Building bridges between nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, local governments, businesses, philanthropists and the community is Judy’s goal.
She is the principal of Judy Oberlander and Associates Inc., designer of customized education programs, workshops, and fundraising strategies for arts & culture, heritage and social service organizations, foundations and government agencies.
She was the founding Director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University from 1993 to 2005 and led a team which created award-winning mid-career education programs and a nationally recognized Certificate in Urban Design; established the $1.5 million City Program Endowment Fund and raised over $500,000 through grants and sponsorships to support curricula, bursaries and free public lectures. In its first 12 years, the City Program welcomed over 13,000 participants.
Between 1990 and 2002, Judy consulted to The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation in Montreal and collaborated on the design of the Urban Issues Program—community grants bringing together the environment, economy, governance, arts & culture. On five occasions she travelled across Canada on behalf of the Foundation for site visits and interviews with community leaders—these travels gave her inspiring insights to the passion and dedication of citizens working to improve their neighbourhoods.
She established her own firm in 1989 after working in Ottawa in Education & Technical Services at The National Trust for Canada and as a preservation planner for Commonwealth Historic Resource Management Ltd. Her consulting projects, travels and workshops in ten provinces and two territories have given her a unique perspective on Canada. She is bilingual in English and French.
Since 1986 she has taught urban heritage conservation, preservation planning and fundraising courses in the University of Victoria’s Cultural Resource Management Program. Versions of her two-day workshops for the National Trust for Canada, “Fundraising Strategies for Arts + Culture, Museums and Heritage Organizations” were offered in Calgary, Charlottetown, Ottawa and Montreal. In 2008, she designed the curriculum and continues to teach in the Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s Certificate, Old School: Courses for Building Conservation, a unique professionally-accredited and community-based learning environment. She has also taught continuing education courses in heritage conservation planning at UBC and the University of Calgary. Since 2008, she co-teaches “Urban Design: Urban Vitalization” as part of the SFU Urban Design Certificate.
Judy received her MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; a BA in Art History from Smith College as well as a Certificate in Fundraising from New York University; a Certificate in Non-Profit Board Education from BoardSource and has participated in the Institute for Corporate Directors’ Governance Essentials Program for Directors of Not-for-Profit Organizations. Her work in continuing education and civic engagement has been recognized with two National Awards of Excellence from the Canadian Association of University Continuing Education and three City of Vancouver Heritage Awards. She was nominated for a YWCA Women of Distinction Award in 2005.
Judy volunteers to assist organizations with their communications and fund development strategies. She is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the National Trust for Canada and has served on other boards including, Chair of The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation; Trustee of the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Institute, fundraising for Parkinson’s research at UBC; Board Member, Jewish Family Service Agency; Vice-President, Planning, Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver; member of the City of Vancouver’s Development Permit Board Advisory Panel and as member and Vice-Chair of the Vancouver City Planning Commission. In Ottawa, she served on the City’s Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee as well as on the Boards of ICOMOS Canada and the Association for Preservation Technology International.
Judy is a passionate photographer who loves to travel and along the way to live like a local in historic urban centres and be a flâneur as she explores layers of history. On her return, she enjoys sharing ideas and observations with her colleagues and clients.
Click here to download a PDF of Judy Oberlander’s CV. Judy Oberlander – CV February 2017