History of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals

The Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP) began in the 1980’s when a group of individuals realized the necessity for recording the development and framework of Canada’s modern history.

In the early 1980’s, a number of people felt it was time to bring heritage professional together in some sort of organization. Hal Kalman, a principal in the firm Commonwealth Heritage Resources of Vancouver became the first president. Liz Addison was the first Secretary-Treasurer.

Other Directors included: John Blumenson, Michael McClelland, Mark Fram, Ron Williamson, Richard Unterman, Phil Goldsmith, Chris Andreae, Steve Otto and Donalda Hilton. In this way the “Association of Heritage Consultants” (later re-styled with the addition of the words Canadian and Professional) was born.