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The Heritage Imperative: Old Buildings in an Age of Environmental Crisis

Toronto – September 24-26 2009
The Fairmont Royal York Hotel

Heritage Canada Foundation Annual Conference
in collaboration with the Ontario Heritage Trust and in cooperation with the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals.

Climate change. Green building. Economic renewal. Older buildings have answers for the biggest questions of our generation.

The 2009 Heritage Canada Foundation conference will bring together delegates and speakers from the fields of heritage preservation, environmental conservation and green building to explore these themes. This is an essential event for advocates, architects, municipal planners, developers, public policy makers, elected officials and property owners. Delegates will learn how the rehabilitation and re-use of older buildings and existing neighbourhoods can help save the planet – and how the green movement and architectural conservation will become more integrated in the process.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon is a global visionary and one of Canada’s foremost public intellectuals whose research focuses on how societies adapt to complex ecological, economic, and technological change. The best-selling author of The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization (2006) and The Ingenuity Gap (2000), he is Chair of Global Systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo.

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Presentations from the 2009 conference are now available. For information about the sequence of presentations and the session in which they appeared, please consult the Conference Program. Please note that presentations are available only in the language in which they were presented.

Thomas Homer-Dixon. Balsillie School of International Affairs (Waterloo, Ont.)
The Climate-Energy Challenge to Our Heritage Buildings. 

Christopher Borgal. Goldsmith Borgal and Company Ltd. (Toronto, Ont.)
Heritage, Environment, Reality and the Dilemma of 1,084 Windows.

Louis-Daniel Brousseau. Ville de Québec. (Québec, Que.)
Quebec City’s “La Cité verte”, A Sustainable Community in the Making.

Darryl Cariou. City of Calgary (Calgary, Alta.)
Conference presentation.

Quentin Chiotti. Pollution Probe (Toronto, Ont.)
Climate Change and Heritage Buildings: How using the past can help us prepare for a climate changed future.

Stephen Collette. Your Healthy House (Peterborough) and David McAuley. J David McAuley Architect (Guelph, Ont.)
Greening Sacred Spaces: Developing Toolsets for Faith Communities.

Bruce Cox. Greenpeace (Toronto, Ont.)
Global Warming Will Change Everything.

John Dam. Read Jones Christoffersen (Victoria, B.C.)
• Computer Simulation as a Decision Support Tool for the Adaptive Re-use of Historic Structures.

Carl Elefante. Quinn Evans Architects (Washington, D.C.)
Maturing the ‘Greenest Building’ Paradigm: The Need to Transform Preservation.

Shawky Fahel. JG Group (Waterloo, Ont.)
Heritage and Intensification: Overcoming Challenges to Redevelopment.

Joey Giaimo. E.R.A. Architects (Toronto, Ont.)
• Reconsidering the Recent Past: Adaptability of modern buildings to current and future needs.

Sarah Gray. Halsall Associates (Brantford, Ont.)
Buildings in the Balance: Assessing the Case for Keeping Heritage Buildings on a Brownfield Site.

Melanie Hare. Urban Strategies (Toronto, Ont.)
Intensification in Older Neighbourhoods: Managing Growth While Conserving Our Heritage.

Christopher Harrison and Matt Johnson. Vermeulen Hind Architects. (Ottawa, Ont.)
Greening Older Buildings: How Energy and Historical Integrity Goals were met in a university campus building.

Stephen Hazell. Sierra Club of Canada (Ottawa, Ont.)
Effective Heritage Building Advocacy in the Climate Century.

Nicholas Heap. David Suzuki Foundation (Vancouver, B.C.)
New Climate, Old Communities: Some First Thoughts on Opportunities and Challenges.

Hans Honegger and Carolyn Butts. Bon Eco Design (Tamworth, Ont.)
• Local Motives During Challenging Times.

