December 2017 CHA Newsletter
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New Board Members!

The Calgary Heritage Authority is very pleased to welcome 7 new board members to the CHA!

Reg Young – Treasurer
Reg is a born and raised Calgarian, with a growing interest and pride in Calgary’s heritage. He currently works with ATB Financial in the Loan Syndication group which focuses on partnering with growing Alberta businesses. Previously, he worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in the Audit and Assurance group where he obtained his Chartered Accountant designation. Reg is also a CFA® charter holder and an alumnus of Mount Royal University. Reg has served as a member of the Calgary Heritage Authority since 2017 and is the current Treasurer and is Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee.

Lauren Herschel – Director
Lauren is a marketing, communications and community engagement professional with senior management experience in a range of industries from hospitality to not-for-profit to real estate development. Lauren has always had a passion for history and storytelling. Originally from Ontario, Lauren developed an interest early on in the stories and people behind historical spaces and places in the Greater Toronto Area including heritage homes and vintage streetcars. Calgary has been Lauren’s home for over a decade. She spends her spare time volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Kidney Foundation or hanging out with her dog. Lauren also enjoys writing, politics and exploring the city. Lauren has served as a member of the Calgary Heritage Authority since 2017.

Christine Leppard, Ph.D. – Director
Christine is the Historical Specialist for the Calgary Stampede. She is currently helping to develop the SAM Centre, a western heritage interpretive centre slated to open on Stampede Park in the next few years. She is also responsible for sharing the Stampede’s exciting history with our community through historical programming. An Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary, Christine regularly teaches “The Culture of the Calgary Stampede.” She is a published historian with a Ph.D. in Canadian History from the University of Calgary. With a passion for public history and local heritage, Christine has worked for heritage consultants, local and regional museums, and has spearheaded numerous public and academic colloquiums in the Calgary area. Christine has served as a member of the Calgary Heritage Authority since 2017.

Janet McCready – Director
Janet is a third generation Albertan, born and raised in Calgary, with a long interest in local heritage sites.  She is fortunate to own a century home in the inner city and is a frequent visitor to the historical sites of the Crowsnest Pass with her husband and two sons. Now litigation counsel with a provincial regulatory body, Janet was in private practice in civil litigation for over 15 years and worked as a research lawyer for several years early in her career.  She obtained her law degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax.  She also holds a Master of Laws from the University of Calgary and a Certificate in Mediation and Third Party Intervention from the Centre for Conflict Resolution at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Janet currently serves as Co-Chair of the Access to Justice Committee of the Alberta Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, and has volunteered for several years with the annual Law Day, at numerous pro bono legal clinics, and as a presenter on a wide variety of legal issues for professional and non-profit organizations. Janet has served as a member of the Calgary Heritage Authority since 2017 and is the Chair of the Governance & Human Resources Committee.

Patricia O’Reilly – Director
Pat was born in Ontario and moved to Calgary in 1995.  She has been a history buff from a young age and appreciates the need to learn from the past and preserve the most important elements of it.  Pat works for Suncor Energy where she engages with stakeholders on Suncor’s environmental and social performance and is responsible for sustainability reporting and environmental public policy.   Before joining Suncor’s sustainability team, Pat lead Suncor’s communications and stakeholder relations function.   She was also a founding member and served as vice president of the Suncor Energy Foundation. Pat has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Guelph and a diploma in journalism. Pat has served as a member of the Calgary Heritage Authority since 2017.

Faizan Rahemtulla – Director
Faizan is born, raised and educated in Calgary. He earned his Bachelor's of Applied Business Administration Degree from SAIT and went on to pursue his CPA, CGA designation. He started his Career at a Junior Oil & Gas company and moved to work for a private equity company. He currently sits on the Shia Ismaili Council for the Prairies Grants and Review Board as a Team Member. Faizan is greatly interested in the preservation of heritage for future generations. Faizan has served as a member of the Calgary Heritage Authority since 2017.

