Wilson West, PhD, CAHP

Senior Historian

Wilson West, PhD CAHP has worked in the heritage/culture sector for over thirty years. His background is diverse with experience as a historian, archaeologist, curator, researcher, policy advisor and heritage preservation consultant. These positions were held within many levels of government and in the private sector.  This work included all types of historical research conducted in library, archival, and web-based repositories, and he has developed, researched, and written heritage preservation studies for the U.S. Navy, the National Park Service, the State of Alabama, the Civil War Preservation Trust and the Province of Ontario.

Wilson also worked as a policy advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Culture in Toronto where he provided technical advice and expertise to ministry offices, stakeholders, and other preservation groups during the development and implementation of regulations and guidelines for the protection and preservation of Ontario’s marine heritage resources.  This work resulted in the establishment of O. Reg. 11/06, establishing Ontario’s first marine protected areas for the wreck sites of the USS Hamilton and USS Scourge, and the SS Edmund Fitzgerald.

Wilson has extensive experience researching, writing and editing cultural heritage resource documents required for compliance with the Ontario Heritage Act and the Standards & Guidelines for Conservation of Provincial Heritage Properties (S&Gs).  Most recently at the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, he was project lead for the development and implementation of a Compliance Reporting and Monitoring Framework for the S&Gs, and the first report back on implementation progress to the Minister and Management Board of Cabinet.