Vancouver Heritage Commission

The Vancouver Heritage Commission advises City Council on:

  • The need for preserving heritage buildings, structures, or lands which collectively represent a cross-section of all periods and styles in the City's historic and cultural evolution
  • The costs and benefits of the preservations
  • The compatibility of preservations with other lawful uses of the buildings, structures, or land
  • Recommendations on the designation of heritage buildings, structures, and lands, and the demolition, preservation, alteration, or renovation of those buildings, structures, and lands

Meeting updates: 

Meetings may be convened by electronic means as authorized by Section 14.14 of the Procedure By-law. Advisory Bodies may elect to conduct their meetings in person, by electronic means, or as a hybrid of the two. 

If attending in person, please continue to respect the personal space of others.

Virtual meetings use Cisco WebEx Events. No software download is required. In the event of a virtual meeting, use the link below to view the meeting live through your web browser.

A link to join the live meeting broadcast is posted 24 hours in advance of the meeting.


Next meeting: Monday, February 5, 2024

Join the meeting (Via Webinar) 

Online meeting password: VHER (8437 from phones)

Join by phone (audio only)

1-855-699-3239 (Canada - toll free)

Webinar Number/Access code: 2772 749 7107

Terms of reference

The Vancouver Heritage Commission Bylaw establishes the Commission, and describes its membership and responsibilities.

Meeting frequency

The commission generally meets every three weeks, at 11:00am at City Hall. There are no meetings in August.


Subcommittees are created to manage the annual Heritage Awards Program and for other matters, as needed.

Time commitment

Commission meetings typically last 2 to 3 hours. Commission members should expect to spend an additional 3 or more hours on committee work each month. Preparation time is also required before meetings.

Attendance requirement

Members may miss no more than four consecutive meetings without obtaining Leave of Absence from the Committee or Council. Membership will be terminated following the fourth such absence.


The Commission consists of 11 voting members, who are appointed by City Council. The Commission also has a City Council liaison who serves as a non-voting member.

Each year, five voting members are appointed for 1- and 2-year terms. Commission members are eligible for reappointment. There are no limits on how many terms a member may serve.

Before being appointed, members must have lived in Metro Vancouver (formerly the Greater Vancouver Regional District) for at least 6 months.


Terms end December 1, 2024:

  • Timothy Ankenman
  • Michael Gordon
  • Nancy Kirkpatrick
  • Judy Lam Maxwell
  • Mika Yamada

Terms end December 1, 2025:

  • John Atoyebi
  • James Evans
  • Alison Fraser
  • Paul Giles
  • Hilary Macdonald
  • Shawn Preus


  • City Council: Councillor Mike Klassen
  • Vancouver Park Board: vacant
  • Vancouver School Board: Trustee Joshua Zhang
  • Staff: Zlatan Jankovic, Senior Heritage Planner

Meetings, agendas, and minutes

Resources for advisory committee members

Contact the Vancouver Heritage Commission

Staff Contact
Zlatan Jankovic
Senior Heritage Planner
Phone: 604-871-6448

Kirsty Colquhoun, Committee Clerk