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posted 2/05/17
APT- National Trust for Canada Joint Conference 2017
Ottawa, Can

Ottawa, an historic capital city and the Confederation's 150th anniversary offer the perfect opportunity to explore how people, policy, and preservation practice intersect to renew landmarks, protect what matters, and create vibrant places.

The Association for Preservation Technology International and the National Trust for Canada have joined forces to create CAPITALizing on HERITAGE, expected to be the largest gathering of conservation practitioners and advocates ever mounted in Canada. Industry professionals and strong community voices will come together to share the best in technology, policy, means and methods for preserving and renewing heritage buildings, sculptures, districts and engineering works.

The conference will capitalize on this rich blend of history, place, ritual and expertise for a truly memorable and inspiring event. Reflecting this diversity, CAPITALizing on HERITAGE will provide an extraordinary opportunity with seven conference tracks organized into three technical tracks, three cultural/community tracks and one track exploring the intersection of policy and technical issues. The papers within each thematic track will range from macro to micro in scale, with subject matter as diverse as cultural landscapes, non-destructive testing, heritage advocacy, engineering, sustainability, and project financing.

Conference Tracks:


  • Track 1: Documentation and Diagnostics - Understanding Historic Places
  • Track 2: Design - Planning the Conservation if Historic Places
  • Track 3: Delivery - Intervening In Historic Places


  • Track 4: Policy and Practice


  • Track 5: CANADA 150 - Indigenous Heritage, Diversity, and New Directions
  • Track 6: Integrating Old and New - Buildings, Districts, and Landscapes
  • Track 7: Regeneration - Community, Economics, and Equitable Places

Submission Guidelines

Authors are encouraged to submit abstracts that fit within the 7 broad thematic tracks. Potential topics are listed but the abstracts do not have to necessarily fit these example topics, just the track. Case studies must include what the author(s) has learned from this case study and why it is relevant to the conference.

Each abstract should be:

  • A 20-minute presentation by one speaker
  • 450 words or less
  • Include a short (100 word) biography
  • Indicate student or professional status

Professional Abstracts Due March 17th

Student Abstracts Due March 30th


All papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in post-conference issues of the APT Bulletin. APT and the National Trust reserves the right to publish all accepted abstracts on their websites and with conference registration materials.


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