Canada Appoints Outstanding Canadian to Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada

From: Parks Canada

May 14, 2019 Ottawa, Ontario Parks Canada Agency

The Government of Canada is connecting Canadians to the significant people, places, and events that have shaped our country.

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, announced the appointment of Dr. Joseph (Joe) Anderson as the Alberta Representative for the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC).

Dr. Anderson is Professor of History and Associate Dean of Arts-Research, Scholarship and Community Engagement at Mount Royal University in Calgary. Dr. Anderson has specialized in public and agricultural history throughout his career; he has served in leadership roles on the executive board of the Agricultural History Society, an international organization dedicated to promoting the interest, study, and research of the history of agriculture. He is the author of several publications on the history of agriculture, environment and technology, food and culture, and rural life. His appointment to the HSMBC is effective as of June 18, 2019.

Dr. Anderson will be part of the HSMBC 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 an officer of Parks Canada.

“We are connecting Canadians to the significant people, places, and events that have shaped our country’s rich history. I welcome Dr. Anderson joining the Board as it prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary. He will help shape the future of the Board and ensure Canada’s diverse heritage is remembered and better understood, now and for future generations.”

The Honourable Catherine McKenna

Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick facts

  • Created in 1919, the HSMBC advises the Minister of Environment and Climate Change regarding the national historic significance of places, people, and events that have contributed to Canada’s history. Together with Parks Canada, it ensures that subjects of national historic significance are recognized and these important stories are shared with Canadians.

  • To date, based on recommendations from the HSMBC, the Government of Canada has designated over 2,150 national historic sites, events, and persons. Each of these designations contributes its own unique story to the greater story of Canada, and helps us better understand our country and our identity.

  • In addition to making recommendations regarding designations of national historic significance, the HSMBC also provides advice on Heritage Railway Stations, grave sites of Canadian Prime Ministers, and Heritage Lighthouses.

  • The HSMBC is celebrating its 100th anniversary on October 29, 2019.

  • The Government of Canada is committed to an open, transparent, and merit-based process for selecting Governor in Council’s appointees, to encourage continued trust in Canada’s democracy and ensure the integrity of its public institutions. The selection process reflects the fundamental role that Governor in Council’s appointees play in our democracy as they serve on commissions, boards, Crown corporations, agencies, and tribunals across the country.

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