Call for Nominations: CSLA President-Elect 2021


Chris is a partner at NVision InSight Group, an Indigenous consulting firm with offices in Ottawa and Iqaluit. 

For two decades he has specialized in landscape design and planning projects across the Canadian arctic that support Indigenous land use, socio-economic development, and heritage conservation. His practice integrates Indigenous traditional knowledge principles with landscape architecture approaches for protected areas, heritage sites and interpretive travel routes. He’s a part-time instructor of community planning at Nunavut Sivuniksavut in Ottawa, a post-secondary program providing Inuit youth with academic learning in their cultural context.  

He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in 1993 and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph in 2000. He’s a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (2014), President of the Nunavut Association of Landscape Architects, and a member of the Northwest Territories Association of Landscape Architects and Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals. He was the Chair of the 2011 CSLA Congress hosted by NuALA in Iqaluit.

Chris was Chair of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Reconciliation Advisory Committee (RAC) from 2016 to 2020, and a member of the RAC from 2020 to present. The RAC is mandated “to guide the CSLA in improving awareness and capacity for supporting Canada’s First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples”.  In 2019 he led the establishment of Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation’s new National Indigenous Scholarship in Landscape Architecture. Chris was awarded the CSLA Schwabenbauer Award in 2011 and CSLA Presidents Award in 2018 for his contributions to the profession. In 2007 his firm Aarluk Consulting won a CSLA Award of Excellence for the Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park Interpretive Trail Plan in Iqaluit, Nunavut. In 2018, his firm, in partnership with HTFC, was awarded a CSLA Award of Excellence for the Kinngaaluk Territorial Park Master Plan, a site in Sanikiluaq, Nunavut. The project was featured on the cover of the January 2019 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM), published by the American Society of Landscape Architects. In 2020, his firm, in partnership with Wendy Shearer, was awarded a CSLA Award of Excellence for the Top of the World Highway Interpretive Plan, a Yukon Highway on the homeland of Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation.

Away from the office he is a supporter of Canadian artists through his family’s gallery, General Fine Craft, and an enthusiastic gardener.

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