The Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property is a federally-registered charitable not-for-profit organization that promotes responsible preservation of the cultural property that gives Canadians a sense of place, of history and of artistic expression. The CAC serves individual and institutional members to provide opportunities for networking, professional development, and information dissemination.
The general object of the Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property is to further the dissemination of knowledge concerning the conservation of Canada’s cultural property and heritage. In so doing, the Corporation shall:
- Promote scholarly research in, and further the dissemination of knowledge of the conservation of cultural property, including but not restricted to, artifacts, works of art, natural history specimens, archival materials and monuments;
- With appropriate help from regional groups, hold periodic conferences, workshops or special meetings to discuss problems of mutual interest relating to the study of the conservation of cultural property;
- Publish materials of benefit to conservation;
- Promote the Code of Ethics and Guidance for Practice of the Corporation;
- Obtain the cooperation of related disciplines in the improvement, coordination and dissemination of conservation knowledge, methods and working standards;
- Promote partnership with other professionals in the conservation field as well as serve as an advocate for conservation to federal, provincial, and local government agencies and other organizations;
- Promote the awareness of conservation among related professionals and the general public; and
- Do all other things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objects of the Corporation.
Bulletin – Laura Hashimoto
Communications – Tania Mottus
Conference – Lisa May
Emerging Conservators – Victoria Kablys
Grants and Awards – Alyssa Becker-Burns
Journal – Irene Karsten
Membership – Vacant
Training – Adriane VanSeggelen
Translation – Marie-Eve Gaudreau Lamarre and Anne Desplanches
Yukon – Valery Monahan
Northwest Territories – Rosalie Scott
British Columbia – Mauray Toutloff
Alberta – Katie Fisher
Saskatchewan – Alexander Ranger
Manitoba – Alana Jansen
Toronto – Alicia Coutts
Kingston – Fiona Graham
Ottawa – Caitlyn Picard
Montreal – Nathalie Richard
Quebec City – Emily Cloutier
New Brunswick – Dee Stubbs-Lee
Nova Scotia – Elizabeth Jablonski
Newfoundland and Labrador – Donna Teasdale
The Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property (CAC) represents conservation professionals who work throughout the traditional territories of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples across Canada. The CAC wishes to express gratitude on behalf of all its members for the opportunity to live and work on these lands.
The CAC supports the ongoing implementation of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and recognizes the rights of Indigenous peoples to maintain, protect and develop the past, present, and future manifestations of their cultures and cultural heritage.
The CAC supports the implementation of the Calls to Action put forward by the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and encourages that the work of Canadian conservation professionals be carried out in compliance with UNDRIP and be respectful of a reconciliation framework for Canadian and Indigenous heritage.
The CAC privileges the voices of Indigenous experts on Indigenous issues as the ultimate authority on matters concerning Indigenous cultures, heritage and languages.
The CAC would like to thank John Moses (Six Nations of the Grand River Territory), Supervisor of Repatriation at the Canadian Museum of History, for his consultation on matters relating to the TRC and UNDRIP.
Charles Mervyn Ruggles Award
This award commemorates the distinguished achievements of Charles Mervyn Ruggles (1912-2001) in the development of the conservation profession in Canada. As CAC’s first honorary member, it is appropriate that our first award for outstanding contribution to the field carry his name. Recipients of this award will be celebrated for their contribution and achievement in conservation science, treatment, training and/or education, and for their development work in the field of conservation in Canada, and for promoting the ethics and ideals expressed in the CAC/CAPC Code of Ethics and Guidance for Practice.
Emerging Conservator Award
This award recognizes the dedication and outstanding potential of a future conservator in a Canadian conservation training program. Recipients of this award will be celebrated for their accomplishments and leadership demonstrated during full time studies leading to a degree or diploma in any area of cultural property conservation.