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50th Anniversary


The National Trust for Canada acknowledges and respects the ancestral lands of Indigenous peoples, and the cultural and traditional relationships with the land, history and environment.

We acknowledge that the National Trust Conference 2023 will take place in Ottawa, on the traditional, unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe People. Today Ottawa is home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples.

National Trust Conference 2023

Transforming Heritage


with Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP)

and Indigenous Heritage Circle (IHC)


Château Laurier, Ottawa (Ontario)

October 26-28, 2023


The National Trust Conference (with Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals & Indigenous Heritage Circle) is Canada’s largest heritage learning & networking event. Each year, the conference brings together 500+ participants from a rich diversity of backgrounds – from professionals (emerging and established), craftspeople and advocates, to developers, planners, heritage site operators, academics, students, and volunteers – from across Canada, and beyond. This vibrant annual gathering features challenging and inspiring case studies and lessons from heritage practice, communities, and industry, along with productive debate and goal-setting discussions.


Canada’s heritage conservation movement is transforming itself to meet new needs in society. Are you on board? Advancing decolonization and anti-racism, leading climate action, and supporting the efforts of grassroots organizations, governments, and the private sector and to address socio-economic challenges are front and centre in our communities. At this watershed moment, the heritage sector has the opportunity to accelerate our benefit to society through transformational changes to our mission and practice, based on a shared vision.


The National Trust’s 50th anniversary conference is a fitting heritage milestone to seize on lessons from the movement’s many dramatic or gradual transformations over time as a compass for the future. Together, how will we shape the next 50 years, addressing pressing issues like reconciliation, affordable housing, accessibility, climate change, social justice, and economic resiliency? 

Conference Tracks:

  1. Social-Cultural Reset – Activating the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Confronting Exclusion, and Transforming Practice

  2. Environmental Reset – Championing Heritage Conservation as Climate Action

  3. Economic Reset – Removing Systemic Barriers to Reuse & Empowering Conservation


For more detail on conference themes, please see the Call for Presentations


Transforming Heritage will bring together 500+ participants from a diverse range of backgrounds – from professionals (emerging and established), craftspeople, and advocates, to developers, planners, heritage site operators, academics, students, and volunteers. The event will feature challenging and inspiring case studies and lessons from heritage practice, communities, and industry, along with productive, goal-setting discussions where conference delegates will refine a shared vision for the future of our work.

Conference Agreement:

In order to attend the National Trust Conference 2023 (with CAHP and Indigenous Heritage Circle), conference attendees are asked to accept the following terms:​

  • Any registration cancellations must be done at least 2 weeks before the conference, on October 12th, 2023 in order to receive a refund on your registration. Cancellations prior to October 12th will be refunded 80%.​​

  • The Conference schedule and program are subject to change up until the time of the conference. Conference organizers cannot guarantee any of the presentations that are on the current draft of the schedule.

Thank you to our sponsors


Algonquin College of Applied Arts & Technology


The City of Ottawa

Parks Canada

Funders & Contributing Organizations

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In partnership with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO


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Cintec Reinforcement Systems

Sika Canada


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Interested in becoming a Sponsor? 

Learn more here


Why should I attend?

The National Trust Conference has become the place where the full spectrum of Canada’s heritage conservation community gathers to get connected & be inspired by new perspectives. Connect with your colleagues, meet your next employer, or network with the leading heritage professionals, government decision-makers, heritage NGOs, & influencers at conference sessions & group events. Earn professional learning credits from an expanding roster of professional associations.


Typical attendee breakdown:


Heritage Professionals


Planners & Government Officials


Heritage Organizations


University Members


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