Under the Heritage Action Plan of 2015, development commenced on a new thematic framework in order to update the Vancouver Heritage Register so that it reflected newer approaches to heritage. This includes recognizing a broader range of heritage values beyond just the architectural. This work on the new framework is nearing completion and will change how we evaluate and recognize heritage in the city.

Heritage consultant Donald Luxton of Donald Luxton & Associates Inc., who is conducting the update, will introduce the new thematic framework and panelists will explore what the adoption of these broader heritage values may mean for communities, our definition and understanding of heritage, and the progression of heritage planning in Vancouver.


Helen Cain is the Director of Heritage Policy for Heritage Vancouver, Board Past-Chair of Heritage BC, and the heritage planner at the City of Richmond.

Donald Luxton is the principal of Donald Luxton & Associates Inc., a leading heritage and museum consulting firm as well as the principal consultant for the City of Vancouver Heritage Action Plan from 2015 to 2017.

Britney Quail works as a Planning Analyst for the City of New Westminster and is the lead on a proposal to implement a Heritage Conservation Area in the historic Queen’s Park neighbourhood.

Joanne Proft – Manager, Community Planning and Transportation at UBC

Tanis Knowles Yarnell – Planner, Heritage Action Plan Implementation, City of Vancouver

Javier Campos is the President of Heritage Vancouver Society and a Board Member of The Contemporary Art Gallery.


Thursday, March 23

7 – 9 pm

Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts – 149 West Hastings