Government of Canada Appoints Four Outstanding Canadians to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada

OTTAWA, June 22, 2017 /CNW/ - To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, the Government of Canada invites Canadians to experience nature and learn more about our history. The Government is creating opportunities for Canadians to participate in a year-long celebration and to help shape the best that Canada can be in the future.

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, announced the appointment of four distinguished Canadians to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC):  

  • Dr. Shannon Lewis-Simpson, from Harbour Main, Newfoundland and Labrador, is an Adjunct Professor of Archaeology at Memorial University, as well as a Naval Officer in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve and former Commanding Officer of HMCS Cabot.
  • Dr. Sylvie LeBlanc, from Igloolik, Nunavut, is the Territorial Chief Archeologist for the Department of Culture and Heritage for the Government of Nunavut and has 20 years of research experience with a current focus on Archeology of the Arctic and of the Maritime provinces.
  • Dr. Nicole Neatby, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, an Associate Professor of History at St. Mary's University, teaches courses in public history, Canadian history and the histories of Canadian women
  • Mr. Harry Holman from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, is an independent heritage researcher and spent over 20 years with the Government of Prince Edward Island as the Provincial Archivist and Director of Libraries, and later as Director of Culture, Heritage and Libraries.

The new members will be part of the Board which is comprised of a representative from each province and territory, as well as the Librarian and Archivist of Canada, an officer of the Canadian Museum of History, and the Vice-President of Parks Canada's Indigenous Affairs and Cultural Heritage Directorate, who also acts as the Board's Secretary.

As part of the centennial of national historic sites, Parks Canada invites Canadians to be inspired and captivated by the stories of the people, places and events that shaped the Canada of today. Take advantage of free admission to national historic sites in 2017, and discover truly Canadian places and stories with Parks Canada.

Parks Canada is encouraging visitors to plan their trips and discover new and exciting destinations in 2017 by consulting Parks Canada's website, or downloading the NEW Parks Canada Mobile App, for a list of hidden gems and other unique and memorable ways to celebrate Canada 150.


"With their dedication and expertise, these four distinguished Canadians will be valuable additions to the Board. They join a passionate group of individuals who care deeply about preserving our past for the benefit of future generations. Their knowledge and expertise will advance the exemplary work the Board has done for a century to commemorate the people, places and events that have shaped Canada's history."

The Honourable Catherine McKenna
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick Facts

  • 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.
  • In 1953, the Historic Sites and Monuments Act established the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada in law. A later amendment granted the HSMBC the power to recommend national designation for buildings in consideration of their age or architectural design.
  • In addition to handling designations of national significance, the HSMBC also provides advice on the Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act, the Grave Sites of Canadian Prime Ministers Program, and the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act.

Related Links

Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada 
Parks Canada


SOURCE Parks Canada

For further information: Marie-Pascale Des Rosiers, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 613-462-5473,; Media Relations, Parks Canada Agency, 855-862-1812,;


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