Erika Topola – Director
Erika moved to Calgary in 2006 when she completed her Bachelor of Arts Honors Degree from the University of Saskatchewan with a major in Art History and a minor in Fine Arts. She has studied Marketing Management at the University of Calgary, completed her Antique appraising certification through the Asheford Institute of Antiques, and is finishing up her MBA in Entrepreneurship at the Australian Institute of Business. Working in marketing and communications in both the private and not for profit sectors, she is currently employed at the University of Calgary. Erika is passionate about neighborhoods and sits on her community association board as the membership director. Erika has been interested in history and culture her entire life and appreciates the meticulous, purposeful designs in art and architecture. Along with a sincere appreciation of the thought process that goes into creating permeant spaces which welcomes all and builds community. Erika has served as a member of the Calgary Heritage Authority since 2017.
The University of Calgary is launching a new post-baccalaureate certificate programs, Designing Smart and Secure Communities and Built and Landscape Heritage, will allow practicing professionals to combine theory with real-world experience and learn how to design authentic, people-centered cities.
  • These are unique programs tailored to mid-career professionals in the design and planning (architecture, engineering, government) industries.
  • Programs are structured in four one-week blocks—facilitating certificate completion while being employed full-time.
  • Financial support is available for the heritage certificate.
  • Accepting applications now for Spring 2018 start.
  • for more information and registration


Update from Heritage Planning

Mayor’s Urban Design Awards
The biennial Mayors Urban Design Awards (MUDA) took place on November 15, 2017 at Studio Bell – National Music Centre, acknowledging the contribution of Calgary architects, artists and designers to the livability of our City. From a total of 90 submissions across 12 categories, Heritage Planning was thrilled to see conservation projects strongly represented in the Winners and Honourable Mentions across multiple categories, including:

“Urban Architecture”
  • [Winner] King Edward Arts Hub & Incubator (cSpace Projects/Nyhoff Archicture)
“The Mawson Urban Design Award”
  • [Winner] Conserving Calgary’s Historic Streets (City of Calgary/City of Calgary Parks)
  • [Honourable Mention] Bowness Park Rehabilitation (City of Calgary Parks/IBI Group, Lorne Simpson, James Reid)
  • [Honourable Mention] St. Louis Hotel Restoration (CMLC / Nyhoff Architecture)
  • [Honourable Mention] The Withrow Laneway House (Studio North / Studio North)
“People’s Choice – Building”
  • [Winner] Studio Bell/National Music Centre (Studio Bell / Allied Works Architecture, Kasian Architecture)
“People’s Choice – Public Space"
  • [Winner] Bowness Park Rehabilitation (City of Calgary Parks / Lorne Simpson, James Reid)
Congratulations to the designers, architects, owners and consultants involved in these fantastic projects. To see the full list of award winners, and learn more about the categories and criteria, visit the MUDA webpage on
Upcoming Municipal Designations
The Nimmons Residence and Fairey Terrace are both scheduled to be brought to Council in January 2018, recommending designation as Municipal Historic Resources. Both sites have been evaluated as having city-wide heritage significance, and are excellent candidates for legal protection.
Bridgeland-Riverside ARP
Public Engagement has begun for the project of creating a new Area Redevelopment Plan for Bridgeland-Riverside. The original Bridgeland-Riverside ARP was adopted by Council in 1980, and does not reflect all current City policies, and existing conditions in the area. The first community open house was held November 20 at the Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association Hall, and online engagement is live at
Heritage Planning is involved in the planning process for the ARP, and has been conducting windshield surveys of the area to understand the site-by-site heritage character.

CBC Calgary: God, coffee and free Wi-Fi: Calgary church to open cafe in sanctuary

A church in downtown Calgary is opening a cafe in its sanctuary so people can sip coffee under stained glass.

The historic Knox United Church at Fourth Street and Sixth Avenue is 105 years old — and now its council and congregation want to liven things up by adding new features, even if it means removing a few pews.

"We can hold 800 people and there aren't 800 people there on Sunday morning," Rev. Greg Glatz said Monday.

The cafe, set to open weekdays early next year, will offer free Wi-Fi. People will be able to bring their laptops and work in a co-working space in adjacent rooms, or sit in the pews to reflect, meditate or chat.

The church has a three-year plan to renovate an existing kitchen for community use, re-open a restaurant and theatre space and host book launches and small concerts.

"All the things that can happen in a space like that — and I think it's one of the best spaces in downtown Calgary," Glatz said.

This weekend, the church hosted a minister from England, who opened a sanctuary cafe for his congregation.

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
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