A Montrealer born in Vancouver, Dinu Bumbaru graduated in architecture from Université de Montréal and studied architectural conservation in Rome and England. Since 1982, he works at Héritage Montréal, an independent non-governmental organisation promoting balanced integration of conservation, planning, environmental and social considerations to secure sustainable economic and urban development that preserves and enrich the Greater Montréal’s historical, architectural, cultural and natural heritage. He is currently Policy Director for this civic organisation, one of the largest of its kind in Canada, focusing its action on education and advocacy. Dinu Bumbaru is also involved with organisations focussing on urban planning, built heritage and the environment, as a member of Culture Montréal’s Board of directors, the Planning Commission of Outremont, Save Montréal’s Oranges and Lemons Award jury, the Quebec Federation of historical societies’ heritage committee, and was a co-writer of the 2000 Quebec Heritage Declaration. Dinu Bumbaru is engaged in the International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), a world-wide organisation advising UNESCO and the World Heritage Committee. He served as a regular member of the International Executive Committee between 1993 and 2002 when he was elected Secretary General of the organisation. His main interests are public participation, heritage conservation in the metropolis, and improving the preparedness, prevention and response capacity for heritage sites in case of emergency situation of natural or human origin. He took part in missions to areas in crisis like Dubrovnik (Croatia) during the war or Kobe (Japan) and Bam (Iran) after earthquake. He also contributed to the development of relations between ICOMOS and other organisations in the fields of religious, industrial or 19th/20th Century heritage. Dinu Bumbaru was involved in the setting up at the Université de Montréal of Canada’s first programme for graduate studies in conservation and an active lecturer and teacher here and abroad.