabled her to gain unique perspectives through her work in 10 provinces and two territories.

Since 1986, she has taught urban heritage conservation, preservation planning and fundraising strategies in the University of Victoria’s Cultural Management Program. Her National Trust workshops, “Fundraising Strategies for Arts + Culture, Museums and Heritage Organizations” have been offered in Calgary, Charlottetown, Ottawa and Montreal. In 2008, she designed the curriculum and continues to teach in the Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s program, Old School: Courses for Building Conservation, a unique accredited professional development and community-based learning environment. Since 2009, she has co-taught “Urban Design: Urban Vitalization” in the SFU City Program.

Judy received her MS in historic preservation from Columbia University and a BA in art history from Smith College. She has a certificate in fundraising from New York University; a certificate in non-profit board education from BoardSource and she has participated in the Institute for Corporate Directors’ Governance Essentials Program for Directors of Not-for-Profit Organizations. 

Her work in education and civic engagement has been recognized with two National Awards of Excellence from the Canadian Association of University Continuing Education-CAUCE and three City of Vancouver Heritage Awards. She was nominated for a YWCA Women of Distinction Award in 2005.

Judy has served on community boards including as chair of the Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation; trustee of the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Institute fundraising for Parkinson’s Research at UBC; board member, Jewish Family Service Agency; vice-president, planning, Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver; member of the City of Vancouver’s Permit Board Advisory Panel and the Vancouver City Planning Commission. In Ottawa, she served on the city’s Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee and the boards of ICOMOS Canada and the Association for Preservation Technology.

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