Announcement: New Leaders at LEES+Associates

We are delighted to announce that after 22 years, Erik and Kathi Lees have reached an agreement with their long-standing management team to transfer the ownership of the firm to new principals: Megan Turnock, Heidi Redman and Richard Cook. This team has been with the firm for a combined total of 30 years and have been actively involved as practice leaders and in the management of the firm.

May 5 Tulips
May 5 Tulips

May 5th 2020 marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands from Nazi occupation. This victory was won largely through the sacrifice of Canadian soldiers, and over than 7,600 Canadian soldiers died in the effort. Every year since 1946, the Dutch government has sent thousands of tulips in thanks to Canada.

Esquimalt Veteran's Cemetery
Veteran’s Cemetery in Esquimalt, BC

It was a big day for one of LEES+Associate’s flagship projects!

The Minister of Veteran’s Affairs, Lawrence MacAulay was at the Veteran’s Cemetery (previously known as God’s Acre) in Esquimalt, BC to celebrate the completion of significant upgrades to this sacred burial ground.

Originally a burial ground for Canadian Navy men and women,

Accessibility and Universal Design
Accessibility and Universal Design

LEES+Associates is excited to be expanding our knowledge and skillset in the realm of accessibility and universal design in the outdoor environment. One of our staff, Ivy Smith has recently become an RHFAC (Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™) Professional and is one of the first members in Canada to achieve this designation.

Her training with the Rick Hansen Foundation has given her an expanded perspective of the built environment.

kelowna legacy gardens
Walk Through Kelowna Legacy Gardens, [Video]

Last month LEES+Associates attended the annual British Columbia Funeral Association (BCFA) Conference and Exhibitor’s Showcase in Kelowna, BC.

While in Kelowna, our staff took the opportunity to visit the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery to check out the more than 150 year old cemetery’s newest section for cremated remains and above ground crypts.

Green Burial Interview with Erik Lees [Audio]

Earlier this week, Erik Lees joined radio host J’lyn Nye on Edmonton’s 630 CHED to discuss green burial, the growing focus on natural burial practices and more.

Erik, who is a board member of the Green Burial Society of Canada, explained the basic guidelines for green burial and emerging burial trends

Listen to the clip below for the entire discussion.

Aerial Footage from Beaver Lake
Aerial Footage from Beaver Lake

What stunning aerial views of Beaver Lake!

As work on the restoration plans for Beaver Lake in Vancouver’s Stanley Park continues, the project team was out at the site performing an ecological assessment.

Stewart Denny and Ali Canning from the LEES+Associate team, along with biologist Chris Lee from AquaTerra can be seen in this drone footage wading in the bog.