Our Board of Directors is supplemented by an Advisory Council who provide advice to the Board and senior staff on policy and operations relating to leading trends in Heritage education and the best practices and new methods in the Heritage field.
Ashley Wilson, AIA, ASID
Ashley is the Graham Gund Architect for the Historic Sites at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She provides broad oversight over the conservation and preservation of the architecture and landscapes of the Trust’s twenty-seven historic sites. She works to ensure the timely, practical, and appropriate delivery of services for those structures and their surroundings.
Ashley was a founding and tenured professor at the Clemson University/College of Charleston Graduate Program for Historic Preservation in Charleston, SC and previous to her academic career, she was in private preservation practice in Washington DC (Oehrlein & Associates Architects) and in Virginia (Kapp & Robbins Architects) and worked for 5 years as Assistant Architect for Thomas Jefferson's Academical Village between her degrees at the University of Virginia Architecture School, and the University of Notre Dame Graduate Architecture School.
Ashley was the 2015 Chair of the Historic Resources Committee of the AIA, she serves on the Rubenstein Initiative Advisory Board at Montpelier, the Preservation Easement Committee at the National Trust, and the Senate Curatorial Board of the United States Senate.
Chris is Manager, Heritage Policy and Government Relations at the National Trust for Canada, which he joined in 2006. He organizes the National Trust’s annual conference, coordinates the National Roundtable on Heritage Education, and works on such issues as the economics of heritage and sustainable preservation. Chris has been an instructor in the Cultural Resource Management Program at the University of Victoria since 2012 and a member of the Central Experimental Farm Advisory Council for almost a decade. He sat on the Board of Directors at the Willowbank School for Restoration Arts from 2009 to 2015. He holds Master of Arts degrees from Carleton University (Canadian Studies - Heritage Conservation) and the University of Alberta (English) and has written widely on heritage conservation and cultural issues for such magazines as Canadian Geographic and Alberta View.
Clinton Brown, FAIA
Clinton is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, and the University of Virginia School of Architecture. He founded Clinton Brown Company Architecture, a leading historic preservation and grants services firm. Clinton is a founding member of the Board of the Richardson Center Corporation that is rehabilitating the former State Asylum Complex in Buffalo and a Commissioner of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission, having been appointed by three Secretaries of the Interior. Clinton was involved in creating the New York State Historic Tax Credit program. His firm has surveyed more than 18,000 potential heritage resources and nominated more than 8,000 for heritage designation, including the Elmwood Historic District in Buffalo, one of the largest historic districts in the US, where more than 5,000 property owners can access historic tax credits. He has been honoured as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. A Niagara River Region native, he is active in civic, public policy, heritage, economic and equity initiatives. He is the Board’s liaison to the Advisory Council.
Dale is the Intangible Cultural Heritage Development Officer for Newfoundland and Labrador, helping communities to safeguard traditional culture. Dale has been working for the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador since 1996, and holds a BSc in Anthropology/Archaeology from Trent University, and a MA in Folklore from Memorial University. In 2014, he served on the UNESCO Consultative Body to the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, and assisted with the evaluation of nominations to the Urgent Safeguarding List, proposals to the Register of Best Safeguarding Practices and requests for International Assistance. Past president of the Newfoundland Historic Trust, he has contributed to many local arts and heritage organizations. He regularly teaches workshops on oral history, cultural documentation, and public folklore. His most recent book, “Any Mummers ‘Lowed In? Christmas Mummering Traditions in Newfoundland and Labrador” was published by Flanker Press in 2014.
David O'Hara, OALA, RPP
David is a Landscape Architect and Registered Professional Planner. He worked for over twelve years as a park planner with the City of Toronto before his appointment to Fort York National Historic Site in 2005.
David worked on the Public Space Framework Plan and the Central Waterfront Secondary Plan, both documents informing the development of Toronto's Central Waterfront today. David was the project lead for the development of the Harbourfront parks and open space system, which included coordinating the international design competition for the HTO Park at Maple Leaf Quay.
David is currently coordinating the development of the full 43-acre site, his work includes several landscape restoration/rehabilitation projects, the recent completion of a new 26, 000 s.f. Visitor Centre
, the $20 million Fort York Pedestrian/Bicycle bridge
, and a major portion of the recently announced 'Project: Under Gardiner'
which stretches across the south frontage of Fort York.
