Christina Cameron

In 2005, Christina Cameron became a Professor in the School of Architecture and Chair-holder of the Canada Research Chair in Built Heritage at the University of Montreal where she directs a research program on heritage conservation. Her research focuses on UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention and conservation approaches in Canada from 1950 to 2000.

She has been actively involved in World Heritage as Head of Delegation for Canada (1990-2008), Chairperson (1990, 2008) and Rapporteur (1989). She has chaired international expert meetings on strategic planning (1990-1992), historic canals (1994), a global strategy for a representative World Heritage List (1994), cultural landscapes (1998), working methods of the World Heritage Committee (1999-2000) and a proposal to establish a World Heritage Indigenous Peoples Council of Experts (2000-2001). She has advised on the preparation of World Heritage nominations in Japan, Barbados, China, Korea, the United States of America and Canada. In 2016 she was appointed to lead Canada’s process to renew its World Heritage Tentative List.

Prior to joining the University of Montreal, Christina Cameron’s career as a heritage executive with Parks Canada spanned more than 35 years. As Director-General of National Historic Sites, she provided national direction for Canada's historic places, focusing on heritage conservation and education programs. She also served as Secretary to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada from 1986 to 2005.

In 2008 she received the Outstanding Achievement Award of the Public Service of Canada, the country’s highest recognition for public service, in 2012 was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and in 2014 received the Gabrielle Léger Medal for Lifetime Achievement in the cause of heritage conservation. Christina Cameron was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2014. She also serves as Chair of the Advisory Committee on the Official Residences of Canada and President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

Ms. Cameron has written extensively on Canadian architecture, heritage management and World Heritage issues. She recently co-authored Many Voices, One Vision: The Early Years of the World Heritage Convention (2013).