Heather Cram, MALA, FCSLA (Chair)
Heather Cram is a senior principal with over 35 years of experience at HTFC. A pioneer in the ecological movement, her work ranges from detailed design and planning for museums and interpretive centres to urban design, community consultation, and community planning. Heather approaches every project with fresh eyes, employing a unique mix of consultation skills and cultural resource management tools to guide her work. Whether planning the evolution of urban neighbourhoods such as the award-winning Wolseley Building Communities Initiative, or creating one-of-a-kind interpretive facilities such as the award-winning Rainy River Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre and National Historic Site, Heather works collaboratively with eclectic client groups to tell their stories with sensitivity, accuracy, creativity, and exacting attention to detail.
Heather's love for Winnipeg has led her from chairing the Manitoba/Winnipeg Fort Rouge Community Revitalization program and sitting on numerous business development zone boards to her recent work on the boards of the Winnipeg Arts Council, the Women's Enterprise Centre and FortWhyte Alive. Heather became a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects in 2009.
- Cultural Resources Management Program Credit - Communicating Through Exhibits, 2006
- School of Fine Arts, University of Manitoba, 1969-1970
- Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba, 1963-1968
- Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, Regional Citation, 2005, Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre
- Manitoba Intergovernmental Affairs and Trade, 2004 Manitoba Planning Excellence Award, Wolseley Neighbourhood Strategic Plan
- Manitoba Intergovernmental Affairs and Trade, 2003 Manitoba Planning Excellence Award, Honourary Mention, City of Brandon - Greenspace Master Plan
- Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, 2002
- Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, Regional Merit, 1994, Leo Mol Sculpture Garden
- Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, National Honour, 1990, Celebrating 10,000 Years: A Return to the Forks of the Red & Assiniboine
Margaret Ferguson, NWTALA, FCSLA
Margaret obtained her diploma in Landscape Architectural Technology from Ryerson University in 1980 and a diploma in Restoration of Natural Systems from the University of Victoria in 2011. She was accepted as a member of the NWTALA and the CSLA in 1991.
Margaret was a founding member of the NWTALA and has served continuously on the board since its inception. She has taken an active role in many areas of the association and since 2013 she has been the NWTALA representative on the CSLA Board of Directors.
Margaret moved to then Frobisher Bay (now Iqaluit, Nunavut) in 1984. She became the first resident landscape architect in the eastern arctic and travelled extensively throughout the region as a project officer with the territorial government focusing on advancing responsible site development practices while managing construction projects.
In 1991, Margaret relocated to Yellowknife, NWT to facilitate federal/territorial tourism infrastructure funding resulting in the construction of facilities across the western NWT. She started a consulting firm while in the north, specializing in park master planning, interpretive and heritage resource design, and, community land use planning studies.
Margaret currently resides in Victoria, BC, where she continues to represent the NWT in CSLA activities.
Daniel K. Glenn, APALA, FCSLA
Like so many Atlantic Canadian families, the Glenn’s moved to Central Canada in search of greater opportunities. It was there that Dan obtained his BLA from the University of Guelph, but he couldn’t get the sea out of his soul. So he headed back to a simpler life in Fredericton, New Brunswick. After a short stint in the public sector he opened a private practice in 1983. With a focus on Tourism and Park Planning the firm has undertaken some of the most iconic projects in the region. As each project built toward the next the assignments gradually increased in scale. The CSLA has recognized two in particular, Harbour Passage Waterfront, Saint John, NB and Canadensis – Business Plan for a National Botanic Garden in Ottawa, Ontario.
Notable projects include: Kingsbrae Botanic Garden, St. Andrews, NB; Fredericton Botanic Garden; Campus Plans for St. Thomas University and UPEI; Rothesay Common (People Choice Award for favorite Public Space in Canada); Ritchie Wharf Waterfront in Miramichi; and The Rocks at Hopewell Cape - New Brunswick’s signature Bay of Fundy attraction – where you can “walk on the ocean floor”.
He has held two terms as President of APALA and the Board of the CSLA in addition to several other board and round table positions where he advocates for the roles of landscape architects.
Dan is particularly drawn to sites and communities informed by the dynamics of coastal shorelines, riparian environments and lakefronts where the delicate balance of preserving the natural resources for user needs and enjoyment is a compelling challenge. This is what keeps him in Atlantic Canada, where you are never far from the water.
Cynthia Girling, BCSLA, FCSLA
Cynthia Girling is a Professor of Landscape Architecture in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of British Columbia, and Chaired that program from 2004 to 2010. After practicing in Vancouver early in her career, she moved to academic practice and has now taught, conducted scholarship and headed landscape architecture programs for over thirty years, initially at the University of Oregon and now at UBC.
Her scholarship has focused on the form-making role of open space in the city and in the environmental contributions of urban open space across several spatial scales — yards, neighbor-hoods, and open space systems. She has co-authored two books and numerous reports and articles. With Professor Ronald Kellett, she co-directs the elementsLAB, an interdisciplinary research group emphasizing measured visualizations to inform neighborhood scale design that is more energy conserving, lower environmental impact, of better design quality and more livable.
Cynthia Girling received her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon and holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Manitoba. She has served on the BCSLA Board of Directors while Chair of Landscape Architecture and served on the Board of Examiners for six years. At the national level, she was a juror for the CSLA awards in 2008 and is currently serving on the editorial board of Landscapes/Paysages. Cynthia is a Fellow and past-President of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture and a former member of the Landscape Architect Registration Board in Oregon.
Serge Poitras, FCSLA, AAPQ, OALA, APALA
Serge Poitras is currently Director of Design+Planning+Economics at AECOM. He is Fellow of the CSLA. Graduated from the University of Montreal and UC Berkeley, he has worked as a Landscape Architect and Urban Planner for 34 years in both public and private sectors in the fields of urban and regional planning, environmental planning, landscape architecture, recreation and tourism. He has served as president of AAPQ and was Co-Chair and Chair of CSLA’s conferences in La Havana and Mexico. He is a leading project manager whose work has focused on sustainable design and planning. Throughout his professional experience, he has led multidisciplinary teams on many complex planning and landscape design projects in Quebec, Canada and Latin America. Specifically, Mr. Poitras has successfully undertaken numerous master plans, parks and public spaces planning and design for numerous cities and various provincial and federal institutions. Referring to approaches developed by Smart City, Complete Streets, Sustainable Sites Initiatives (SITESTM) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®), Mr. Poitras seeks that all studies and design projects reaches high standards of quality and performs socially, economically and environmentally.
Glenn O'Connor, OALA, FCSLA, ASLA
Glenn’s impressive career – more than 30 years in landscape architecture – has brought him to the role of Forrec’s water park sector. It’s a job he’s thrilled to have since he now gets to travel with water shoes and swim shorts instead of business suits. At FORREC, Glenn is the senior director of water parks. He quarterbacks a team of landscape architects and other professionals on projects, from competition through entire schematic design and construction. His focus is on creating water parks where fun happens, and people want to stay longer and come back more often.
After completing his landscape architecture degree at the University of Toronto (1981), Glenn learned his craft under the expert direction of Michael Hough, founder of the University of Toronto architecture program. Glenn opened his own firm in 1984 and spent 30 years honing his craft. He led large scale projects, studies, master plans, built works, institutional campus projects, recreation and community projects and healthcare projects. Over his career, he has accomplished more than 1,300 planned and built projects, and won more than 21 awards. He became a CSLA Fellow in 2015. Glenn has a passion for the outdoors and is an avid skier and cyclist.