Co-chair, Communications Committee
Chair, Corporate Planning Committee
Chair, Nominations Committee
Member, Conference Committee
2018-2019 Executive Officers
Susan Schappert is a heritage planner with the Town of Oakville. She has extensive experience in researching cultural heritage and writing about cultural heritage value and has been with the Town of Oakville since 2009. Her past employers include the City of Peterborough (2004-2008) and the Town of Aurora (2007-2008), and also the Ontario Heritage Trust (2008-2009) and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture (2007). Susan has an Honours Bachelor of Arts with a major in History and a minor in Studio Arts from the University of Guelph, as well as a postgraduate diploma in Museum Management and Curatorship from Fleming College. She is a Professional Member of CAHP – ACECP and serves on the board of the Ontario chapter of CAHP – ACECP. She is a Registered Professional Planner who is a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners/Ontario Professional Planners Institute. She has substantial knowledge of municipal, provincial and federal legislation regarding heritage preservation, as well as heritage property evaluation, cultural heritage landscapes and municipal heritage registers and has managed the process of creating several heritage conservation district plans. In addition to providing professional advice to municipal heritage advisory committees and municipal councils, she has provided expert witness testimony at the Ontario Municipal Board and the Conservation Review Board. Her daily work includes writing heritage research reports, designation by laws, reviewing development applications and reviewing heritage permit applications to alter designated heritage properties, as well as managing the town’s heritage property grant program. Susan has also served on Doors Open committees with various municipalities and fosters future heritage professionals by supervising heritage planning interns from post-secondary institutions including Ryerson University and Fleming College.
Gerry is a long-term member of the Tacoma Engineers heritage and investigation team, and he has been involved in the assessment, analysis, and restoration of dozens of prominent heritage structures, including a number of National Historic Sites and other designated structures. Balancing the demands of the modern construction world with a sensitivity to the context and history of each site, Gerry has made significant contributions to the many projects in which he has been involved, applying technical skills and knowledge in a practical and flexible manner which allows today’s craftsmen to effectively repair and maintain our rich architectural fabric.
Alan is a materials conservation specialist, trained in both an indentured five year apprenticeship as well as at Salisbury College, England, where he achieved distinction in his City & Guilds Diploma. Alan was schooled in the conservation approach to traditional building techniques, carpentry and joinery. As a student and an apprentice Alan also learned woodcarving, turning, and traditional historic paint and spirit finish conservation and restoration. Alan worked in professional practice in Europe and in the UK for over two decades before immigrating to Canada, where he now leads a skilled team of historic building conservation specialists that are dedicated to the preservation of Canada’s built heritage. Projects include many significant historic buildings, including, The Welland Courthouse, Alderlea Heritage Estate, Auchmar Heritage Estate, Eaton Hall, Dundurn Castle.
Elijah contributes his design, research, and project management experience as a Heritage Consultant at Donald Luxton & Associates. His role involves building ongoing relationships through creative collaborations with governments (municipal, provincial, and federal), developers, architects, heritage crafts and trades, historical associations, and residential homeowners. He is responsible for small and large scale building conservation projects throughout western Canada, providing heritage design and technical advice, and onsite project coordination to the project team. He holds a Bachelor of Architectural Science with honours from the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University.
Tom Morrison is principal engineer of Heritage Standing Inc, a firm dedicated to working with existing and historic structures. Specializing in historic structures early in his engineering career Dr. Morrison obtained his Master’s degree from the only engineering program focused on the structural engineering aspects of building conservation. Following work periods in public and private sectors Dr. Morrison returned to study the use of more advanced earthquake analysis tools on existing structures. This lead to his Doctorate in structural engineering evaluating and then developing modifications to existing steel structures to improve their resistance to earthquakes. Returning to the private sector, Dr. Morrison founded Heritage Standing Inc. He is an Expert Member of the ISCARSAH international scientific committee, and has participated in an international mission to provide engineering expertise for UNESCO. He is also Co-Chair for the Preservation Engineering Committee of the Association for Preservation Technology. In his current position he is working with a range of historic structures to provide engineering services. He is passionate about old buildings and the unique engineering puzzles they create.