Marcus Letourneau, PhD, MCIP, RPP, CAHP

Managing Principal, Senior Heritage Planner

Marcus Letourneau is recognized both as a practitioner specializing in policy and process, and as an award-winning educator. As the Managing Principal of Letourneau Heritage Consulting Inc., he 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 a Senior Associate with Bray Heritage; an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University; and, a Contributing Associate for the Heritage Resources Centre at the University of Waterloo.  He is also an instructor for the Willowbank School of Restorative Arts and the Ontario Museum Association and has been commissioned by Routledge to co-author with Dr. Hal Kalman on the second edition of the textbook “Heritage Planning.”  Marcus currently serves as Past President of the Ontario Association of Heritage Professionals, Past President of the Kingston Historical Society, on the Board of the Friends of the Rideau, and on the Interim Board of Directors for the Heritage Resources Centre at the University of Waterloo.  He is a professional member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP), a Registered Professional Planner (RPP) and a full Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP) member.

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 has a PhD in Cultural/Historical Geography; an MA in Cultural Geopolitics; BA (Hons) in Geography with a History Minor; a Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies; a Professional Certificate in Heritage Conservation Planning; a Certificate in Museum Studies; and training in Marine/Foreshore Archaeology.  He has also received training from Parks Canada and CCI (including training on disaster management for historic sites). 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 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 175 projects, either as the project director, project manager and/or senior heritage planner.  He has been qualified as an expert heritage witness at the OMB, CRB, and for a judicial inquiry for the Public Lands Act.

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).
  • Létourneau, M. “‘Under the Old Stones of Kingston: The City of Kingston Archaeological Master Planning Process (1987-2011).” In Sherene Baugher, Douglas Appler, and William Moss (ed.) Urban Archaeology, Municipal Government, and Local Planning: Preserving Heritage within the Commonwealth of Nations and the United States. Springer Press, 2017: p. 91-113.
  • [With Michael Seaman] “The Evolution of Roles and Responsibilities in Municipal Heritage Conservation” Municipal World. February 2017: pp. 11-12 & 40.
  • 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.