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Cultural Tourism Development and Management at Canadian World Heritage Sites

Ottawa, March 22-23, 2012 

Dear Members and Friends of ICOMOS Canada

ICOMOS Canada will soon be hosting in Ottawa a special event on the development and management of cultural tourism at World Heritage sites in Canada, in conjunction with the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention in 2012. The event will mainly take place on the Friday 23rd March at Carleton University with, on the 22nd, a special information session on the role of ICOMOS and its members in the implementation of the World Heritage Convention along with a welcome reception at the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada . 

On Thursday, March 22nd, members will receive a tour of Pritzker Prize winner Fumihiko Maki’s award winning building as well as an introduction to the Aga Khan Trust for Culture’s heritage conservation and economic development program. On Friday, the full day Congress will present tourism and World Heritage site development from a federal perspective, and given that the event will be hosted at Carleton, a local stakeholder perspective and exciting new digital interpretation project for one of Canada’s newest World Heritage sites, the Rideau Canal.

There will be an ICOMOS Canada Annual General Meeting at the end of the Congress to inform members on the recent activities of the organization nationally and internationally and undertake a vote on the renewal of the Bylaws of our National Committee, that have been worked on by an assigned steering committee in conjunction with the ICOMOS Canada Executive and Board. The attached new bylaws are the result of that work and have been adopted by the Board as an amendment of the existing ones so they can be submitted to the General Assembly of ICOMOS Canada members for ratification. They propose a simpler, clearer and more unified structure while proclaiming our commitment to bilingualism, to regional and disciplinary diversity and to international ethical and intervention principles.

We hope that you’ll be able to join us for this interesting event which is a start for a new phase in the life of our ICOMOS Canadian community as a bridge between national and international issues in conservation of heritage sites, buildings and ensembles.

I look forward to seeing you in Ottawa! Register quickly! 

Best regards, Dinu Bumbaru, C.M.
President, ICOMOS Canada

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