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Previous Webinars

Past workshops and webinars focused on the conservation, restoration and reuse of historic buildings in Saskatchewan.


1. 2024 Webinars

Heritage Conservation Branch Winter Webinar Series: Historic Places – Living Places

The 2024 webinars showcase a variety of historic places from around Saskatchewan that are making meaningful contributions to our lives today. In these webinars, you will hear the stories of these intriguing projects and learn about the many benefits that have resulted.

Two-story red brick building with grand entrance and windows

Vibank Heritage Centre, Village of Vibank

Presenter: Heath Duncan, Administrator, Village of Vibank
Summary: Vibank’s former convent now houses the village office and other tenants, including a library, daycare, postal outlet, dance studio and a renowned restaurant.

C.M. Glascock Building, Town of Maple Creek

Presenter: Royce Pettyjohn, Southwestern Saskatchewan Oldtimers’ Museum
Summary: Automobile dealerships and a garage were in this building from 1909 to 2009. The Southwestern Saskatchewan Oldtimers’ Museum acquired it in 2010 and has transformed it into an attractive exhibition, meeting and event space.

large stone in field

Buffalo Child Stone

Presenter: Melody Wood, Special Projects Team Lead, Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan

Summary: The demolition of Buffalo Child Stone, called mostos-awasis asiniy by Cree people, was a devastating loss for First Nations people. The Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre worked to “bring home” surviving pieces of the stone to create a space where people can learn the lessons of mostos-awasis asiniy, and where First Nations can reconnect with a vital part of their cultural heritage.

Two-story red brick building with windows

Town of Battleford Historic Post Office Rehabilitation

Presenter: Jesse Crozier, S.L. Contractors, North Battleford

Summary: In 2015, Canada Post decided to move out of its aging building, leaving it with an uncertain future. Purchased and rehabilitated by a local construction firm, this landmark building is again a hub for downtown activity.

General Motors Building, Regina

Presenter: Curtis Lax, Project Manager, West Oak Investments

Summary: The General Motors building was part of an automobile assembly complex established in Regina in 1928. In this presentation, the developer walks us through the business and technical considerations for rehabilitating a heritage building for new use.


2. 2023 Webinars

Heritage Conservation Branch Winter Webinar Series: Historic Places – Living Places

Every community has historic places that commemorate and illuminate the past. By conserving these unique resources, and making them a living part of our communities, they can also enrich our lives today. In this webinar series, you’ll see examples of historic places from around Saskatchewan that are continuing to serve their owners and their communities in many important ways. The webinars below were held in March of 2023.

Heritage Webinar, Historic Buildings

Topics: Darke Hall – University of Regina College Avenue Campus Renewal Project

Presenter: James Youck, Principal and Architect, P3Architecture Partnership.

Town of Moosomin Armoury
Presenter: Greg Nosterud, President, Society for the Preservation of the Moosomin Armoury Inc.; Councillor, Town of Moosomin.

Heritage Webinar Repurposed Surplus Schools

Topics: Abbey Business and Community Centre, Village of Abbey

Presenter: Jenn Biensch, Economic Development Officer, Village of Abbey and Rural Municipality of Miry Creek; Secretary Treasurer, Abbey Business and Community Centre.

Qu’Appelle Valley Centre for the Arts, Town of Fort Qu’Appelle
Presenter: Jim Harding, Past President, Qu’Appelle Valley Centre for the Arts Inc.

Heritage Webinar, Archaeological Heritage

Topic: Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Presenters: Dr. Ernest Walker, Anthropology Professor Emeritus, University of Saskatchewan; Darlene Brander, Chief Executive Officer, Wanuskewin; Jenaya Chutskoff, Director, Finance and Administration and UNESCO Lead, Wanuskewin.


3. 2022 Webinars

Heritage Conservation Branch Winter Webinar Series

The rich tapestry of Saskatchewan's heritage is a woven from places, stories and traditions of many peoples. But these are not just vestiges of the past. They contribute to our lives today in meaningful ways. The webinars in this series showcased several Saskatchewan projects that demonstrate the many rewards of conserving and engaging with historic places and their stories.

Heritage Tourism

Heritage Tourism

Topics: Historic Reesor Ranch, Humboldt Water Tower and the Southern Prairie Railway, Ogema
Presenters: Theresa and Scott Reesor, owners and operators of the Historic Reesor Ranch. Jennifer Fitzpatrick, Director of Cultural Services, City of Humboldt. Carol Peterson, Mayor, Town of Ogema; Chairperson, Ogema Heritage Railway Association.

Historic Buildings as Business Assets

Historic Buildings as Business Assets

Topics: Topics: Daily Grind Coffee Shop and Star Café, Maple Creek; Weston Bakery Building, Regina; and the Yvette Moore Gallery, Moose Jaw
Presenters: Tina Creswell, Councillor, Town of Maple Creek; Proprietor, The Daily Grind Roastery and Coffee Shop. Alton Tangedal, Project Architect. Yvette Moore, Owner.

Heritage and Community

Heritage and Community

Topics: The Grand Theatre, Indian Head; Melfort Post Office; and the Regina Indian Industrial School Cemetery
Presenters: Tara-Leigh Heslip, Chair, Indian Head Theatre and Community Arts Inc., and Meagan McEwen, Community Development Officer, Town of Indian Head. Gailmarie Anderson, Curator, Melfort & District Museum. David Owens, Member and Past President, Regina Indian Industrial School Commemorative Association.

Archaeological Heritage Projects

Archaeological Heritage Projects

Topics: Ground Penetrating Radar – Applications for Cemeteries and Fort Carlton Archaeology Project
Presenters: Mike Markowski, Director/Principal Archaeologist, Atlheritage Services Corp. Dr. Karin Steuber, Public Outreach Coordinator, Saskatchewan Archaeological Society.


4. 2021 Webinars

Giving historic buildings new life can be a profitable investment for developers and deliver many benefits to communities. However, these projects can present unique challenges compared to new builds.

Adaptive Reuse: The Ingredients for Successfully Redeveloping Historic Buildings webinars will provide valuable insights and advice for navigating the financial, regulatory and technical requirements for the successful redevelopment of a historic building.

The Developer's Perspective video

Adaptive Reuse – The Developer's Perspective

Topics: Identifying viable projects, financing, regulatory considerations, construction challenges.
Presenter: Ross Keith, founder of Nicor Group, a Regina-based property development and management firm with a large portfolio of redeveloped historic buildings.

Presentation document

Building Codes video

Adaptive Reuse and Building Codes

Topic: Satisfying code requirements and preserving a building's heritage features.
Presenters: Murray Fischer, Building Safety Manager, City of Brandon; Brant Hryhorczuk, Heritage Building Conservation Officer, Heritage Conservation Branch.

Presentation document

The Municipality's Role video

Adaptive Reuse – The Municipality's Role

Topics: Community benefits of adaptive reuse, municipal tools for supporting adaptive reuse.
Presenter: Michael Ruus, Director of Planning and Development, Cape Breton Regional Municipality; former General Manager of Planning and Growth Development, City of Swift Current.

Presentation document

Archaeological Considerations video

Adaptive Reuse – Archaeological Considerations

Topic: Protection and commemoration of archaeological materials found in association with historic buildings should be considered in reuse planning and management.
Presenters: Kim Cloutier, Archaeologist; Lorna Dmyterko, Provincial Archaeology Inventory Specialist; Tom Richards, Senior Archaeologist, Heritage Conservation Branch.

Presentation document

If you have any questions, please contact the Heritage Conservation Branch at 306-787-2817 or

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