National Conference

The annual National Trust Conference is Canada’s largest heritage learning and networking event. Building on the success of Ottawa 2017, the Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) and the National Trust for Canada (in association with the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP)) are collaborating again to present a virtual heritage and preservation conference October 1-7, 2020 rooted in Edmonton, Alberta.



Hindsight 2020: Conservation, Disruption and the Future of Heritage

October 1-7 • Edmonton, Alberta

In association with the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP)

Join us virtually for this year’s joint conference! APT and the National Trust for Canada (in association with the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals) have worked hard to offer you valuable learning and networking opportunities: keynote speakers, plenary and concurrent paper sessions, sponsor exhibit hall, workshops, field sessions, and special events. The virtual platform for HINDSIGHT 2020 will also enable attendees to catch several events on demand, earn more professional learning units, and network — all from your computer and the mobile app!

This international gathering of policy makers and planners, crafts-people, architects, engineers, and volunteers will explore cutting-edge approaches to renewing and preserving heritage places. It will also focus upon heritage conservation’s disruptive role in a 21st century defined by resource scarcity, climate change and sustainability.

Edmonton’s captivating mix of cultural heritage will continue to play a prominent role in this virtual conference. Its heritage districts, icons of the early modern era, and the nearby Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village – a Canadian leader in conserving vernacular buildings and craft techniques – will provide an ideal setting to inspire collaborative conversation throughout the conference.

We respectfully acknowledge the place in which we will be gathering virtually is known to us now as  ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ, Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton), which is the traditional land of Treaty 6 Territory and Region 4 of the Métis Nation of Alberta. This place is a traditional meeting ground, gathering place, and travelling route of the Nêhiyawak (Cree), Anishinaabe (Saulteaux), Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), Métis, Dene, and Nakota Sioux. We respect the histories, languages, and cultures of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit, whose presence continues to enrich our shared heritage.

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Are you a volunteer with a historic place or heritage organization? We want you to be a part of the 2020 National Trust – APT Conference. And, the new John Edwards Conference Bursary for Heritage Volunteers can help make that possible! The National Trust is offering 15 bursaries to cover the registration fee. Learn more


Interested in becoming a sponsor for National Trust-APT 2020 virtual conference? Consult this year’s Sponsorship Prospectus.

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