is a specialist in heritage conservation. A graduate in Architecture
from Montreal University (1971) and member of the Ordre
des Architectes du Québec (1976-2007), Mr. LeBlanc
specialized in heritage conservation at the University of
York in England and in Ottawa, Canada.
He is currently
retired. From 2001 to
2007 he was the Head of Field Projects at the Getty Conservation
Institute in Los Angeles, California, USA. As Head of Field
Projects, Mr. LeBlanc was responsible for directing a team
of specialists that participated in various heritage conservation
projects throughout the world. The projects aimed to advance
conservation practice worldwide through the development and
implementation of model field projects which incorporated
strong research, planning and educational objectives.
Architect at the National Capital Commission (NCC) in Ottawa
from 1992 to 2001, Mr. LeBlanc was responsible for the conservation
and renovation of NCC properties in the National Capital Region.
Several of these properties, such as the Prime Minister's
Residence and the Governor General's Residence, are nationally
recognized historic buildings and sites.
of the Heritage Canada Foundation from 1983 to 1992, Mr. LeBlanc
directed the national Main Street programme. The programme
encourages the economic, social and physical revitalization
of downtowns across Canada. The national network encompassed
more than 100 communities in 1992, from Whitehorse in Yukon
to St. John's in Newfoundland.
was also responsible for the Heritage Regions programme that
helped local residents in large sparsely populated regions
across Canada to pull together to protect their cultural and
natural heritage and use it as the basis for economic revitalization.
The programme's objectives were to maintain or improve the
region's quality of life and create a national network of
1979 and 1983, LeBlanc was Director of the Paris-based International
Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). LeBlanc launched
a distinguished career as a restoration architect with Parks
Canada. He became the Chief Architect for the agency's Quebec
Region, supervising engineers and architects responsible for
the design and construction of contemporary structures and
the restoration of national historic buildings, sites and
areas such as Les Forges de St-Maurice, Fort Chambly, Lachine
and Richelieu Canals and the Quebec Fortifications.
international experience in conservation is extensive. He
has worked as a UNESCO expert and was assigned missions in
Lebanon, Greece, Mozambique, Sri Lanka and Egypt. He participated
as a representative of Canada to the World Commission on Culture
and Development meetings held at the United Nations headquarters
in New York.
also served on the Executive of ICOMOS International and the
Association for Preservation Technology International (APT).
He is Past President of ICOMOS Canada, a Fellow of APT (2003)
and member of the ICOMOS Academy (2009).