Bray Heritage

Dr. Bray is a heritage planner and landscape architect with graduate degrees in urban design and cultural geography. He has over 40 years of professional experience in both the public and private sectors and has successfully completed projects across Canada and in the United States, the Caribbean and Great Britain.

Dr. Bray has extensive experience in identifying and assessing cultural heritage resources for potential tourism development. He has worked across Canada on such projects, as well as in the southern US, the Cayman Islands and Barbados. With the Tourism Company, he has completed cultural heritage tourism development projects from coast to coast, notably the Aboriginal Heritage Garden in Eel River Bar First Nation, NB, and the Vancouver Island Biosphere Centre in and around Parksville, BC. He has undertaken cultural tourism development projects throughout Northern Ontario, including the Great Lakes Heritage Coast, the Fur Trader Village at Moose Factory, and the Cobalt National Historic Mining District (where A.Y. Jackson’s paintings of Cobalt were one of the resources considered). Further south, he has led teams that prepared Heritage Master Plans for the City of Niagara Falls and the City of Cambridge (winner of the 2010 Heritage Planning award from CAHP) and has recently prepared such a plan for the rural municipality of Pelham, in the Niagara Peninsula. In each case, the work involves assessment of existing cultural heritage resources within these municipalities and preparation of conservation and development strategies (including economic development and cultural tourism development), planning policies, and implementation processes. He has extensive planning and site development experience, initially as Area Planner for the City of Toronto (downtown areas) and then as senior planner for Urban Strategies, working on major projects in the GTA, the United States, and London UK. Dr. Bray has been invited to speak at national and international heritage conferences and currently teaches the heritage planning and urban design courses at Queen’s University’s graduate School of Urban and Regional Planning.