The National Jury

The jury evaluates submissions based on how projects fit within established LACF objectives. They need to be achievable, supported and led by qualified proponents. - LACF Grants Committee 

Meet the Jury for the 2020 Grants 

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. Thank you! 

Jury Foreman

Ed Versteeg is Instructor, Landscape Architecture, Dalhousie University and Principal, Ed Versteeg Landscape Architect.  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 served seven years on the executive of APALA including two years as APALA representative to the board of the CSLA; he assisted with establishing the Peter Klynstra Memorial Scholarship (a joint effort of APALA and LACF).  Ed joined the LACF jury in 2012 and the LACF Board in 2015.  Ed has served on the Grants Committee for the past 5 years and is responsible for the evaluation system employed by the Jury.  


Atlantic Provinces

Hope Parnham is a landscape architect and planner working in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and is also a research associate with the Climate Research Lab at the University of Prince Edward Island. She has been working in the field of climate change adaptation through planning and design for over ten years.  Hope is currently working towards a Ph.D. in Environmental Science studying the impacts of shoreline alterations and structures (i.e. seawalls) on sandy beach systems.  Hope holds a Bachelor of Science (St. Francis Xavier), Bachelor of Environmental Design (U of Manitoba) and Master of Landscape Architecture (U of Manitoba).  Hope is a member of the CSLA Task Force on Climate Change and is co-chair of the IFLA Committee on Climate Change.  She has served on the executive of APALA for the past 4 years, including two years as president.  In October 2017 she will take on the role of the APALA representative to the board of the CSLA.  



Nicole Valois is a landscape architect and professor at the École d'urbanisme et d'architecture de paysage at the University of Montreal.  She teaches landscape heritage, project methodology and workshops on urban spaces.  As an Associate Researcher and the Canada Research Chair in Built Heritage, she has collaborated in several studies on landscape heritage, including the campus of the Université de Montréal and Expo ’67.  She has publications by l'Université de Montréal and the University Press of Perpignan. Here recent research is partially funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and is focused on the values of Canadian public spaces of the modern period.  Nicole has been a member of numerous juries and committees, including the Canada Council for the Arts Lettres du Québec.  She was recently appointed a member of the Montréal Heritage Council.  Nicole has been a past recipient of  LACF grants (individually and as part of collaboratives).  


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.



Marilyn Gould is Regional Manager- Saskatchewan at HTFC Planning & Design graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Degree in Agricultural Sciences in 2003 and obtained her Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Manitoba in 2007. Marilyn has been practicing professionally since 2005 and Marilyn has a wide range of experience with Saskatchewan based, educational, community, institutional, commercial and cultural projects. Marilyn served and volunteered with the Design Council of Saskatchewan from 2007 to 2017, working to promote the importance of our profession and the promoting public awareness of the impact of design to daily life, assisting with promoting, planning and overseeing the jury for the Premier’s Awards of Excellence in Design. Marilyn joined the LACF Board of Directors and jury in 2019.


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.  


Northern Territories

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. 


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