Panel discussion to highlight cultural and architectural value of Ontario Place

On February 19, members of the public are invited to join the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) and the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) for a special panel discussion that will convene a range of experts to discuss the important architecture and landscape design heritage of Ontario Place and how all Ontarians will benefit if we continue to build upon the site’s valuable cultural heritage legacy.Ontario Place

Opened in 1971, Ontario Place was a project seeking to revitalize Toronto’s waterfront by creating a large urban park on a previously neglected segment of the shoreline. This multi award-winning project consists of 90 acres of man-made islands and lagoons, with the centerpiece of the complex being the five exhibition pavilions suspended high above the water and the world’s first permanent IMAX theatre – the Cinesphere. Ontario Place is part of Toronto’s history and a testament to a vision about its future – so the question now is, how do we continue to build upon this site’s remarkable legacy?


  • Michael McClelland, Architect, Heritage Planner and Founding Partner, ERA Architects
  • Carolyn King, Moccasin Identifier Project, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation
  • George Baird, Architect and Partner, Baird Sampson Neuert Architects
  • Philip Hastings, Architect and Partner, Gow Hastings Architects
  • Moderator: Annabel Vaughan, ERA Architects

The organizers also want to hear from you!

What does the cultural heritage, architecture and landscape design of Ontario Place mean to you? Please send a response limited to 280 characters by email to or tweet your response using #ONplacelegacy.

This panel discussion is co-hosted by the Toronto Society of Architects and the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario Toronto Branch. More information about the February 19 panel discussion is now available via Eventbrite, linked here.

While tickets for this event are free, this venue has limited capacity. Only those with registered tickets can be guaranteed entrance. Entry at the door without a ticket will be space permitted only.