Preserving the past by planning and building for the future
Matrix Heritage is an Eastern Ontario based heritage and archaeological consulting firm. From background reviews to complex mitigations, we find innovative solutions that benefit our clients while upholding the highest standard in cultural resource management practices. We work closely with our clients, First Nations communities, and stakeholders to find project specific approaches that meet planning, development, and heritage preservation needs.
Our highly qualified staff of professionals are well versed in provincial and federal policies which enables us to provide targeted services to both the public and private sectors. No project is too big or too small to receive excellent customer service. Every client receives the same comprehensive and personal approach. We are here to help navigate the assessment process from initial advice and planning through to assessments and mitigation.
Matrix Heritage brings together archaeologists and heritage professionals with extensive experience in the pre-contact Indigenous and historical archaeology of Ontario, built heritage, and cultural landscape evaluations and impact assessments. Our core staff includes Ben Mortimer, Senior Archaeologist and Principal and Nadine Kopp, Senior Archaeologist and Associate. Ben and Nadine have participated in hundreds of archaeological projects and, under their licenses, have successfully completed over 400 archaeological assessments across Ontario.
Principal and Senior Archaeologist
Ben has been pursuing his love of Ontario archaeology for over three decades. He was introduced to archaeology with his first site visit in 1982 and started getting his hands dirty volunteering on excavations with Parks Canada in 1990. Ben's experiences include a diverse breadth of sites across Ontario where he has lead hundreds of projects.
Partner and Senior Archaeologist
Nadine attended her first excavation in 1999, confirming her desire to become an archaeologist. Since that first summer she has accumulated extensive experience on sites in Bermuda and across Ontario. As a trained Underwater Archaeologist, she has worked on shipwreck sites and submerged cultural resources in the waters of Ontario and as far afield as the Yukon, North Carolina, and Hawaii.
Senior Architectural Historian and Heritage Planner
Julie is a cultural heritage professional with over 30 years of experience and training in the fields of heritage planning, environmental assessment, public history, cultural landscapes, and heritage assessments. Julie has led major heritage and public history projects for federal and provincial governments, Indigenous organizations, developers and architects, law firms, and municipalities. Julie is also trained and experienced in museums, interpretation, online media production, public consultations and program evaluation.
Duncan has been actively involved in archaeology since his first field experience in 2007. He has gained a variety of experience on sites of different time periods and cultural affiliations throughout Ontario, as well as in Newfoundland where he recently completed graduate research. Since 2014, he has worked in the consulting archaeology industry in Ontario on diverse projects ranging from small desk-based assessments to large complex field mitigations.
Our team is made up of bright and like-minded individuals, who have come together to provide a full suite of services. We come from a variety of different fields and technical backgrounds, yet our passion for heritage ties us all together. Check out the people who make Matrix Heritage the amazing company it truly is.
Andrea has had a fascination for history and archaeology from an early age. Following her undergraduate degree, her first job in archaeology was in 2004 on an incredibly large site in Ontario which solidly hooked her into life as an archaeologist. Her post-graduate education took her to Scotland in 2006 where she worked in archaeology following her studies. For more than a decade she has worked on a wide variety of sites across Ontario.