Dr Shaun Canning
Principal Heritage Advisor and Managing Director
Shaun has over 25 years of cultural heritage management experience, and has overseen the completion of several thousand heritage projects throughout Australia.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Cultural Heritage Studies and Anthropology, a Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons) degree in Parks, Recreation and Heritage, and a PhD in Australian Indigenous Archaeology (La Trobe) specialising in archaeological sensitivity modelling and cultural heritage management in Victoria.
Shaun has extensive experience in Indigenous and historic cultural heritage management in the resources, urban development, infrastructure and public land management sectors, alongside considerable experience in community consultation and tertiary education, particularly as a guest lecturer. He regularly undertakes ethnographic and archaeological fieldwork throughout Australia. Shaun has extensive on-going experience in the minerals sector, having worked in the Pilbara since 2003 on a large number of complex archaeological and ethnographic projects for major developments, such as BHP South Flank, Rio Tinto Hope Downs and Gudai Darri, and Woodside Energy’s Pluto project.
He is an ‘Expert Member’ of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM) and an Honorary Research Associate of the Archaeology Program at La Trobe University,
Shaun is a Fellow of the Australian Anthropological Society (F.AAS), a full member of ICOMOS (M.ICOMOS), a full member of the Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists (M.AACAI) and a Certified Environmental Practitioner (CenvP) through the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ).
Shaun is a fully qualified ‘heritage advisor’ meeting all the requirements of the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006.