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The Heritage Reset:
Making Critical Choices

National Trust Conference 2022

The Heritage Reset: Making Critical Choices

Chelsea Hotel and Conference Centre, Toronto, Ontario

October 20 – 22, 2022


with Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP) and Indigenous Heritage Circle (IHC)


The National Trust Conference is Canada’s largest heritage learning & networking event. Held annually since 1974, the conference brings together a wide range of people working to keep Canada’s heritage alive: from grassroots activists & elected officials to professionals, planners, policymakers, & property owners. Conference themes have tackled pressing issues for Canada’s heritage movement, including community revitalization, heritage tourism, sustainable development, & climate change.

We respectfully acknowledge that National Trust Conference 2022 will take place in Tkaronto (known to many as Toronto) on the traditional territory of many Nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. We also acknowledge that this place is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa Nations, and is within the territory of the Dish with One Spoon Treaty. Today Tkaronto is home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples.



Seismic societal shifts exacerbated by a global pandemic have drawn into question many values, structures, and public policies in Canada, including those guiding heritage conservation. As the urgency increases to advance decolonization and anti-racism, take bold climate action, and redress economic and social inequity, are heritage principles and heritage places in step, or stuck in the past? Now is the time for realignment and concerted action. How can we accelerate the heritage movement’s impact as a positive, essential, progressive force addressing pressing issues like climate change, racism, reconciliation, affordable housing, social justice, accessibility, economic resiliency, and more?


The National Trust with the CAHP and the IHC invite your essential participation in the transformation of the heritage sector – currently underway with the pan-Canadian Heritage Reset initiative and culminating at this conference in Fall 2022. The conference will explore the following themes:

  1. Social-Cultural Reset – Embracing a Fuller Story and Confronting Exclusion 

  2. Environmental Reset – Championing Heritage Conservation as Climate Action

  3. Economic Reset – Overcoming Systemic Barriers to Reuse & Asserting Heritage as a Progressive Force


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


The Heritage Reset: Making Critical Choices will bring together 500+ participants from a diverse range of backgrounds – from professionals (emerging and established), craftspeople, and volunteers, to developers, planners, heritage site operators, academics and students. 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 actively renew and reset the heritage sector.

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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:

34% - Heritage Professionals

29% - Heritage Organizations

26% - Planners & Government Officials

11% - University Members



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Karen Aird - Co-Founder & President, Indigenous Heritage Circle & Heritage Program Manager, First Peoples’ Cultural Council (Kamloops, BC)


Karen Carter - President, Karen Carter & Assoc. Cultural Consulting (Toronto, Ontario)


Carl Elefante - Principal Emeritus, Quinn Evans - Senior Fellow, Architecture 2030 - 2018 President, American Institute of Architects (Washington, D.C.)


Enlai Hooi - Head of Innovation, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects (Copenhagen, Denmark)


James Lindberg – Senior Policy Director, National Trust for Historic Preservation (Denver, Colorado)

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Randall F. Mason – Professor, Historic Preservation/ City & Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Penn.)


Dr. Kisha Supernant – Vice-President, Indigenous Heritage Circle & Director of the Institute of Prairie and Indigenous Archaeology, University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta)

See full list of Speakers here


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Ottawa, Ontario  K1R 6H4
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