François LeBlanc is a specialist in heritage conservation. A graduate in Architecture from Montreal University, Mr. LeBlanc specialized in heritage conservation at the University of York in England and in Ottawa, Canada. He was a registered architect with the OAQ from 1976 to 2007.

He is currently retired. From 2001 to 2007, he was Head of Field Projects at the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles, USA directing projects in more than 24 countries. He is the former Chief Architect of the National Capital Commission in Ottawa (1992-2001); he was Vice-President of the Heritage Canada Foundation (1983-1992), Director of the International Council on Monuments and Sites' Secretariat in Paris, France (1979-1983); Chief Architect of historic sites from the French Period at Parks Canada in Ottawa (1971-1975) and Quebec City (1975-1979). He has served on the Executive of ICOMOS, as President of ICOMOS Canada and on the Board of the Association for Preservation Technology International (APTi). He was inducted in the APT College of Fellows (2003) and the ICOMOS Academy (2009).

[click] To read F. LeBlanc's profile written by Joel Weiner in 2021 for Lowertown Echo, a local Ottawa magazine.