Annual General Meeting | May 10, 2023

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Heritage Ottawa Member Invitation

Mark your calendars! Our Annual General Meeting will be held on May 10, 2023 at 7:00 pm via ZOOM.

Pre-registration is required. Members may CLICK HERE to pre-register on our website.

If your membership is soon to expire and/or you recently received a renewal notice, please RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP before pre-registering for the AGM.

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On confirmation of your membership, you'll receive a link to access all AGM-related documents on a members-only section of the website and the ZOOM invitation linking you to the meeting.

AGM business will be followed by the following special illustrated presentation:


Between the two World Wars, Ottawa became an incubator for cultural and institutional expressions of Canada’s newfound confidence on the international stage. This was articulated in part through the construction of several important Beaux-Arts buildings in the Capital. 

Many interiors of these landmark buildings have not been well studied, nor have the artists, design firms and craft specialists who created them, despite being as well known as they once were. Arthur Watkins Crisp, Attilio Pusterla, Mack, Jenny & Tyler Ltd., Ferdinand L. Cerracchio were all based in New York, but left their imprint on heritage interiors in early 20th century Ottawa. 

Not unlike today’s international approach in large scale architectural or engineering joint ventures, New York recruitment at the time provided a high level of skill and execution that delivered on a vision for a new national and international language in public buildings in Ottawa. Join conservator James Bourdeau who will discuss several heritage interiors that expressed the character of this interwar period with a focus on their New York connections.

GUEST SPEAKER: James Bourdeau is an Ottawa-based conservator/consultant who provides conservation services for historic interiors. He was a Fine Art conservator and then manager at the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI), including a 4-year secondment as the Senior Collections Preservation Adviser for the Parliamentary Precinct. He created the Heritage Interiors unit at CCI in 2010 to address growing demand for conservation scientific services focused on decorative finishes and materials in built heritage. He retired as Associate DG and Director of Research, Conservation and Scientific Services at CCI in 2017. Currently, James provides quality oversight and conservation design assistance for the major rehabilitation of the Centre Block of Parliament, amongst other projects. He has a BA in Art History and a Masters in Art Conservation from Queen’s University.