Marcus Letourneau, PhD, MCIP, RPP, CAHP


Marcus Letourneau is recognized both as a practitioner specializing in policy and process, and as a heritage educator. As the Principal of Letourneau Heritage Consulting Inc., Marcus has experience working with a variety of heritage resources types and heritage organizations including the public, private, non-profit, and academic sectors. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Queen’s University and a Contributing Associate for the Heritage Resources Centre at the University of Waterloo. Marcus currently serves as President of the Ontario Association of Heritage Professionals and is an appointed member of the Board of Directors for the Kingston Historical Society.

Marcus’ formal training includes specific courses in resource management, historical geography, cultural landscapes, museum studies, heritage conservation planning, marine archaeology, dispute resolution, and management leadership. He is a Registered Professional Planner (RPP), a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP), and a full member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP).

Prior to establishing Letourneau Heritage Consulting Inc, Marcus was the Manager for the Sustainability and Heritage Management Discipline team in Ottawa/Kingston (2013-2015) and was a Senior Cultural Heritage Specialist (2011-2015) for Golder Associates Limited. Other previous positions included: serving as a contract professor at Carleton University in both the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies (2014) and School of Canadian Studies (Heritage Conservation) (2012-2013); as the senior heritage planner for the City of Kingston (2004-2011); and, in various capacities at Queen’s University at Kingston (2001-2007). He also previously served on the Board of Directors for Community Heritage Ontario (2007-2011), as a volunteer with the City of Kingston Historic Properties Research Group of Kingston Municipal Heritage Committee (LACAC) (January 2002 – November 2004), and a volunteer at the Pump House Steam Museum (2002 – 2003).

Marcus has also written on heritage issues for both academic and general audiences, examples of which include the following:

  • Létourneau, M et al. City of Kingston Properties of Cultural Heritage Value and Interest (“Listed Properties”). Kingston: City of Kingston, February 2011. (166 pp + ii). Available Here.
  • Létourneau, M. “‘Under the Old Stones of Kingston: The City of Kingston Archaeological Master Planning Process (1987-2011).” (Accepted/Forthcoming 2016)
  • Letourneau, M. “Challenging the Labyrinth: Reflecting on the legal intricacies of Heritage Conservation and Wind Energy projects in Ontario.” Universite de Montreal Heritage Roundtable, March, 2013. Montreal, Canada. Available Here.
    • This paper was a primary source for a Heritage Canada article on Wind Energy, Available Here.
  • Létourneau, M. “Planning for the Future of the Past: Experiences with Cultural Heritage Resource Management in a Municipal Context.” Carleton School of Canadian Studies Heritage Conservation Symposia papers. Presented March 27, 2010. Available Here.