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November 07, 2005 10:30 ET

Parks Canada: Prominent Canadian Appointed to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 7, 2005) - The Honourable Stephane Dion, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced the appointment of a prominent Canadian, Dr. Roderick Charles Macleod, to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC), for a second term of five years.

"Dr. Macleod, through his knowledge and expertise, makes a valuable contribution to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada who's work is to commemorate nationally significant people, places and events," said Minister Dion. "His passion for Canadian history is an added value to the Board to ensure that Canada's rich cultural heritage is remembered and appreciated by this generation and generations to come."

Dr. Macleod has taught Canadian History at the University of Alberta since 1969 where he also served as Chair of the History Department and Associate Dean of Arts. He is a former member of the Council of the Canadian Historical Association, the management board of the Centre for Constitution Studies, the editorial boards of the Canadian Historical Review and Prairie Forum. He currently chairs the board of the University of Alberta Press and is a board member of the Alberta 2005 Centennial History Society. His publications deal with Canadian legal and military history. Dr. Macleod represented Alberta as member of the Board from February 2002 to February 2005.

The HSMBC advises the Minister of the Environment on the designation of places, people and events of national historic significance. With Parks Canada, it also ensures that commemorative plaques describing the historic significance of all such designated people, places and events are placed at appropriate locations, both within Canada and abroad.

"The commemorative plaques placed across the country by the Historic Sites and Monument Board of Canada help to connect Canadians with our shared past and with each other," explained Minister Dion. "They tell the story of our development as a nation, and the people, places and events that shaped our country."

Created in 1919, the HSMBC has 17 members: the National Archivist, an officer of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and one part-time Governor-in-Council appointee for each province and territory, with the exception of Quebec and Ontario, which have two part-time members each. Part-time appointments are made by the Governor in Council on the advice of the Minister of the Environment.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Brigitte Caron
    Press Secretary
    (819) 997-1441
    Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
    Michel Audy
    Executive Secretary
    (819) 997-0129