Michael McClelland OAA FRAIC CAHP
A registered architect and founding partner of ERA Architects, Michael McClelland specializes in heritage conservation, heritage planning, and urban design. Having begun his career in municipal government, most notably for the Toronto Historical Board, Michael continues to work with a wide range of public and private stakeholders.
Well known for his contribution to the discourse surrounding heritage architecture and landscape architecture in Canada, Michael is an editor of Concrete Toronto and The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto’s First Immigrant Neighbourhood, is the Vice President of ICOMOS Canada, and a member of the Stewardship Council of The Cultural Landscape Foundation (CLF).
Robin is an experienced leader in the not-forprofit and government sectors including: management roles at two of Canada’s leading food industry associations (Food & Consumer Products of Canada and Restaurants Canada); Assistant Deputy Minister for the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development & Trade; President & CEO of Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership; and, CEO of the Tourism Partnership of Niagara.
Robin has been an active Board member serving as Chair of Food Banks Canada, Vice Chair of the Niagara District Airport, Chair of Bravo Niagara Festival of the Arts, and a Board member of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario.
In her consulting business, she represented Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation in the Niagara region during the 2015 land use planning review. Robin is currently a professor at Niagara College and teaches Marketing, Strategic Management & Leadership, Sustainable Tourism Destination Development, and Canadian Niche Tourism in the postgraduate Tourism Management program.
Victoria is an Associate and a Senior Heritage Planner at ERA Architects Inc., where she works on the development of heritage conservation strategies and management plans for historic places and urban areas.
An art historian with a graduate degree in heritage conservation, Victoria combines extensive conservation experience in the private, public and academic sectors. While at Parks Canada, she managed the development of the Canadian Register of Historic Places and subsequently served as the Manager of the Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office. She has taught heritage conservation at the University of Victoria and at Carleton University, where she is an Adjunct Professor, and is a Faculty Associate at the Willowbank School of Restoration Arts.
Victoria has expertise in the areas of values-based management planning, urban revitalization, and heritage policy development and implementation. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2015.
Tamara is a Program Manager in Urban Design/Heritage Preservation Services at the City of Toronto Planning Division. Tamara manages the policy and research team focused on undertaking heritage evaluation of properties, Heritage Conservation Districts and cultural heritage landscapes for inclusion on the City's Heritage Register, and delivery of heritage incentive programs. She is currently leading the City's feasibility study for a Citywide Heritage Survey. Prior to joining City Planning in 2015, Tamara was a Heritage Advisor in the Ontario Government for more than 25 years developing provincial policies and programs for the conservation of heritage properties. Tamara with the Neumeyer family and friends established the Per Neumeyer Bursary in 2010 to annually support a second year Willowbank student.
Victoria is an independent scholar and consultant. With over thirty years experience at senior levels in museums and cultural administration, she has in-depth understanding of contemporary issues and challenges in culture and heritage. A noted historian, she teaches and publishes in the areas of material culture, museum studies, environmental history and cultural geography
In museums, Dr. Dickenson has worked in both collections and research, as well as public programs, including the development of numerous exhibitions and interpretive projects within the museum community and in the private sector. She is an acknowledged leader in the application of information technology to collections and museum practice, and has a particular interest in inclusive applications. She also works and writes on the relationship between museums and communities, particularly in the related contexts of traditional knowledge, diversity and globalization. In 2003, she was chosen by the Canadian Museums Association as one of the recipients of The Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee, in recognition of her significant contribution to the museum community in Canada. In 2005 she was named a Fellow of the Canadian Museums Association. She is a member of the Acquisitions Committee of Library and Archives Canada, and the editorial board of Journal Of Museum Management and Curatorship.
Victoria Dickenson obtained her PhD in Canadian history from Carleton University in 1995. Her thesis on the role of visual imagery in early science was published by University of Toronto Press in 1998 as Drawn from Life, Science and Art in the Portrayal of the New World. Most recently she has published a chapter in Metropolitan Natures, Environmental Histories of Montreal (UPittsburgh 2011), and two books in the renowned Animal series for Reaktion Books (London UK). Her current scholarly work continues to focus on visualization and knowledge, cultural and natural histories, and understanding of ideas around place and culture. She has been Adjunct Professor at Carleton University, McGill and University of Manitoba, and is currently a Research Associate in Inclusive Design at OCADU in Toronto, and a member of the editorial board of Cuizine.