About Us

Our History

Since its founding in 1999, Contentworks has developed a national reputation in public history, heritage evaluations, historical research, Indigenous studies, writing and policy development. At any given time, we can be involved in projects ranging from historic furnishings, archiving, exhibits, heritage conservation, infrastructure planning, interpretation strategies, litigation, program evaluation, public consultation, publishing and web site development. We accomplish this by carefully managing our projects, deadlines and sub consultants.

Our Geography

Based in Ottawa, Contentworks is involved in projects that span the country – literally from sea, to sea, to sea. We are well placed to access national archival repositories, as well as government agencies and experts in various fields and industries. Not only have team members worked with most of the country’s important archival repositories in all territories and provinces, but we have studied and/or visited hundreds of historic places while on assignment or study tours. It’s true to say that our professional involvement in policies, programs and initiatives covers every region and jurisdiction in Canada and that we also have an excellent grasp of international issues and approaches.

Our Team

We are specialists in heritage conservation and historical research, data management and writing. Our work is used to identify and protect historic places, to understand the past and to present cultural and historical information to the general public and specialized audiences. We work with practitioners in other fields, including architecture, engineering, cartography, information science, linguistics and graphic design.

Julie Harris, M. Museum Studies, President, Contentworks Inc., brings almost 30 years of education and experience in cultural resource management and information design. While at the University of Saskatchewan, Julie completed her first heritage survey for the City of Saskatoon in 1981. On obtaining a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto she joined Parks Canada in Ottawa as an architectural historian and public consultation manager with an emphasis on managing information. With formal training in new media and a move to consulting in the mid-1990s, she has integrated her expertise into assignments with a Canadian heritage and cultural focus. She has managed dozens of projects and is well-known across Canada for her expertise on data inventories, built heritage, cultural landscapes and modern Inuit history. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals. See also: Julie Harris, Principal Consultant, Contentworks Inc.

Leslie Maitland, M.A. Museology, Architectural Historian and Heritage Specialist, an associate of Contentworks, has a long and distinguished career in government (Parks Canada), as well as in publishing and consulting. Leslie has authored numerous publications and reports on Canadian architectural history, including Historical Sketches of Ottawa, and co-authored A Guide to Canadian Architectural Styles. Leslie works in English, French and Spanish. As a consultant, she has developed expertise in writing heritage impact statements for designated heritage properties in Ottawa and in coordinating the writing of conservation plans.