All annual grant proposals are adjudicated and awarded by a national jury composed of six individuals from public, and private practice with academic credentials representing the Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Prairie, British Columbia regions and Canada’s north.  



Atlantic Provinces:  

Ed Versteeg is an independent landscape architect working in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, and an Associate of Tract Consulting Inc.  His practice spans the range from urban planning to large scale residential design projects, the common element being that much of his work culminates in built form. His work on park planning and trails has been recognized by the CSLA and ASLA with three national honour awards.  Ed holds a Bachelor of Commerce (St. Mary’s), Bachelor of Design (NSCAD) and Master of Landscape Architecture (Guelph).  Ed recently concluded seven years of service on the executive of APALA  including two years as APALA representative to the board of the CSLA; he currently sits on the committee responsible for establishing the Peter Klynstra Memorial Scholarship (a joint effort of APALA and LACF), and joined the LACF jury in 2012 and is an LACF Board member.


Joanne Proulx is a graduate of landscape architecture from the Université de Montréal.  She also completed a short master program at the Université du Québec in "Urban Economic Development Management" in 2012.   Joanne’s career has spanned from planning, design and technical planning to construction supervision over a plans and the supervision of the construction sites on various projects over a diverse range of projects.  Her projects include the first dog parks, skatepark and natural environment areas for the City of Montreal.  She has worked in collaboration with citizen groups, elected officials and several other professional organizations on regional planning initiatives.   In 2010, Ms. Proulx organized a special trip to China for landscape architects, urban planners and architects. She recently retired after 30 years with the City of Montreal.  She joined the LACF jury in 2016.


John Zvonar is a graduate of the University of Manitoba (1988).  Since 1992 he has focused his attention on protecting nationally-significant cultural landscapes for the federal government across Canada and abroad.   These historic places are under the jurisdiction of Parks Canada, the Parliamentary Precinct in Ottawa and other federal departments such as Veterans Affairs Canada.   John has long been associated with the Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation, an interdisciplinary forum for exploring and exchanging ideas about historic landscapes and their stewardship.  He is also actively involved with the Cultural Landscapes committee of ICOMOS Canada and is now the voting member for Canada at the International Scientific Committee for Cultural Landscapes.  John was honoured with his election to the CSLA College of Fellows in 2014 and joined the LACF jury in 2014.


Nataša Juck obtained her bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture from Brno University of Technology in the Czech Republic and her Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Manitoba. She worked in Guelph before moving to Winnipeg with her family in 1973. Natasa received a Master of Landscape Architecture in 1984.  She started work at Hilderman Witty Crosby Hanna and Associates in 1985, became an associate in 1989. and has contributed to the growth of the firm until her recent retirement.   Natasa has worked on a diverse range of projects, bringing her passion for design, horticulture, biology and ecology to each project. She has also been an active member of MALA for many years, a volunteer for the Herb Society of Manitoba, and a lecturer on landscape design and ecology.  Natasa was inducted as a life member of the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architecture in 2013 and as a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects in 2015.  She joined the LACF jury in 2015.

British Columbia:

Randy Sharp is a graduate of the University of Oregon in Landscape Architecture.  In 1977 he joined the urban design team for the redevelopment of Granville Island for CMHC. In 1980, Randy Sharp established a practice in Vancouver that has grown into Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture Inc., committed to ecological based solutions for site development that blends landscape and architecture.  Major achievements include the Vancouver International Airport (YVR), the Seymour Filtration Plant (Metro Vancouver), Broadway Tech Centre (Bentall Kennedy), and the headquarters of Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC).  He recently retired from the firm to focus on research, writing and teaching, as well as consulting in land development, green building and water management.  Mr. Sharp is a guest lecturer in the School of Architecture at UBC, the City Program at SFU, and the Centre for Architectural Ecology at BCIT.  


Karen LeGresley Hamre, principal of Avens Associates Ltd.  She is a Fellow of the CSLA and professional member of Interpretation Canada. Karen has extensive project experience in the north, having worked in over 30 communities in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. She has also worked in three Canadian provinces and Germany, in various private and public sector positions. Karen has owned and operated Avens Associates Ltd., from Yellowknife since 1986, providing professional consulting services in landscape architecture, environmental and interpretive planning, and project management.  Karen joined the LACF jury in 2012 and is the current LACF Secretary.


LACF thanks the Jury members for their work and their commitment. 


Visit the PORTFOLIO section to learn about the award winning projects this year.