Jennifer Iredale. BC Heritage Branch (Victoria, B.C.)
Heritage Homes and the ecoENERGY Retrofit Program: A Perspective from B.C.

Mike Layton. Environmental Defence (Toronto, Ont.)
Building Blocks: Greening Canada’s Codes, Policies and Programs.

Leo F. Longo. Aird & Berlis LLP (Toronto, Ont.)
• Heritage Conservation and Intensification: An Inherent Conflict?

Lori Martin. City of Toronto (Toronto, Ont.)
Adaptive Reuse of the Wychwood Car Barns. Catherine Nasmith.

Catherine Nasmith Architect (Toronto. Ont.)
The Alton Mill: One Building’s Return to Use; A Community Revived.

Ting Pan. Recollective Consulting (Vancouver, B.C.)
Reaching for LEED Gold – Case Studies of Greening Existing Buildings in Vancouver.

Paul Sapounzi. Ventin Group Architects (Brantford, Ont.)
The Other Pillars: Social and Economic Sustainability. Rehabilitation and Local Labour Creation.

Alex Speigel. ONE Development (Toronto, Ont.)
Transforming the Market: Green Lessons for Heritage Buildings.

Melissa Stickl. Carleton University. (Ottawa, Ont.)
An Ethos of Cultural Sustenance for Lowertown West Ottawa.

Diane Switzer. Vancouver Heritage Foundation (Vancouver, B.C.)
New Life Old Buildings.

Wayne Trusty. ATHENA Sustainable Materials Institute (Merrickville, Ont.)
• Building Preservation: Issues and Environmental Impacts.

Hilary Van Welter. Windfall Ecology Centre (Aurora, Ont.)
• Heritage Buildings – Hotbeds of Innovation.

François Varin. Fondation Rue principales. (Quebec City, Que.)
The Main Street Approach: Building a Vision for the Future Based on Local Assets and Cultural Identity.

Jessica Webster. NRCAN (Ottawa, Ont.)
Residential Energy Use in Older Neighbourhoods: Findings from the Urban Archetypes Project.

Tim Weis. Pembina Institute (Gatineau, Que.)
The Opportunity and Need for Renewables in Heritage Buildings.


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Firms/Organizations Represented


ACO Hamilton
Aird and Berlis LLP
Allan Avis Architects Inc.
Architectural Conservancy of Ontario
Art Gallery of Ontario
Archaeological Services Inc.
Association of Heritage Industries Newfoundland and Labrador
Athabasca University
Athena Sustainable Materials Institute
Atlas Corporation
Aylmer Heritage Association
Barry Padolsky Associates Inc., Architects
BC Heritage Branch - Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Arts
Alberta Historical Resources Foundation
Bon ECo Design
Broadway Business Improvement District
Calgary Heritage Initiative Society
Canada Green Building Council
Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals
Canadian Forum for Public Research on Heritage
Cape Breton Regional Municipality
Carleton University
Catherine Nasmith Architect
Chris Tossell, Architect
Cintec Canada
City of Burlington
City of Calgary
City of Charlottetown
City of Edmonton, Planning and Development Department
City of Guelph
City of Guelph
City of Hamilton
City of Kingston
City of Miramichi
City of Moncton, Building Inspection Department
City of New Westminster
City of Ottawa
City of Peterborough
City of Regina
City of St. Catharines
City of St. John's
City of Toronto
City of Victoria
City of Windsor
City of Yellowknife
Civitas Architecture Inc.
Clifford Group
Colonial Building Restoration
Commonwealth Historic Resource Management Ltd.
Community Heritage Ontario
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
Conseil du patrimoine religieux du Québec
Conservation Review Board, Ontario
Cove Island Lightstation Heritage Association
Creative Colony
David Suzuki Foundation
Department of Canadian Heritage - Ontario Region
Dept of Environment and Resource Management, Queensland, Australia
DFS Architecture and Design
du toit architects Ltd

Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc
Ecology Action Centre
Ecoplans Limited
Edwards Heritage Consulting
Environmental Defence
ERA Architects
Eve Guinan Design Restoration
Faith & the Common Good
Fédération des sociétés d'histoire du Québec
Foundation Rues Principales
Fournier Gersovitz Moss & Associates
George Robb Architect
Goldsmith, Borgal & Company Architects
Government of Canada
Government Newfoundland and Labrador
Government of Alberta
Government of Yukon
Greenpeace Canada
Halcrow Yolles
Halifax Regional Municipality
Hallmark Society
Halsall Associates Ltd.
Halton Region Museum
Heritage BC
Heritage Branch, Wellness, Culture and Sport, Province of New Brunsiwck
Heritage Collaborative Inc.
Heritage Conservation Directorate, PWGSC
Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador
Heritage Guelph
Heritage Kincardine
Heritage North Grenville
Heritage Ottawa
Heritage Port Hope Advisory Committee
Heritage Resources Centre Waterloo
Heritage Toronto
Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia
Hintonburg Community Association
Historical Society of Alberta
House of Commons
IBI Group
Institut du patrimoine, UQAM
Inuit Heritage Trust Inc.
J D Strachan
J. David McAuley Architect Inc.
James Bailey Architect
JG Group of Companies
John Ingrao Architect
Jonathan Yardley Architect Inc.
LACAC Heritage Whitby
Laurie Smith Heritage
Lehman & Associates
Len Ward - Architecture
Limen Group
Lundholm Associates Architects

Manasc Isaac Architects Ltd
Mark Thompson Brandt Architect & Associates
Martindale Planning Services
McGillivray Architect
Ministry of Culture, Ontario
Ministry of Energy and infrastructure, Ontario
Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing, Ontario
Mississippi Mills Heritage Committee
Moncton Preservation Review Board
MTBA & Associates
National Capital Commission
National Historic Sites Alliance - Ontario
Natural Resources Canada
Newfoundland Historic Trust
Nexus Architects
Dept. of Municipal Affairs, Newfoundland and Labrador
North York Community Preservation Panel
Nova Scotia Community College
Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society
Old Strathcona Foundation
Old World Stone Limited
ONE Development Corporation
Ontario Growth Secretariat, Min. of Enery and Infrastructure
Ontario Heritage Trust
Ontario Historical Society
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Ontario Ministry of Culture
Ontario Power Authority
Ontario Realty Corporation
Parks Canada
Partners for Sacred Places, Philadelphia, USA
Pembina Institute
Petrolia Heritage Committee
Pollution Probe
Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation
Public Works & Government Services Canada
Quinn Evans Architects, USA
Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
Recollective Consulting
Region of Waterloo
Roof Tile Management Inc.
Royal Fort Restoration Inc.
Ryerson University

Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology
Saskatoon Heritage Society
School of Urban and Regional Planning
Sensible Design
Sierra Club of Canada
Simon Chamely Architect
Spencer R Higgins Architecct Inc.
Stevens Burgess Architects Ltd.
Stewardship Programs and Promotion, Government of Nova Scotia
Surrey Heritage Advisory Commission
Taylor Hazell Architects
The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall
The Corporation of the City of Kingston
The Ventin Group (Toronto) Ltd.
Town of Aurora
Town of Caledon
Town of Cobourg
Town of Collingwood
Town of Markham
Town of Oakville
Town of Pelham
Town of Truro
Treemont Heritage Properties Inc.
Toronto Transit Commission
University of British Columbia
Universidad Gabriela Mistral - Chile
Université Laval
Université de Montréal
University of Victoria
University of Waterloo
Urban Strategies
Vancouver Heritage Foundation
Vanier College
Ventin Group Architects
Vermeulen Hind Architects
Ville de Quebec
Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation
Westmount Historical Association
Willowbank School
Windfall Ecology Centre
Woodstock Museum National Historic Site
York University
Yukon Historical & Museums Association