December 2016 CHA Newsletter
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New CHA Executive Elected

At the CHA organizational meeting on Friday November 18th a new executive was elected. Pamela Heard was elected as chair, Nikolas Marsal-Moritz was elected as vice-chair and Jane Kerr was elected as treasurer. Many thanks to Scott Jolliffe for his many years of service as chair and to Sarah Meilleur for her service as vice-chair. The board also appointed the following committee chairs
  • Public Awareness Committee - Sean Smith
  • Evaluation & Review Committee - Geoff Ellwand
  • Governance & Human Resources - Sarah Meilleur
We would also like to welcome new board members Sami Houri and Trevor Kasier to the CHA and thank past board members Terry MacKenzie and Daryl Betenia for their service to the CHA.


On Dec 1, a Private Member’s Bill to create tax credits for rehabilitation of
historic places was tabled in the House by Peter van Loan (Conservative critic for Canadian Heritage and National Historic Sites). Bill C-323 is designed to limit the destruction of Canada’s heritage buildings, and encourage rehabilitation of properties in the Canadian Register of Historic Places. For more information visit: 

This is an idea that has had widespread support from heritage advocates, federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments, and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities over the years. It’s exciting to see it tabled in the House and given first reading. We know that the tax system can  be a powerful tool to stimulate private investment in heritage buildings. In the United States, the introduction of a 20 percent federal tax credit for rehabilitation of heritage buildings 40 years ago revolutionized the way developers think about old buildings and launched a booming and competitive preservation industry.

Stay tuned!

Update on the Bricks at Olympic Plaza

The CHA received the following update regarding the Olympic bricks at Olympic Plaza.
At this time there are no plans to move any bricks from Olympic Plaza.  The bricks will be in place until the next phase of the Olympic Plaza Cultural District project which is yet to be determined.  We acknowledge that Calgarians are immensely proud of their Olympic legacy and The City especially recognizes the significant connection citizens have with donor bricks in Olympic Plaza.   We are working on how we can continue to honour that legacy of the Olympic brick program while at the same time address the limitations that have arisen from their fragile condition. 
For more information on the Olympic Plaza Cultural District, visit  Question or comments can be sent to  Should donors wish to be contacted personally with future updated they can provide information through 311 or

CBC Calgary: Historic street corner photos offer glimpse into Calgary's past

A stroll around Calgary's Beltline and the downtown core can be a trip through time thanks to a series of historic photographs wrapped around several street-corner utility boxes.

So far about 60 boxes have been fitted with the special wraps, which have a 3M anti-grafitti film over top. So in addition to being informative, the boxes take away an otherwise blank canvas for vandals, said project manager Graham Gerylo with the city's urban strategy department.

Many of the photographs correspond more-or-less exactly with the street corners where they've been placed.

Globe & Mail: Renovation of Edmonton heritage home challenges traditional ideals

"A “hybrid” renovation has ignited a debate among residents of an Edmonton neighbourhood about preservation, adaptive reuse and whether modern architecture has a place in their community.

The future of Edmonton’s heritage homes has become an increasingly hot topic as the city looks to increase density in established neighbourhoods. The question is now roiling residents of Groat Estates, a small community west of 124th Street and south of 107th Avenue, where meticulously-restored heritage homes co-exist with fixer-uppers and sub-divided modern infills.

“There’s a value in old homes you can’t measure and there’s value to be accrued through sweat equity that you just don’t get in modern homes,” says Leslie Chevalier, a long-time resident of Groat Estates who has spent the past 16 years renovating and restoring her century-old, designated heritage home."

Board Member Spotlight

Jane Kerr is a veterinarian and second-generation member of a family real estate business.  The Kerr family has a passion for heritage building redevelopment and has several heritage buildings in Inglewood and Kensington. Jane is involved in all aspects of the business from acquisition to redevelopment, and strives to honor and maintain mixed-use heritage buildings in the spirit of preserving some of Calgary’s important history and charm. She is passionate about preserving heritage while providing a very desirable product in the retail, office and niche housing markets, and thoughtfully integrating heritage with new development as our City continues to evolve. Jane has served as a member of the Calgary Heritage Authority since 2014 and is the current Treasurer.

Geoff Ellwand is a Calgary lawyer with an MA in history and a lifelong interest in urban matters. A former reporter he has covered city hall in both Winnipeg and Toronto and once interviewed Jane Jacobs. Geoff has served as a member of the Calgary Heritage Authority since 2014 and is the Chair of Evaluation & Review Committee.

Calgary Heritage Events

Below is a listing of heritage events happening throughout the city. We are always happy to include the events of other organizations in our monthly newsletters. We only ask that you have them to us by the end of each month. Events can be sent to
The HBC's Bow River Expedition, 1822-23 (Tickets Required)
CCHS History Talk, Christmas Luncheon & Silent Auction
Saturday, December 10 10:30 AM

Ted Binnema – Professor of History, University of Northern BC
Gerhard Ens – Professor of History, University of Alberta
The 1822-3 Bow River Expedition journal documented the daily activities of the fur traders investigating the possibility of a new fur trade post. Our fur trade experts transcribed HBC journals for the 'new' HSA publication Edmonton Post Journals and Saskatchewan District Reports, including the Bow River Expedition, 1822-1826. Come hear a fascinating fur trade story.

Mark the Date!

The Commonwealth Association of Museums is holding a pre-roundtable tour of indigenous heritage sites in Southern Alberta June 19-20, an Indigenous Heritage Roundtable June 21, and an international symposium on Heritage and Nation Building June 22-23, 2017. 

Explore the role of museums and heritage organisations in creating and promoting a national identity with colleagues from throughout the Commonwealth during Canada’s sesquicentennial year.

The Commonwealth Association of Museums is a Canadian not-for-profit corporation that supports museums and museum workers throughout the Commonwealth, with a focus on Commonwealth values, such as human rights and social justice, and the UN sustainable development goals.

For further information visit our website, or to volunteer on the local arrangements committee contact the Secretary-General Catherine C Cole in Edmonton at

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