New Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada Members



Created in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada advises the Minister of Environment and Climate Change regarding the national historic significance of places, people, and events that have marked Canada’s history. Together with Parks Canada, the Board ensures that these subjects of national historic significance are recognized appropriately and shared with Canadians and visitors alike.


On June 11th, 2018, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, announced the appointment of three distinguished Canadians to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC):


Lisa Prosper, Northwest Territories


Ms. Lisa Prosper is a cultural heritage consultant who specializes in the commemoration and conservation of Indigenous and cultural landscape heritage as well as the development of heritage policy. She holds degrees in Art History and Heritage Conservation. From 2012 to 2015, she was the Director of the Willowbank Centre in Queenston, Ontario. In 2017, she served as a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee for the updating of Canada's tentative list for World Heritage nominations. Ms. Prosper is currently a board member of the Canadian National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and a member of ICOMOS' International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes. She regularly presents at national and international forums on heritage theory and practice.


Timothy Christian, British Columbia


Mr. Timothy Christian is Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in History from the University of Alberta as well as a Master of Law degree from the University of Cambridge. As Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta, he created the Indigenous Law Students Program to encourage the recruitment of Indigenous law students. He has published extensively in the fields of constitutional, administrative, and labour law, and has decades of experience in mediation, facilitation, and negotiation at the provincial and federal levels, including as Chief Federal Negotiator, negotiating settlements between First Nations, provincial governments, and the Government of Canada. In 2011, he retired from the practice of law and his work as a federal negotiator and now devotes his time to historical research and writing.


Bernard Thériault, New Brunswick

Mr. Bernard Thériault is a historian, researcher, writer, and commenter. He has been retired from the New Brunswick public service since 2010, where he was the Director General for the Premier’s Cabinet. He also served as Director for Aboriginal Fisheries, Gulf Region, for Fisheries and Oceans Canada. From 1987 until 2000, Mr. Thériault served as the member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick for the Caraquet riding. During this time, he served as the Minister of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Aboriginal Affairs, as well as acting Minister of Education. He began his career as a historian, head conservator, and Director of programs at the Village historique acadien, in Caraquet. He grew up in Caraquet and continues to live there today.

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