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April 15, 2008 11:30 ET

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

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 15, 2008) - Canada's Environment Minister John Baird today announced the appointment of Mr. Allan Duddridge of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC).

"Through his knowledge, dedication and expertise, Allan Duddridge will make a valuable contribution to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada and its work to commemorate people, places and events of national historic significance", said Minister Baird. "He will help the Board ensure that our country's rich cultural heritage is remembered and appreciated by this and future generations of Canadians."

Mr. Duddridge earned a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies and a Master's Degree in Architecture, both from the University of Manitoba. He is a Principal Architect for a major architectural design, engineering and project management firm. Mr. Duddridge has twice been granted the City of Saskatoon Heritage Award and has also twice received the Lieutenant-Governor of Saskatchewan Heritage Architecture Excellence Award.

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 these subjects of national historic significance are marked appropriately, 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 Baird. "They tell the story of our development of Canada, and of 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 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
    Eric Richer
    Press Secretary
    Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
    Michel Audy
    Executive Secretary