The Board is composed of a representative from each province and territory (named by the Governor in Council for appointments of up to five years with the possibility of additional terms), as well as the Librarian and Archivist of Canada, an officer of the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Director General of Parks Canada National Historic Sites Directorate, who also acts as the Board’s Secretary. View the list and biographical notes of current Board members.
Candidates for Board membership must meet the following criteria:
- Reside in the province or territory he or she represents;
- Have knowledge of the history of the province or territory that he or she represents, as well as the historical trends that shaped the development of Canada as a whole;
- Be available to attend quarterly meetings of several days in duration, in addition to lengthy preparation time, as well as to officiate at plaque unveiling ceremonies a few times a year; and
- Have a reading comprehension of English and French.
For more information on the appointment process of the members of the Historic Sites and Monument Board of Canada, please visit the Governor in Council Appointments website.
Given the volume of work involved in carrying out its mandate, the Board created a number of committees with specific responsibilities. For example, the Inscriptions Committee reviews and approves texts on commemorative plaques; the Status of Designations Committee clarifies the objective of existing designations; and committees on Cultural Communities, the Built Environment, People and Events conduct a first analysis of nominations relating to their respective expertise.