Marcus R. Létourneau, PhD, MCIP, RPP, CAHP – Managing Principal
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 and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in 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 (MCIP), a Registered Professional Planner with OPPI (RPP) and a professional member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP).
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: serving as a contract professor at Carleton University in both the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and School of Canadian Studies (Heritage Conservation); 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, in various capacities 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; on the Board of Directors for Community Heritage Ontario; on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Rideau, and, on the Executive and Board of Directors for the Kingston Historical Society.
Marcus has a PhD in Cultural/Historical Geography (Queen’s University); a 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 heritage 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 (OMB/LPAT) (heritage planning with a specialization in cultural heritage landscapes; land use planning with a specialization in heritage conservation; and, heritage conservation), CRB (cultural heritage specialist), for a Superior Court Hearing, and for 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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Online format using the learning management system (LMS), Brightspace, over a 14-week period, requiring approximately 12-14 rigorous hours of coursework per week.
Students login to the course and communicate with the instructor and fellow students via the Brightspace course site. This course follows an asynchronous delivery model.
This course will use online text-based notes and/or PowerPoint presentations, forum-based discussions, individual and individual assignments, and print and online readings/resources. In addition to completing assignments and activities, participants are expected to contribute meaningfully and frequently to forum-based discussions weekly. The mode of contact with the course instructor is via email or online forums.
Attendance, participation and decorum
Whether registered as a credit or non-credit participant, you will be expected to:
- login to the course website on a regular basis throughout each week
- participate in class activities, and thoughtfully and articulately contribute to course forum discussions by reflecting upon assigned readings and professional experiences
- submit course assignments on scheduled course deadline dates
- notify course instructors of any personal leaves throughout the term that will affect class participation well in advance
- notify the instructor of any situation that will compromise the timely submission of an assignment or activity to work out alternate arrangements well in advance of due date
- provide work throughout the course that is effectively organized and researched, professionally presented, and well-written
- interact with colleagues, program staff, and course instructors in a respectful and positive manner at all times
In some cases, participants and the course instructor may discuss examples that reflect an actual situation, institution, or community. In order to create an environment where all feel free to discuss and learn from situational issues, it is asked that everyone respect the confidential nature of the institutions and communities being discussed.
While the site is password protected, note that email and course discussion forum groups are never entirely confidential and are subject to freedom of information and privacy legislation. Your use of these communication tools should reflect the public nature of the media.
We ask that you respect the copyright of any and all course materials and note that these are circulated and shared for the purposes of this course only. Further reproduction is strictly prohibited.
Disclosure of personal information to vendors, systems or services storing or accessing that information outside of Canada is restricted by s.30.1 of FIPPA.
Instructors may use a variety of educational technology in a course including internet-based technologies, or web-based applications, cloud services and social media. The use of technology is intended to enhance and/or deliver students’ education and is part of a students’ engagement at the University. Some of these technologies may collect, use, disclose, and store student and instructor personal information.
In some courses, instructors may require students to use educational technology and social media which stores personal information outside of Canada, in such cases, instructors will try to provide options (such as using an alias to register).
If students do not want their personal information stored or accessed outside of Canada, in certain rare instances, courses may not be available to them. If the course is required for the completion of a degree, alternatives will be provided.
1.5 units at UVic or may be taken on a non-credit basis.