Department of Geography and Planning

Department of Geography and Planning
Department of Geography and Planning

Marcus Létourneau

Adjunct Assistant Professor
School of Urban and Regional Planning

In addition to serving as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University, Marcus Létourneau is the Managing Principal of LHC, an Ontario-based heritage consultancy. He is also a Senior Associate with Bray Heritage and both a Sessional Instructor and Contributing Associate for the Heritage Resources Centre at the University of Waterloo. He co-teaches heritage planning at the Willowbank School of Restoration Arts, co-teaches the facilities management course for historic house museums for the Ontario Museum Association, and teaches a course called “Heritage Planning for Practitioners” at Algonquin College.

Marcus currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Rideau, on the Board of Directors for the Heritage Resources Centre at the University of Waterloo, and as Vice-Chair for the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands Municipal Heritage Committee. 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 was previously the Manager for the Sustainability and Heritage Management Discipline Team (Ottawa/Kingston) and a Senior Cultural Heritage Specialist for Golder Associates Limited (2011-2015). His other positions included: serving as a contract professor at Carleton University in both the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and School of Canadian Studies (Heritage Conservation); as the senior heritage planner for the City of Kingston (2004-2011) where he worked in both the Planning & Development and Cultural Services Departments; and, in various capacities at Queen’s University at Kingston (2001-2007). He previously served on the Executive and Board of Directors for the Ontario Association of Heritage Professionals; on the Board of Directors for Community Heritage Ontario; and, on the Executive and Board of Directors for the Kingston Historical Society.

Marcus has a PhD in Cultural/Historical Geography (Queen’s University); a MA in Geography (Western); BA (Hons) in Geography with a History Minor (Queen’s University); a Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies (University of Victoria); a Professional Certificate in Heritage Conservation Planning (University of Victoria); a Certificate in Management Development (St Lawrence College), a Certificate in Museum Studies; and training in Marine/Foreshore Archaeology. In 2018, he completed UNESCO/ICCROM/WHITRAP training in China on impact assessments for heritage.

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 225 projects either as the project manager or as the senior heritage planner. He has been qualified as an expert heritage witness at the former OMB/LPAT, CRB, for a judicial inquiry for the Public Lands Act, and has been crossed-examined for a matter before Ontario Superior Court. He is currently co-authoring the second edition of Heritage Planning: Principals and Process with Dr. Hal Kalman (Routledge - expected 2020).

Dipl (PACS) (Waterloo)
BA (Hons). (Queen's)
M.A. (Western)
Ph.D. (Queen's) (2009)