Track 5: CANADA 150 – INDIGENOUS HERITAGE, DIVERSITY, and NEW DIRECTIONS / Volet 5: Canada 150 – Patrimoine autochtone, diversité et nouvelles orientations

Creative Approaches to Conserving Social and Community Value

Saturday, October 14
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

In the identification and conservation of a historic place's cultural heritage value, it is frequently evident that the significance of place is not solely reliant on its built form but instead has local importance through more organic historic elements such as use or intangible qualities based on memory and association.

The City of Toronto has been experiencing an unprecedented period of rapid growth, and while new development has presented the city with opportunities to increase the livability and appeal of Toronto, challenges have arisen around conserving historic places that embody the social and community fabric of our neighbourhoods, and that provide a sense of continuity with the past.

The City of Toronto currently employs provincial criteria and the City's own heritage conservation district policies in order to identify social and community value as part of a historic place's cultural heritage value. However, the current policy and planning framework has limited means to directly conserve the intangible heritage values of these places experiencing rapid change, inadvertently placing at-risk the users and activities that ascribe value to these places.

This presentation will present how the City of Toronto is identifying and conserving social and community values through the identification and designation of individual properties and heritage conservation districts. Recent case studies will illustrate how the City is engaging stakeholders in the identification of heritage properties in their neighbourhood and the policy development process, and how collaboration with mutually supportive private and public sector partners is helping to ensure the long-term conservation of Toronto's diverse social and community heritage values.

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Alex Corey, MSc Historic Preservation

Heritage Planner

Alex Corey is a heritage planner at the City of Toronto. He began his career at a heritage architecture firm in Toronto, where he worked on a range of rehabiltiation and heritage planning projects. His professional experience includes undertaking building and neighbourhood surveys, preparing conservation strategies, and producing heritage conservation district studies and plans. His interests lie at the interseection of historic preservation and sustainable community development, with professional and volunteer experience in heritage advocacy and outreach in New York City and Toronto. He holds a Masters of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto.


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Marybeth McTeague, Bsc Arch, Dip Arch, MA, RIBA, CAHP

Heritage Planner

Marybeth McTeague is an architect and an architectural historian, working at the City of Toronto undertaking heritage property research and evaluation as well as heritage area studies. Her professional experience includes working at the Ontario Heritage Trust and lecturing in the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University. She has practiced as architect in London, England where her work focused on the rehabilitation and adaptation of heritage properties. A member of RIBA, she holds a Master of Philosophy in Architectural History and Theory from Cambridge University. Her research, articles and conference papers have focused on both historic and contemporary architectural issues.


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Senior Associate, Architect
EVOQ Architecture Inc.

Dima Cook has extensive experience in heritage conservation, construction and project management. She is recognized for her ability to manage large, complex projects from early design to contract administration. As a Senior Associate of EVOQ Architecture (FGMDA), Dima is responsible for directing the firm’s Toronto office. A graduate of the McGill School of Architecture, she is LEED AP accredited and serves as the firm’s sustainability advisor. She has served as the co-chair of the APT Sustainable Preservation Sub-Committee on Climate Change. In 2014, Dima was appointed to the City of Toronto Design Review Panel as its Heritage Representative.


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