“Connection to Place”

The 2017 ICOMOS Canada Annual Meeting, Halifax, May 24-27, 2017.


Our hosts included Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Architecture and Planning, the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design and the Halifax Central Library. The 2017 Annual Meeting theme, Connection to Place, explored the relationship between people and place to understand its influence in defining and conserving places of cultural significance.

The primary focus of the meeting was a series of Technical Discussions facilitated by some of our own members. These providd opportunities to discuss key topics including the conservation of World Heritage Sites, cultural landscapes, Indigenous heritage, the nature-culture journey, sustainable development and the Habitat III urban agenda.The final day featured our Annual General Assembly. The Opening Event, held at NSCAD’s Anna Leonowens Gallery and Art Bar on May 24th, featured three art exhibits related to the theme, a keynote speaker and the launch of the Jacques Dalibard Award.

On May 28, a Post-Event Tour gave the opportunity to discover one of the gems of Nova Scotia: the World Heritage Site of Grand Pré.

The Annual Meeting included several Public Activities. Exhibits of original works commissioned for this event were on display at NSCAD throughout the week. The Halifax Central Library hosted three days of activities from May 25th to 27th, including a Panel Discussion moderated by the CBC and featuring guests from Canada and abroad.


“Heritage and Democracy : Bringing Heritage out of History and into the City”

The 2016 ICOMOS Canada Symposium, Toronto, May 5-7, 2016.

On Thursday, May 5th, the Toronto The Good 2016 Party, organized by E.R.A. Architects at the Distillery District, celebrated the anniversary of Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday (May 4th) and the launch of the Jane’s Walk festival (May 6th – May8th).

May 6th’s day-long event was planned around integrating ICOMOS Canada into the Jane’s Walks events – a chance for people to meet and share ideas. Tours and workshops were held to discuss new ways of viewing and integrating heritage in our everyday lives.

May 7th’s morning session was decicated to lectures on the impact of climate change and on the evolution of national parks. The Annual General Meeting was held in the afternooon.