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: 

Meeting Format:

Civic Agency meetings may be in-person, electronic (as authorized by Section 14.14 of the Procedure By-law), or a hybrid of the two. Meeting agendas and minutes are posted online under the ‘Meetings’ tab below.

Virtual Meeting Platform:

Virtual meetings use Cisco WebEx Webinars (formerly Webex Events). No software download is required.

Attending Meetings:

  • To view a meeting online or listen by phone, follow instructions provided below.
  • Join link is made available at least 24 hours before the meeting.
  • For in-person attendance at City Hall, seek directions to the meeting room from Security staff. If arriving after 5:00 pm, enter via the 12th Avenue entrance by using the intercom (this entrance is equipped with a wheelchair ramp).


Unlike meetings of City Council, there is usually no public speaking option during Civic Agency meetings. Virtual attendees will be muted and unseen by meeting participants. If you wish to get in touch with a Civic Agency, please see the contact information at the bottom of this page.

Next Meeting Details:

  • Date: June 10, 2024
  • Time: 11 am
  • Location: Business Centre Meeting Room, 2nd floor, City Hall; Virtual (Webex Webinars)
  • Meeting Password: VHER (Dial 8437 from telephone keypad)

Joining via Webinar:

  • Click Join the Meeting
  • Enter the meeting password when prompted: VHER

Joining by Phone (Audio Only):

  • Dial 1-604-646-8916 (Local) or 1-855-699-3239 (Canada/US Toll-Free)
  • Enter the access code followed by pound: TBA#
  • Enter numeric meeting password followed by pound: 8437#

Consent - Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy:

To view or participate in meetings virtually, you consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of your personal information outside Canada as described below. The City of Vancouver collects your personal information in accordance with section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for purposes of organizing and administering civic agency meetings. For virtual Civic Agency meetings, your contact information will be shared with the City’s web conferencing provider, Cisco WebEx. Information submitted to WebEx will be stored on servers in the United States and may be accessed in the United States or internationally for technical support purposes. If you have questions about the collection of this information, please contact the Director of Access to Information and Privacy by emailing or mailing a letter to 453 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Y 1V4.

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 Civic Agency members

Staff Contacts

Staff Liaison

Zlatan Jankovic, Senior Heritage Planner


*Contact the Staff Liaison for subject matter expertise and information on City programs, services, and initiatives.


Ana Denissenko, Committee Clerk


*Contact the Clerk for information on meetings, schedules, agendas, minutes, correspondence, and procedure.