Chris Edwards – President & Heritage Watch
I arrived in Calgary in 1990, and after some years living in the suburbs, in late 2003 I moved to the inner-city and began noticing not only Calgary’s historic buildings but also discovered all those which had been lost. I set up the calgaryheritage.org website in 2004, and joined the Beltline community’s heritage committee. In the fall of 2005 the 5 member committee left the Beltline and formed the Calgary Heritage Initiative, gaining provincial society status the next year. Since then I have chaired the Heritage Watch committee which monitors risks to Calgary’s heritage, as well as taking the role of Vice President from 2017-2020.
VACANT – Secretary
Madison Kitts-Gaston - Treasurer
History has been my longtime passion. I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in History and am currently working on a graduate degree in Historic Preservation. Built history is my main area of interest. I love learning about old buildings and how they were made. And, as an owner of a century home, I am eager to learn more about the preservation and protection of these assets in Calgary. Currently I work as an office manager for a general contractor and part time in sales for Heritage Park Historical Village.
Rick Williams – Past President
I have been on the Calgary Heritage Initiative Board for over twelve years and acted as President from 2017-2020. I had always loved the old neighborhoods my family lived in over the years but my active interest in heritage preservation and advocacy began after living in Europe for several years and returning to Calgary to live in the historic inner city community of Cliff Bungalow-Mission. I have a special interest in heritage preservation as it relates to urban planning and historic districts, and have been involved with a number of planning organizations and boards. My university training was in environmental biology and my most recent career is in exploration geophysics.
Karen Paul – Director, Communications
I joined the CHI Board in 2016 as Communications Chair. Born in Winnipeg to a family of architects, craftsmen and home builders, I grew up with a strong appreciation for built heritage. My volunteer interests include community leadership and planning, heritage policy, and natural history/stewardship. Now retired from a career in business and market analysis, I have time on my hands to devote to heritage advocacy.
Stephanie Lope – Director, Events
I joined CHI to know the Calgary historical neighborhoods better and help to its preservation, by raising public awareness. Born in France and working there in heritage preservation and enhancement, I always loved to know the history and stories of a building, and find the best way to share it with the public. Working for a community organization in Calgary, I want to devote my volunteer time to Heritage, and doing so, to learn more about the History of Calgary.
Lindae Stokes – Director, Advocacy
Seeing how fast built heritage in Calgary is disappearing motivated me to get involved with heritage advocacy and awareness. I volunteered for the Century Homes Calgary in 2012 and continue to serve as as a board member with the Calgary Heritage Initiative.
Olivia Breytenbach - Director, Social Media (Instagram)
I began volunteering with CHI in February 2019 and joined the Board of Directors some months later. My background is in architecture and historic preservation, and I am currently a student in the University of Calgary's Master of Architecture program. As Director-at-Large, I enjoy running CHI's Instagram account and helping out with communications and events. Calgary is a vibrant city, and our historic spaces add immeasurable value to the lives of its citizens and visitors alike. I am proud of the work our organization does to advocate for Calgary's young history, and truly believe that progress and saving our heritage places do not have to be at odds with one another.
Sarah Ebbern – Director (Research)
Bio coming soon
Kamran Dadi – Director, Membership Engagement
I am passionate about local history, and would like to establish myself as a go-to person in Calgary’s heritage sector. I bring 3+ years of social media/communications experience and 4+ years of non-profit management experience. I graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts in History and I am currently completing a Public Relations Management certificate. I recently joined Heritage Park Historical Village as a marketing and communications summer student.
Tarra Drevet – Director, Public Awareness
I am Project Lead for Heritage Inspires YYC, Chair of Planning and Board Director for the Scarboro Community Association and a member of the Urban Planning Committee, Federation of Calgary Communities. I initiated the heritage evaluation of the neighbourhood of Scarboro as a municipal and provincial “Heritage Area,” designed by the Olmsted firm in 1909-10, supported by an extensively researched 200-page Historical Context Paper and Statement of Significance. I continue to collaborate with The City of Calgary to improve education for heritage policies and to support the creation of heritage districts.
Sarah Frolick – Director Social Media
I have volunteered with the Calgary Heritage Initiative Society/ Heritage Inspires YYC since November 2020 as a social media administrator. I became increasingly aware of the loss of heritage buildings after moving to the inner city and wanted to help raise awareness. I believe that heritage buildings have an important story to tell and are integral to understanding our City’s past! - They also make for great bars and boutiques! Sarah was born and raised in Calgary and has a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Calgary.
Steve Gilks – Director at Large
I am one of few people that can boast about having been born and raised here in Calgary. It was only just recently that I moved my family out to the suburbs. From a young age I found myself intrigued by old buildings and places. Now with my career in Masonry and Restoration, I am able to appreciate them in a whole new way. I joined CHI at the end of 2020 and then the board as a Director soon there after. I look forward to what the future will bring, in preserving the past.