New ICOMOS Canada Board Members

Results of the election for the three new members of ICOMOS Canada’s Board of Directors were annouced during the 2018 General Assembly in Montreal. We welcome Mathieu Dormaels (right), Nour Riyadh Guessoum (centre) and Jean Laberge (left) and we wish to thank Georges Drolet, Patricia Glanville and Michael McClelland, who completed their mandate in May, for their contribution to the organization over the last few years.


Mathieu Dormaels is a Cultural Heritage Consultant and Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Tourism Studies (ESG) of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). He holds a Ph.D. in museology, mediation and heritage from UQAM and a doctorate in communication from UAPV (France). He has worked with the Canada Research Chair in Urban Heritage at the UQAM, the Canada Research Chair in Built Heritage at the Université de Montréal and at Parks Canada. Presently, Mathieu works as consulting specialist in culture for the UNESCO regional field office in Central America. He is a member of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

Nour Riyadh Guessoum cofounded Montreal’s first urban heritage festival, Vivre Le patrimoine!. As part of the festival organisation, he is responsible for elaborating programs and activities that promote awareness about heritage conservation in Quebec. In 2013, Riyadh obtained a Master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Setif University in Algeria. He then worked for the Algerian Centre of Earthen Heritage Conservation. In 2017, he obtained his second Master’s degree from the University of Montreal in Conservation of Built Heritage. Riyadh has been providing heritage consultation services to organizations such as Canadian Heritage of Quebec.

Jean Laberge is an architect in the Heritage Division of the Urbanism Department at the City of Montreal. Working fo the municipality since 1989, Jean successively acted as a project architect,  conservation  project  manager and  he developed a specialty in assessing the heritage value of cultural sites. Jean graduated in architecture from Laval University (1981), obtained a Certificate in Conservation of Built Heritage from the International Center for the Study of the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in Rome, (2007) and has completed a Master’s degree in Communications – Cinema and Moving Images – at UQAM (2017).