About Us

CAHP is a professional organization that serves qualified heritage professionals in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. CAHP establishes standards of practice, shares knowledge about heritage conservation, and supports the involvement of heritage professionals whenever places of heritage value are being identified, preserved, restored and rehabilitated. As part of its mandate, the organization also fosters and promotes public and legislative support for heritage conservation.

CAHP members are specialists in a wide variety of fields, such as conservation architecture, planning, history, archaeology, landscape architecture and engineering. Please see the Professional Directory for a list of membership specialties.

Our membership and activities are supported by a national office, committees, regional chapters, and a Board of Directors. CAHP is proud of the level of involvement by its members in the organization through work on committees, writing the newsletter, participating in conferences and sponsorships.

CAHP has defined a heritage professional as the following:

A Heritage Professional is a person who has specialized knowledge in the conservation and stewardship of cultural heritage and is supported by formal training and/or work experience. The Professional conforms to accepted technical and ethical standards and works in accordance with the regulations and guidelines of their specialty heritage fields and jurisdictions of practice.

CAHP Objectives:

  • Represent members who are professionally and actively engaged in the identification, conservation, preservation, interpretation and sustainable use of cultural and natural heritage
  • Establish and maintain principles and standards of practice for heritage consultants
  • Enhance the qualifications of Members
  • Promote services of Members through various means, including providing a Directory of CAHP Professionals
  • Foster sharing and knowledge about the heritage profession and practices within the membership and with the broader public through conferences, meetings, newsletters and other forms of outreach
  • Promote the value of heritage preservation and conservation

Strategic Plan

The CAHP Strategic Plan for 2022-2027 identified three objectives, nine strategic goals and several initiatives. They are detailed below:

Objective 1: Strengthen our membership

Initiatives:

  • Conduct annual membership survey
  • Develop welcome protocol for new members
  • Review and strengthen the internship program

Initiatives:

  • Develop CAHP mentorship program
  • Organize one additional networking event per year
  • Organize quarterly educational events (including annual conference)

Initiatives:

  • Update and streamline membership webpages
  • Make educational resources available through the ‘Member Portal’

Objective 2: Strengthen our voice

Initiatives:

  • Develop outreach plan for three organizations identified in workshops
  • Develop municipal accreditation strategy
  • Outreach to educational and training institutions to promote a “building re-use” curriculum

Initiatives:

  • Issue two-three releases annually on key issues for CAHP, including Awards
  • Amplify CAHP responses to key government legislative announcements
  • Participate in at least two conferences or symposiums to highlight the work of CAHP

Initiatives:

  • Pursue MOU with federal government
  • Monitor issues and develop timely responses on key federal and provincial policy issues
  • Advocate for more government funding for training of craft and tradespeople

Objective 3: Strengthen our organization

Initiatives:

  • Ensure continuity on CAHP committees
  • Develop on-boarding program for new directors
  • Assess and plan for online filing and archives

Initiatives:

  • Finalize update of CAHP administrative handbook and review by-laws
  • Support chapters in development activities and clearly define roles
  • Translate website and update materials to ensure consistency in French and English

Initiatives:

  • Conduct introspective audit for organization
  • Organize educational opportunities for membership

Background about the 2022-2027 Strategic Plan

CAHP recently created the 2022-2027 Strategic Plan. Developing the strategic plan included a review and assessment of the last Strategic Plan from 2016, creation of a CAHP Impact Roadmap and drafting the 5 year plan for 2022-2027.

Two virtual planning workshops, the CAHP Spring 2021 Member Survey, the CAHP fall 2021 Workroom series on Building Reuse and Climate Action, as well as interviews with past and present Board Members were all part of the process. The draft Strategic Plan was shared with representatives from chapters for their input in early April and validated by the Corporate Planning committee and the Board at their April 2022 meeting.

Please watch the brief video presentation (below) from CAHP’s President, Chris Uchiyama, for information about the 2022-2027 strategic plan.