Marcus Letourneau





Marcus R. Létourneau is the Managing Principal for LHC Heritage Planning and Archeology, an Ontario-based heritage consultancy with offices in Kingston, Toronto and Huntsville. He is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University. He is also an adjunct assistant professor at the School of Planning and contributing associate for the Heritage Resources Centre at the University of Waterloo. He co-teaches heritage planning at the Willowbank School of Restoration Arts, co-teaches the facilities management course for the Ontario Museum Association and teaches a course called Heritage Planning for Practitioners at Algonquin College.

Marcus currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Heritage Resources Centre at the University of Waterloo and as vice-chair for the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands Municipal Heritage Committee. He is an appointed member of the Board of Directors for the Friends of Springfield House Complex and is part of the program development team for a new Bachelor of Applied Science program in building conservation at Algonquin College. He is a professional member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, a Registered Professional Planner with the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and a professional member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals.

Marcus was previously the manager for the Sustainability and Heritage Management Discipline Team (Ottawa/Kingston) and a senior cultural heritage specialist for Golder Associates Limited (2011-2015). His other positions included: a contract professor at Carleton University in both the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and School of Canadian Studies, as the senior heritage planner for the City of Kingston (2004-2011) where he worked in both the Planning & Development and Cultural Services departments, and various positions at Queen’s University at Kingston (2001-2007).  He previously served on the Executive and Board of Directors for the Ontario Association of Heritage Professionals, the Board of Directors for Community Heritage Ontario, the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Rideau, and the Executive and Board of Directors for the Kingston Historical Society.

Marcus has a PhD in cultural/historical geography (Queen’s University), an MA in cultural geopolitics (University of Western Ontario), BA (Hons) in geography with a history minor (Queen’s University), a diploma in peace and conflict studies (University of Waterloo), a professional certificate in heritage conservation planning (University of Victoria), a certificate in museum studies (Ontario Museum Association) and training in marine/foreshore archaeology. He also completed ICCROM/WHITRAP training in China on impact assessments for heritage. In 2022, he completed ICCROM/Athabasca University training on communication and teaching skills for conservation.

Marcus brings over 20 years of experience to his practice which is particularly focused on heritage legislation, process and planning. He has been involved in over 225 projects either as the project director, project manager or as the senior heritage planner. He has been qualified as an expert heritage witness for the Ontario Land Tribunal, the Conservation Review Board, a Supreme Court hearing and a judicial inquiry for the Public Lands Act. He co-authored the second edition of Heritage Planning (Routledge) with Dr. Hal Kalman (2020).

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Marcus Letourneau